We, the Organization for Autism Research (OAR), are looking for persons with business, management, and workplace experience to serve as Hire Autism Navigators and help autistic adults refine their resumes and/or cover letters and prepare for job interviews.

We firmly believe in the ability of autistic people to be successful in a wide range of jobs. Hire Autism provides online resources to help job seekers find meaningful employment. We also know that these individuals can use help in finding jobs and all that goes with it.  This is where Hire Autism Navigators will play a supporting role.  Navigators will review and provide direct feedback on job seekers’ resumes/cover letters to ensure that they are polished and ready to send to employers. Navigators can also work with job seekers on preparing for job interviews.

The expected volunteer commitment is 1-2 hours per week for 3 months. We expect that Navigators will work with a single job seeker over a 4-week period.

The Navigator role is envisioned as a virtual volunteer opportunity with interactions conducted via web-based platforms. The ideal volunteer will have a record of success in his or her own professional career, excellent verbal and written communication skills, a commitment to Hire Autism’s mission, and the desire to serve as a positive role model.  Familiarity with autism is a plus, but it is not a prerequisite.

Our virtual training consists of a blended 4-hour curriculum delivered live and on-demand that will be completed over a 2-week period. After Navigators complete their training and pass a background check, they will be matched with a job seeker to work on job readiness.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct weekly phone/video call with assigned job seeker
  • Provide feedback in the form of comments on job seeker’s resume and cover letter
  • Help job seeker identify and search for jobs commensurate with their skills and qualifications
  • Support job seeker with interview preparation
  • Answer general job search questions and teach basic employment-related skills
  • Document and report progress to Hire Autism staff on a biweekly basis
  • Promote job seeker’s autonomy and independence by embracing a “do-it-with, not do-it-for” coaching style

Requirements:

  • 10+ years leadership, management, HR, or related experience
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check
  • Experience as a business owner, hiring manager, or similar
  • Competence in Google Docs, online searching, and virtual communication
  • Excellent verbal, and written communication skills

Interested in becoming a Navigator? Please complete the application below and we will be in touch with you! We limit the number of participants accepted into each cohort, not all who apply will be selected. 

2021-2022 Application Deadlines:

April 2022 Training: April 8, 2022

July 2022 Training: June 24, 2022

October 2022 Training: September 23, 2022

Hire Autism - Navigator Application

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