DABC is seeking a Community Advocate to join our Advocacy Access Team

Who We Are

Since 1977, Disability Alliance BC (DABC) has been a provincial, cross-disability voice in British Columbia. We champion issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities through our direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research and publications.

We work to support people with all disabilities to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in the community.

Job Description

DABC is seeking a part-time Community Advocate to join our Advocacy Access Team for a contracted 9-month period, with the possibility of extension and expansion to full-time dependant on future funding. The Advocate will be responsible for individual and community advocacy relating to provincial disability benefits.

Responsibilities

  • Assist people with disabilities with applications and appeals relating to provincial disability (Persons with Disabilities and Persons with Persistent and Multiple Barriers)
  • Assist people with information and referrals on available community resources
  • Conduct workshops/webinars about provincial disability benefits for community organizations, people with disabilities, healthcare professionals, and other interested individuals and groups
  • Be a provincial resource for community advocates and individuals on policy and legislation governing PWD/PPMB

This position will be remote-based initially, as DABC’s Vancouver Office is currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the candidate will be expected to transition to office-based work later this year dependant on any changes to the public health order.

Working hours:

  • This position is for 3 days per week

The successful applicant must:

  • Have a minimum 2 years combined post-secondary education and/or applicable work experience
  • Have strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to communicate complex concepts in plain language
  • Be able to work effectively with people with disabilities from a client-centered approach
  • Be self-motivated, adaptable, and able to work effectively with a team
  • Have strong analytical and research skills
  • Have excellent organizational skills
  • Be computer literate and proficient with word-processing software including the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Maintain the integrity and confidentiality of sensitive client information

The following are strong assets for this position:

  • Experience with provincial disability benefits (PWD/PPMB)
  • Experience in the non-profit sector
  • Background in law, social work, or a related field
  • Experience with a disability and/or supporting people with disabilities
  • Experience with legal research
  • Understanding of anti-oppression principles

Compensation: $2,100 per month

DABC is an open and diverse organization that promotes inclusive hiring practices. We encourage applications from qualified applicants who identify as visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and of all sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and brief covering letter addressed to Karen Martin, Executive Director: Operations at karen@disabilityalliancebc.org. No phone calls or faxes please.

Applications are due no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 31, 2021. DABC welcomes all applications, however, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview. Interviews will be conducted in June and the position start date will be July 2021 or earlier.