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Special Needs Advocacy Network

SPaN has an expansive vision: to empower everyone to enable educational equity. Our passion is to manifest this vision for families of children with disabilities. We are lean, agile, and in the process of transforming. During COVID the need for our help has intensified. In response, our newly created Development Committee is seeking two part-time, unpaid, college interns who will work remotely. No prior experience is required. Candidates should be keenly interested in learning more about the non-profit management and/or the special education advocacy industry. In this position, the intern will learn:

- How grants/gifts/sponsorships work together to underpin the financial health of a nonprofit
- How development expands the scope of impact a nonprofit can bring to fruition
- What is required to be successful in securing development funds
- Why SPaN's work matters not just to families of children with disabilities, but to society at large.

The ideal candidate will have very strong organizational, writing, and technology skills. They will be independent, reliable, self-starters, with a passion for learning. They will be comfortable interacting with all levels of professionals. This is a remote position. The hours and days of the commitment are flexible but a minimum of 2 hours a week is desired. More hours are available upon request.

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About Special Needs Advocacy Network


P.O. Box 463, Lexington, MA 02420, US

Mission Statement

The purpose of the corporation is to engage in the following activities: The organization shall train and support child advocates (e.g., parents/families, advocates, attorneys, related services professionals, others) in providing care for youth with special needs; assist child advocates for children with disabilities to gain information about and access to available services; provide child advocates with continuing education programs; provide a forum for advocates to share and disseminate information; provide advocacy services on behalf of children with disabilities as well as their care providers, and conduct such other charitable or educational activities and programs in furtherance of the foregoing purposes as may be carried out by a corporation organized under Chapter 180 of the Massachusetts General Laws and described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


SPaN's vision is to empower everyone to enable educational equity. We are working to transform the nonprofit corporation to achieve this vision by executing a set of well-defined, coordinated, committee-level strategic efforts that will deliver new: A. Revenue Sources B. Social Impacts C. Tools & Technologies D. Process & Disciplines. These efforts deliver on the five focal points of our strategic plan:

1. Embracing the formalities of being a corporation (e.g., strategic planning, IP/branding, risk management, DEI, corp. reserves).

2. Positioning the corporation to achieve greater profitability with less effort

3. Enhancing the profile & influence of SPaN by expanding its impact

4. Changing SPaN’s culture

5. Increasing SPaN’s value to members by helping them start, sustain, & grow a socially impactful advocacy practice

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Justice & Legal


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Grant Writing / Research
  • Multi-Tasking
  • Organization
  • Project Management
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal / Written Communication


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • The hours and days of this position are flexible with a minimum of 8 hours a WEEK desired. More hours are available upon request.
  • This is a fully remote position. Candidates will need to have reliable internet access and a computer.

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