Center for People with Disabilities
1675 Range Street - Boulder, CO 80301
Title: Community Organizer
People with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply!
The Mission of the Center for People with Disabilities (CPWD) is to provide resources, information and advocacy to assist people with disabilities in overcoming barriers to independent living. CPWD's goal is an integrated community that equally welcomes all members. The Center for People with Disabilities works so that people with disabilities may live independently. We believe that there is nothing more disabling than pity.
The Community Organizer is responsible for developing and guiding the CPWD’s public policy and advocacy agenda with the goal of reducing barriers to independence for people with disabilities. This will include assessing community needs; engaging in activities to increase the capacity of the community to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities; organizing federal, state and local, non-partisan civic engagement initiatives; and providing civic education to staff, consumers and the community on local, state and federal policy issues that impact people with disabilities.
This position is outward facing and very involved with all CPWD staff and the community. They are expected to work closely and collaboratively with the Director of Core Services and the Executive Director on projects and priorities. As such, they should be a team oriented, quality focused individual with strong presentation and relationship building skills. www.cpwd.org
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Assess the needs of people with disabilities in CPWD’s service area, to provide input on grassroots organizing of public policy and systems advocacy.
- Coordinate and conduct activities to increase the capacity of communities to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.
- Outreach to unserved and underserved disability communities to determine needs; survey current consumer base on satisfaction with services and unmet needs.
- Educate and organize consumers on legislative issues, and involve consumers in testifying to relevant groups. Teach systems advocacy.
- Build support among allies and community partners for CPWD’s policy and advocacy priorities.
- Serve as CPWD’s representative on national, state, and local boards and committees.
- Educate consumers, staff, and the public on CPWD services within the IL philosophy to cultivate awareness of what we do and why.
- Educate the communities in our region through presentations on disability awareness and etiquette, federal laws and other IL matters.
- As directed, work with the Director of Grants and Communications to develop materials on issues of concern to the disability community to support advocacy, education, and organizing efforts (writing position papers, talking points, fact sheets, etc.).
- Develop materials and strategies, and conduct trainings on systems advocacy and civics one on one, internally and externally.
- Keep staff and consumers informed on national, state and local issues that impact people with disabilities.
- Develop and build a base of citizen support for initiatives and legislation at the local, state and national levels.
- Coordinate CPWD’s civic engagement efforts by actively engaging community members, consumers, staff, and board members in various initiatives.
- Develop and maintain relationships with key public figures relevant to civic engagement and community organizing.
- Develop and conduct annual community needs assessment and customer satisfaction survey, with a reports submitted to the Director of Core Services and the Executive Director.
- A relevant Bachelor’s Degree is required (or full-time relevant experience may be substituted on a year for year basis).
- Demonstrated knowledge of Independent Living Philosophy.
- Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with professionals and with the public, creating liaisons that result in outcomes.
- Personal experience with a disability strongly preferred
- Off-site meetings and activities requiring travel.
- Reasonable accommodations may be made to empower a qualified candidate with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.
- This position may also require the performance of other duties, as assigned.
HOW TO APPLY:
CPWD is an Equal Opportunity Employer