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ADVOCATE

Job Summary

Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) is a non-profit agency located in Columbus, Ohio with a mission to advocate for the human, civil and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio. Disability Rights Ohio recognizes how racial justice and disability rights intersect and incorporates this framework into our agency goals. Since October 2012, Disability Rights Ohio has served as Ohio's Protection and Advocacy (P & A) system and Client Assistance Program (CAP).

The Advocate on the Abuse & Neglect Team assists DRO in fulfilling its mission by providing investigation, monitoring, and client advocacy services to and for people with disabilities. This position monitors and investigates human, civil and legal rights violations of individuals/groups with disabilities. The Advocate recommends and advocates for resolution and monitors implementation of a remedial course of action, when necessary, to achieve the education and protection of client rights and systemic or policy change.

Essential Job Duties:

  • In consultation with team leader, team members and/or legal staff, conducts monitoring activities and the investigations of complaints regarding human, civil and legal rights of agency clients.
  • Ability to work as a collaborative member of a team and alone as job responsibilities require.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • In consultation with team leader or legal staff, makes preliminary determination concerning merits of complaints alleging human, civil, and legal rights violations.
  • Conducts onsite monitoring and investigations activities to identify compliance with and/or violations of State and/or federal laws, including violations of civil, human, and legal rights, health and safety regulations, job site accessibility, physical space/environmental inspections, standards of care and illegal or unethical behavior impacting people with disabilities; investigates any violations discovered.
  • Prepares confidential monitoring and 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Maintains up-to-date, organized case files in accordance with state and federal legal and professional standards, tracks actual and appropriate hours on all matters.
  • Attends conferences and participates in continuing education as assigned.
  • Assists with development of materials for agency publications and conducts public speaking to clients and related groups as assigned.
  • Demonstrates commitment to ongoing learning and continuing education.
  • Demonstrates commitment to continuous quality improvement and innovation.
  • Demonstrates willingness to help mentor new staff/peers.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, sociology, or social services academic field.
  • Commitment to mission of the P & A and to the legal, civil, and human rights of all people.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion practices for all people.
  • Understanding of and commitment to client directed advocacy.
  • Commitment to team and cross-team collaboration.
  • 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.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.
  • A professional license is not required for this position.
  • This position is not intended for a practicing attorney.

Job Type:
Full-time

Experience:

  • Three (3) years of demonstrated work experience with individuals with disabilities.
  • Experience interviewing children and adults with disabilities preferred.
  • Experience working with under-served and culturally diverse populations preferred.
  • Experience working with youth in residential treatment, child protective, and/or foster care settings desired.
  • One (1) year of experience conducting investigations and/or inspections is preferred.

Education:

  • Bachelor's (Required)
 To apply, please forward your resume and a cover letter to hr@disabilityrightsohio.org.
INTAKE SPECIALIST

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:

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.

  • 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.
  • Provides immediate assistance if needed and self-advocacy information.
  • Timely enters documentation and closes service requests in the electronic case management system.
  • Develops updates and maintains resource and referral information.
  • Completes timely documentation, referral and client correspondence per agency procedures and case management policies.
  • 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 forward your resume and a cover letter to hr@disabilityrightsohio.org.
REPRESENTATIVE PAYEE REVIEWER

Job Description

A Representative Payee Reviewer monitors Social Security Representative Payeeships, onsite, throughout the state. Reviewer’s will be responsible for reviewing financial records of individuals receiving cash benefits through the Social Security Administration as well as interviewing these beneficiaries in concern with the Representative Payee services they are receiving. Reviewer’s work independently of others and will be required to travel to beneficiaries and Representative Payees.

Essential Job Duties:
• Conduct assigned financial reviews of individuals, agencies, and/or entities holding Representative Payee duties through the Social Security Administration in order to ensure accounting rules are properly maintained.
• Complete interviews with Representative Payees and beneficiaries, as well as their guardians, when applicable.
• Observe the physical surroundings in order to determine the safety and security of the beneficiaries, and make referrals when necessary.
• Identify problems or needed changes after reviews and assist with completing all required reports within a timely manner.
• Ensure confidentiality of all information received or provided at all times.
• Maintain and keep organized files and reports.

Qualifications:
• An Associate’s degree in a relevant field or a combination of education and experience closely related to position.
• A functional knowledge in basic financial record keeping.
• Upon hire, successful completion of the Social Security Administration conducted background checks and fingerprinting in accordance with the Social Security Administration personnel suitability requirements. Adherence to the Social Security Administration’s Code of Ethics.
• Upon hire, successful completion of required Social Security Administration Representative Payee training.
• Commitment to mission of the P&A and to the civil rights of all people.
• General knowledge of social security and community benefits.
• Generally proficient in Microsoft Office and computer literacy as well as effective writing and communication skills.
• Ability to work with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds and abilities.
• Ability to travel.

To apply, please forward your resume and a cover letter to hr@disabilityrightsohio.org.
COMMUNICATIONS AND OUTREACH SPECIALIST

Job Summary:

The Communications and Outreach Specialist will support the Communications and Outreach Director, the Executive Director, and the rest of the leadership team with the development of materials and management of initiatives to ensure the organization’s communications and outreach goals are achieved.

Essential Functions:
• Working with the Communications and Outreach Director, develop and execute comprehensive, cross-platform communications strategies to support the organization’s external communications goals.
• Creation of accessible, branding documents utilizing InDesign, Illustrator, and similar programs.
• Ensure all materials developed by the team maintain full accessibility standards.
• Update, edit, and maintain the DRO website through our CMS platform.
• Write specialized pieces, including weekly, advocacy-focused essays, and other items as needed.
• Work with the DRO leadership team to review, edit, format, design, and finalize reports and other materials being released by the organization.
• Assist in the operations and monitoring of the organization’s social media profiles.
• Support the organization by taking on and managing specialized communications assignments as directed (i.e. HCBS coalition).
• Working with the Communications and Outreach Director and the leadership team, further develop DRO’s capabilities to create video content.
• Organize and assist with outreach opportunities with necessary marketing materials and logistical support as needed.
• Perform related duties as needed.

Qualifications:
• At least 2 years’ experience communication experience including written essays, memos, report summaries, and social media posts.
• Bachelor’s degree preferred, preferably in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, or a related field.
• Experience with publishing software, such as Microsoft PowerPoint, InDesign, Illustrator, Website CMS programs, and social media platforms.
• Excellent verbal communication skills and computer literacy.
• Ability to work with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds and abilities.
• Excellent detail-orientation, follow-up skills and organizational skills.
• Dedicated and passionate approach to helping those with disabilities.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality as directed.
• High degrees of integrity, ethics and judgment are a must.
• Ability to sit for prolonged periods of time.
• Ability to travel.

To apply, please forward your resume and a cover letter to hr@disabilityrightsohio.org.

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