Disability Rights Arkansas (DRA) is an Arkansas non-profit organization with funding and authorization from the federal government to serve as the Protection and Advocacy system for individuals with disabilities in Arkansas. DRA pursues administrative, legal, and other appropriate remedies to ensure the protection of people with disabilities in Arkansas. Cases include special education, employment, housing discrimination, abuse and neglect, right to treatment and freedom from harm. DRA pursues system change advocacy in addition to individual case advocacy.
DRA provides services to individuals with disabilities include information, referral, technical assistance, legal representation and investigation of abuse and neglect allegations. DRA also develops, publishes and distributes advocacy materials, participates in advocacy training, and monitors, analyzes and comments on regulations, plans, budgets, policies or proposed legislation that may affect the rights of people with disabilities.
Project Coordinator – Community of Champions
POSITION OPENING – Project Coordinator
Little Rock, Arkansas
Responsibilities – Responsible for coordinating activities related to the needs of the individuals with developmental disabilities in the state of Arkansas. Also responsible for informing young people with developmental disabilities and their families about services available to them throughout the state of Arkansas.
- Meet with K-12 employees, including administrators, teachers, and counselors, to inform them of services available to students.
- Plan, prepare, and create speeches, workshops, curricula, trainings, and events at the local, state, and federal levels.
- Speak to student groups and assemblies about what life is like for people with developmental disabilities and how they can help champion them throughout their lives. Conduct self-advocacy trainings.
- Speak to college administrators, educators and classes, clubs and/or organizations about available services and about career/volunteer opportunities. Collaborate with other providers, their statewide organizations, and supporters in increasing awareness of available programs and services.
- Educate state and federal legislators to help them understand the importance of supporting individuals with developmental disabilities in Arkansas.
- Develop community advocacy tool kits, workshops, and events, collaborating with other support groups and statewide organizations focusing on rural areas. Develop and maintain a database of disability advocates across Arkansas.
- Create and host advocacy initiatives, providing opportunities for self-advocates, parent advocates, and allies.
- Facilitate clear and meaningful communication between project and event partners, grant funders, co-workers, and community members throughout the project lifecycle. Monitor project progress and create project status reports for Director and grant funders, including quarterly reporting to Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities of Arkansas.
- Respond to information requests from Arkansans regarding disability resources. Share disability advocacy resources and tools with community.
- Coordinate with team members and coworkers on self-advocacy initiatives.
This job posting is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a person assigned to this job. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties that may be performed by a person so classified. DRA reserves the right to change or amend responsibilities, job qualifications and required skills as needed.
- Bachelor’s Degree or related experience preferred.
- Experience working with people with developmental disabilities.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Excellent time management and self-motivation skills.
- Ability to communicate effectively.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team.
- Ability to build strong internal and external relationships.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office products.
- High attention to detail and accuracy.
- Ability to prepare reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
- Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from various groups and the public.
- Travel required.
To Apply: Attach cover letter and resume to online application. To request a paper copy of the application, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Printed copies can be scanned and emailed, faxed to 501-296-1779, or sent via US mail to Disability Rights Arkansas, 400 West Capitol, Suite 1200, Little Rock, AR 72201.
Closing Date: Position will remain open until filled
If you require an accommodation in the application process, please notify DRA Human Resources. Requests may be made in person, by telephone 501-492-5762, or by U.S. mail – Attn: Human Resources 400 West Capitol, Suite 1200 Little Rock, AR 72201.
DRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in any aspect of employment with regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. Individuals who increase the diversity of our team are encouraged to apply.