- Disability Program Representative
- What will I be doing?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I be successful?
- How do I apply?
This is entry-level professional public contact work for the Governor's Council on Disability providing information and assistance to the disability community, employers, service providers, state and local governments, and the general public in an assigned geographical area of the state.
Provides information, referral, and advocacy assistance to the individuals with disabilities, the disabled community, employers, service providers, state and local government officials, and the general public relating to disability policies, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, employment issues, funding sources, material requests, and disability support organizations.
Plans and presents workshops and seminars to inform participants about ADA compliance, disability legislation, disability rights, public accommodation, and disability sensitivity.
Provides technical assistance and mediation services to Missouri employers and state agencies relating to disability issues.
Participates in the organization of local disability support groups; functions as liaison to disability organizations and other state agencies; recruits new members and organizations for the Missouri Disability Rights Coalition and the Business Advisory Council.
Conducts ADA accessibility surveys; explains federal compliance guidelines for tax credits and deductions.
Maintains a register of potential disabled employees which indicates employment availability, qualifications, and accommodation required (if any); provides area employers a copy of the register on a quarterly basis.
Participates in community disability board and committee meetings; apprises members of changes in federal and state regulations.
Participates in monitoring and evaluating proposed legislative policies to determine impact on the disabled community.
Represents the Governor's Council on Disability on various agency/college boards and planning committees.
Assists with legislative and policy changes to ensure that government is responsive to the needs of people with disabilities.
Exercises independence and initiative in the performance of assigned responsibilities within established guidelines; receives general supervision from a Disability Program Specialist or other designated administrative supervisor.
Performs other related work as assigned.
(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility. Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted. These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 15 earned credit hours in one or a combination of the following: Counseling, Education, Public Relations, Political Science, Business or Public Administration, or a closely related area; and,
Two or more years of professional or technical experience in disability rights advocacy, assistive technology, vocational counseling, special education, public relations, or business or public administration.
(Earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in the specified areas may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required experience at a rate of 24 earned graduate credit hours for one year.)
Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.
Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?
Introductory knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other state and federal civil rights legislation applicable to people with disabilities.
Introductory knowledge of Council policies, procedures, and program guidelines.
Introductory knowledge of the nature and objectives of independent living centers.
Ability to prepare and present workshops and seminars to disability organizations, employers, and the general public pertaining to disability legislation, ADA requirements, and other disability-related issues.
Ability to develop promotional materials to stimulate public interest and create support for equal access for people with disabilities.
Ability to conduct ADA accessibility surveys and to identify access barriers.
Ability to plan and organize work activities to achieve established program goals and objectives.
Ability to communicate effectively and to prepare complete and concise reports.
Ability to travel in the performance of assigned duties.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, disability groups, community organizations, employers, legislators, and the general public.
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