Job Description and Online Application
Position: Voting Rights Advocate
Reports To: Director of Litigation
Location: Boston Office (Hybrid work schedule)
Wage Class: Exempt
Union Classification: Eligible
Responsible For: The Voting Rights Advocate will work with DLC staff and key partners to plan, coordinate, and implement statewide efforts aimed at maximizing voter engagement among people with disabilities, focusing on historically excluded communities. The advocate will be responsible for implementing voting rights strategies to ensure full and equal participation of individuals with disabilities in the electoral process. Additionally, as time permits, the advocate will assist individuals with disabilities on a variety of disability related advocacy matters under the supervision of the Director of Litigation. The applicant for this position must be able to interact effectively with and be sensitive to the special needs of individuals with disabilities and their families.
The Voting Rights Advocate will have primary responsibility for implementing the DLC’s Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access (PAVA) program. The Advocate’s primary duties will include coordinating statewide voting rights activities, such as surveying polling places, leading efforts to register and engage voters with disabilities, conducting community outreach, conducting non-partisan trainings to educate people with disabilities and other stakeholders about the voting rights of people with disabilities, and engaging in advocacy efforts to ensure that the voting process and systems are accessible to people with disabilities. The advocate will also serve as the lead coordinator for the REV UP MA campaign. PAVA duties are expected to take up 70% of the advocate’s time. In addition to PAVA duties, the Advocate will engage in individual and systemic advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities, which may include monitoring the care and conditions of people with disabilities residing in facilities. The successful applicant will use the information gathered through monitoring to shape further advocacy.
Job duties include:
- Provide advocacy services to people with disabilities on issues related to voting and voter access, including conducting interviews with voters, identifying accessibility issues, developing, and implementing appropriate advocacy strategies, negotiating solutions to problems, and/or encouraging self-advocacy, when appropriate.
- Provide technical assistance and information to people with disabilities.
- Stay up to date with state and federal statutes, regulations and policies governing voting rights of people with disabilities.
- Monitor developments affecting the voting rights of people with disabilities, including proposed changes to state and federal legislation, regulations, and policies governing voting rights.
- Stay informed on advocacy strategies, available technologies, and best practices designed to increase participation of people with disabilities in the electoral process.
- Communicate effectively and professionally with organizations, government entities, and the public on voting rights.
- Register people with disabilities to vote, and train others to do so.
- Serve as a visible spokesperson and advocate for Disability Law Center’s mission and PAVA program throughout the state.
- Develop training and educational materials and conduct training and outreach activities on issues related to voting and voting access.
- Exercise independent judgment on the handling of monitoring, investigations, and assigned cases under supervision of an attorney; promptly identify situations that require attorney services and promptly communicate the underlying facts to supervising attorney in an appropriate and effective manner.
- Visit facilities where clients or other people with disabilities are located, as necessary, and in keeping with current public health considerations.
- Travel, as necessary, to see clients and participate in work-related activities throughout the state.
- According to agency policies and procedures, accurately track and report PAVA, monitoring, and investigation-related activities; prepare memoranda and case reports; and maintain the security of confidential records.
- Submit timely timekeeping and other reports.
- Perform other duties, as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in one of the following areas: sociology, psychology, social work, or other related human services fields with experience in advocacy on behalf of persons with disabilities or other vulnerable communities (2+ years); OR A minimum of four (4) years of experience in human services area, with at least three (3) years of direct experience working with individuals with disabilities; OR a comparable combination of educational and work experience.
- Highly organized, detail-oriented, and analytical.
- Strong writing skills with the ability to research complex issues, complete and submit reports within required time limits.
- Effective oral and written communication skills.
- Strong ability to: work independently with minimal supervision; be accountable for work scheduling and deadlines and maintain confidentiality.
- Strong computer skills, including word processing and databases.
- Ability and willingness to make effective public presentations and create social media posts.
- The ability to travel, on average, 25% of the time throughout Massachusetts to perform assigned job tasks, including overnight travel, as necessary.
- Ability to occasionally work long hours and/or weekends.
- Prior experience interviewing or working with individuals with disabilities and/or from underserved communities, highly preferred.
- Prior experience with or passion for conducting voter engagement and voting rights advocacy.
- Bilingual fluency in another spoken language and/or American Sign Language.
The starting salary range for this position is $47,000 – $57,800
DLC has a very generous benefits package. For details, please visit Careers at DLC.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Interested applicants for this position must upload a cover letter and resume (with three references) through the form below:
All applications will be kept confidential.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION MISSION STATEMENT
DLC is committed to protecting the fundamental human rights of its clients by providing zealous advocacy and excellent representation. In fulfilling our mission, DLC is committed to fostering diversity at all levels of the agency. We are dedicated to understanding our clients’ diverse circumstances and meeting their needs. We are also committed to maintaining an inclusive environment that supports success and the well-being of all of our staff. DLC’s leadership is responsible for ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The Disability Law Center values diversity of culture, disability, and other life experiences, and is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer by choice. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information (including family medical history), military service, veteran status, age, citizenship, disability, marital status, or status as a parent/guardian. We endorse and support the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants or employees who need accommodations.
If you require a reasonable accommodation for completing this application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in our employee selection process, please contact Amanda Gasparonis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclaimer: The purpose of this position description is to serve as a general summary and overview of the major duties and responsibilities of the job. It is not intended to represent the entirety of the job nor is it intended to be all-inclusive. Management reserves the right to modify, or rescind, this position description at any time, with or without prior notice.