Director of Advocacy - The Arc Tennessee, Nashville, TN

Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2021


JOB TITLE: Director of Advocacy                                                    
STATUS: Exempt
SUPERVISOR: Executive DirectorA
Location: Nashville, TN

DATE: January 2021


The Director of Advocacy is responsible for the ongoing implementation and management of The Arc Tennessee's advocacy, self advocacy, awareness, education, employment, and related services.



  • Uphold the mission, positions and values of The Arc of Tennessee
  • Possess a general knowledge of The Arc as a national, state and local organization
  • Comply with fiscal, legal, and agency (The Arc) requirements
  • Role model behaviors that reflect trust, competence, vision, and inspiration
  • Involve others in planning or problem solving
  • Expand and upgrade knowledge and skills through on-the-job, program sponsored, or outside educational opportunities
  • Seek out opportunities that expand the scope of mission-driven projects offered by The Arc TN

Specific Job Duties

  • Manage the delivery of all advocacy, awareness, education and employment services included in The Arc TN's grants and contracts
  • Ensure the delivery of high quality, person-centered advocacy, awareness, education and employment services as outlined in The Arc TN's grants and contracts
  • Work collaboratively with the Director of Program Administration to ensure adherence to budgets and applicable policies and procedures, hiring of program employees and completion of required reports
  • Supervision and guidance of program team members
  • Work collaboratively with the Director of Program Administration to ensure appropriate assignment of advocacy referrals according to priority level and geographic location
  • Work collaboratively with individuals, their families/conservators, DIDD, court representatives and community agencies to assure that assigned functions are accomplished within given timeframes.
  • Provide information and referral as appropriate to individuals seeking assistance
  • Provide technical assistance as appropriate to individuals needing support to navigate the complex system of services for individuals with I/DD and their families including but not limited to early intervention, education, VR, DIDD, TennCare, DHS, DOMH, AAAD, and SSA/SSI
  • Provide direct advocacy services for individuals with disabilities as appropriate when faced with issues related to special education, civil/human rights/quality of life; service access; health and safety; legal; and conservatorship
  • Maintain documentation of activities related to information and referral, technical assistance and direct advocacy and other documentation as requested
  • Maintain documentation of employment services as required
  • Maintain involvement in various state and local committees, councils, task forces, etc. that impact people with I/DD and their families
  • Develop, conduct and promote workshops and educational opportunities relevant to special education; transition; self-advocacy, self-direction and self-determination; conservatorship; rights and responsibilities; navigating the service system; person-centered planning; customized employment; and other topics of interest to persons with I/DD, their families, educators and service providers
  • Promote projects of The Arc Tennessee with individuals, families, school systems, and other community organizations
  • Work collaboratively with the Director of Program Administration to develop promotional program materials
  • Attend meetings as required
  • Support other activities of The Arc TN such as family meetings, board committees, conferences, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Work collaboratively with (and supervise)the People First of Tennessee


  • Monthly workbook
  • Monthly work plan
  • Quarterly success stories
  • Annual report
  • Other documentation upon request

(A job description is a brief narrative of one's job functions.  It is not meant to entail all facets of one's job duties.)


  • Bachelor's degree preferred; minimum high school diploma or GED
  • Minimum of five years of experience in the service delivery system for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities or special education with a Bachelor's Degree; minimum of ten years of experience with a high school diploma or GED
  • Program operation experience including program and budget development, implementation, oversight and evaluation
  • Experience and knowledge of Special Education law- both at the State and Federal level.
  • Experience and knowledge of the class member lawsuits for DIDD helpful
  • Supervisory/management experience preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven leadership skills
  • Computer literate
  • Team player
  • Valid driver's license and insurable driving record or reliable transportation
  • Ability to have flexibility with work schedule and to travel across the state

Benefits: The Arc Tennessee offers a generous benefits package to all of its full-time employees.

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Please include your salary requirements.

How to Apply: Apply via email including cover letter and resume to Heidi Haines at [email protected].

Applications are due by: February 15, 2021.