Manager, California Disability Policy and Engagement

California, United States
$45,000.00 - $60,000.00
Oct 05, 2020
Nov 03, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

RespectAbility is seeking a Manager, California Disability Policy and Engagement who is passionate about making a positive difference on behalf of marginalized people to join an inclusive and growing team of talented people with disabilities who fight stigmas and advance opportunities for diverse people with disabilities. Team promotes and values diversity, equity and inclusion.


RespectAbility’s Manager, California Disability Policy and Engagement will report to the Director of California. This individual will identify and impact key policy issues related to the successful inclusion of Californians with disabilities into education, employment, entrepreneurship and empowerment.

The person chosen for this role will create and strengthen coalitions and civic society by expanding access, inclusion, coalitions and impact. They will organize, train and mobilize Californians with disabilities and allies as they successfully engage leaders and stakeholders.

Salary, healthcare, vacation and other benefits provided. While the position will work remotely at least for the duration of the pandemic, this position is based out of Los Angeles, California. While core hours of this job will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., although we can both be somewhat flexible and some evening and weekend work may be required. As the pandemic eases, there will be more in person meetings and events in the Los Angeles area. This is an exempt position, although comp time accrues for any hours worked past 50.

  • In conjunction with the director of Respectability California, collaborate with local partners, including state and local government, disability organizations, businesses serving not-for-profit organizations and employers to identify key systemic and policy issues inhibiting the success of Californians with disabilities.
  • Recruit a large number of individuals with disabilities and allies under multiple programs with an interest in learning to advocate for their own issues and engage in their own futures. This will include outreach to individuals, as well as networks, virtual and actual groups, and disability organizations, including at least one organization specifically focused on spinal cord injury.
  • Devise strategies and opportunities to educate any impact decision-makers in Los Angeles on the key issues identified facing Californians with disabilities.
  • Engage and train the Los Angeles City and County disability community on civic engagement, giving them the tools to advocate for policies conducive to their own employment.
  • Create and manage opportunities for the individuals trained to engage in meaningful advocacy, including letter and op-ed writing, meetings with public officials, attending public meetings, etc.
  • Support the Director of California and Jewish Leadership, the Policy and Practices Director and development department in foundation research as well as grant writing relevant to the work civic engagement in California.
  • In conjunction with the rest of the California team, support any virtual and in-person events being conducted under the auspices of the California office.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to interact with people of different backgrounds at a different level.
  • Passion for marginalized people and impatience with the status quo.
  • Understanding and experience in advocacy, communications and public policy.
  • Ability to work in broad coalitions in a nonpartisan capacity.
  • Three or more years professional experience in business or nonprofit settings (can include fellowships).
  • 1-2 years of professional experience with organizing individuals in civic engagement efforts and ability to work in broad coalitions in a nonpartisan capacity.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with the full suite of Microsoft Office program (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
  • Commitment to inclusion, demonstrated by past professional, personal or volunteer efforts around people with disabilities, people of color, underserved communities, underrepresented groups, and other identities.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to Sacramento and other locations for work when the pandemic is over.
  • Organized self-starter with the ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Spanish language skills highly desirable.
  • Connection to the greater spinal cord injury community a very big plus.
  • Experience in working in vocational rehabilitation, education or workforce a strong plus.
  • College and advance degrees a plus but not required.

To find out more about RespectAbility, visit:

We believe that people most directly affected by issues such as education, jobs, prejudice, homelessness, criminal justice, poverty and other issues deserve to have their voice, insights and experiences respected and utilized in finding and implementing solutions. People with disabilities are disproportionally impacted by these issues and include significant numbers of BIPOC individuals, people from working-class backgrounds, women and LGBTQ people. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of such communities to apply.

To apply please send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Tonya Koslo: The salary range for this position is $45,000-$60,000 depending on experience.

If you require any accommodations in order to most effectively participate in the application process, please contact Tonya Koslo at or 202-517-6272.

RespectAbility provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, RespectAbility complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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