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Advocate

Reports To: Team Leader
FLSA Status: Non Exempt

Job Summary:

The Advocate provides investigative and client advocacy services to and for people with disabilities. This person investigates human, civil and legal rights violations of individuals/groups with disabilities. The Advocate recommends a resolution and plan and monitors implementation of a remedial course of action to achieve client satisfaction and systemic or policy change.

Job Duties for Advocate:
  1. In consultation with senior advocates or legal staff, conducts investigations of complaints regarding human, civil and legal rights of agency clients.
  2. Makes contact with and conducts interviews of the complainants, clients, witnesses, and any other relevant parties or individuals. This may occur in person or over the phone, and may involve travel throughout Ohio.
  3. Obtains and reviews documents including medical, vocational, educational or employment records, legal documents, financial records, investigative reports, coroner reports, police reports, service plans and other pertinent documents (electronic or other format).
  4. In consultation with senior advocate or legal staff, makes preliminary determination concerning merits of complaints alleging human civil and legal rights violations.
  5. Conducts onsite inspections/audits to look for violations of State and/or federal laws, including violations of civil, human and legal rights, health and safety regulations, job site accessibility, physical space inspections, standards of care and illegal or unethical behavior impacting people with disabilities; investigates any violations discovered.
  6. Prepares confidential investigation reports and recommendations, maintains files and records and follows up cases by intervening and negotiating for appropriate remedies and monitoring compliance with applicable laws, policies or standards.
  7. Refers/identifies cases where legal evaluation is necessary for resolution. Under supervision of legal staff, documents and prepares cases for negotiations or hearings and where permitted by law and office policy, may represent clients at administrative hearings.
  8. Identifies trends and patterns and matters for opening investigations or making recommendations for changes in rules, policies and practices based on review of information including client records and complaints and reviews of unusual incident data.
  9. Maintains case files in accordance with state and federal legal and professional standards, tracks actual and appropriate hours on all matters.
  10. Attends conferences and participates in continuing education as assigned.
  11. Assists with development of materials for agency publications and conducts public speaking to clients and related groups as assigned.
  12. Performs other duties as required.
Qualifications:
  • Commitment to mission of the P & A and to the civil rights of all people.
  • Understanding of and commitment to client directed advocacy.
  • Knowledge of community resources, service delivery systems, familiarity with statutes, rules and standards governing providers of services to people with disabilities
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication, computer literacy.
  • Ability to work with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds and abilities.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and to deal effectively with and negotiate through confrontational situations and stressful interactions.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in law, disability or social services academic field and 1 year experience conducting investigations and/or inspections. Experience interviewing children and adults with disabilities preferred.
  • Ability to travel.
To apply:

Please submit a cover letter and a resume to hr@disabilityrightsohio.org.

Attorney

Reports To: Team Leader

Job Summary:

The Attorney provides legal advice to DRO clients, conducts legal research and prepares legal memoranda as needed, engages in individual representation and complex litigation, participates in community outreach and policy determination on disability issues.

Essential Job Duties:
  1. Provides legal advice, consultation and research on general issues to DRO clients, receives and investigates complaints regarding civil and human rights of DRO clients and negotiates resolution, settlement and litigation of legal matters.
  2. Conducts legal research and prepares legal briefs, memoranda and pleadings on complex litigation on behalf of Disability Rights Ohio.
  3. Prepares cases for trial and independently tries cases in state and federal courts, examines witnesses, presents legal arguments and evidence and handles appeals for DRO clients. 
  4. Reviews provider rules, programs and policies for client’s rights implications.
  5. Works in cooperation with other program staff, answers inquiries and provides referrals and technical assistance concerning client’s rights to government officials and the general public.
  6. Performs related legal and administrative work (e.g. serves subpoenas, prepares reports and maintain records, including time logs in cases where attorney fees are available).
  7. Confers with team leaders, administrators and other attorneys concerning difficult legal problems.
  8. Attends conferences and participates in continuing legal education.
  9. Conducts intakes as assigned.
  10. Writes publications and conducts public speaking to clients and related groups as assigned.
  11. Performs other duties as required.
Qualifications:

Graduate of law school and admission to Ohio Bar and admitted or eligible for admission to the Northern and Southern District Courts, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter and a resume to hr@disabilityrightsohio.org.

CLIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CAP) ATTORNEY/COORDINATOR

Reports to: Education/Employment Team Leader
FLSA status: Exempt

Job Summary:

The CAP Attorney/Coordinator coordinates the work of the CAP Program to help people with disabilities who seek or receive vocational rehabilitation services under Section 112 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The CAP helps people understand and access rehabilitation services and assists people in pursuing appeals and other rights under the Act. The CAP Attorney also assists people with disabilities in employment cases.

