ADVOCATE I-Bay Area
Time is split between Oakland and San Francisco
(Long-Term Temporary Position)
This position is open until filled, however the first round of screening will be 11:59p.m. on July 13, 2012
SALARY RANGE (Depending on Experience): Non-Exempt $21.03-$28.22/hour; $41,016-$55,032/year (full time)
Disability Rights California provides a generous benefit package that includes: medical; dental; flexible spending accounts (e.g., medical and dependent care); basic life, short and long-term disability insurances; voluntary vision, supplemental life and long-term care; paid holiday, sick, and vacation time-off; and a significant company contribution to the retirement plan.
Disability Rights California is a well-established, innovative non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the rights of Californians with disabilities. Disability Rights California works to achieve fairness and justice for people with disabilities through quality representation, advocacy, investigations of abuse and neglect, peer/self advocacy services, community partnerships, legislative and regulatory advocacy work, education and outreach. Our legal work includes individual and impact litigation.
The Advocate shares responsibility with other legal and advocacy staff for providing information, technical assistance, outreach and training, and under the direct mentorship of senior staff, representation in administrative proceedings, to clients with disabilities. The Advocate works under the direct supervision of a supervising attorney and in collaboration with other Disability Rights California attorneys and advocates in their legal, advocacy, and outreach efforts.
This position provides advocacy services under the Client Assistance Program (CAP) to Department of Rehabilitation consumers/clients and consumer/client applicants to obtain information, advocacy and other assistance to secure benefits and services available under the Rehabilitation Act or Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A portion of the Advocate's time will also be spent providing advocacy on Social Security issues.
The Advocate I is responsible for:
1. Providing short-term and technical assistance and referrals to clients, callers and others.
2. Under the direct mentorship of senior staff, assisting clients with, or directly representing clients in, negotiations, mediations, and administrative proceedings, including proceedings related to eligibility for and provision of services from Rehabilitation Act funded agencies. This includes, as necessary in a particular case, but is not limited to:
a. Responding to requests for information and advice from clients;
b. Maintaining written and electronic case files in accords with Disability Rights California protocols;
c. Interviewing clients and witnesses and reviewing agency notices and records and other documents to ascertain the facts;
d. Investigating factual issues, including contested factual issues and issues relating to the nature and extent of a client’s disability and the impact of the disability on the issues in the administrative proceeding;
e. Researching the applicable law, including cases, statutes, regulations, or other applicable authorities;
f. Applying Disability Rights California’s standards and criteria to determine what level of Disability Rights California assistance is appropriate for each client; and
g. With ongoing and direct assistance from senior staff, evaluating various options and possible courses of conduct, and developing and implementing options and case strategies that are appropriate given the law and the facts.
3. Advising clients as to their rights and options.
4. Drafting correspondence.
5. Drafting memoranda concerning the law and facts to submit to administrative law judges and other triers of fact.
6. Providing advice to clients regarding their rights in the administrative proceedings or in regard to their benefits or issues.
7. Negotiating with agencies and other parties.
8. Preparing and filing appeal notices, administrative complaints, and other agency documents, or assisting clients with the preparation of such documents.
9. Directly representing clients in administrative proceedings before mediators, Administrative Law Judges and other triers of fact, including preparing and examining non-expert witnesses, cross-examining witnesses, and making opening and closing arguments as appropriate.
10. Preparing written materials and conducting outreach to, and education and training of, consumers, community groups, advocates and others, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities.
11. Participating with other agencies and organizations to address recurring problems and issues affecting people with disabilities.
12. Assisting with Disability Rights California organizational development and planning, including the planning and development of Disability Rights California’s Advocacy Plan.
13. Participating in the development and pursuit of law reform activities, including: participating on inter-agency task forces and commissions, analyzing or drafting language for bills and proposed regulations, testifying before legislative and administrative bodies, and collaborating on reports, articles and special projects.
14. Performing other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS :
(Applicants MUST meet EACH of the minimum qualifications to be considered for an interview)
1. Two years paid or voluntary work experience as: (a) an advocate in the social service, human service, community-based, public interest or health care environments working with people with disabilities; (b) as an advocate in the practice of public interest law; or (c) as an advocate directly representing clients in administrative hearings.
2. Demonstrated ability to work with community groups. This may include assisting groups in advocacy, providing technical assistance or organizing groups.
3. Effective oral and written communication skills sufficient to represent clients in legal hearings, meetings, negotiations or administrative proceedings, to actively promote legal, policy and legislative developments at State and local government levels, to prepare legal documents, and to develop and conduct trainings.
4. Experience working with or sensitivity to individuals with disabilities.
5. Experience working with or sensitivity to individuals from ethnic or language distinct communities.
6. Commitment to outreaching to people with disabilities from underserved communities.
1. Knowledge of laws, rights, and services as they pertain to people with disabilities, and/or direct representation of people with disabilities.
2. Ability to read, write and speak Spanish or an Asian language, or ability to communicate using American Sign Language, with sufficient fluency to do client intakes and conduct trainings.
3. Experience in the disability rights movement and/or extensive contacts in the disability community.
4. Experience with and/or extensive contacts in ethnic or language distinct communities.
5. Familiarity and/or extensive contacts with one or more of the following: homelessness, criminal justice, substance abuse or Gay/Lesbian/Bi-Sexual/Transgender/Intersex (LGBTI) communities.
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In order to be considered for this position, applicants MUST submit the following documents. If ANY of the following documents are not provided, your application for employment will be rejected.
If due to a disability you need an accommodation to complete any of the following, please contact our Recruiter @ 916/504-5800 for assistance.
To be considered for this position, applicants MUST submit the following #’s 1-5 below:
1) Disability Rights California Application Form
3) Three professional references
4) Cover Letter which MUST indicate:
a) your personal & professional motivation for seeking this position
b) a discussion of how you meet EACH OF THE MINIMUM and ANY OF THE DESIRABLE qualifications for this position. If your letter does not contain a specific description of how you meet the minimum qualifications, your application may NOT be considered.
5) Sample of legal writing (i.e., a legal argument, letter or analysis) consisting of no more than 10 pages of text.
Disability Rights California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action* Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, race or disability.
We value diversity of culture, disability and other life experiences, and are an equal opportunity employer by choice. Disability Rights California endorses and supports the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing act (FEHA) and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants or employees who need accommodations.
- In keeping with Federal regulations, Affirmative Action applies to the following persons of color: American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander or African American.
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