Voting and Public Policy Coordinator

Disability Rights South Carolina (DRSC) is a private, statewide nonprofit which protects and advocates for the legal, civil and human rights of people with disabilities. DRSC believes that people with disabilities are people first, and are the primary decision makers in all areas of their life. Our goals include Safety and Protection, Community Integration, and Equal Access for people with disabilities. This position plays a vital role in achieving these goals.

The Voting and Public Policy Coordinator Disability Rights South Carolina (DRSC) shall work under the general supervision of the Executive Director. This position is classified as salaried-nonexempt under federal Department of Labor regulations.

This individual will plan, coordinate and supervise all activities associated with the Protection & Advocacy for Voting Access (PAVA) program; assist the Executive Director and DRSC Lobbyist in reviewing and responding to state and federal proposed legislation, regulations, and policies relating to disability rights/issues, and work with the Outreach Team on DRSC outreach efforts.

The person will serve with the Executive Director as a registered lobbyist.

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

PAVA Responsibilities (70%)

• Serves as the in-house expert on voting rights related to persons with disabilities
• Researches, creates, communicates, and coordinates policy and activities and has in-depth knowledge of voting rights
• Assists DRSC employees and other stakeholders by informing, educating, and training on voting rights and develops and coordinates program planning, reporting, priorities, and activities accordingly
• Leads the SC Disability Voting Coalition, convenes meetings, establishes direction and agendas, and recruits a diverse statewide membership
• Leads outreach activities relating to voting rights, addresses interested parties including the public through oral presentations, written communications, and participation on various boards, committees, etc.
• Advocate for the voting rights of persons with disabilities and works with other local, state and national organizations, agencies, and public officials
• Consult with DRSC attorneys as appropriate when there are legal issues affecting voting rights and as necessary for individual complaints under the Help America Vote Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act
• Prepare annual goals and priorities for the PAVA program for approval by the Board of Directors
• Prepare the annual federal Protection & Advocacy Voting Access report

Public Policy Responsibilities (20%):

• Assist the Executive Director and DRSC Lobbyist in reviewing and responding to state and federal legislation, regulations and policies that affect people with disabilities:
o Monitor bills coming out of both houses (watch for “ad hoc” proceedings in summer)
o Work with staff to develop positions on bills with NDRN input
o Testify on behalf of DRSC on proposed legislation (in person or in writing)
o Serve as subject matter expert for Election Commission on proposed voting legislation

Other Outreach Responsibilities (10%):

• Assist Executive Director to create an outreach plan that includes unserved and underserved communities:
o DRSC University
 Coordinate meeting platform
 Support for presenters
 Intros and Q&A during the session
o Fielding and staffing all external outreach requests (up to 5 request per month)
o Manage event calendar and event tracking in database
• Meet with Outreach Team monthly for planning and implementation of outreach efforts

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred, in related field with three years in program coordination, outreach, marketing, or advocacy experience.

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Commitment to the mission, vision and values of Disability Rights South Carolina and to the civil rights of people with disabilities.

Ability to work with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds and a demonstrated understanding of the overall organization and relationships among and between service areas and teams.

Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others, maintain confidentiality; and to deal effectively with and negotiate through confrontational situations and stressful interactions.

Knowledge of systems providing services to people with disabilities.

Strong and effective writing, verbal, and negotiating communications skills, including the ability to explain complex concepts clearly.

Demonstrated experience in public speaking and developing effective presentations for the public, as well as boards, councils, conferences, and/or legislative testimony.

Knowledge of state and national election and voting laws, programs, initiatives and awareness of other issues that affect people with disabilities.

Computer literacy and knowledge of social media for effective publicity efforts.

In-state travel is required and out-of-state travel may be required for training and conferences some evening and weekend hours are required.

Remote Work Position: DRSC employees work remotely, but are expected to come to the office for planning meetings or trainings. The Voting and Policy Coordinator is expected to come to Columbia for committee hearings during the legislative session.

People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Closing Date: August 12th 2022