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Advocacy Outreach Coordinator Job Announcement


Center for Independent Living of Northwest Florida, Inc. dba CIL Disability Resource Center (CILDRC) is searching for an experienced Advocacy/Outreach Coordinator to lead and develop advocacy activities in the four county area of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties.

The purpose of this position is to assist people with disabilities in both system and individual advocacy issues covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and provide Peer Counseling to consumers. The incumbent develops strategies and alliances with State and Federal elected officials, city/county government agencies and others to promote all titles of the ADA.  This position requires considerable judgment, and independent decision-making.  The incumbent will survey buildings, parking spaces, offices and any other structure using the ADA and Florida Building Codes.  Meet with consumers and establish goals and objectives to live independently.  Must be able to provide own transportation and travel extensively, with or without accommodation to perform essential functions, throughout Northwest Florida.

CILDRC is a consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential private non-profit agency that is designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities. Fifty-one percent (51%) of the Board of Directors, staff and decision-making/management staff are persons with significant disabilities.

CILDRC provides 5 core services:  individual and systems advocacy; information and referral; independent living skills training; peer counseling; and transition services.

A Bachelor’s Degree in an Independent Living (IL)-related field and 5 years of experience within the Independent Living movement or a Master’s Degree in a related field is desired.

Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience.  Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Candidates must submit a letter of interest, three professional references, resume and salary expectations by email to with subject “Resume for Advocacy/Outreach Coordinator” to be considered for this position.  This position is open until filled.  Appropriate candidates will be contacted on a rolling basis.  No phone calls and no walk-ins.



Assistive Technology Specialist Job Announcement

Click on link to download PDF version:  FAASTAssistiveTechnologySpecialist

This is a full time position with benefits with the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST) Gulf Coast Regional Demonstration Center, a program located at the CIL Disability Resource Center (CILDRC) in Pensacola Florida. FAAST is administered through the Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and is federally funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended in 2004 (P.L. 108-364). Since its inception in 1998, FAAST has been and continues to be a resource to provide Floridians free access to information, referral services, educational programs, and publications in accessible format on extensive topics related to disability rights, laws/policies, and funding opportunities for assistive technology.


  1. Incumbent will conduct Assistive Technology (AT) loans, demonstrations and AT Training for people with disabilities, caregivers, and organizations who serve people with disabilities.
  2. Incumbent will organize, oversee and maintain Assistive Technology Lending Library including assuring AT equipment is in good working order, and set up equipment for demonstration, develop and follow procedure to demonstrate, loan and retrieve equipment.
  3. Incumbent is responsible for providing information, resources, and training to people with disabilities, their caregivers and organizations who serve people with disabilities regarding assistive technology devices and techniques, and for tracking the progress of consumers utilizing assistive technology.
  4. Incumbent is responsible for maintaining inventory control and utilizing a database; ordering AT equipment and supplies, coordinating public relations/educational activities, assist with developing brochures and informational material and organizing open house events, training, and tours of the AT to the public.
  5. Incumbent will travel to events in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties. Also, travel to AT meetings State wide.
  6. Other duties as assigned.


  1. Should have at least 2 years of experience assisting people with disabilities or other vulnerable populations.
  2. Must have excellent writing and communication skills.
  3. Must have excellent computer skills; ability to use Internet for research; Microsoft
  4. Applications (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel); and knowledge of databases.
  5. Must pass a Level II Background Screening through the Agency for Healthcare
  6. Administration Background Screening Clearinghouse.
  7. Web Page management experience would be helpful.
  8. Should have case management experience.


Candidates must submit a letter of interest, three professional references, resume and salary requirements to or by mail to: CIL Disability Resource Center, Attn: Office Manager, 3600 North Pace Blvd. Pensacola, FL 32505.  Appropriate candidates will be contacted on a rolling basis. No phone calls and no walk-ins. Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience.  Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


CIL Disability Resource Center (CILDRC) has partnered with Workforce Escarosa to become a worksite employer for the Community Work Experience Program (CWEP) an equal access employment program for people with or without disabilities.  Escarosa will provide eligible participants for on the job training at CILDRC in which they can gain hands on work experience to prepare them for transition into employment at CILDRC or with other employers.  The participants will be evaluated on Job Performance, Personal Grooming, Attendance and Punctuality, Attitude, ability to be a Team Player and will receive training on disability awareness and sensitivity.  They may also be provided a written letter of reference to take with them for future job interviews.  Participants are provided financial assistance and may also be eligible for CWEP childcare, transportation and other work-related expenses to the extent funding for the program is available.

For more information, contact George Heard, Workforce Escarosa Community Work Force Representative at 850-607-8812.


VR will start offering Job Retention Services:  VR has made the decision to provide job retention services to eligible individuals, regardless of order of selection, who require specific services or equipment to keep their job. This new option was created by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). VR discussed this service option with the state rehabilitation council, and public input was received. VR is currently making necessary changes to field procedures and tracking systems so we can deliver these services.   For more information to find an office near you:  (

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