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Advocate – Education Team


Join Our Team! DRNC is seeking an Advocate – Education Team – Juvenile Justice and Race Equity Focus

Job Description:

The advocate will address issues at the nexus of race and disability in special education and juvenile justice matters, working to improve equity in the education and criminal justice systems, focusing on BIPOC students with disabilities with active juvenile court referrals for school-based offenses.

Job Duties include successfully:

  • advocating on behalf of students in special education, school discipline, and school discrimination matters, under the supervision of an attorney on the Education Team, including providing in-person advocacy at IEP meetings and individualized self-advocacy assistance;
  • eliciting and analyzing relevant facts of student’s school and criminal justice issues through interviews and written communications with parents, advocates, juvenile defenders, and court personnel;
  • providing other Education Team members, parents and advocates with accurate and relevant information about individual students’ special education and discipline rights, and violations by school districts;
  • educating parents, advocates, school staff, court personnel, and other stakeholders about the education and discipline rights of students with disabilities, using a variety of formats, as appropriate to the audience, such as in-person and virtual meetings; written materials, including fact sheets; and live podcasts and pre-recorded formats;
  • engaging in effective outreach to BIPOC and other communities on the issues specified above;
  • cultivating and maintaining relationships with subject area stakeholders;
  • representing DRNC’s Education Team at coalition meetings, community outreach events, and stakeholder groups;
  • contributing to planning and implementing the Education Team’s priorities;
  • compiling information and preparing reports for funding sources, DRNC’s Board of Directors, and P&A affiliates;
  • contributing to weekly Education Team meetings and internal team communications;
  • collaborating with other DRNC staff in the development of systemic activities;
  • maintaining complete and accurate records in DRNC’s case management system consistent with agency policies and procedures; and
  • performing other relevant job duties, as assigned and with appropriate supervision based on prior job experience.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience (three years or more) in one or more of the following areas: sociology, psychology, social work, special education or other related human services field
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills, appropriate to the audience and desired work product for the task
  • Direct advocacy experience with or general knowledge of issues affecting BIPOC students with disabilities in school settings
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines
  • Ability to work independently with appropriate supervision and coaching, given prior job experience
  • Strongly preferred: Working knowledge of special education law and solo advocacy experiences on behalf of student with disabilities on special education and school discipline issues
  • Strongly preferred: Significant community outreach experience with underserved communities with barriers to accessing education and services related to the rights of students with disabilities in school and criminal justice settings
  • Strongly preferred: Significant experience presenting education and training materials to parents, school staff, and/or court personnel

Desirable qualifications:

  • Life experience with disability
  • Ability to communicate in ASL, Spanish or another non-English language


Disability Rights NC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in any aspect of employment with regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. Individuals who increase the diversity of our team are especially encouraged to apply. We participate in E-verify.

This is a temporary, full-time position created through a grant with the State of North Carolina, Department of Public Safety, Governor’s Crime Commission (GCC) and North Carolina’s IOLTA fund (IOLTA). The current grant period for GCC funding ends December 31, 2023. The current grant period for IOLTA funding ends December 31, 2022. Both funding sources are, in our current judgement, reasonably expected to continue after the current grant cycles. This position ends, at the earliest, December 31, 2023.

Compensation Package: The monetary compensation range is $20.43-$30.05/per hour, as determined by organization policy (where a candidate falls in the range is not negotiable). DRNC offers excellent benefits, including 100% employer-paid health insurance plan for the employee; dental, vision, life and disability insurance plans; paid time off commensurate with similar non- profit organziations; and a retirement plan with an employer match.

Send a resume and letter of interest explaining your qualifications, experience, and interest in the position to: Include Advocate – Education Team in the subject line of the email. No phone calls please.

Closing Date: Priority given to applications received by May 27, 2022. Position will remain open until filled.

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