Advocate – Vaccine Advocacy

Lansing

Position Overview

Disability Rights Michigan (DRM) has an immediate, full-time Advocate position on the Vaccine Advocacy Team.  This limited-term position provides advocacy, information and referral, and outreach to improve the understanding of the needs and challenges in communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and barriers to vaccination access and uptake.  These positions involve advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities, their family members, and caregivers to receive vaccinations, including but not limited to COVID-19 vaccinations.  Positions are limited term and coincide with vaccination advocacy funding through June 30, 2024.

Bachelor’s degree in human services field or equivalent education/experience in human service field or disability rights. Must have relevant experience working with marginalized populations, including individuals with disabilities.  Candidates must demonstrate effective communication, problem-solving and advocacy skills. Bilingual skills a plus.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT:

  1. Normal office environment with little discomfort or exposure due to unfavorable working conditions.
  2. Work may involve travel to various locations throughout the State with some exposure to adverse weather, traffic hazards, and the like. Moderate exposure to injury and/or communicable diseases when using standard precautions.

DRM is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, political belief, creed, national origin, marital status, military status or disability.

Responsibilities

  • Develops and maintains working relationships with individuals who live in or have connections with individuals in marginalized communities who can help improve access to COVID-19 and other vaccines. These individuals may include school personnel, service providers, parents, churches, shelters, law enforcement, medical professionals, and others.
  • Participates in a variety of outreach activities to community-based organizations and others in disproportionately affected communities to increase awareness of vaccination benefits, how and where to access vaccinations. Outreach activities may be conducted in collaboration with others and may be done outside of normal business hours.
  • Provides information and assistance to individuals to improve understanding of populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and barriers to vaccination access and uptake.
  • Participates in developing a survey and other needs assessments to identify barriers to accessing COVID-19 and other vaccinations across Michigan.
  • Maintains communication with team members and other Agency staff to exchange information, provide technical assistance/consultation, and resolve problems.
  • Improves and expands messaging/education around vaccinations.
  • Completes required documentation in a timely manner.
  • Attends team area and agency staff meetings, training and in-service programs in office, virtually or off-site as required.
  • Assists with special projects as directed, and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a human service-related field preferred or equivalent education and/or experience.
  • Demonstrated experience working with marginalized populations including with individuals with disabilities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the civil rights of all people and the ability to work with individuals with a variety of disability characteristics and cultural backgrounds.
  • Effective communication skills, including telephone skills. Bilingual skills a plus.
  • Ability to think creatively, build trust, and bring individuals together to meet the goals of this grant.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate effectively with clients and their families, school personnel, service providers, and others in the exchange of information and resolution of problem situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to respond in a professional, non-judgmental manner to emotionally and politically charged issues and the like. The incumbent is also required to be able to respond appropriately to individuals with speech impairments, limited cognitive abilities and/or limited ability to speak English.
  • Analytical ability and problem-solving skills to identify client issue(s) and barriers and determine appropriate intervention(s).
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple cases and assignments. The incumbent is also required to organize and prioritize complex tasks.
  • Ability to work independently and show initiative in completion of assigned tasks.
  • Written and computer skills necessary to prepare required documentation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with various computer software packages including Microsoft Office, Outlook E-mail, specialized databases, and Internet browsing.
  • Ability to adapt and respond to multiple priorities and demands and deal with the concerns/ emotional needs of clients and their families in a timely manner.
  • Physical ability to work at a desk for potentially extended periods of time, properly operate required office equipment, and ability to travel throughout Michigan.
  • Successfully complete background check.
  • COVID-19 vaccination must be current or documentation from a medical provider with reason(s) to request waiver must be provided.

Salary Range

$45,000-$50,000

Deadline for Application

Monday, May 9, 2022

Prefer to send your information by e-mail or fax?

Interested applicants can send their resume and cover letter to:

Camilia Limas
Disability Rights Michigan
4095 Legacy Parkway
Lansing, MI 48911
517.487.0827 (FAX)
climas@drmich.org

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