The Disability Law Center (DLC) has an immediate opening for a Disability Rights Advocate. DLC is the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy agency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. DLC’s core mission is to provide legal advocacy on disability issues that promote the fundamental rights of all people with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of Massachusetts. DLC fulfills its mission through a combination of the following: monitoring and investigating places where persons with disabilities live or receive services; individual representation and advocacy; legislative and administrative advocacy; and individual and class action impact litigation.
Disability Rights Advocate Job Description
Position: Disability Rights Advocate
Reports To: Director of Advocacy
Wage Class: Exempt
Union Classification: Eligible
Summary: 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 who have developmental disabilities, brain injuries, and other disabilities. 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.
- Monitor facilities, community residences, long term care facilities, and other congregate settings that provide care, treatment, and services for persons with developmental disabilities, brain injuries, and other disabilities.
- Investigate complaints of abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities 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 relevant medical, agency, and service provider 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.
- 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 disabilities in 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.
Education and/or Work Experience Required
The successful applicant must meet one of the following minimum requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree 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 intellectual or developmental disabilities, or with mental health issues; OR
- A comparable combination of educational and work experience.
Starting salary is based on DLC’s collectively bargained salary scale based upon years of experience.
DLC has a very generous benefits package. For details, please visit: www.dlc-ma.org/about/careers-at-dlc/
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Interested applicants for this position must submit a cover letter and a resume (with three references) through DLC’s website using the form below.
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 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 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 via email at firstname.lastname@example.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.