ARES Health Advocate

Job Description & Application

Title: ARES Health Advocate

Location: Watertown, MA

Hours: 35 hours a week, non-exempt, hybrid

$1,500 sign on bonus, relocation costs covered!

Description: Provides direct services to adults and seniors who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and use American Sign Language and/or spoken English to communicate. The Health Advocate supports consumers with achieving self-determined health goals, and building skills and knowledge for success, and increases awareness, information and access in the community. Serves Boston Metro region; other DEAF, Inc. regions on a case-by-case basis.

The ideal candidate:

- Empowers and supports others

- Is a highly reliable self-starter, attentive to detail, seeks to solve problems and follows through

- Has strong interpersonal skills, sensitivity, empathy and a positive attitude

Key Duties:

- Manage a reasonable caseload of adults and seniors who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and use American Sign Language and/or spoken English to communicate

- Provide direct services: intake, peer counseling, advocacy, skills training, information and referral

- Conduct intake assessments and develop written service plans that delineate advocacy and skills training goals, coordinate implementation, and periodically review the plan

- Provide outreach and education to consumers and the community

Required Qualifications:

- Bachelor's degree in the area of deafness, human services, or a related field, or 2 years of related work experience with Deaf or Hard of Hearing adults

- Able to communicate in ASL and written English, and use various communication tools

- Able to work independently and as part of a team

- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Suite

- Must have reliable and accessible private transportation

- Able to demonstrate diplomacy, sensitivity, empathy, and professionalism

- Able to motivate others towards achieving their goals

- Strong knowledge of various health topics and desire to increase health literacy within the community

Preferred Qualifications:

- Sensitivity to and awareness of issues affecting individuals with hearing loss

- Working knowledge of assistive technology for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened adults

- Experiential community involvement

Benefits:

- Competitive salary

- 10 days sick time

- 12 days vacation

- 2 days personal time for first year

- 13 holidays and one week off in December

- dental and health insurance start the first day (DEAF, Inc. pays 85%,employee pays 15%)

- 401k

- short/long-term disability insurance

- employee assistance program

- and more.

To Apply: send updated resume, cover letter, and list of 3 current professional references to Ann Thompson, HR/Administrative Coordinator, athompson@deafincma.org or apply online at www.deafincma.org.

DEAF, Inc. is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity employer.Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened persons, BIPOC, LGBTQ, immigrants, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons with various cultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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