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Disability Rights Advocate/Youth Services Specialist

posted 2/1/2017


Full time




Advocacy - Herkimer


RCIL is a civil rights organization that offers individuals with disabilities a wide range of independent living and advocacy services through the numerous programs we manage. The Disability Rights Advocate works under the supervision of the Program Director to provide information, referral and education services directed at increasing the consumer’s self-advocacy skills. The Advocate will coordinate youth services activities in line with the plan developed to link employment, education and civic life to working-age adults with disabilities. Successful candidates will mediate to resolve conflicts, follow-up with agencies and provide outreach and education in collaboration with Center programs and staff.

We are looking for an extremely organized, innovative candidate with outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written.

Successful candidates will have two or more years of experience working with people with disabilities.  A minimum of an Associate’s degree in Human Services or related field is required. Knowledge of the ADA, IDEA, ACCESS-VR SSI, SSDI, public benefits and legislative processes.  Skills should include mediation, negotiation, planning, community networking, collaboration, written and oral communication organization, flexibility and public speaking.

Hourly Wage: $15.38

RCIL offers a competitive salary and benefit package that includes paid time off, insurances, life and disability coverage, and a 401k plan.

How to Apply: 

Candidates may apply via RCIL’s website at  A hard copy of your resume and cover letter may also be forwarded to: RCIL, P.O. Box 210, Utica, NY 13503-0210, Attention: Recruitment or

RCIL is an equal opportunity Employer. Women, minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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