The Youth Disability Advocacy Network Inc. (YDAN) is Western Australia’s peak organisation for young people with disabilities. YDAN operates primarily as a human rights organisation that seeks to address the exclusion of young people with disability in a rapidly changing society. YDAN is becoming widely acknowledged as a leader in the field of current youth participation and advocacy and has received awards to this effect.
The mission of YDAN is to promote and advance the human rights and freedoms of young people with disabilities. We strive to be the leading voice and body of young people with disabilities in Western Australia, ensuring they are respected, valued, and listened to in all aspects of life. We hope to empower young people and create a future that is just, and free from discrimination.
The Disability Empowerment Project creates a unique opportunity for Young People with Disability (YPWD) in Western Australia, to build their individual capacity to establish autonomy over their lives through training that develops their self-advocacy skills. It enables YPWD to acquire the skills and confidence to do this.
By virtue of their age, YPWD are more likely to be disadvantaged in many areas than other people with disability. The added barrier of discrimination based on age, results in YPWD not having their views listened to and finding extreme difficulty when trying to self-advocate. YPWD have unique issues and are constantly under-represented.
The project aims to change this by delivering 3 key elements across 2 separate cohorts of YPWD:
- Training for 15 YPWD focusing on the necessary knowledge/skills to successfully overcome barriers and build capacity to identify support(s) in the community.
- A series of podcasts that will be distributed nationally and help others with similar barriers find inspiration and tangible ideas for support.
- A quarterly publication to the community and sector Western Australia and across the country, to help raise awareness and share lessons learnt from the YPWD.
The position is for a 3 year duration on a 0.8FTE basis, and will be Level 5.1 under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010.
The role of the Advocacy Program Coordinator is to:
- Undertake project management planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project as per the grant awarded to YDAN, and in response to the needs of the organisation and its strategic direction.
- Develop resources and materials, including online and social media content.
- Collect, analyse and interpret data and other contextual information.
- Assist in the preparation of reports, briefings and other documentation.
- Liaise with YDAN's officers and staff, and other external organisations to develop, implement and report on project initiatives;
- Other duties as required.
The following selection criteria are identified as being required to achieve the outcomes in the context of this position. Applicants will need to provide evidence of their capacity to transfer their knowledge and skills to achieving the outcomes of this position.
- Demonstrated developed project management skills, including project planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation and an ability to work independently with limited supervision.
- Demonstrated experience in training program design and delivery, including the coordination of events and meetings, and proficiency in the use of information technology, and social media platforms .
- Demonstrated highly developed presentation skills, including experience in the preparation of reports, briefing and other documentation to support and inform a variety of audiences.
- Demonstrated experience in advocacy activities, including development and implementation of strategies and campaigns to influence change
- Demonstrated highly developed communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders, particularly diverse communities.
- Lived experience and a sound understanding of current issues for young people with disability is highly desirable.
- Employees will be required to obtain a current National Police History Check and Working with Children Check (WWCC) prior to commencement of employment.
- A class C driver's license is required.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
- Qualifications in social studies, social work, public policy, or another relevant discipline — with experience in community education and project coordination with relevant experience;
Experience attained through previous appointments, services and/or study of an equivalent level of expertise and/or experience to undertake the range of activities required.
- Experience working with young people or people with disability is highly desirable.