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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.

Representative Payee Reviewer

Job Summary:

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.

Job Type: Full-time

To apply:

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

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