Job Posting - Community Advocate
Community Advocate for DABC – Provincial Disability Assistance
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.
DABC is partnering with MOSAIC through a new project to increase access for newcomers with disabilities in applying for provincial disability assistance. Both DABC and MOSAIC are each hiring a Community Advocate that will provide greater support newcomer clients in a way that addresses and respects their language and cultural needs.
DABC is seeking a Community Advocate to join our Advocacy Access Team. The Advocate will be responsible for individual and community advocacy relating to provincial disability benefits (known as PWD).
- Assist people with disabilities with applications and appeals relating to provincial disability (Persons with Disabilities and Persons with Persistent and Multiple Barriers)
- 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
Working hours and location
- This position is full-time for 5 days per week at 8 hours a day (including 1 hour as a paid lunch break).
The position offers a hybrid work opportunity; the successful candidate may be required to work at the office two or three days a week, and at home the rest of the time. The position may also require occasional travel to other BC communities.
The position is located in downtown Vancouver, on the Unceded, Traditional, and Ancestral Territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish Peoples.
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
- Lived experience with a disability and/or supporting people with disabilities
- Experience with legal research
- Understanding of anti-oppression principles
Salary: $48,000 per year
This position offers the following benefits after a three-month probationary period:
- 15 days of paid vacation annually
- 18 days of paid sick leave annually
- 100% of the cost of extended health and dental care benefit premiums
- 2 weeks of paid time off during DABC’s annual holiday office closure in December.
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 especially encouraged to apply.
Importantly, we are looking for people who want to make a long term commitment to our organization and have a strong desire to uphold the rights and dignities of people with disabilities.
Please submit a resume and brief covering letter addressed to Sharareh Saremi, Program Manager of Advocacy Access at firstname.lastname@example.org No phone calls or faxes please.
Applications are due no later than midnight on April 24th, 2023. DABC welcomes all applications, however, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.