Community Advocacy & Outreach Specialist

Website Bostoncil.org Boston Center for Independent Living

Advocacy, Service, Action!

Position Summary:  The Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL) is seeking an individual to strengthen and expand our community outreach and advocacy efforts in Boston’s neighborhoods, with an emphasis on Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, and West Roxbury. Also will work in Milton and Dedham and link to BCIL’s work in other area communities. The role will include recruiting people with disabilities to participate in our community advocacy efforts; meeting with individuals to learn about their concerns and needs; and informing community organizations of BCIL services. This position reports to the executive director.

Current advocacy campaigns include ones for affordable and accessible housing, accessible public transportation, protection of consumer-directed personal assistance services, and establishment of a strong consumer voice in state health reform efforts.

Responsibilities

  • Recruit, build relationships with, coach and develop the leadership abilities of people with disabilities in targeted areas. Connect individuals with opportunities to get involved in and take leadership roles in advocacy efforts that concern them.
  • Help organize public events on disability issues, including legislative advocacy days, rallies, and community forums, and recruit BCIL members and others to participate.
  • Assist in development of strategy for advocacy campaigns, represent BCIL’s positions in meetings with policy makers, and coach BCIL members to participate in the campaign.
  • Represent BCIL at various events and meetings with public officials and other advocacy and human services organizations. Work with various coalitions and networks to represent BCIL, build connections to advance our goals, and find opportunities for BCIL members to take leadership roles.
  • Submit required reports and perform other duties as requested.
  • Share information on BCIL services with individuals and organizations in the target area.

Desired Qualifications: 

Experience with the disability community and understanding of the issues facing low-income people with diverse disabilities in an urban setting.

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, including equality for people with disabilities.
  • Strong writing skills and public speaking experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (both one-on-one and in groups) and ability to develop relationships with a wide range of people.
  • Experience in community organizing, outreach, and/or public policy advocacy.
  • Experience facilitating meetings and/or trainings.
  • Ability to travel around Boston. (A car or driver’s license is not a requirement.)
  • Strong computer and social media skills.
  • Bilingual capabilities in Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, and/or ASL a plus.

Hours:  40 – Full Time with paid breaks, will need to work periodically on weekends and evenings as part of advocacy and organizing work.

Compensation:       

  • 2 weeks paid vacation (increases with length of service)
  • 2 personal days
  • 11 holidays
  • 12 sick days
  • Health, dental, (75% paid by agency).  Short-term disability, long-term                          disability, group life insurance 100% company paid.

Salary:  $31,000+

BCIL is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Reasonable accommodation is provided as needed for employees and other affiliates.  Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE) checks are part of BCIL’s standard procedure.

To apply for this job email your details to skelley@bostoncil.org


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