education advocate         

Position: Education Advocate

Hours: Non-exempt, part-time 20 hours per week

Revised: 02/03/2023



  1. Bachelor’s degree in education-related or human services field, or equivalent experience working with or negotiating the education system for children with disabilities.

  2. Experience with conflict resolution and mediation preferred

  3. Ability to multi-task, plan and prioritize work tasks, and work effectively in both a team and individual setting.

  4. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  5. Excellent computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.

  6. Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.

  7. Ability to effectively interact and work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

  8. Valid Drivers License and proof of insurance

  9. Strong belief in and commitment to the inclusion of children with disabilities in the regular classroom, with adequate supports.



  1. Actively support STIC’s mission, philosophy, and values and our pursuit of community integration for all people with disabilities.

  2. Required travel in Broome, Chenango & Tioga Counties.

  3. Knowledge of IDEA and related education laws/regulations, and the CSE/CPSE process as well as familiarity with programs and services available to children with disabilities.

  4. Keep apprised of any changes to applicable education-related laws/regulations and notify consumers, STIC staff, etc. as appropriate.

  5. Advise families of children with disabilities about their rights under various education laws/regulations, attend CPSE/CSE meetings, assist families with the IEP process, and advocate for the inclusion of needed support services in their education plans in order to meet their children’s specific education-related needs in the most appropriate inclusive setting.

  6. Assist parents with due process procedures to obtain needed services for their children by attending superintendent and manifestation hearings, mediation, and filing complaints with the State Education Department as necessary.

  7. Provide testimony at public hearings and/or in writing, on potential changes to laws/regulations and their impact on children with disabilities.

  8. Make presentations to various groups about education-related issues, STIC services, etc.

  9. Serve on applicable boards or committees if time permits.

  10. Occasionally work a flexible schedule that may include early mornings and evenings.

  11. Attend all mandatory agency trainings, meetings, in-house sign language class and advocacy groups.

  12. Submit reports and statistical data as required, in a comprehensive and timely manner.


Southern Tier Independence Center, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.  It is our policy to hire the best qualified applicant for the position, without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, disability, marital status, gender, religion, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic disposition, carrier status or criminal record.

Interested applicants should send a current resume indicating the position for which they are applying to:

Casey Flanagan, Human Resources Coordinator

135 East Frederick Street

Binghamton, NY 13904

Phone : (607) 724-2111

Fax: (607) 772-3605