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 young adults with autism refine their resumes and/or cover letters.

We firmly believe in the ability of persons with autism to be successful in a wide range of jobs. Hire Autism provides online resources to help individuals with autism 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 use Google Docs to help to review and provide direct feedback on job seekers’ resumes/cover letters to ensure that they are polished and ready to send to employers. Resume/cover letter review combined with the use of our online resources will help these young adults navigate their job searches more effectively. 

The expected volunteer commitment is 1-2 hours per week for 3 months. We expect that Navigators will review up to three resumes or cover letters during that time period. 

The Navigator role is envisioned as a remote, technology-based, volunteer opportunity with face-to-face 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.  Knowledge or life experience with autism is a plus in terms of understanding our job seekers, but it is not a prerequisite. Interested persons must have access to a telephone, Internet, a computer, and the capability for virtual communication.  

Before training, we will ask prospective Navigators to schedule a brief phone call with an OAR staff member to answer any questions you may have and provide more information about our organization’s research and resources. Once selected, each Navigator will complete the online Hire Autism Navigator Training, a 4-hour curriculum delivered over a two-week span that will offer information about autism, supporting persons with autism, and the operational guidelines for serving as a Navigator. Upon successful completion of the orientation and a satisfactory background check, Hire Autism staff will match the Navigator with a Hire Autism jobseeker or self-advocate, who have specifically requested help. 

Desired Qualifications/Requirements:

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

Desired Intangibles:

  • Desire to help people in a meaningful way
  • Belief in the potential of all individuals to reach their fullest potential
  • Patience and perseverance
  • Strong sense of advocacy

Interested in becoming a Navigator? Please complete the application below and we will be in touch with you!

2020 Application Deadlines:

July 2020 Training: June 26, 2020

October 2020 Training: September 25, 2020

Hire Autism - Navigator Application

  • General Information

  • Questions

  • Job Advice, Networking, Resume Review, Interview Practice/Strategies
  • Professional Background

  • 1 (No experience)23 (Some experience)45 (Extensive experience)
    Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
    Google Suite (Docs, Sheets)
    Text messaging
    Facetime/Skype/Google hangout
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  • Volunteer Commitment Agreement

    As a volunteer of The Organization for Autism Research, I agree to the following: • To commit 6 months to assist the program • To attend orientation and training sessions • To communicate with assigned job seeker(s) and/or parent(s) on a weekly basis • To keep Hire Autism staff informed about how things are going with assigned job seeker(s) • To keep all personal information about assigned job seeker(s) and their family/families confidential. Note: This volunteer agreement is binding in honor only and is not intended to be a legally binding contract between the volunteer and the organization. Neither party intends any employment relationship to be created now or at any time in the future. This agreement may be canceled at any time at the discretion of either party.
  • Background Check Authorization

    In the interest of safety and security I, the undersigned applicant, authorize the Organization for Autism Research to procure background information about me, prior to, and at any time during, my service to the organization. This report may include my driving history, including any traffic citations; a social security number verification; present and former addresses; criminal and civil history/records; and the state sex offender records. I agree to answer any follow-up questions that the Organization for Autism Research might ask as a result of information contained in the background check report. I understand that I am entitled to a complete copy of any background information report of which I am the subject upon my request to the Organization for Autism Research if such it is made within a reasonable time from the date it was produced.