Now hiring: Self-Advocacy Educator for the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds (Olympia, WA)

Looking for a great advocate!

Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds is seeking a passionate advocate to bring lived-experience in the disability services system to the DD Ombuds work. We are looking for someone who has a passion for human rights and ability to work with disability advocacy groups to launch this new position. The Self-Advocacy Educator will work with a statewide team to deliver ombuds services directly to people with developmental disabilities.

What is the Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds?
The DD Ombuds is a new program that delivers person centered, complaint-based ombuds services. An Ombuds helps people understand their rights and responsibilities and helps people solve their complaints about their services. The DD Ombuds monitors services and reports concerns to the state and the legislature.

What will the Self-Advocacy Educator do?
The Self-Advocacy Educator provides information on rights and responsibilities of people receiving developmental disabilities services.  They help monitor service delivery to people with developmental disabilities, identify concerns and recommend changes in the service system. The Self-Advocacy Educator serves as the DD Ombuds liaison to self-advocacy groups across the state and is a member of the DD Ombuds Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

Is this a full-time position?
Yes, a full-time, permanent position located in the DD Ombuds Olympia, WA office.

What is the work environment?
Office environment with regular 40-hour workweek 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Regular in-state travel for meetings, to visit people with developmental disabilities in their homes or give workshops to groups. Some evening and weekend work required.

What requirements do I need to meet?
1.    Knowledge of disability rights and disability service delivery systems;

2.    Ability to maintain ethical and organizational standards;

3.    Ability to communicate a position well, respectfully consider other positions, and treat people of different positions and backgrounds with respect and dignity;

4.    Ability to develop relationships with disability advocates and organizations;

5.    Ability to effectively present information to a wide variety of audiences using a variety of media;

6.    Ability to facilitate meetings and discussions;

7.    Commitment to the civil rights of individuals in all protected classes;

8.    Five years of experience as a member of a self-advocacy organization;

9.    Two years of experience in a leadership role in a self-advocacy organization;

10.    Two years of experience serving on a disability or social justice related advisory council;

11.    Applicants must be free from conflicts of interest. Do not apply if you are a current or recent (within the past year) employee of developmental disabilities service providers. Do not apply if you are an employee with direct involvement in the licensing, certification or regulation of developmental disabilities services providers or facilities where people with developmental disabilities receive services.  

What are the salary and benefits?
Salary is $38,000 to $40,000 per year depending on experience. Position is full-time. Excellent health and dental coverage. Vacation days, sick days, holidays, and a break between Christmas and New Year’s, transit pass and other benefits.

How do I apply?
To apply, send your resume and a cover letter. In your letter, include brief thoughts about what you see as the greatest civil rights issue facing people with developmental disabilities today. Send to info@dr-wa.org by August 30, 2017.

People with disabilities and people of color and encouraged to apply.
Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.  

Who operates the DD Ombuds?
Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds operates under contract with the Washington State Department of Commerce, as a project of Disability Rights Washington (DRW). DRW is a private non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide. Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. We work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights. More about DRW at http://www.disabilityrightswa.org/