Inclusive Recovery Advocacy Specialist

Jun 11 2024
Kelea Foundation |Paia|Full Time, $25.00 - $30.00 / hour
Job Description
Job Description:
Inclusive Recovery Advocacy Specialist

About Us
The mission of Kelea Foundation is to make sports and the ocean more accessible to our entire
community. We recognize that in order for people to get to the ocean, they must also be able to
get to the beach. We work to create an accessible community overall so that everyone can gain
equal access to recreation and the Ocean. In the wake of the Maui Fires, Kelea Foundation has
been working with community partners to advocate for people with disabilities. We receive,
organize and distribute donated medical supplies and durable equipment such as wheelchairs,
walkers, bath safety supplies and more. In addition to helping to manage donations specific to the disability community, we work to advocate at both the individual and operational level to ensure that survivors
with disabilities are getting the resources they need throughout the fire recovery.

Our values are:
Focus on the most vulnerable- leave no one behind.
Community Led Action
Collaboration with Agencies, Organizations and Individuals

Position Title: Inclusive Recovery Advocacy Specialist
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Salary: $30/hr - 
(Currently grant funded for 1 year term. That does not change the at will status of your employment)
Residency: This position is based in Maui, Hawaii.
Address: 111 Hana Hwy, Kahului Hi 96732

This position is flexible with working locations. Much of the work can be done remotely and
requires the ability to use the phone and internet. Some travel throughout Maui County will be
required to attend meetings and meet the needs of survivors.
Kelea Foundation is committed to being an inclusive and diverse workplace. We value and
welcome candidates from all backgrounds and experiences, striving to create a culture of equal
opportunity. Your unique perspective is encouraged and appreciated.

Kelea Inclusive Recovery Programs
Maui Medical Loan Closet
Individual Recovery Advocacy Support
Kelea Wellness Space- Headquarters
Therapeutic Recreation Events
Community building Workshops, Trainings and Events
Long Term Recovery Group participant

The Opportunity
Our dynamic and impactful non-profit organization is seeking a passionate and dedicated
individual to serve as Inclusive Recovery Advocacy Specialist. The successful candidate will be
a creative and resourceful champion for fire survivors living with disabilities. As a powerful force
through our recovery efforts, alongside our board of directors, volunteers and the Inclusive
Recovery Program Director, the Advocacy Specialist will be responsible for individual level
advocacy, identifying and connecting with fire survivors with disabilities and helping to meet their
unique needs as they navigate through the various pathways to recovery. You will work in collaboration with the Disability Task Force and other agencies and organizations to find and provide resources and solutions for fire survivors. You will be working one on one with survivors, their caretakers and families.

Position Description:
This position will help to advocate for the disability community at the individual level, helping to
meet the unique needs of each survivor. This position requires establishing and maintaining
relationships with individual survivors as well as with Red Cross, FEMA and other organization's
staff and leadership. Collaboration is the key to this position so networking is vital. This position
will help survivors identify needs not yet met and work with community stakeholders to help
meet those needs such as, housing, medical appointments and attention, personal care
assistants, replacement of vital records and other individual needs. This position will also be the
head of our durable medical equipment donations managment system. 

Key Responsibilities:
● Assisting the Inclusive Recovery Program Director as needed on various projects that
fulfill the mission of an inclusive recovery
● Attend meetings as needed to maintain strong community relationships and stay up to
date on vital information and resources.
● Establish and maintain relationships with community members, organizations and
agency leaders to build a robust network of providers and stakeholders
● Identify and support individuals with disabilities, access and functional needs and/or complex medical needs in their personal recovery process
● Advocate for the needs of individuals to receive government assistance such as FEMA
and Red Cross benefits as well as other benefits from the county and state
● Manage Durable Medical Equipment donations distibutions to meet needs of survivors
● Organize and provide transportation for survivors and their families as needed
● Identify needs in the community and communicate them to the Program Director
● Organize inclusive recreation and therapeutic programming for survivors, their families
and care takers in partnership with the recreation specialist

Qualifications :
The ideal candidate will have:
● Previous experience working in disability advocacy
● Strong familiarity with the culture of Maui and working in rural communities
● Experience in disaster response
● Familiarity with Durable Medical Equipment and accessibility
● Strong familiarity with fire recovery resources as well as community wide resources.
Desired Qualifications
● A strong working knowledge of disability, inclusion and access needs.
● Strong ability to build bridges and create collaborative relationships
● Excellent communication skills
● Strong ability to ask good, thoughtful and engaging questions
● High degree of adaptability and and strong commitment to get the job done
● Eagerness to learn new skills and seek new information
● Solutions-oriented
● Strong working knowledge of web based computer programs such as Canva, Mailchimp,
google suite and squarespace and an ability and willingness to learn new programs