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Advocacy & Outreach Specialist

Organization: American Council of the Blind (ACB)

Posted: 1/9/2018

Job Description

The American Council of the Blind (ACB) seeks a dynamic individual to lead advocacy and outreach to consumers who are blind and visually impaired across the country. It is an excellent opportunity for a rising professional to engage with both leading disability rights advocates in Washington and ACB’s network of state and special interest affiliates.

This person will work closely with state affiliate leaders, fielding issues, coordinating relevant outreach to local stakeholders who can provide support for individuals experiencing barriers to independence and opportunity due to their blindness. This person will connect with other blindness and disability rights advocates in Washington, furthering ACB’s presence as a leading voice on matters pertaining to people who are blind and visually impaired.

Responsibilities & Duties

The successful candidate will have the following responsibilities:

  • Work closely with ACB state affiliates to connect consumers with local and regional supports capable of addressing issues as they arise;
  • Meet with leading blindness and disability rights advocates in Washington DC staying current on key issues impacting people who are blind and visually impaired;
  • Foster and maintain relationships with key allies within the disability rights community;
  • Assist the Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs with monitoring congressional and federal activity impacting people who are blind and visually impaired;
  • Assist with conveying vital information and action alerts to ACB affiliate leaders and consumers.
  • Contribute to ACB’s social media presence, generating content that keeps followers tuned into important issues and happenings in Washington, DC.

Core competencies and abilities include:

  • Outstanding communicator with solid written, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Ability to listen and critically discern appropriate responses to issues that arise impacting equal opportunity and access for individuals who are blind and visually impaired;
  • Team player with positive attitude capable of bridging diverse audiences and personalities;
  • Knowledge of existing laws and regulations impacting people who are blind and visually impaired, including the Americans with disabilities Act, rehabilitation Act, Individuals with disabilities Education act, Randolph-Shepherd Act, 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, and familiarity with social programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security;
  • Familiarity with congress and the regulatory process;
  • Strong multi-tasking skills with attention to detail and meeting deadlines;
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office 365, and social media and networking platforms;
  • Positive outlook on life with a sense of humor and desire to work with passionate individuals committed to advancing independence and opportunity for the millions of Americans who are blind and visually impaired.

Qualifications

  • 2 - 5 years working in public policy, advocacy, or related field, preferred experience with issues impacting people who are blind and visually impaired;
  • Advanced degree in law, public policy, communications, or related discipline — may substitute education with professional experience
  • Personal experience dealing with blind or visual impairment is desirable

Benefits

  • Excellent medical and retirement savings plan.

Contact: Kelly Gasque

Email: kgasque@acb.org

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