Frank Trippett Advocacy and Outreach Fellow


Position: Frank Trippett Advocacy and Outreach Fellow
Program:  Advocacy
Employment Type:  Contract – October 1, 2023 to May 31, 2024
Contractor Rate:  $30/hr, up to 10 hours per week
Application Deadline:  September 22, 2023

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If you have a positive attitude, pride in your work, and a passion for helping others,
you may be interested in joining our team.


Overview Description: 

The Frank Trippett Advocacy and Outreach Fellowship (Trippett Fellowship) is an 8-month part-time (10 hours/week) contractor position with The Arc of Northern Virginia, running from October 1, 2023 to May 31, 2024.


Under the supervision of the Director of Advocacy, and in cooperation with other staff members, the Trippett Fellow will work to (1) provide outreach to the Spanish speaking community in Northern Virginia to share information and resources related to developmental disabilities and (2) translate existing short documents and presentations into Spanish.


Essential Duties:

•  Work with the Director of Advocacy to outreach to Spanish-speaking community members and offer information, either through conversations, presentations, support groups, or being available to answer questions through phone or email about developmental disability services

•  Take existing short documents and translate them into Spanish to share during outreach

•  Take existing short Power Point presentations, translate, and present them during outreach activities

•  Answer questions from Spanish speaking residents who reach out to The Arc of Northern Virginia to answer their disability resource related questions

•  Conduct research to identify new advocacy and outreach partners

•  Attend events to staff displays and provide information, as needed

•  Other related duties as assigned


Desired Skills and Experience:

•  Degree and/or experience in social work, special education, therapeutic recreation, counseling, or a related field

•  Knowledge of disability resources

•  Experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and families

•  Excellent oral and written communication skills

•  Strong interpersonal skills

•  Solid organization and time management skills

•  Proficiency in standard office software

•  Ability to work independently performing duties under general supervision

•  Fluent Spanish speaker and writer


Contractor Pay Rate:

• The hired contractor will be paid $30/hour, up to 10 hours per week.

• The contractor is not eligible for benefits through The Arc of Northern Virginia.


How To Apply:

Send your resume and a cover letter to: Lucy Beadnell at  Please include the position title and your last name in the subject line of your email.


Closing Date: 

Applications for the position should be submitted by Friday, September 22, 2023.


The Arc of Northern Virginia is an equal opportunity employer.


At The Arc of Northern Virginia, we are committed to treating all applicants and employees fairly based on their knowledge, skills, experience, and achievements without regard to race, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.


About The Arc of Northern Virginia:

Founded in 1962, The Arc of Northern Virginia promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) of all ages and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. We represent and serve over 39,000 people with IDD—such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and rare chromosomal disorders—of all ages and their families throughout Northern Virginia. In addition, our Special Needs Trust program serves all of VA, DC, and MD, and our Tech for Independent Living program serve the DC Metro Region.


About the Frank Trippett Advocacy and Outreach Fellowship:

The Frank Trippett Advocacy and Outreach Fellowship was established by the family and friends of Frank Trippett in his memory, as a tribute to his longtime commitment to ensuring that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can achieve lives of their choosing in the community. The Arc of Northern Virginia helped Frank and Linda Trippett build a rewarding life for Hailey, their daughter who has a disability. This fellowship creates a lasting legacy to Frank’s personal advocacy to help other families connect to the vital resources that can support them and meet the needs of their loved ones with disabilities.