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Voting Rights Advocate

Hybrid, Work must be performed in Massachusetts, US

Details

Job Type:Full Time
Start Date:August 1, 2024
Application Deadline:July 12, 2024
Salary:Up to USD $69,900 / year

Description

Position:      Voting Rights Advocate

Reports To:   Supervising Attorney

Location:    Hybrid – combination of remote and in-office work.

Wage Class:    Non-Exempt

Union Classification:   Eligible

Summary: The Voting Rights Advocate will have primary responsibility for implementing the DLC’s Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access (PAVA) program. The Advocate will work with DLC staff and key partners to plan, coordinate, and implement statewide efforts aimed at maximizing engagement among voters with disabilities across Massachusetts, including surveying polling places, leading efforts to register and engage voters with disabilities, conducting community outreach, conducting non-partisan trainings about the voting rights of people with disabilities, and engaging in advocacy efforts to ensure that the voting process and systems are accessible to people with disabilities. Additionally, the advocate will participate in other systemic advocacy to support DLC’s mission as needed. The applicant for this position must be able to interact effectively with and be sensitive to the individualized needs of persons with disabilities. Bilingual applicants preferred.

Essential Functions:

The Voting Rights Advocate performs a wide range of duties, including the following:

  • Strategic planning and implementation of the objectives of DLC’s Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access (PAVA) program, in consultation with the Supervising Attorney and Director of Advocacy. Voting access activities are expected to amount to at least 75% of the Advocate’s time.
  • Serve as a visible spokesperson and advocate for Disability Law Center’s mission and PAVA program throughout Massachusetts, communicating effectively and professionally with organizations, government entities, and the public on voting rights.
  • Serve as the lead coordinator for the REV UP MA campaign.
  • Develop non-partisan training and educational materials for training and outreach activities on issues related to voting and voting access.
  • Conduct in-person activities in community settings and facilities where clients or other people with disabilities live or receive services for the purposes of outreach, training, and/or monitoring.
  • Conduct in-person polling place surveys to identify and evaluate accessibility barriers and compliance with state and federal requirements.
  • Register people with disabilities to vote, and train others to do so.
  • Provide advocacy services to individuals with disabilities on issues related to voting and voter access, including conducting interviews with voters and developing and implementing appropriate advocacy strategies, negotiating solutions to problems, and/or encouraging self-advocacy, when appropriate.
  • Maintain current knowledge about state and federal statutes, regulations and policies governing voting rights of people with disabilities.
  • Stay informed on advocacy strategies, technologies, and best practices designed to increase participation of people with disabilities in the electoral process.
  • Travel to participate in work-related activities throughout the state.
  • Engage in individual and systemic advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities, which may include monitoring the care and conditions of people with disabilities residing in facilities.
  • In accordance with DLC policies and procedures, maintain: the security of confidential information and records; complete and accurate records documenting outreach, training, advocacy, and monitoring activities and time spent.
  • Perform related tasks, and engage in individual and systemic advocacy, consistent with the Advocate’s skills, abilities, and general responsibilities as required to support DLC’s mission, as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with experience in advocacy on behalf of persons with disabilities or other vulnerable communities (2+ years); OR A minimum of four (4) years of experience in human services area, with at least three (3) years of direct experience working with individuals with disabilities; OR a comparable combination of educational and work experience.
  • Professionalism and sound ethical judgment.
  • Ability to interact effectively with and be sensitive to the individualized needs of persons with disabilities.
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to multi-task effectively and to be accountable for managing work scheduling and deadlines.
  • Ability to work collaboratively to coordinate in-person and virtual events.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to make effective public presentations and create social media posts.
  • The ability to travel up to 30% of the time throughout Massachusetts to perform assigned job tasks, including overnight travel, as necessary.

Desired Attributes

  • Ability to communicate effectively in ASL, Spanish, or another non-English language.
  • Prior experience working with individuals with disabilities and/or from underserved communities.
  • Prior experience with or passion for conducting voter engagement and voting rights advocacy.
  • Prior experience in grassroots organizing.


Position:      Voting Rights Advocate

Reports To:   Supervising Attorney

Location:    Hybrid – combination of remote and in-office work.

Wage Class:    Non-Exempt

Union Classification:   Eligible

Summary: The Voting Rights Advocate will have primary…

Benefits

The starting salary range for this position is up to $69,900. Salary is determined by a collectively bargained salary scale based upon years of experience. DLC’s standard workweek is 35 hours. DLC provides a generous benefits package, including annual vacation benefits and health and dental insurance available upon the employee’s start date. For details, please visit Careers at DLC.

The starting salary range for this position is up to $69,900. Salary is determined by a collectively bargained salary scale based upon years of experience. DLC’s standard workweek is…

Location

Hybrid
Work must be performed in Massachusetts, US
11 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108, USA

How to Apply

Applications received by July 12th will receive priority consideration, others will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

If you require a reasonable accommodation for completing this application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in our employee selection process, please contact Amanda Gasparonis via email at agasparonis@dlc-ma.org.

Interested applicants for this position must submit a cover letter and a resume using the form on DLC's website

Applications received by July 12th will receive priority consideration, others will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

If you require a reasonable…

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