National Grassroots/Volunteer Coordinator
Posted OnFebruary 12, 2018
Experience LevelEntry Level
Education LevelBachelor's Degree
RespectAbility is a new, energetic, and results-driven nonprofit non-partisan organization fighting stigmas and expanding opportunities for the one-in-five people with disabilities. We work with policy makers, educators, self-advocates, nonprofits, employers, faith-based organizations, philanthropists, journalists, entertainment, media, and allies to enable people with disabilities to get the education, jobs, opportunities, and equality they deserve to participate in and contribute to society more fully. Led by people with disabilities and their loved ones, we know that people with disabilities and their families have the same hopes and dreams as everyone else, even if they face different challenges.
We do not lobby; we educate. Our free tools and factual resources inform so people with disabilities can achieve the education, training, jobs, security, and good health that everyone needs and deserves.
Position Reports To: RespectAbility’s Policy and Practices Director
POSITION SUMMARY: RespectAbility is currently seeking its first-ever full-time Volunteer/Grassroots Coordinator. This newly-created position will recruit, train, empower, and manage multiple volunteers and projects across the country. Staffer will create, nurture, and support committees to advance our mission.
Current and potential committees will include:
Respectability Opportunity Committee (ROC) – This committee will directly support the advancing opportunities agenda of RespectAbility by supporting the efforts of the Policy and Practices team. The ROC will review testimony and research practices to help deepen the impact of our policy advocacy/systems change agenda. The ROC will be composed of interested subject matter experts, policy professionals, and employers.
Hollywood Outreach Committee (HOC) – This committee will directly support the fighting stigmas agenda of RespectAbility currently led by the Communications team. The HOC will be focused on promoting positive media portrayals of disability, deepening partnerships with the entertainment industry. The HOC will be composed of actors with disabilities, script writers, producers, casting directors, talent agents, and other industry professionals.
Fellowship Recruitment and Mentoring Committee (FRMC) – This will directly support the recruitment, placement, and mentorship of young leaders in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program and work directly with the Fellowship team. The FRMC will assist with the recruitment of students, coordinate networking opportunities to enable Fellows to find employment post-Fellowship, build the cadre of distinguished Fellowship alumni who may continue furthering disability rights and awareness through ongoing community-based leadership, and offer mentorship connections to advance Fellows’ career goals both within and outside the field of disability. The FRMC will be composed of individuals invested in leadership development.
Youth Board – This new committee will be composed of young leaders who will reinforce the mission of RespectAbility, provide a voice on behalf of youth with disabilities, bring a fresh perspective, tap into new networks, and, in a broader context, develop the next generation of organizational leaders.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Recruit, train, and empower high impact stakeholders, partners, and volunteers in specific issue areas and to conduct periodic check-ins with partners. Implement best practices to maximize impact, engagement, and involvement of volunteers and grassroots partners.
Plan and execute strategic gatherings and events by developing and managing timelines, selecting guest speakers, securing vendors, completing expense reports, sending internal communications, preparing materials, etc. Provide event marketing and media needs and opportunities to the Communications team and collaborate to maximize outcomes.
Coordinate with the different departments of RespectAbility to leverage organizational assets to support advocacy initiatives, including communicating advocacy goals and volunteer needs through presentations, one-on-one relationship building, and dissemination of advocacy information through the Intranet and other internal channels. Other projects as assigned.
A special focus in this work will be minority populations with disabilities, English Language Learners with disabilities, and children with disabilities with Spanish-speaking parents.
Strong commitment to the mission and vision of the organization, including diversity, equality, and opportunity for people of all backgrounds and abilities.
Commitment to people with disabilities/disability issues as well as a strong interest in issues of intersectionality and other marginalized communities.
Ability to work with Policy Director and team; experience recruiting volunteers, managing teams, staffing committees, and overseeing successful events.
Talented, detail oriented, and highly motivated and honest professional with proven success.
Excellent writing and communications skills including grammar and spelling.
Minimum of three years of combined experience in such areas as grassroots organizing, advocacy, volunteer coordination, direct service for youth with disabilities, job coaching, special education, campaign management, public policy, and/or systems change/advocacy.
Ability and willingness to work flexibly in a fast-paced, fast-growing, and dynamic nonprofit environment. Strong work ethic, sense of humor, and team player. Willingness and ability to travel for work.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
Significant organizational skills plus a sense of humor and can-do attitude.
Bilingual (Native level Spanish language proficiency) strongly preferred but not required.
RespectAbility provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status political party affiliation, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, RespectAbility complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and salary/payment requirements to TonyaK@RespectAbility.org.
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