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Disability Rights Advocate - Herkimer


Full time


The preferred applicant demonstrates an understanding of the impact of institutional biases and barriers in the lives of individuals with disabilities. The preferred applicant demonstrates community resources knowledge and advocacy skills necessary to cut through barriers and achieve customer goals. The successful candidate will possess strong interpersonal skills and have experience in community education and outreach to underserved communities.

Position Highlights:

  • Provide information, resources, assistance, referral, and education services to help customers with disabilities improve and practice self-advocacy skills;
  • Complete intake and assessment of customers with disabilities to help them develop short and long-term independent living goals;
  • Assist director in meeting outreach goals that increase referrals to the Herkimer Center;
  • Contact organizations and agencies to mediate and solve problems; and
  • Maintain working knowledge of community resources and knowledge of disability-related legislative systems change.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Candidates must have at least two years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. Strong communication, organizational and networking skills are required. An Associates Degree in Human Services is preferred; a High School Diploma or equivalent is required.

Wages:  $17.95 per hour

Hours: RCIL offers multiple schedule options for its staff. Employees can work a flexible schedule with three-day weekends every other week OR a standard 7.5-hour schedule working from home every other Friday.

Travel Required: Yes

Location: Herkimer, NY

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.


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Recruiter Contact:

Nate Discavage


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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.

It is the policy of RCIL to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need assistance or accommodations to fully participate in the interview process, please contact the HR Recruiter at 315-797-4642. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a person’s disability.

RCIL promotes a scent/chemical free environment. To support this effort, we ask that all applicants refrain from wearing scented products while in the office.

RCIL is an equal opportunity employer. All persons—including people with disabilities; elders; women; and people of racial and ethnic minority—are encouraged to apply.

It is RCIL’s policy and agency standard that all employees participate in advocacy for Civil Rights and Agency activities.  Apply today to make a difference!

This document was developed under grant CFDA 93.778 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.