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Disability Resource Coordinator (DRC) Needed!


The Chenango-Delaware-Otsego (CDO) Workforce Development Board is seeking a Systems Change Agent to work as a Disability Resource Coordinator under our Disability Employment Initiative ( Youth Project.

This individual will work in cooperation with the local and state-level DEI project leadership to carry out the goals of the DEI, including implementation of the strategic approaches identified in the project’s statement of work.

The DRC, among other responsibilities, will:
• Advise the public workforce system on how to effectively promote the participation of youth with disabilities in existing career pathways systems and programs;
• Assist Career Center staff, community colleges, businesses, and other partner training providers on such topics as Ticket to Work as a potential source for training funds, accommodations, assistive technology, discovery process, or assessments;
• Engage businesses to increase awareness about the low cost of accommodations, and make the business case for hiring individuals with disabilities;
• Ensure local Career Centers are programmatically and physically accessible for persons with disabilities.
The candidate must have a strong belief that people with disabilities can work, and that local Career Centers can serve them at all levels. He or she will have disability and workforce-related knowledge, skills, and experience, including experience with the employment of individuals with disabilities and the public workforce system's challenges in effectively serving them. The ideal candidate is a teacher, a mentor, and a bridge builder.

Other preferred skill sets and qualities include:
• College educated (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred).
• Personal experience with and/or knowledge of disability issues.
• Highly skilled in written communication and oral presentation.
• Naturally resourceful with a desire to help build a better system and promote change.
• Ability to work independently, set goals, self-initiate tasks, prioritize duties, self-monitor performance, and follow-through.
• Ability to approach challenges flexibly and solve problems creatively.
• Ability to manage, foster, and facilitate relationships; Ability to apply tact and diplomacy; ability to facilitate and lead discussions;
• Strong time management skills, with strengths in multi-tasking, and a good memory for details.
• General knowledge of Federal, state, and local laws, policy, and procedures relating to employment of people with disabilities, work incentives, and resources.
• General knowledge of Workforce Innovations and Opportunities Act (WIOA) Youth Programs.
• Familiarity with the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program.
• Familiarity with the local community and agencies, and ability to communicate with a diversity of people, including business leaders, customers, and workforce development staff.
• Knowledge of ADA issues, the ability to advise/refer and work effectively with youth with disabilities (including those with significant disabilities).
• Ability to travel in local communities, participate in local community, statewide, and/or national coalitions, trainings, and conferences.
• Computer literate.

Job Location: 12 Dietz St., Oneonta, NY

Please send resumes & references to [email protected].

To download the job description: click here.

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