Special Education Advocate
(25 hours per week)
This position is a long-term, part-time, direct, 1-on-1, advocate position
1) advises parents concerning special education best practices, rights, and parental responsibilities;
2) reviews individual student special education records, evaluations and education plans;
3) provides appropriate special education services and placement recommendations to
families based on accurate knowledge of special education law and student records/documents review;
4) as needed, individually attends and represents parent/child special education interests at school ARD
meetings to ensure appropriate services and placement;
5) provides information and referral for families and the public to expedite accessing
disability-related programs and services;
6) represents The Arc on local/regional/state committees as appropriate;
The position's main activity focuses on one-on-one work with families, reviewing their child's school records, understanding the needs of the child within public school setting and collaborating with these families to ensure successful educational results. Training of Professionals, leading a Parent Support Group, and attending outreach events may also be required.
- Bachelor’s degree (social science field a plus)
- Knowledge of disabilities; particularly intellectual and related developmental disabilities
- Some experience working in or with special education; familiarity with special education law
- Excellent and proven advocacy skills (negotiation, communication, and interpersonal skills)
- College level writing skills (writing will be assessed in initial interviews)
- Ability to review and understand medical, school and other evaluations
- Ability to frequently travel within Harris County (mileage paid from office)
- Ability to successfully interact with families from all socioeconomic backgrounds
- Ability to work a flexible schedule that occasionally may include evenings or weekends
Other considered skills/characteristics
- Parent of child(ren) with disability preferred, but not required.
- Fluent Spanish speaking/writing bilingual a BIG plus!
The position is truly part time (25 hours per week with some flexibility of schedule) and will remain so for the foreseeable future. The benefits offered do not include health insurance but do include paid sick and holiday leave. The start date is flexible.
Because the position requires a substantial employee training component, we are genuinely seeking someone who is interested in a long-term commitment. All of our current staff within our educational advocacy program have been with us for many years and have worked closely in a team environment that is so necessary to a small nonprofit organization.
Please send Letter of Interest and Resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please no phone calls. We will contact applicants for interviews. Thank you!
Michelle Howard-Herbein, MSW
The Arc of Greater Houston
3737 Dacoma, Suite E PO Box 924168
Houston, Texas 77292
The Arc promotes & protects the human rights of people with intellectual & developmental disabilities & actively supports their full inclusion & participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.