Have you been looking for a way to give back?
You may be the one we are looking for! Parents Helping Parents encourages parents and adult siblings of individuals with special needs to apply for available positions. Your experience with differently-abled people could be applicable to the experience.
Parents Helping Parents is based in San Jose, CA. at the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits. The office is close to freeways, schools, downtown San Jose and Willow Glen and walking distance from Race light rail station.
Individuals who are bilingual in any language are always welcome!
If we don’t have any open positions that fit your interests, feel free to send a cover letter with your background (professional/personal) and career goals to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Work for PHP” in the subject line. Thank you!
We are currently search for an Advocacy/Civic Participation Manager
Are you passionate that all individuals with special needs deserve access to programs that will enable them to have bright futures? Are you seeking a job opportunity that will bring about meaningful change for families? Do you have a history of fighting for social change, including those who experience the most disparity? PHP is looking for candidates like you for the newly created position of Advocacy/Civic Participation Manager.
Parents Helping Parents serves over 5,500 families each year build bright futures for children with special needs, as well as reaching nearly 50,000 individuals annually with electronic resources. PHP helps children and adults with special needs receive the education, healthcare, services and resources they need to reach their full potential, by empowering parents and ensuring they are a part of responsive systems of care. We have a 40+ year history of training parents to advocate for their children within systems of care, now is your opportunity to train parents to advocate for change to the systems of care.
What you will do: You will be the primary person at PHP to empower and mobilize parents in their efforts to promote positive system change for individuals with special needs. Train a small cohort of parents to be leaders in the parent movement. Analyze current issues facing families and in coordination with the leadership team determines policy priorities. Mobilize hundreds of parents to become “one minute advocates” by making a phone call to an elected representative, signing a change.org petition, etc. Work successfully with diverse parents, especially those who are low income or non-English speakers. Reports to the Executive Director.
Job Summary: Primary person at PHP responsible for empowering and mobilizing parents in their efforts to promote system change for children with special needs. Trains a small cohort of parents to be leaders in the parent movement. Analyzes current issues facing families and in coordination with the leadership team determines policy priorities. Mobilizes hundreds of parents to become “one minute advocates” by making a phone call to an elected representative, signing a change.org petition, etc. Is successful in working with diverse parents, especially those who are low income or non-English speakers. Reports to Executive Director.
- Build advocate base of parents of children with special needs to advocate for system change, including Hispanic Parents and others who experience disparities in the system
- Recruit and train a cohort of parents to be effective advocates. Determine & execute training curriculum.
- Develop and maintain positive working relationships with disability groups and parent center leaders through coalitions to maximize civic engagement and voter turnout
- Analyze policies, proposed legislation and budgets which can impact the special needs community and work in coordination with PHP’s Executive Director to develop an advocacy agenda that will have the greatest impact on families raising children with disabilities
- Cultivate relationships with public officials to inform them of PHP’s policy priorities
- Engage in one-on-one meetings with identified parent and disability advocates and leaders within 12 months
- Report to Executive Director on successes, failure, roadblocks and opportunities
- A passion for families with children with special needs.
Ideally possesses 2+ years of prior experience in grassroots community organizing, political advocacy, or government relations.
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team effort.
- Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Experience at using social media tools to create positive social change.
- Comfortable representing the organization externally.
- Compelling and inspirational communication skills: interpersonal, oral and written.
- Ability to build relationships and engage with people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
- Competent at using Microsoft Office and customer relationship management software; DonorPerfect a plus.
- Approach challenges with a positive attitude.
- Parents or siblings of those with special needs are encouraged to apply.
- Flexibility, ingenuity, enthusiasm, and a sense of humor are also key attributes
- Information Management: Responsible for timely and accurate collection and summary of all data and information that may be required for agency reporting.
- Performs other duties as required.
- Bilingual in Spanish a plus.
The position is based at PHP offices in San Jose, CA with local and statewide travel 10-40% of time. The position as written is 30 hours/week the first year. This position is grant funded through summer 2021; grant funding is expected to continue beyond that.
Work Environment/Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk or hear, and use fingers and hands to reach, handle or feel objects, tools or controls.
- The employee may lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
- Must have a good driving record or ability to use public transportation to attend meetings.
Application instructions: Please email your cover letter and resume to email@example.com, subject line Advocacy/Civil Participation Manager. Position open until filled.