Independent Living Advocate (Madison County)

Job Summary: Engage in outreach activities with the purpose of providing education and technical assistance to the community as well as deliver one-on-one support to individuals with disabilities and their families.  Conduct and coordinate activities in the community that will result in systems change to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities in Madison County and create improved access to social, recreational and employment opportunities, as well as public facilities, housing, education, healthcare and other areas.


Essential Functions:

  • Provide information and referral services to the population of Madison County
  • Engage in outreach activities to inform the community of the availability of advocacy services
  • Work one-on-one with individuals to accomplish independent living goals
  • Offer and provide support to individuals seeking assistance with disability-related issues
  • Plan and coordinate activities to work on identified systems change goals
  • Recruit agency staff, local advocates, individuals with disabilities and volunteers for participation in ARISE advocacy efforts
  • Coordinate attendance at ARISE sponsored and community events, public hearings and other public happenings at which representation of individuals with disabilities is important
  • Work with businesses, medical facilities, schools, recreation centers to increase access
  • Complete and maintain all required intake and participant service record documentation
  • Participate in action alerts
  • Report on all activities and outcomes to the Advocacy Manager and Regional Director
  • Uphold the codes of conduct and ethics as well as all ARISE policies and procedures
  • 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
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with a diverse population
  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking and negotiation skills
  • Proficiency in Word and Excel
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Ability to compile progress reports
  • Self-starter with a passion for advocacy for disability rights
  • Knowledge of ADA, and other disability laws a plus
  • Knowledge of accessibility requirements under the NYS Building code and ADA a plus
  • A. with 1 year of experience working with people with disabilities or in a disability-related field, will consider a combination of education and experience
  • Clean driver license and reliable transportation for travel in Madison County