Job Duties:
  • Provides legal advice, consultation and research on general issues to DRO clients, receives and investigates complaints regarding civil and human rights of DRO clients and negotiates resolution, settlement and litigation of legal matters.
  • Conducts legal research and prepares legal briefs, memoranda and pleadings on complex litigation on behalf of Disability Rights Ohio.
  • Prepares cases for trial and independently tries cases in state and federal courts, examines witnesses, presents legal arguments and evidence and handles appeals for DRO clients. 
  • Reviews provider rules, programs and policies for client’s rights implications.
  • Works in cooperation with other program staff, answers inquiries and provides referrals and technical assistance concerning client’s rights to government officials and the general public.
  • Performs related legal and administrative work (e.g. serves subpoenas, prepares reports and maintain records, including time logs in cases where attorney fees are available).
  • Confers with team leaders, administrators and other attorneys concerning difficult legal problems.
  • Attends conferences and participates in continuing legal education.
  • Conducts intakes as assigned.
  • Writes publications and conducts public speaking to clients and related groups as assigned.
  • Provide individual client services including information/referral, counseling and advice regarding rights and responsibilities relative to the projects and programs funded under the Rehabilitation Act.
  • Assist clients in mediation and negotiation to resolve problems/concerns.
  • Assist clients with administrative appeals to resolve grievances including representation at impartial hearings, and access to other legal services as needed.
  • Educate state agencies on policy development, identify systemic problems and recommend solutions, and advocate for change in the service delivery systems.
  • Conduct outreach, review state plans, and comment on proposed rules, legislation and regulations.
  • Provide substantive legal supervision to non-attorney CAP advocates.
  • Oversee the CAP program to ensure it is meeting federal requirements, including helping to complete required reports.
  • Assist team leader and other staff with other duties as required.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Commitment to mission of the P & A and to the civil rights of all people. 
  • Understanding of and commitment to client directed advocacy. 
  • Graduate of accredited law school and admitted to Ohio Bar and a member in good standing, or must seek admission and be admitted within 1 year of employment. 
  • Within 1 year of employment must be admitted to U.S. district courts for the Northern and Southern Districts, and registered for Federal Court Electronic Case Filing in both the Northern and Southern District Courts. 
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication and computer literacy. 
  • Ability to work with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds and abilities. 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and to deal effectively with and negotiate through confrontational situations and stressful interactions. 
  • Ability to travel.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • 3-5 years of experience with advocacy under the Rehabilitation Act and employment law.
  • Knowledge of disability law and experience working with individuals with disabilities.
  • Fluency in a second language, including American Sign Language.
  • 2 years of experience in a supervisory role.
To apply:

Please submit a cover letter and a resume to hr@disabilityrightsohio.org.

Intake Specialist

Reports To: Intake Supervisor
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Job Summary:

The Intake Specialist performs intake functions over the phone and in person for people requesting services from the agency. This person will also provide short term assistance and referrals to callers when appropriate and will discuss self-advocacy options.

Essential Job Duties:
  1. Conducts intake functions by telephone or in person for people requesting services or information from the agency, including obtaining complete and accurate information in order to determine eligibility for and level of service or referral needs. Enters information in the electronic case management database.
  2. Determines appropriate course of action and consults with Intake Supervisor, advocates or attorneys as needed for direction and guidance in providing short term assistance or referrals.
  3. Provides immediate assistance if needed and self-advocacy information.
  4. Timely enters documentation and closes service requests in the electronic case management system.
  5. Develops updates and maintains resource and referral information.
  6. Completes timely documentation, referral and client correspondence per agency procedures and case management policies.
  7. Performs other duties as required.
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in social services related field and knowledge of community resources.
  • Commitment to mission of the P&A and to the civil rights of all people.
  • Understanding of and commitment to client directed advocacy.
  • Excellent listening skills.
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication and computer literacy.
  • Ability to work with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and to deal effectively with and negotiate through confrontational situations and stressful interactions.
To apply:

Please submit a cover letter and a resume to hr@disabilityrightsohio.org.

VOCA Attorney

Job Summary:

The VOCA Attorney conducts legal research and prepares legal briefs, memoranda and pleadings, independently or as co-counsel, engages in complex litigation, individual representation, and policy work on issues for crime victims with disabilities. The VOCA Attorney also provides legal supervision of the VOCA Advocate(s).

Job Duties for VOCA Attorney:
  1. Receives and investigates complaints regarding rights of crime victims with disabilities and negotiates resolution, settles and litigates legal matters.
  2. Reviews statutes, rules, programs and policies and researches and provides legal advice and consultation.
  3. Conducts legal research and prepares legal briefs, memoranda and pleadings on litigation on behalf of clients, subject to VOCA requirements on allowable activities.
  4. Prepares cases for trial or hearings, conducts discovery and independently tries cases in administrative proceedings and state and federal courts, examines witnesses, presents legal arguments and evidence and handles appeals for clients, subject to VOCA requirements on allowable activities.
  5. Develops and conducts trainings for individuals with disabilities, service providers, law enforcement agencies, legal professionals, and other professionals on the rights of crime victims with disabilities and the responsibilities of professionals.
  6. Works in cooperation with other program staff, answers inquiries and provides referrals and technical assistance concerning clients’ rights to government officials and the general public.
  7. Provides legal supervision of the VOCA Advocate(s).
  8. Maintains data related to the VOCA program for grant reporting purposes, and ensures that VOCA grant reporting requirements are met.
  9. Recruits and supervises VOCA volunteers.
  10. Performs related legal and administrative work in accordance with agency policies and procedures, maintains records, including time logs in cases where attorney fees are available.
  11. Attends conferences and participates in continuing legal education as assigned.
  12. Assists with development of materials for agency publications and conducts public speaking to clients and related groups as assigned.
  13. Performs other duties as required.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Commitment to mission of the P & A and to the civil rights of all people. 
  • Understanding of and commitment to client directed advocacy. 
  • Graduate of accredited law school and admitted to Ohio Bar and a member in good standing, or must seek admission and be admitted within 1 year of employment. 
  • Within 1 year of employment must be admitted to U.S. district courts for the Northern and Southern Districts, and registered for Federal Court Electronic Case Filing in both the Northern and Southern District Courts. 
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication and computer literacy. 
  • Ability to work with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds and abilities. 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and to deal effectively with and negotiate through confrontational situations and stressful interactions. 
  • Ability to travel.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • 3-5 years of experience with advocacy for crime victims or criminal prosecutions.
  • Knowledge of disability law and experience working with individuals with disabilities.
  • Fluency in a second language, including American Sign Language
  • 2 years of experience in a supervisory role.

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter and a resume to hr@disabilityrightsohio.org.

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