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Community Disability Advocate

People With Disabilities WA Inc.
  • Competitive salary, salary sacrifice arrangements and flexible working conditions.
  • Part time Hours of Work: 30 hours per week for up to 24 months

About People With Disabilities WA

Since 1981 PWdWA has been the peak disability consumer organisation representing the rights, needs, and equity of all Western Australians with disabilities. We provide access to information, and independent individual and systemic advocacy with a focus on those who are most vulnerable.

PWdWA is run by and for people with disabilities and aims to empower the voices of all people with disabilities in Western Australia.

ABOUT THE ROLE

The Community Disability Advocate (CDA) will be responsible to build on the current disability peer support groups and individual advocacy approach to work with and involve the community in identifying ‘place-based’ solutions to issues that negatively impact on self-determination, choice, and control of people with disability in that community.

The CDA would assist in building the capacity of people with disability to self-advocate on specific issues and in the process, identify what role and support the local community could play in addressing local systemic issues that have contributed to the need for advocacy support.

Capability Profile

Formal Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in health or community related field or demonstrated experience in a similar community development role.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated success in delivering health promotion programs with a strong community focus.
  • Demonstrated understanding of human rights, including a strong commitment to upholding the rights of people with disabilities.
  • Demonstrated understanding of advocacy and conflict of interest.
  • Knowledge and experience of disability services and the issues impacting on people with disabilities, their families and carers.
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, community development and community capacity building across a range of community settings.
  • Strong communication skills, including highly developed written and group presentation skills.
  • Ability to resolve conflict, solve problems and conduct complex negotiations.
  • Stakeholder management skills with a proven ability to influence, lead change and inspire others.
  • Excellent organisational skills with the capacity to work autonomously and as part of a team.
  • Ability to undertake, manage and review projects and initiatives of a complex and sensitive nature.
  • Capability and preparedness to embrace and lead adoption of new IT platforms and systems.

Desirable

  • Demonstrated knowledge of current disability and human rights legislation.
  • Knowledge of Asset Based Community Development, and Collective Impact concepts.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

The successful candidate must be willing to undergo a Working with Children and National Police check. Due to the location and availability of stakeholders it is likely that regional travel and outside of office hours working will be required. A Driver's License is desirable.

This position will be based in Perth.

People with a disability are encouraged to apply.

For further information about this role, please contact the Chief Executive Officer Brendan Cullinan on 9420 7279 or email brendan@pwdwa.org, using the subject line: Community Disability Advocate enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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