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Educational Advocate (Surrogate Parent)

Rhode Island College
Providence, Rhode Island
Posted Date
Sep 1, 2023

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Other Student Affairs
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Educational Advocate (Surrogate Parent)

Sherlock Center on Disabilities

Rhode Island College


Rhode Island College invites applicants for the position of Educational Advocate (Surrogate Parent). This is a full-time, calendar year, temporary, renewable contingent upon funding.


The individual will serve as an educational advocate for children who are in the care of DCYF and who have or are suspected of having a disability.


The Paul. V Sherlock Center on Disabilities is seeking to hire two full time Surrogate Parent Educational Advocates to join an established team of advocates to support the educational needs of children who are in the care of DCYF and have a disability. The Sherlock Center, located at Rhode Island College, is a grant-funded organization with a 30-year history of supporting the disabilities community. As Rhode Island’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), the Sherlock Center is focused on improving the health, education, social and economic well-being of people with disabilities, their families, and their communities. An Educational Advocate is the Educational Surrogate Parent for children with disabilities aged 2.5-22 in state care whose parents are unable or unwilling to act on their behalf. They are appointed by the RI department of Education in accordance with the Consent Decree governing Educational Surrogates in RI. Advocates attend meetings with school teams, hospitals, residential facilities, and agencies that provide homes and mental health support to students. They are responsible for comprehensive record keeping, detailed data collection and case reviews.


Required skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the education of children or child welfare. Three years of experience with children with disabilities or children in child welfare. Knowledge of the General and Special Education systems. Knowledge of the pertinent laws and regulations Knowledge of the child welfare systems


Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience working in special education or child welfare systems in Rhode Island. Bilingual   



Application deadline: 9/12/2023


Proposed starting salary: $47,500


For a full job description, which includes additional responsibilities and requirements for the position and application procedures, see Candidates must apply on-line, using Rhode Island College’s PeopleAdmin Applicant Tracking system.


As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution that values and is committed to inclusion and expanding the diversity of its faculty and staff, the College invites members of protected classes, including minorities and persons with disabilities, to identify themselves as such at the time of application.

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