Job Description and Online Application

 

Position:      Disability Rights Advocate

Reports To:   Director of Litigation

Location:    Boston Office (Hybrid work schedule)

Wage Class:    Exempt

Union Classification:   Eligible

Responsible For: The successful applicant will engage in individual and systemic advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities. Specifically, the applicant will monitor the care and conditions in facilities that provide care, treatment, and services for persons with psychiatric disabilities, including Bridgewater State Hospital (BSH), and monitor the continuity of care for BSH persons served who are discharged to correctional facilities, Department of Mental Health facilities, and other settings. The successful applicant will use the information gathered through monitoring to shape further advocacy. In addition, the successful applicant will provide technical assistance, consultation, outreach and training to clients, family members, and advocates.

Specific duties:

  • Monitor conditions and treatment for individuals with disabilities served within BSH, including satellite units at adjacent correctional facility.
  • Monitor correctional facilities, state and private psychiatric hospitals, community residences, long term care facilities, and other congregate settings that provide care, treatment, and services for persons with psychiatric disabilities.
  • Investigate complaints of abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities at BSH and other facilities, and prepare investigative findings and reports, as necessary.
  • Visit facilities in which clients or other persons with disabilities are located, as necessary and in keeping with current public health considerations.
  • Maintain an active caseload of individual cases, as assigned; advocate appropriately to resolve individual cases.
  • Exercise independent judgment on the handling of monitoring, investigations, and assigned cases under supervision of an attorney; promptly identify situations that require attorney services and promptly communicate the underlying facts to supervising attorney in an appropriate and effective manner.
  • Review treatment records and other institutional records.
  • Develop expertise on needs and abilities of the individuals represented.
  • Maintain thorough and current knowledge of appropriate community resources for clients.
  • Provide short-term information and referral for clients, families of persons with disabilities.
  • Stay informed about developments affecting the rights of people with disabilities at BSH and other congregate settings that receive persons served transferred from BSH, including proposed changes to state and federal legislation, regulations, and policies governing involuntary civil commitment.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with service providers, public and private organizations, other agencies, and the community at large with respect to the rights of people with psychiatric disabilities at BSH, in Department of Mental Health facilities, and other congregate settings.
  • Prepare training materials and deliver presentations, trainings, and workshops on subjects pertinent to persons with disabilities, their families, service providers and the community;
  • According to agency policies and procedures, maintain complete and accurate records of monitoring and investigation activities; prepare memoranda and case reports; maintain the security of confidential records.
  • Perform any other duties, as assigned.

 

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS

Required Qualifications

The successful applicant must meet one of the following minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in one of the following areas: sociology, psychology, social work, or other related human services fields with experience (2+ years) in advocacy on behalf of persons with disabilities;
  • A minimum of four (4) years of experience in human services area, with at least three (3) years of direct experience working with individuals with psychiatric disabilities; OR
  • A comparable combination of educational and work experience.

Desired Attributes

  • Prior experience interviewing or working with individuals with disabilities and/or from underserved communities, highly preferred.
  • Bilingual fluency in another spoken language and/or American Sign Language.

Compensation:

The starting salary range for this position is $48,200 – $51,800

DLC has a very generous benefits package. For details, please visit Careers at DLC.

 

To Apply:

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Interested applicants for this position must upload a cover letter and resume (with three references) through the form below:

Application Form
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All applications will be kept confidential.

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 our mission, DLC is committed to fostering diversity at all levels of the agency. We are dedicated to understanding our clients’ diverse circumstances and meeting their needs. We are also committed to maintaining an inclusive environment that supports success and the well-being of all of our staff. DLC’s leadership is responsible for ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY 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 receive consideration for employment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information (including family medical history), military service, veteran status, age, citizenship, disability, marital status, or status as a parent/guardian.  We endorse and support the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants or employees who need accommodations.

If you require a reasonable accommodation for completing this application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in our employee selection process, please contact Amanda Gasparonis at agasparonis@dlc-ma.org.

Disclaimer: The purpose of this position description is to serve as a general summary and overview of the major duties and responsibilities of the job. It is not intended to represent the entirety of the job nor is it intended to be all-inclusive. Management reserves the right to modify, or rescind, this position description at any time, with or without prior notice.

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