Community Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator

Community Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator


This is a full-time exempt position that is responsible for ongoing distribution of community resources, development and coordination of education/training and networking opportunities for individuals, their families and other stakeholders in the developmental services system who live in, receive, or provide services from Westmoreland County.  Focus of trainings, education and ongoing distribution will be guided by the needs of the Westmoreland County’s Developmental Services program.  All outreach activities will be based on the philosophies and concepts of Supporting families throughout the Lifespan working towards a “vision of a good life”.

The position is also responsible to act as chairperson to the Human Rights Committee for Westmoreland County DS program.   The committee conducts systemic reviews of physical restraints and other restrictive procedures, influences the creation of policy and support the development of initiatives aimed at reducing or eliminating the need for physical restraints and restrictive procedures, provides technical assistance to providers to assist in developing positive intervention strategies, and analyzes systemic concerns that impact the rights of individuals within this service system.

This position will have the responsibility of becoming and maintaining certification of the standardized assessment (ADOS-2 tool).  This position will act in a backup role to the Support and Assessment Specialist for all individuals who are requesting to be assessed for a diagnosis of autism and do not currently have a formalized assessment.

It is essential to have excellent written and verbal presentation skills along with the ability to maintain positive, professional relationships with all stakeholders.  Primary work hours will be Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with a 1/2-hour lunch (37.5/week) unless otherwise agreed upon.

This specialized position will require someone who can be flexible with their work schedule to meet the needs of this position.


Includes the following, (other duties may be assigned as deemed necessary by management):

Adheres to RIHS, county, state, and federal regulations governing Developmental Services. Attends specially designed training programs provided through RIHS, county, state, and federal agencies.

Advocacy Activities:

This position will help individuals and their family increase awareness of Office of Developmental Programs system, working to remove barriers and create options for resolving problems when necessary.  They will work to ensure individuals and families receive appropriate resources, information and networking opportunities when requested.

Chairperson for the Human Rights Committee

Develop and maintain a Human Rights Committee (HRC) in order to safeguard the human rights of individuals receiving services and supports through the Consolidated,

Community Living, and Person/Family Directed Support waivers. The HRC is responsible for conducting systemic reviews of restrictive procedures and identifying trends and patterns in order to inform and enhance the Westmoreland County DS’s work in protecting and promoting human rights of individuals receiving services. Provide technical assistance to providers in developing positive intervention strategies to eliminate or reduce the need for physical restraints and restrictive procedures.

Management of Data for Distribution Purposes:

Manage and control electronic mailing lists for distribution to individuals, families and stakeholders requesting and in need of information as to what is happening in the community, upcoming trainings, conferences, and webinars designed to increase awareness of advocacy and resource opportunities as well as information around the Community of Practice Supporting Families throughout the Lifespan. Create and edit regular communications which include writing articles, proofreading and designing materials.  It may also require locating or requesting content for distribution from appropriate stakeholders.

Locate and Management of Community Resources:

Manage a data base of community resources.  Responsible to locate new community resources and update existing resources.  Maintain resources in a web-based system.  When appropriate share resources through electronic and paper distributions.

Website Coordination and Auditing:

Manage a website reviewing and auditing to ensure proper information is publicly displayed.

Communities of Practice and LifeCourse Framework:

Become knowledgeable and skilled in Communities of Practice and LifeCourse Framework. Provide opportunities to increase awareness to individuals, families and stakeholders.  Goal to use the LifeCourse tools and how they can be utilized to help identify natural resources in the community to help support the needs of individuals in the DS system.

Outreach and Education specific to the Developmental Services System:

Participate in community networking activities as requested or organized.  Seek out opportunities to meet the needs of the DS system through educational forums. Expand relationships with civic groups, schools/colleges and other social service organizations.  Develop procedures, protocols and analyze outreach/educational activities and outcomes in reports.  Must be able to communicate effectively and comfortably in public forums and maintain positive, professional relationships with these stakeholders.

Professional/Technical Responsibilities:

Develop extensive knowledge of the BH/DS service system; ability to prioritize work; work with minimal direction and still meet deadlines; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders which include but are not limited to: county and state offices, individuals, families, SCOs, service providers, community civic groups, schools/colleges, social service organizations and regulatory bodies; ability to work independently and be able to multitask/prioritize responsibilities.    This position must be self-motivated, possess empathy and compassion for the population and their needs, be proactive and forward thinking, ability to promote the agency and DS system in a positive approach that builds upon philosophies and concepts of Supporting families throughout the Lifespan working towards a “vision of a good life”.


Participate in training specific to the ADOS-2 assessment tool and maintain adequate knowledge.  Ability to demonstrate administration and scoring of the ADOS-2 tool to assess autism.  Differentiate how to select the most appropriate ADOS-2 module use with individuals of different ages, language levels, and develop assessment skills to evaluate individuals to rule out autism.  Understand how to apply the ADOS-2 codes and recognize red flags for behaviors that are indicative of diagnosis of autism.  Ability to work with and provided adequate information to a qualified professional who can certify the diagnosis of autism.

Other Duties:

This position may be required to perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor or RIHS Management Entity.


This position has no direct supervisory responsibility. The incumbent will report directly to the Developmental Services Supervisor and my take direction from the RIHS Management Entity.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience: meet the Qualification Guidelines as established to complete the ADOS-2 Assessment tool.
Master’s degree (e.g.., MA, MS, MSW) in Psychology, Special Education, Counseling, Social Work, Education, Applied Behavior Analysis or have a Pennsylvania Behavior Specialist License from an accredited college or university and one year of work experience working directly with persons with disabilities; with a preference working with individuals with autism.

Demonstrated experience in educating or advocating for target populations. Knowledge of Developmental Services provider network and community resource system preferred.  Excellent written and verbal presentation skills, time management and proficiency with computers are essential.  Excellent leadership skills required, which are characterized by the ability to gain respect, positively influence, accurately assess, and support the agency in the achievement of its mission and vision.

Language Skills:
Strong interpersonal skills, effective oral and written communication skills.  Ability to prepare clear, concise documents.  Working knowledge of computer software that includes databases, spreadsheets and word processing for tracking information and preparing reports, letters, newsletters and articles.  Effectively present information, and respond to questions from consumers, families, agency, county, and state representatives.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Valid PA driver’s license, Proof of valid Auto Insurance, ACT 33 (Child Abuse), ACT 34 (Criminal Record) and FBI Clearance.  There will be monthly screenings of PA Medicheck List, LEIE and EPLS. This position requires the availability of a personal vehicle to use for work purposes, with mileage reimbursement.Physical/Mental Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to operate a motor vehicle, sit, stand, walk, bend and lift objects of up to 10 pounds. The employee regularly uses a computer, phone, fax, copier and other essential office equipment to carry out daily work assignments.

Work Environment:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in an office environment. The employee may be required to work outside the office environment in relation to the needs of the role of responsibilities of this position.  Exposure to outside weather conditions will exist.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Reasonable Accommodation:

It is RIHS’s business philosophy and practice to provide reasonable accommodations, according to applicable state and federal laws, to all qualified individuals with disabilities.

Job Type: Full Time Exempt
MCR Code: P3015
Supervisor: RIHS Developmental Services Manager
Department: Developmental Services

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