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Family Advocate Specialist

Rockford, IL 61107

Posted: 04/22/2024 Employment Type: Permanent Industry: Administrative & Office Job Number: R 37119545 Pay Rate: $40000 / year

Job Description

FurstStaffing is assisting The Arc of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties in their search for a Family Advocate Specialist. Responsibilities:
  1. Answer incoming calls, gather information and provide resource and referral information.
  2. Coach and educate families and individuals about guardianship and alternatives.
  3. Conduct guardianship and estate planning workshops for families, individuals and professionals
  4. Interview, assess and complete guardianship applications for eligible applicants         
  5. Complete legal paperwork and submit to lawyers, probate court, relatives and others deemed necessary
  6. Coordinate completion of guardianship process with the probate court, participating lawyers, Guardian Ad Litem and families.
  7. Assist in the facilitation of the Home-Based Program with Self-Directed Assistants 
  8. Participate in advocacy activities
  9. Assist in managing public relations 
  10. Maintain alliances and partnerships with other organizations including participating in community events
  11. Identify and implement smaller fundraising opportunities throughout the year to meet fundraising goals
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities 
  1. Prior experience in a similar role, preferably within the non-profit sector
  2. Respect for and understanding of individuals with disabilities and their rights
  3. Maintaining all requirements concerning privacy and confidentiality of persons served
  4. Ability to be self-sufficient in managing time and meeting deadlines
  5. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as a team player
  6. Strong written and verbal communication skills
  7. Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite 
 This is a direct hire, salaried role starting at $40,000/year offering a robust benefits plan, including generous time off (24 personal days, 14 paid holidays, and paid leave between Christmas and New Year.)
Please apply directly to this Family Advocate Specialist role or contact Rachel with any questions at 815-997-1417 or  Preference will be given to those with personal experience with a disability and/or working with persons with disabilities.

Meet Your Recruiter

Rachel Thomann
VP, FurstProfessionals

Year Started: 2011

I wanted to be a physical therapist when I grew up.


Favorite Quote:

“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.” – Maya Angelou


What do you enjoy most about your work?

It’s so rewarding to meet great people and match them up with our clients’ needs!

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