Disability Rights Advocate – Disability Scoop Jobs

job description

The Disability Law Center (DLC) has an immediate opening for a Disability Advocate. DLC is the federal law enforcement and advocacy agency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. DLC’s primary mission is to provide legal advocacy on disability issues that promotes the fundamental rights of all persons with disabilities to participate fully and equitably in the social and economic life of Massachusetts. DLC achieves its mission by combining the following elements: monitoring and investigating places where people with disabilities live or receive services; individual representation and advocacy; legislative and administrative advocacy; and individual and class action impact litigation.

Disability Advocate Job Description

Position: Advocate for the rights of people with disabilities

Reports to: Director of Advocacy

Salary class: Exempt

Union Classification: Eligible

Summary: The successful candidate will engage in individual and systemic advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities. Specifically, the applicant will monitor care and conditions in facilities that provide care, treatment and services to people with developmental disabilities, brain injuries and other disabilities. The successful applicant will use the information gathered through monitoring to shape subsequent advocacy. In addition, the successful candidate will provide technical assistance, consultation, outreach and training to clients, family members and advocates.

Specific tasks:

  • Monitor facilities, community residences, long-term care facilities and other congregate settings that provide care, treatment and services to people with developmental disabilities, brain injuries and other disabilities.
  • Investigate complaints of abuse and neglect of persons with disabilities and prepare findings and investigation reports as required.
  • Visit facilities where customers or other persons with disabilities are located, as needed and in accordance with current public health considerations.
  • Maintain an active caseload of individual cases, as assigned; advocate appropriately to resolve individual cases.
  • Exercise independent judgment in the handling of surveillance, investigations and assigned cases under the supervision of counsel; quickly identify situations that require the services of counsel and promptly communicate the underlying facts to supervising counsel in an appropriate and effective manner.
  • Review relevant medical, agency, and service provider records.
  • Develop expertise on the needs and abilities of the individuals represented.
  • Maintain in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of appropriate community resources for clients.
  • Provide short term information and referrals to clients and families of persons with disabilities.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with service providers, public and private organizations, other agencies and the community at large regarding the rights of persons with disabilities in congregate settings.
  • Prepare training materials and deliver presentations, trainings and workshops on topics relevant to people with disabilities, their families, service providers and the community.
  • In accordance with agency policies and procedures, maintain complete and accurate records of surveillance and investigation activities; prepare memoranda and case reports; maintain the security of confidential records.
  • Perform all other duties, as assigned.

Diversity and Inclusion Mission Statement

DLC is committed to protecting the fundamental human rights of its clients by providing zealous advocacy and excellent representation. In fulfilling its mission, DLC is committed to fostering diversity at all levels of the agency. We are committed to understanding the diverse circumstances of our customers and meeting their needs. We are also committed to maintaining an inclusive environment that promotes the success and well-being of all our staff. DLC’s leadership is responsible for ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

The Disability Law Center values ​​diversity of culture, disability, and other life experiences, and is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer by choice. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, identity or gender expression, genetic information (including family medical history), military service, veteran status, age, citizenship, disability, marital status, or parent/guardian status. We endorse and support the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities who are applicants or employees who require accommodations.

Warning: The purpose of this job description is to serve as a general summary and overview of the main duties and responsibilities of the position. It is not intended to represent the entire work nor to be exhaustive. Management reserves the right to modify or cancel this job description at any time, with or without notice.

How to register

Candidates interested in this position should submit a cover letter and CV (with three references) via the DLC website at https://www.dlc-ma.org/disability-rights-advocate-paidd/

When applying, mention that you saw this opening listed on Disability Scoop.

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