Job Announcement: Employment and Disability Benefits Initiative (EDBI) Manager


The World Institute on Disability (WID) is an internationally recognized nonprofit public policy center. WID’s mission, in communities and nations worldwide, is to eliminate barriers to full social integration and increase employment, economic security, and health care for persons with disabilities. WID creates innovative programs and tools; conducts research, public education, training, and advocacy campaigns; and provides technical assistance. WID brings a cross-disability perspective to the policy arena. Information on WID’s programs can be found at


WID’s Employment and Disability Benefits Initiative (EDBI) develops community-based public policy recommendations on work and benefits at state and national levels. EDBI has launched an information services tool called Disability Benefits 101 (DB101), which provides community outreach, training, and web-based services that support employment in Alaska, Arizona, California, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, and Ohio. Each state’s website has benefits and work calculators along with current information on health coverage, employment, and benefits that job seekers and workers with disabilities can use to plan employment.

CareerACCESS, a project within EDBI, is a community-driven, proposed program to reform the current Social Security Administration’s Supplemental Security Income Program (SSI) rules so that young adults with disabilities can work and achieve their full potential without risking losing their disability benefits. CareerACCESS proposes to reform the SSI program by providing an alternative benefits program for young adults with disabilities, ages 18-30. Participants would drive their own Individualized Career Plan (ICP) supported by coaching, counseling, and employment support services.


The Employment and Disability Benefits Initiative (EDBI) manager will:

  • Cultivate and grow funding opportunities; research, solicit, produce and secure federal, state and/or private foundation contracts and grants.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with federal and state agencies, agency leaders and policy makers.
  • Develop, implement and direct the planning infrastructure; participate in relevant planning, operational, and budgeting processes.
  • In conjunction with collaborating partners, ensure production and maintenance of information services and activities.
  • Oversee activities and compliance of program subcontracts.
  • Participate in public policy development activities related to the Employment Disability Benefit Initiative.
  • Develop training and other curricula.
  • Conduct roundtable discussions or speak at conferences with employers, unions, civic and state agency leaders, and others.
  • Promote diverse consumer and community involvement and increase outreach to diverse target groups urban and rural.
  • Establish community advisory groups for product development as appropriate.


Full time, 40 hours a week


  • Knowledge of Social Security disability employment policy and the structure of work incentive policy.
  • Knowledge of national community networks and experience developing stakeholder relationships.
  • Knowledge of best practices in disability employment.
  • 5+ years’ progressive experience in advocacy and leading a program initiative.
  • Experience managing a project budget.
  • Experience using MS Office Suite and online webinar platforms
  • Willing to travel for work purposes
  • Comfortable with public speaking and conducting training presentations
  • Professional writing and oral communication skills
  • Works well independently, takes initiative, organized, detail oriented, and punctual
  • Quick learner and ability to problem solve
  • Knowledge of and/or personal experience with Independent Living history and philosophy


Executive Director


Full-time employee




Send Resume, Cover letter and References to: World Institute on Disability

EMAIL: (WID acknowledges receipt of applications by email only)
Application Deadline:             June 2, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. PST
Proposed Start Date:               June/July 2017


  • Address reasonable accommodation requests for the application/interview process to
  • WID promotes a scent/chemical free environment. To support this effort, WID asks that all applicants refrain from wearing scented products while in its office.

All persons—including people with disabilities; elders; women; and people of racial and ethnic minority—are encouraged to apply.

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