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Macon Bibb Citizen Advocacy, Inc. is a small, independent, nonprofit organization which initiates and supports one-to-one matches between people who have a developmental or intellectual disability and local citizens. The Coordinator is primarily responsible for making new matches and supporting new and existing matches to grow into relationships. The Coordinator will also develop networks of people in our community
who will offer support to find vulnerable people with disabilities in addition to recruiting ordinary citizens to become advocates. The Coordinator is an ‘asker’ and is responsible for recruiting people with disabilities, inviting people to consider becoming citizen advocates, making the match and offering follow along and support to ongoing and established relationships. Making matches is done one person at a time. The job requires a lot of time meeting people, discerning a person’s character and talents, and clearly communicating what Citizen Advocacy is all about.
This is not a desk job or a non-profit management job – it is hands-on work similar to community or voter organizing for a natural people person who has a strong sense of social justice. The Coordinator must be unafraid to ask people to do hard things and is persuasive and clear in oral and written communications. The Coordinator must be well-connected to the Macon/Bibb community, and a curious observer and life long learner.
Some travel for training and some evening work involved.
● willingness to learn
● interest in promoting the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of civic and community life
● willingness and ability to invite people to do hard things
● persistent and not discouraged by the word “no”
● belief in the value of all people
● autonomous, self-starting, self-managing, able to work independently
● comfort with a wide variety of people and places around Macon/Bibb
● enjoys meeting new people and networking
● ability to read people and discern character and talent,
● strong listening skills, great written and oral communication skills, well-organized, respectful of other people’s time
● computer literate, reliable transportation
● available and willing to work flexible schedule of day and evening hours
● willing to travel occasionally for training,
● knowledge of resources in the Macon Bibb community
● Adhere to the Principles of Citizen Advocacy (as described in the written materials)
● Carry out the key office activities including: Recruitment of People with Disabilities, Advocate Recruitment, Advocate Orientation, Introduction and Matching, Follow-Along and Support
● Work with the Board of Directors and others – who have shared values - to foster conditions under which Citizen Advocacy can advance in the community
● Maintain appropriate records and reports regarding the matches supported by the office
● Seek support from the Board of Directors in order to successfully operate the Citizen Advocacy program in the Macon Bibb community
● Oversee a small office, including staff supervision, when applicable
● Maintain explicit policies and practices which promote a positive interpretation of people with disabilities
● Maintain orderliness and positive imagery in the office, as well as personal appearance and demeanor while representing Citizen Advocacy in any capacity
● Maintain records and submit plans and reports in a timely manner as required by the Board of Directors and/or any existing contracts
Preference: A bachelor’s degree and/or 3-5 years work experience with non-profit or grassroots organization.
Send a cover letter that addresses your interest in this position along with your resume and references to the Hiring Committee at MBCAO613@gmail.com. We will not review resumes without your cover letter attached.