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Director of Community Advocacy Responsibilities: Managing and directing strategy for 5 federal and state-funded direct services, monitoring, and community integration programs serving people with disabilities across Louisiana: Supported Independent Living Advocacy Program (SILAP); Community Living Ombudsman Program (CLOP); Client Advocacy Program (CAP); Work Incentive Planning Assistance (WIPA); and Protection & Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS). Learning the grant requirements, structure, and staff of each of the 5 programs within the Community Advocacy division; familiarizing him or herself with federal access authority authorized under the various P&A statutes. As a member of the AC management team, attending regularly scheduled management meetings and providing input regarding planning, agency priorities, and coordination and evaluation of agency activities. Directly supervising the Program Directors (3) for SILAP, CLOP, and CAP/PABSS/WIPA. Providing legal oversight and case management support to 22 non-attorney advocates working throughout the state within the above-listed programs. Proving training and guidance to ensure that that non-attorney advocates do not engage in the unauthorized practice of law. Referring cases requiring more in-depth legal intervention to the Advocacy Center’s Litigation division. Conducting weekly meetings (in New Orleans office, with remote staff participating via Google Hangouts) with all Community Advocacy staff. Handling a small number of cases in conjunction with the Litigation division; asserting access authority under P&A statutes on behalf of advocates denied access to facilities, residents of facilities, and/or their records. Identifying systemic issues arising in the course of advocates’ work; working closely with the Policy, Litigation, and Legal Directors in addressing these issues. Reviewing and revising quarterly and annual grant reports to federal and state funders, and serving as liaison between the programs and funders. Identifying potential funding sources and drafting grant applications with the goal of program expansion. Performing staff development and training; including supervising the training of new hires, recruiting presenters from outside of the agency, and coordinating trainings for staff development at AC. Designing and conducting community outreach; providing training to people with disabilities, community members, and providers regarding the rights of people with disabilities, services/resources available to people with disabilities, and laws and regulations relevant to people with disabilities; serving as representative on committees and at community organization meetings, as needed. Providing comprehensive and objective evaluations of supervisees pursuant to AC policy; providing constructive criticism when necessary to improve supervisees’ job performance.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in public relations, business or related discipline; JD Degree is required. 2+ years’ experience in a human service environment, preferably in a supervisory and policy and planning capacity. Computer proficiency; specifically, the applicant must be proficient in use of Gmail/Google calendar, Word Processing, Excel, and PowerPoint, and must learn to use the agency’s timekeeping, phone/voicemail and data management software (NetSuite, 8x8, DAD).
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