Transition Advocate

Updated on: 21 Sep 2017
Flexible Permanent, 40 hrs/wk Rice University
Galveston, TX, United States

Mounting Horizons Inc.
POSITION TITLE: Transition Advocate
DEPARTMENT: MHI Galveston County
SUPERVISOR: Center Director
WORK HOURS: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (hours may vary as needed)
STATUS: Full Time Salary Non-Exempt
DATE REVIEWED: December 2016
Position Description:
To provide transition services to people with disabilities. Assist individuals with finding and maintaining employment. A valid driver license and transportation required in performance of job duties. Must be able to pass a background check.
Duties and Responsibilities:
A. Outreach and Development
• Coordinate the Transition program on individual and group basis to people with disabilities; take referrals; set goals with participants; work with people with disabilities on completion of goals; support people with disabilities in areas requiring advocacy; make referrals to other organizations as needed; work with families of participants when appropriate.
• Outreach to school personnel and community agencies regarding youth transition programs.
• Outreach to community organizations and facilities regarding transition from nursing homes, assisted living facilities, etc.
• Coordinate and present information about MHI services to individuals and groups.
B. Advocacy and Education
• Advocate for the collective needs of people with disabilities.
• Educate youth transitioning from high school in independent living
skills, vocational adjustment training, and other programs.
• Communicate with appropriate school personnel regarding the youth
transition programs.
• Advocate for the rights of individuals to transition from group home
facilities, nursing homes, etc.
• Work with advocacy groups within MHI service area.
• Track and educate disability advocates, other staff, and the general
public about current legislation and events.
• Assist in planning awareness events, such as Town Hall Meetings and
C. Other
• Document services provided according to policies and
procedure. Maintain objective, clear and concise records of contacts in
participant's file; solicit needed information from consumers for program
evaluation and reporting purposes; record completed requests for
Position Requirements:
A. Essential job functions
• Ability to counsel with and listen to the concerns of people with
• Ability to assist people with disabilities plan, and achieve personal
• Ability to assist people with disabilities transition from high school or
nursing homes to independent living.
• Knowledge of community-based services available to youth with
• Knowledge of general laws and regulations providing rights and benefits
to persons with disabilities.
• Knowledge and understanding of the philosophy and goals of
independent living/disability rights movement.
• Ability to express ideas clearly in both written and oral communications.
• Ability to coordinate youth programs during the year and summer
• Oversee curriculum for youth programs, money management, cooking,
independent living, travel training, budgeting, etc.
• Knowledge of specific topics concerning disability, such as architectural
accessibility, youth services, transportation, personal care, employment,
• Presentation/teaching skills
• Oversee youth peer mentoring and leaderships programs
• Help individuals find and apply for jobs, create resumes, assist with
interviewing skills, job coaching as needed.
• Provide transportation to consumers to appointments, classes, work
related destinations, etc.
B. Minimum Qualifications
• Degree in a field related to Social Work, Psychology or Counseling.
• Prefer personal experience with a disability
• Two years experience working with people with disabilities. Will
substitute for related degree.
• Ability to understand and commit to the independent living philosophy
1. Bilingual (English – Spanish)
2. American Sign Language.

Desired skills


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