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Announcement: Florida Developmental Disabilities Council Seeking Self-Advocacy Leadership Program Manager

Posted on: August 1, 2013




Job Description


The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) is seeking a full-time Self-Advocacy Leadership Program Manager based in Tallahassee, to plan, manage and implement initiatives for the Council’s goals in Self-Advocacy. Candidates with experiences in working with individuals with developmental disabilities arena and knowledgeable about the DD system are preferred.


 If you would like to be considered for this position you must submit both a resume and a statement describing the skills you would bring to the position.


You may submit your resume and statement to:  Allison Cruz, via fax (850) 922-6702; or email: allisoncruz@fddc.org or postal mail: 124 Marriot Drive, Suite 203 Tallahassee, FL32301


The Deadline to submit your resume and statement is

 Friday, August 16, 20013


Duties and Responsibilities




The primary responsibility of this position is the planning, program development, implementation, and monitoring of council initiatives in the area of Self-Advocacy and Leadership. Self-Advocacy Leadership Program Manager position reports to the Deputy Director of Program Planning.  The duties of this position include assisting and facilitating the activities of the Self-Advocacy Leadership Task Force necessary for the development and implementation of the council’s self-advocacy state plan goals and objectives.  This position is responsible for the contract and program management of the self-advocacy leadership initiatives.  Further, this position collaborates with numerous entities in the state to advocate for the council’s positions and goals relative to self-advocacy leadership for individuals with developmental disabilities.




  • Plans, develops, implements and monitors the Council’s Self-Advocacy Leadership                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Task Force projects. This includes all aspects of the project development and implementation process, including but not limited to the following:
    • researching and developing project ideas/proposals
    • presenting the task force projects to the council for approval;
    • developing and administering the Request for Proposal process;
    • negotiating the specific requirements of the contracts;
    • preparing the contracts;
    • ensuring the contracts meet the standard and minimum programmatic requirements;
    • ensuring that the task force’s expectations are adequately understood and captured in the contracts;
    • serving as liaison between the council and contract providers;
    • providing technical assistance to providers to facilitate accomplishment of task force’s intended outcomes;
    • monitoring the implementation of the contracts for compliance;
    • reviewing, assessing, and processing deliverables;
    • initiating necessary action in response to implementation problems or non-compliance with contract requirements; and
    • documenting actions relative to the contracts.


  • Staffs the Self –Advocacy Leadership Task Force and assists the task force in its required functions which include, but are not limited to the following:
    • advising the task force relative to council policy, DD Act requirements, and self-advocacy;
    • facilitating the development and revision of state plan goals and objectives;
    • researching and developing initiatives to implement the state plan goals and objectives;
    • maintaining the task force budget to ensure funds are properly expended;
    • facilitating the allocation and utilization of task force funds to meet the council’s obligation and liquidation schedule;
    • facilitating the institutionalization and utilization of task force projects and outcomes;
    • coordinating the task force monitoring and reviews of projects;
    • scheduling and planning task force meetings in collaboration with the task force chair; and
    • maintaining the necessary documentation of task force decisions.


  • Maintains current knowledge in the area of self-advocacy, including research, practice, and policy.
  • Represents the council at meetings with state and local agencies to coordinate interagency planning and promote the council’s goals and positions relative to self-advocacy.
  • Analyzes project information and prepares the self-advocacy related components of the 5-year state plan, revisions to the state plan, and the annual program performance review report.
  • Supervises the staff assistant responsible for supporting the Self-Advocacy Leadership Program Manager, if the person in this position has the longest span of service with the council of the three positions supported by the staff assistant. This supervisory role is conducted in collaboration with the other two positions supported by the staff assistant.
  • Manages other council initiatives as assigned.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.










  • Knowledge of self-advocacy issues and, in particular, those issues relating to individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Knowledge of the various national/state/local organizations that address developmental disability issues.
  • Ability to review and evaluate plans, programs, and budgetary reports.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to plan, organizes, coordinate, and complete multiple work assignments in a timely manner.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing in a clear, concise and effective manner.
  • Ability to analyze situations that related to self-advocacy
  • Ability to coordinate and conduct meetings.
  • Ability to work independently, with limited supervision.




  • A Bachelor’s Degree and four years of professional experience in health, social, disability, or rehabilitation services required.
  • A Master’s Degree may substitute for one year of the required experience.