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Open Position: Community Living Advocate, National Council on Independent Living (Washington, DC)

Position Summary: Responsible for tracking and analyzing current policy and political trends that impact people with disabilities, with a focus on community living and home and community based services (HCBS). The Community Living Advocate will communicate these trends and their impact to key stakeholders, including leadership of NCIL, ADAPT, and other organizations as necessary. The Community Living Advocate will also meet with government officials to explain the detrimental effects of unwanted institutionalization and advocate for policies that empower people with disabilities. This position is part of the National Organizing Project, a partnership between NCIL and ADAPT, funded by the Ford Foundation.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Communicate the Independent Living philosophy and value of community living to officials at all levels of the federal government and to other key stakeholders
  • Synthesize current and anticipated policies that affect people with disabilities, with a focus on community living and HCBS, into written and oral summaries
  • Report relevant policy issues to leaders within NCIL, ADAPT, and other disability rights organizations
  • Participate in a joint committee alongside representatives of NCIL and ADAPT to steer the direction of, and report on the outcomes of, the National Organizing Project
  • Work closely with NCIL’s Executive Director, Policy Analyst, and the Legislative & Advocacy Committee to define and implement NCIL’s legislative strategy related to issues of community living and HCBS
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the Healthcare and PAS Subcommittees to inform and support their work on issues related to community living and HCBS
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Extensive familiarity with the values of Independent Living
  • Minimum 2-3 years professional experience in the Independent Living or Disability Rights Movements
  • Background in political science or related field
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to think on the spot and keep up with up-to-the-minute policy changes
  • Excellent computer and software skills with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point, to include the ability to rapidly produce high quality presentations and reports.
  • Professionalism in appearance, attitude, and presentation
  • Ability to successfully network, obtain and facilitate meetings and relationships with government officials and their staff
  • Personal experience with disability a plus

Position Location and Requirements:

  • This is a one year position funded by the Ford Foundation, with the possibility of renewal contingent on further grant funding
  • This is a full time position located at NCIL’s offices in Washington, DC
  • Salary is $50,000/year with a comprehensive benefits package
  • Frequent local travel to and around Capitol Hill will be required

To Apply:

Qualified applicants should submit a detailed professional resume, at least three professional references, and a cover letter to:

Lindsay Baran
Policy Analyst

National Council on Independent Living
2013 H Street NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20006


Deadline: Close of Business November 22, 2017

The National Council on Independent Living is an equal opportunity employer and makes reasonable accommodations as appropriate for people with disabilities. People of marginalized identities (including, but not limited to: people with disabilities, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, formerly incarcerated persons, low income persons, or any intersections thereof) are highly encouraged to apply.

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