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Disability Rights New Jersey is the designated protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities in the diverse state of New Jersey, providing individual and systemic advocacy and legal representation, training and technical assistance and outreach in order to protect legal, civil, and human rights. The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) is the designated implementing agency for the federal Assistive Technology Act. This position is funded through a grant award issued under the authority of Section 2501 of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, P.L. 117-2.

Disability Rights NJ is seeking a full-time Assistive Technology Social Supports Specialist to join the ATAC team. This position will begin on October 1, 2022, or as soon thereafter as possible. The salary for this position will be based on years of relevant experience beginning at $50,000 per year and up to $55,000 per year.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create curriculum/public health tools related to telehealth.
  • Provide community outreach / training to the aging and disability population on the use of telehealth / smart home devices.
  • Collaborate with the National Disability Institute low interest AT loan program to expand the target market and expand/diversify loans.
  • Cultivate partnerships with state and local agencies supporting the aging and disability community throughout New Jersey.
  • Conduct outreach activities to the aging and disability community, especially the underserved populations across New Jersey.
  • Provide technical assistance to agencies / organizations across New Jersey with regards to web / document accessibility in order to ensure effective / accessible communications with the aging and disability communities.
  • Provide support to public health entities to explore remote monitoring supports to address staff shortages and promote community independence.
  • Enhance public awareness of AT devices and services (specifically public health related) through community outreach and media campaigns.
  • Data entry and report submission for federal and state reporting requirements
  • Demonstration of assistive technology devices
  • Travel across NJ meeting with ATAC staff/partners, individuals, families and community stakeholders.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Bachelor’s degree in any field from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of experience working with assistive technology and/or providing outreach to aging/disability populations; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

  • Candidate must have knowledge of:
    • Broad scope of the assistive technology field;
    • Disabilities and the impact of technology;
    • Assistive technology devices across disability areas;
    • Assessment, training, and planning strategies;
    • Computer software/hardware
  • Strong organizational skills and time management skills. 
  • Ability to:
    • Communicate effectively orally and in writing with people with disabilities, families, staff, and other professionals;
    • Establish and maintain good working relationships;
    • Troubleshoot problems effectively;
    • Develop and implement effective outreach strategies;
    • Provide technical assistance to individuals, programs and agencies;
    • Work independently in a variety of settings.

Disability Rights NJ seeks candidates committed to diversity and to the rights of individuals with disabilities to full inclusion in society. 

Disability Rights NJ staff work under a hybrid, with some work from home. Disability Rights NJ requires COVID-19 vaccination for all staff, with exemptions available in accordance with federal law.

Disability Rights NJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Interested applicants should email a resume, letter of interest and writing sample to: Interview Committee, Disability Rights New Jersey at advocate@disabilityrightsnj.org.

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