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Calgary Region Advocate

Job #CGY Category: Calgary

Position: Community/Family Advocate (Calgary Region) 

Inclusion Alberta, as a family advocacy organization, is committed to fostering family leadership and providing individuals with developmental disabilities and their families with personalized advocacy that contributes to a meaningful and inclusive life.   

Similarly, families and individuals with developmental disabilities, including those with complex needs, require assistance in planning and securing an inclusive life. Some of the means to an inclusive life include being able to maximally benefit from individualized funding and other funding and supports as needed to be engaged as a participatory and valued community member.

This full-time position will be responsible, under the direction of the Regional Coordinator of Advocacy, to provide advocacy to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in the pursuit of a fully inclusive life in community. This position is located in Calgary or area. Candidates will require a vehicle and the capacity to travel within Alberta when needed.  

 Duties and responsibilities

  • Work directly with and serve as a resource to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to think about, plan for and realize inclusive community lives
  • Foster and maintain cooperative relationships with multiple community and government stakeholders
  • Advocate with and for families and individuals in their efforts to nurture and develop inclusive communities
  • Coordinate individual and family advocacy and community engagement with all other Inclusion Alberta Initiatives
  • Provide assistance to families in analyzing problems, re-framing issues, developing options and evaluating appropriate courses of actions
  • Use diplomacy/negotiation skills to facilitate communication amongst parties in conflict
  • Develop and support the networking of families who are committed to pursuing inclusion
  • Collaborate and partner with community
  • Keep appropriate records
  • Other duties as assigned by the Regional Coordinator of Advocacy 


Qualified candidates will have: 

  • a university degree in a related discipline or equivalent experience 
  • deep understanding of inclusion and community capacity development 
  • ability to facilitate collaboration across multiple community and government stakeholders  
  • demonstrated values-based training and track record reflective of a commitment to inclusion 
  • excellent organizational, communication, interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team 
  • ability to manage competing priorities
  • excellent public speaking skills and competent writing ability
  • critical thinking and conflict resolution skills
  • willingness to travel, reliable vehicle 

This is a full-time position, with salary commensurate with experience. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Competition closes when suitable candidate is found.

Please send your resume and a cover letter (as one document) to mail.calgary@inclusionalberta.org.

In the subject line, please indicate the position you are applying for. Please address your cover letter to Olga Leshcheva, Regional Coordinator of Advocacy.