DPC Employment Opportunities

The Disability Policy Consortium is hiring! If you'd like to become a part of this great organization and make a change and difference in the community, please send us your resume!

About the Organization: Disability Policy Consortium is an advocacy, policy, and research organization focused on Disability Rights issues and run by people with disabilities. Our guiding philosophy is “About Us, By Us”—that people with disabilities have both the right and the lived expertise necessary to be at the table leading every aspect of policymaking that impacts our community. Our research is done under the umbrella name “YesHealth,” in collaboration with local and national partners, and is designed to directly inform policymaking and advocacy efforts. We engage in both Participatory Action Research (PAR) and Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) models of research. Our research is conducted in collaboration with disability advocacy groups across Massachusetts, universities and other organizations/funders that advance CBPAR and broader PAR principles.

Why YesHealth? Too often policymakers and healthcare professionals work under a false paradigm that defines disability as absence of good health. This paradigm leads to social programming and policy development that denies or limits the human and civil rights of people disabilities. YesHealth, as the name implies says "yes" to health justice for people with disabilities. Starting at the community level, our goal is to:

  • Strengthen the voice of the disability community
  • Promote personal agency
  • Promulgate evidence-based action steps that will advance just healthcare policies that advance the human and civil rights of people with disabilities

Still in its early stages of growth, we are incrementally building the capacity of YesHealth. We have conducted small research projects on the impact of shifting healthcare environment in Massachusetts on people with disabilities in the state. This has led recommendations for action steps to protect the rights of people with disabilities, and meetings with policymakers at MassHealth impact healthcare policies. Our modest team has also received multiple grants from national partners such as The Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) and National Institute on Disability Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

About the position

The research coordinator will:

  • Implement current YesHealth activities in collaboration with other DPC staff and external collaborators
  • Develop and lead new research projects that advance disability rights
  • Establish strong working relationship other disability organizations such as Independent Living Centers, Recovery Learning Communities, Substance Use Disorder advocacy organizations
  • Standardize core competencies to enable to evaluate and improve the methodological rigor of YesHealth
  • Create and implement a growth and financial sustainability strategy for YesHealth

The role would suit someone with experience in participatory action research (or equivalent), community development, and capacity building who enjoys collaborating with others in a creative learning environment. Above all, we are looking for an ambitious self-starter who has the "fire in the belly" needed to grow YesHealth as a model for advancing health justice.

Required skills and competencies

  • Minimum of one-year research experience
  • Minimum two years’ experience in program coordination, volunteer management, adult education, or frontline client service
  • Experience in project management, ideally in a nonprofit setting
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Computer Competency including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Fluency in English
  • Authorization to work in the United States

Preferred skills and competencies

  • Extensive knowledge of issues relating to people with disabilities.
  • Familiarity with Community Based Participatory Action Research principles
  • Strong facilitation, program coordination, and volunteer management skills
  • Ability to speak another language is an asset
  • Strong awareness of anti-oppression issues and intersectionality
  • Strong awareness of the connection between healthcare and civil rights
  • Demonstrated ability to share information and communicate effectively
  • Ability to work independently as well as co‐operatively. Positive and pro‐active solution seeker and implementer.
  • Confidence in approaching, building relationships and working with a range of prospective project stakeholders;

People with disabilities (including mental health diagnoses) are strongly encouraged to apply. Disability Policy Consortium is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, or religion.

Hours: At present, funding is secured for a 20 hour/week position. The organization is actively applying for new funding with the aim of increasing the role to full time as soon as possible, and the Coordinator would be expected to participate in completing these applications.

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to:
Attn: Colin Killick
Disability Policy Consortium
11 Dartmouth Street, Ste. 301
Malden, MA 02148

Or an email with a cover letter and resume as PDF attachments to ckillick@dpcma.org with subject: Participatory Action Research Coordinator.

Interested Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to:
Attn: Colin Killick
Disability Policy Consortium
11 Dartmouth Street, Ste. 301
Malden, MA 02148

You may also send an email with a cover letter and resume as PDF attachments to ckillick@dpcma.org with the job title in the subject line.

Only resumes accompanied by an cover letter will be considered.

The DPC encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. The DPC is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, military service, genetic information, receipt of free medical care, or any other category protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.