Education Advocate – Onondaga County

Position Title:   Education Advocate
Reports to:   Regional Director
Grade:   5
FLSA Status:   Non-Exempt


Job Summary:

The Education Advocate assists parents/guardians of students with disabilities in the special education system in accessing the accommodations and equal education opportunities afforded by law.  This advocate has a working knowledge of special education laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and federal laws that affect the rights of students with disabilities.

Essential Functions:

  • Inform parents/guardians of their child’s rights and suggest appropriate special education services and programs to meet their needs
  • Facilitate understanding of the child’s educational needs by explaining reports in plain language to families and educators
  • Help families prepare for CSE and IEP meetings, including considering goals, reviewing evidence and materials, and help develop strategies
  • Review special education and section 504 documents, including student files, evaluation assessment reports, IEPs and Section 504 Plans
  • Accompany parents/guardians to IEP, Section 504, and other school meetings and provide advice and assistance as needed throughout the process
  • Work with parents/guardians to get their concerns heard by the district and help resolve disputes that may arise
  • Draft letters and written requests to school and district personnel; draft complaints to school districts and the State Department of Education, if needed
  • Deliver disability awareness trainings to community partners
  • Network with other service providers in the community
  • Provide appropriate referrals, both within the Agency and in the community
  • Ensure that individuals with disabilities are accommodated in receiving services, and provide alternatives to service delivery as needed (for example, assistance to those who are homebound)
  • Exercise sound judgment as a matter of course, and hold protected health information and other sensitive information in the strictest of confidence in accordance with ARISE and HIPAA policies
  • Uphold the codes of conduct and ethics as well as all ARISE policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned




  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s Degree preferred; or, equivalent combination of education and related experience working in the education advocacy field and/or with persons with disabilities
  • Knowledge of special education law, the ADA and the processes that govern special education proceedings
  • Excellent advocacy skills and ability to form collaborative relationships
  • Clean driver license
  • Reliable, insured, inspected vehicle
  • Computer proficiency