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Careers & Internships at PACER Center

Position: American Indian Parent Advocate

Position Description

We are seeking a creative, enthusiastic individual with extensive experience and cultural competence working with American Indian communities in Minnesota to join our Parent Advocate staff. This person will also assist with the planning and implementation of the State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG), which aims to improve graduation rates for American Indian and Alaska Native students with disabilities by focusing on family outreach and engagement.

Job Duties

The Parent Advocate’s main role is to provide in-person, telephone and email information and guidance to parents regarding special education procedures for children with disabilities. Additionally, the Parent Advocate:

  • Develops and presents workshops for parents of children and professionals throughout Minnesota
  • Assists with presentations to organizations and professional groups
  • Maintains records
  • Researches and writes clear, informative materials on special education and related topics
  • Performs additional duties as assigned

The American Indian Parent Advocate will assist with the planning and implementation of State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) activities, including:

  • Developing connections and partnerships with parent groups and organizations in communities serving parents and families of American Indian students with disabilities
  • Establishing collaborative partnerships with SPDG partnering school districts
  • Researching culturally informed and relevant effective practices for engagement of American Indian parents and families
  • Developing resources and training for parents and families of American Indian students with disabilities based on culturally informed needs assessments
  • Developing a consultative function, resources and training for school districts serving American Indian students with disabilities after soliciting input from school staff through facilitated discussions and other survey activities
  • Participating in school outreach and engagement activities for parents and families of American Indian students with disabilities (e.g., Open House, Back-to-School Night) based on collaborative planning with school districts
  • Researching and producing a culturally informed training curriculum for educators on effective practices in engaging and supporting parents of American Indian students with disabilities

Requirements:

  • Ability to work well with others and interest in relating to parents of children with disabilities
  • Extensive experience and cultural competence working with American Indian communities in Minnesota
  • Experience in public speaking and assisting others over the telephone and via email
  • Experience working with others in a guidance role
  • Experience in research and excellent writing skills
  • Knowledge of laws and rules related to the education of children with disabilities
  • Knowledge of American Indian history and the laws and rules specifically related to the education of American Indian children
  • Ability to keep good records and collect data for evaluation
  • Background in community, human, or social services or general education
  • Ability to work with diverse populations
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and data entry
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Own transportation and flexibility for occasional in-state travel. Workshops are scheduled during both daytime and evening hours
  • College degree or equivalent experience

PACER staff are working remotely and in the process of transitioning to a hybrid model.

Applicants who are American Indian and applicants who are parents of children with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary will be based on experience and qualifications.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to:
Recruitment Director | [email protected] | PACER Center | 8161 Normandale Blvd | Minneapolis, MN 55437

PACER Center is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Posted June 2022