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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:

Email cover letter and resume to hr@disabilityrightsohio.org

Development and Grants Manager

Reports to the Director of Policy and Advancement, coordinates programs and activities to strengthen Disability Rights Ohio’s relationships with supporters and funders for the purpose of growing philanthropic support while managing the federal grant process.

Responsibilities

Fundraising Management

  • Manage technology and data to support fundraising and constituent outreach
  • Process foundation and membership gifts, generate a log of activity, and create acknowledgement letters to members and donors
  • Provide reports, queries, and data upon request as needed for executive staff
  • In collaboration with the Policy and Advancement Director, draft and oversee the development of private funding proposals, including tracking and meeting submission reporting deadlines
  • Responsible for quarterly and annual reports of non-federal grants
  • Identify potential major and planned giving donors
  • Conduct research on prospective donors
  • Maintain relationships with donors, foundations, and organizational contacts
  • Plan, schedule, analyze, and evaluate direct mailings

Federal Grants Management

  • Serve as point of contact for all federal grant programs
  • Responsible for all federal grant reports, maintain calendar of due dates and communicate to staff when deadlines are approaching
  • Manage the reporting process with key staff, receiving assignments to provide information and /or review drafts
  • Develop database reporting skills to obtain client demographics and outcomes
  • Responsible for management of all federal grant continuation applications, working in collaboration with staff to ensure deadlines are met
  • Provide quarterly program reports for specific federal grants based on priorities and objectives, as required
Minimum Qualifications

Commitment to rights for individuals with disabilities
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication and presentation skills
Strong organizational skills, ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and to meet deadlines
Experience with donor database software 
Excellent writing and research skills
Bachelor degree in related discipline

Desirable Qualifications

Experience with federal grants process
Flexibility and ability to maintain confidentiality
Knowledge of disability rights
Essential Functions
Communicating effectively with people in person, and via telephone, fax, and email
Using a computer to create written communication

To apply:

Email cover letter and resume to hr@disabilityrightsohio.org

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