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Grassroots Organizer/”Inclusionist”
The National Leadership Program

GRASSROOTS ORGANIZER/”INCLUSIONIST”

ABOUT US

RespectAbility is an energetic and results-driven nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and expanding opportunities for the one-in-five people with disabilities. Led by people with disabilities and those who love us, we work with policy makers, educators, self-advocates, nonprofits, employers, faith-based organizations, philanthropists, journalists, entertainment, media and allies to enable people with disabilities to get the education, jobs, opportunities and equality they deserve to more fully participate in and contribute to society.

We know that people with disabilities and their families have the same hopes and dreams as everyone else, even if they face different challenges. We are looking to expand our first staff members and/or consultants who are based in Los Angeles County and New York City.

Our national HQ is just outside Washington, D.C.  We are very active in the Los Angeles and NYC area, where we have board members and volunteers, working to advance inclusion in the nonprofit sector, foundations and in entertainment and news media. Hence, we are opening operations in these areas. 

Our free tools and factual resources inform so people with disabilities can achieve the education, training, jobs, security, good health, respect and inclusion that everyone needs and deserves.

POSITION REPORTS TO: RespectAbility’s National HQ in Rockville, MD

POSITION SUMMARY: RespectAbility’s “Inclusionists” will be on the front lines, working to foster cooperation, collaboration, changing systems and using best practices to enable people with disabilities to fully participate in society and to thrive. Staff person/consultants will have a history of passionate work on these issues and relationships with community organizations and leaders in their designated area. New hires could be full or part time and will work with RespectAbility’s team to implement and sustain our work either in LA County or NYC. In 2018, these efforts to fight stigmas and advance opportunities for people with disabilities will focuse on collaborating with local partners in those areas. We will document these efforts and turn them into a replicable process nationwide, to improve education, employment and inclusion for people with disabilities in diverse communities. This effort has already become front page news and we are excited to see what successes can be achieved this coming school year so that youth with disabilities can get the education and jobs they need to succeed, just like anyone else.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work with staff and local partners to convene, support, sustain and expand organization’s work specifically in Southern California and New York City. Projects priorities will be around enabling people with disabilities to get the education, jobs and inclusion they need to succeed as well as for nonprofits and media to include people with disabilities fully. There are three areas of focus for this work: First, to enable diverse people with disabilities to get the education and jobs they need to succeed. Second, we are interested in lifting up women and girls with disabilities to take leadership in non-profit organizations, agencies and boards of directors. Third, we are interested in assisting talented people with disabilities to break into the entertainment industry – either in front of or behind the camera.
  • Develop and implement long-term strategy to continue achieving a viable, sustainable transformation of economic, training, employment and inclusion outcomes for people with disabilities.
  • Coordinate education, advocacy and information efforts focused on local nonprofit organizations, foundations, businesses, partner organizations, educators, parents of children with disabilities and other self-advocates.
  • Create training opportunities, host events, create tools and offer speakers for local leaders in best practices related to inclusion, access, disability employment, inclusive education, employer engagement, school-to-work transitions and workforce development strategies.
  • Bring attention to the challenges and cultural differences around disability in immigrant communities and empower English as a second language (ESL) students with disabilities.
  • Some travel to DC/MD area.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Strong commitment to the mission and vision of the organization, including diversity, equality and opportunity for people of all backgrounds and abilities.
  • Commitment to people with disabilities/disability issues as well as a strong interest in issues of intersectionality and other marginalized communities.
  • Ability to work with team to grow the impact of our work and volunteers.
  • Talented, detail oriented, and highly motivated and honest professional with proven success.
  • Excellent writing and communications skills including grammar and spelling.
  • Minimum of four years of combined experience in such areas as direct service or advocacy for people with disabilities, job coaching, special education, campaign management, public policy or systems change/advocacy experience.
  • Ability and willingness to work flexibly in a fast-paced, fast-growing, dynamic nonprofit environment.
  • Willingness to travel across area for meetings and to make our case/speak publicly. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Significant organizational skills plus a sense of humor and can-do attitude.
  • Native-level Spanish language proficiency and experience in Latinx community strongly preferred but is not required
  • Candidates with lived disability (either visible or invisible) and self-advocacy experience are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter and salary/payment requirements to TonyaK@RespectAbility.org.

RespectAbility provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, RespectAbility complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

THE NATIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

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National Leadership Program participants standing in front of the White House

The National Leadership Program is for young leaders who are committed to disability issues and plan to go into careers in public policy, advocacy, communications, fundraising, nonprofit management or faith-based inclusion. The program enables participants to gain skills and contacts while making a positive difference for people with disabilities. We are seeking creative, results-driven individuals who want to achieve breakthrough results while getting hands-on experience. The Fellowship is for college and graduate students, as well as recent graduates and those in the early stages of their careers.

The National Leadership Program has three cohorts of Fellows – fall, spring and summer – for a total of at least 24 Fellows. We now are accepting applications for Spring 2019. The DEADLINE for Spring 2019 applications is November 13, 2018 but applicants will be considered on a rolling basis. Early applications are encouraged. 

Our National Leadership Program enables young leaders to gain critical skills, contacts and experiences necessary to be accepted into graduate school or help create pathways that lead to careers in public policy, media or advocacy. This program is fully accessible for people with disabilities and offers full-time in-house job coaching, skills development, networking opportunities, assistive technology and personal care support. People with and without disabilities are encouraged to apply, but applicants must have a strong commitment to fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities.

There are opportunities for both paid and unpaid Fellowships. Unpaid Fellows receive a monthly transportation stipend. Lunch is provided daily for all Fellows.

RespectAbility is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action employer. Persons with disabilities and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

SPRING AND SUMMER 2019 FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

IMPORTANT DETAILS FOR APPLICANTS

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills are strongly preferred, and Fellows should exhibit leadership skills to complete their own projects.
  • Strong preference for college juniors and above.
  • Commit for a minimum of nine weeks.
  • Hours are 9-5. Summer Fellows are required to work a minimum of 35 hours per week and Spring/Fall Fellows should be able to work at least 20 hours a week, though 40 hours per week is preferred.
  • There is no tuition cost to do the Fellowship, and unpaid Fellows will be awarded $300 a month as a transportation reimbursement.
  • The Fellowship takes place in Rockville, Maryland. The office is a short distance from the White Flint Metro Station on the Red Line.
  • Your cover letter must explain why this Fellowship in particular is of interest to you and why you believe you have the skills, focus and independent drive to make a positive difference in your time with us at RespectAbility.

Fill out the linked Google Doc Form and send your resume and cover letter to Ben Spangenberg at BenS@RespectAbility.org to apply for any of our National Leadership Program opportunities! If you are applying for a paid Fellowship, explain in your cover letter how you can advance diversity and intersectionality issues.

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RespectAbility Staff and Fellows with Board Member Jonathan Murray, creator and executive producer of Born This Way

RespectAbility provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, RespectAbility complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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