The Morrissey Family Businesses
  • 18-May-2017 to 17-Jul-2017 (CST)
  • RAMP
  • Dekalb, IL, USA
  • Full Time

RAMP, Inc.

RAMP is a forward-thinking, active, complex non-profit and we are currently seeking an energetic, knowledgeable individual to serve as our full-time Youth Education Advocate . RAMP's annual budget is approximately $2 million and consists of a variety of funding sources from State and Federal contracts, United Way support, private donors, foundation grants and more. We currently employ 34 staff from four offices, serving the counties of Winnebago, Boone, Stephenson and DeKalb.


RAMP's culture is different from other work cultures. We work in a Results Only Work Environment (ROWE) where it is all about responsibility, accountability and autonomy. We don't manage an employee's schedule, we manage results. An employee is independently responsible to create their schedule to meet the needs of their position and the organization. A successful applicant is self-motivated, reliable, trustworthy, dedicated, collaborative and forward thinking!



Purpose, Parameters, Qualifications, Activities and Performance Indicators

for the position of

Youth Education Advocate



  1. PURPOSE OF POSITION: RAMP's Youth Education Advocates (YEA) assist parents of children with disabilities to realize that there are no limits to what they can do. Staff provide children with disabilities, and their parents, the skills and information they need to ensure that the child receives a fair and equitable education as do their peers without disabilities. RAMP teaches students/families how to communicate and advocate effectively. Advocates also works with school district staff to help them understand their responsibilities to children with disabilities and how to appropriately accommodate their educational needs. This position plays an integral role with the creation of and implementation of Transition Plans for students who are 14 and older. 


  1. POSITION PARAMETERS: Reports directly to the County Manager; Full-time; Full Benefits; Salaried/Non-exempt; Travel and Expenses Reimbursed.


    1. Associates or Bachelors Degree in a field easily related to the responsibilities of the position; or
    2. Three (3) years of equivalent experience and understanding in a non-profit organization of direct services program;
    3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to present information in a clear, concise manner;
    4. Superb mediation skills;
    5. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as a team player;
    6. Literacy in word processing and database management;
    7. Ability to use/learn Microsoft Office programs: Word, Access, Excel, and Outlook.
    8. Ability to handle multiple tasks while maintaining organization and meeting deadlines;
    9. Good team working skills;
    10. Professional manner in dress and when interacting with others both inside and outside of the organization;
    11. Self motivated;
    12. Personal experience and/or intimate knowledge of and belief in the Independent Living Philosophy;
    13. Reliable transportation and a willingness to work evening and weekend hours, if needed.


  1. Job Activities and Performance Indicators (in order of priority):


A1.     Collaborate with consumers to identify needs, goals and objectives.

  1. If requested by the consumer/parent develop an Independent Living Plan (ILP); if waived develop a Goal Sheet to outline consumer's goals, objectives, and time frames for completion of goals.
  2. Provide encouragement and follow-up to RAMP consumers and family members.
  3. When appropriate refer consumers to other community agencies or services providers


A2.     Maintain an active caseload and complete all necessary paperwork and documentation.

  1. Contacts new referrals within RAMP's guidelines and provides follow up until needs are met and/or intake is scheduled.
  2. Complete necessary intake information; consumer profile, release(s), rights and responsibilities, and when needed access documentation necessary for the provision of premium services.
  3. Document all contacts related to intake and casual consumers in the Consumer Database (CILS First) within 48 hours of service provision.
  4. Manage active caseload and handle additional caseloads for other RAMP services as needed.


A3.      Actively serve as an advocate of the Independent Living Philosophy and disability related laws.

  1. Attend school meetings as requested by parent/student (IEP's, 504 Plans, etc).
  2. Pursue and remain abreast of advocacy issues/laws related to equal rights for adults & students with disabilities on both an individual and systemic levels.
  3. Maintain a high level of visibility within RAMP's service area so that coordination and opportunities for people with disabilities are at an optimum.
  4. Attend and conduct networking activities with other agencies, service providers and organizations to ensure that consumer needs are being met.
  5. Provide technical assistance to the community in regards to special education laws/ needs.


A4.     Maintain enthusiasm and creativity in assisting consumers.

  1. Meet with County Manager on a bi-weekly basis to discuss individual consumer services, and to review goals and objectives. (Coaching)
  2. Collaborate and network with co-workers to ensure consistency across the four county offices and to enhance services to consumers.
  3. Continue personal and professional development through educational opportunities, attending workshops and conferences, participating in peer/case reviews, and by attending all staff/development meetings.


A5.     Provide Transition Planning Training to parents/students.

  1. Refer parents/children to resources in the community to assist with transition goals.
  2. Provide skills training to students of transition age within the schools.
  3. Provide opportunities for transition age youth to experience community involvement and to increase leadership skills.


A6.     Educate the community on what assistance and services are available through RAMP.

  1. Be available for community presentations on RAMP's mission and services and the IL Philosophy.
  2. Provide presentations and workshops to educators and parents on the laws and educational topics related to special education.
  3. Collaborate and network with school personnel and other agencies who serve students/families with disabilities.




A7.     Complete monthly paperwork and quarterly reports in a timely fashion as required.

  1. Enter CEA data into RAMP databases in a timely manner.
  2. Make sure that quarterly reports (if pertinent to your position) are complete, approved by the County Manager, and submitted to the Services Director by the 5th of the month following that quarter.


The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

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