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Advocacy and Communications Specialist

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The Arc of King County | Seattle, WA
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The Arc of King County


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February 17, 2020
January 31, 2020
$39,520 - $45,760Salary is hourly, $19 to $22 depending on experience

The Advocacy and Communications Specialist helps people engage in public policy and provides administrative support for The Arc of King County's outreach department. Duties include e-newsletter production and social media management, data entry, and logistical support for advocacy events and initiatives.

The Arc of King County protects and promotes the rights of people with developmental disabilities and supports community inclusion through a variety of programs. We are committed to racial and disability equity and value diversity.

This is a great opportunity for someone with at least 2 to 5 years of experience in digital or print communications and/or event management who is interested in social change and disability equity. We work on issues ranging from early learning and education, to human services, Medicaid long-term supports, health care, civil rights, and housing stability.

You will work closely with the director of advocacy to support various initiatives, including:

  • Community Change Champions, a peer support group for emerging activists with developmental disabilities
  • The King County Parent and Family Coalition, a grassroots leadership and civic engagement program that helps families build the world they want for their loved ones with developmental disabilities
  • The Inclusion Academy, a program that helps parents (and allies!) advocate for inclusive early learning opportunities and disability equity
  • Investing in Student Potential, a coalition working to design systems to give every K-12 learner what they need, when they need it

Developmental disabilities include autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, Down syndrome and dozens of other diagnoses. They manifest in childhood, are chronic, and impact 3 or more major life activities.

The Arc's outreach department includes the Advocacy, Parent to Parent, and Information & Family Support teams. It is responsible for helping people understand, navigate, access, and improve services and supports for people with developmental disabilities and their families, as well as help advocates develop skills to meaningfully engage in legislative advocacy and systems improvement. This position supports The Arc's efforts to remove barriers to social, economic, and political participation and promote the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities.

The main responsibilities of the Advocacy and Communications Specialist include:

  • Compiling and sending e-newsletters
  • Creating print collateral for advocacy events
  • Assisting with curating social media
  • Assisting with web site management
  • Help producing advocacy events including: legislative and candidate forums ; listening sessions and community celebrations; advocacy days in Olympia; educational workshops and leadership events
  • Other civic engagement opportunities as time allows
  • Data entry and event documentation

Essential functions:

Support the agency’s efforts to undo ableism and institutional racism, build cultural competence, and serve an increasingly diverse population

Promote civic engagement and demonstrate commitment to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Must have an inclusive vision and be a team player

Must have excellent organizational skills and computer competencies, including ease with Microsoft Office products; the ability to post to social media; use marketing email (Emma, MailChimp, or similar), and work with data entry systems (Salesforce or similar). Must be familiar with design programs (InDesign, Photoshop, Publisher or similar)

Must have strong communication skills and be able to produce and distribute marketing materials

Must be able to set and keep deadlines and monitor workflow

Must be able to work independently and be flexible with clients

Job will require occasional evening and weekend meetings

The successful candidate will work primarily out of our Seattle office. Flexible schedules including remote work will be considered.

Qualifications:

Any combination of education, experience and measurable performance that demonstrates the capability to perform the duties of this position. Competitive candidates will have at least 2 to 3 years’ experience in communications, administrative support, or event coordination and have work samples to share.

We welcome and value volunteer/unpaid experience. Individuals with disabilities, or parents and family members of people with I/DD are encouraged to apply.

The Advocacy and Communications Specialist helps people engage in public policy and provides administrative support for The Arc of King County's outreach department. Duties include e-newsletter production and social media…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Other Education Requirement

Benefits

Benefits include medical (with vision); dental; disability insurance; free King County transit Orca card; 401K with company contribution; and health care and dependent care accounts

Benefits include medical (with vision); dental; disability insurance; free King County transit Orca card; 401K with company contribution; and health care and dependent care accounts

Level of Language Proficiency

Must be English proficient. Other languages greatly appreciated! This position will coordinate with our Latino family support team and we work with a variety of immigrant communities throughout King County.

Must be English proficient. Other languages greatly appreciated! This position will coordinate with our Latino family support team and we work with a variety of immigrant…

How to Apply

Candidates must submit a cover letter explaining their relationship to and interest in disability equity, along with 3 writing or design samples. Digital links to work are acceptable. Applications without cover letter and work samples will not be considered. Submit applications to: Ramona Hattendorf, Director of Advocacy, at rhattendorf@arcofkingcounty.org

Candidates must submit a cover letter explaining their relationship to and interest in disability equity, along with 3 writing or design samples. Digital links to work are…

Location

233 6th Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

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