Family Advocate Job Opening: Milwaukee, Kenosha, Racine Area

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Wisconsin Promise, a project of the Wisconsin Department for Workforce Development (DWD), aims to foster improved health, education and post-secondary outcomes for families and teenage youth with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Enrolled families have access to a number of trainings and services, including a training for families on transition and employment planning basics.

The Waisman Center at UW-Madison is partnering with the project to help deliver this transition and employment training by developing a network of family advocates across the state to work with identified families.

The Family Advocates will:

  • Connect with families, in their homes or in the community, to share information about the transition process and employment planning using the already-developed training.
  • Assist with navigating service systems as needed.
  • Strive to organize small learning communities for local families to meet and share their experiences.

Ideally, Family Advocates will be individuals with personal, or professional, experience with disability and public support systems.

Individuals will telecommute and will travel regularly within their region.

The deadline for applying is April 14, 2017.

More about the Position

This Wisconsin Promise Family Advocate position will serve the southeastern part of the state (Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, etc.) and is posted at 50-100% time.

It’s very important that applicants include in their resume and cover letters the following information:

  • Describe your experience interacting or working with families, in particular families of individuals with disabilities and/or families from underrepresented populations.
  • Describe your familiarity and experience with accessing support systems and resources available for individuals with disabilities and their families in the State of Wisconsin.
  • Describe your experience in planning and coordinating meetings or events.
  • Describe your experience or familiarity with electronic mail, spreadsheet and word processing software.

For more information about this position, please view the full job posting on the Jobs at UW website. Please note: Applicants must apply online. If the online application process poses a barrier, we encourage all people to seek out support from the local job center, community center, etc.

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If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Henning at 608-890-1388 or email

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