The Regional Centers for Workforce Transformation (RCWT) is seeking FOUR ADDITIONAL Self-Advocacy Consultants to join our Team! The RCWT is growing its network of workforce champions who are dedicated to building the professionalism and capacity of the NYS direct support workforce. The RCWT now has openings for Self-Advocacy Consultants in Regions 1, 3, 4 and 5. These part-time positions would add to the existing team of Region Leads and the Self-Advocacy Consultant now working in each of the five OPWDD-designated regions of New York. Applicants should send a letter of interest and resume with three references<> by November 4, 2019. For more information on the RCWT, go to<>. BACKGROUND The Regional Centers for Workforce Transformation (RCWT), local collaborations of service providers and other stakeholders across the state, were formed in 2013 to advance the practice of the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) Code of Ethics, the NYS DSP Core Competencies, and DSP Performance Evaluations. Now entering their seventh year, the RCWT are virtual located across New York to foster workforce competency, capacity and professionalism in direct support.  Funded by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities through a contract with the New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation, the RCWT offer free trainings and technical assistance to more than 90 percent of the system’s service providers. More information can be found on its website,<>. Building on the RCWT successful outcomes and network of resources, and sharing responsibilities with existing Region Leads, new Region Leads and Self-Advocacy Consultants will be contracted to carry out outlined responsibilities and duties.  The Self-Advocacy Consultant may contract directly for the position as an independent contractor or subcontract through an organization. Scope of Work DATES:                  December 1, 2019 through August 31, 2024 (contracts are renewed annually) TITLE:                      Regional Center for Workforce Transformation (RCWT) Self-Advocacy Consultant* COMPENSATION:  $3,072 / Year (16 hours per month) LOCATION:             Regions 1,3,4,5 PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: *   Working up to 16 hours per month. *   Must be familiar with the NYS Direct Support Professional Core Competencies, NADSP Code of Ethics and The NYS DSP Performance Evaluations. *   Must be able to coordinate their own transportation to and from events. *   Must have access to a computer for writing, video conference meetings and reporting work completed on the monthly report form. *   Must be comfortable with public speaking. *   Coordinate and communicate with other Self- Advocates/Groups regionally and statewide to provide feedback as well as to provide input into the work *   Assists with incorporating the training needs of all self-advocates. *   Participate in regular meetings (both on line and in person) with the RCWT Project Director and OPWDD Director of Workforce Transformation. *   Weekly meetings (on line and in person) with the RCWT Region lead within the Region. *   Participate in regional and statewide conferences, webinars, and meetings. *   Attend in person meetings twice a year in Albany with the rest of the Self-Advocacy Team. *   Must maintain a professional and positive relationship with all stake holders (Executive Directors, DSPs, Supervisors, Self-Advocates etc.) REPORTING AND ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS The Self-Advocacy Consultant reports directly to the RCWT Project Director (PD) of the coordinating entity contracting with OPWDD’s Director of Workforce Transformation (DWT). The Self-Advocacy Consultant works directly with the Region Lead. The Self-Advocacy Consultant also reports to The Region Lead as well as OPWDD’s DWT as requested. The Self-Advocacy Consultant submits monthly or quarterly outcomes, including updates of each region’s directory of participants. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Must be able to use Microsoft Office. Must be able to participate in on line meetings through on-line platforms such as Zoom and Go to Meeting. Must be able to demonstrate experience with public speaking. TO APPLY Send a letter of interest and resume with three references to<>by November 4, 2019.  RCWT is committed to creating a diverse environment and team. People of all race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age of veteran status are encouraged to apply. (*Preference to those applicants living with Intellectual Disabilities)