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Disability Rights Ohio is pleased to announce the Vaccine Advocacy and Education Fellowship. This position is a fellowship that will begin as soon as possible but no later than October 1, 2021, and end on September 30, 2022. The Fellow will be employed by Disability Rights Ohio, the state’s protection and advocacy system, and a non-profit organization with a mission to advocate for the human, civil and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio.

Job Summary:

People with disabilities have suffered disproportionately and tragically during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are unique challenges to ensuring this population has access to the vaccine and to necessary information to be able to make informed choices about vaccination. The Fellow will help overcome obstacles to vaccine access and identify solutions for individuals with disabilities throughout Ohio (for example, advocating for people who do not have access to public or private transportation to travel to a vaccine site, or who are otherwise confined to their homes or in a facility, institution, hospital, homeless shelters, or jail or prison or detention facility, or who are in a minority or disadvantaged community that has less access to resources and services).

The Fellow will also help in systemic advocacy on a statewide level to increase vaccine access and education, develop relationships among stakeholders and other advocacy groups and organizations, assist in advocacy with the Ohio Department of Health and local health departments and other county agencies, and assist in research and development of educational materials.

The Fellow will receive supervision from the Civil Rights and Integration Team Leader at Disability Rights Ohio. The Fellow must have a Juris Doctor degree and have taken the Ohio bar exam in July 2021, or already be admitted to the practice of law in Ohio as a licensed attorney.


  • Commitment to the mission of the P&A and to the civil rights of all people.
  • Understanding of and commitment to client-directed advocacy.
  • Ability to work with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent listening skills.
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication, computer literacy.
  • Ability to take direction and work with teams of professionals.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to sit for prolonged periods of time.


  • Bachelors Degree required.
  • Graduate of Law School, with current or pending license results required.

Representative Payee Reviewer

Job Summary:

A Representative Payee Reviewer monitors Social Security Representative Payeeships, onsite, throughout the state. Reviewers 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.


  • 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.

To apply, please forward your resume and a cover letter to

Community Engagement Coordinator 

Job Type: Full-time


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)
  • Organizational skills: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Social work: 2 years (Preferred)

Position Summary:
To coordinate and support advocates with disabilities throughout the state and efforts made to increase the visibility of DRO’s programs and community awareness.

Core Functions:

Empowerment and Support:

  1. Empower and support advocates with disabilities to be engaged in policy and advocacy work
  2. Coordinate and facilitate self-advocacy meetings.
  3. Actively participate in community advocacy and coalition activities.
  4. Communicate with advocates with disabilities on various outreach, education and funding opportunities on a regular basis.

Administrative Support:

  1. Develop and maintain a database for advocates with disabilities.
  2. Perform other duties as assigned.
  3. Work to outline, research, and develop any relevant material to increase advocate support.

Communication and Community Advancement:

  1. Represent positions and interests on issues before government agencies, coalitions, and public bodies.
  2. Communicate to advocates with disabilities about ongoing policy proposals including legislation and administrative rules
  3. Facilitate DRO’s Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council.

Skills Needed

  1. Ability to plan and organize events and meetings.
  2. Basic understanding of the Ohio Legislative Process
  3. Basic understanding of Ohio’s disability services systems (developmental disabilities, Medicaid, mental health, etc.)
  4. Knowledge and ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and other computer software.
  5. Strong commitment to DRO’s mission and the needs of individuals with disabilities.
  6. Ability to maintain confidentiality and be discreet with highly sensitive and confidential information.
  7. Strong and effective writing and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate in a concise manner.
  8. Ability to travel.
  9. Ability to work independently with little supervision.
  10. Reliability and ability to work a flexible schedule to accommodate meetings, events, and other work duties.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. At least two years working with organizing advocates with disabilities (required)
  2. Bachelor’s Degree (preferred)

Desired Abilities

  1. A candidate having lived experience accessing disability services (e.g., DD or mental health) in one or more systems.
  2. Understanding of issues impacting people with disabilities.
  3. Exercises sound judgment and effective communication methods for a variety of individuals.

*** Please note that DRO does not require any candidates to disclose a disability recognized by the ADA. This job directly pertains to connecting with individuals with disabilities or advocating on their behalf, so any candidate who has had direct experience receiving disability services are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Schedule: Day shift, Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
At this time, all staff are working remotely. A technology reimbursement is being provided to offset the cost for staff to maintain an internet connection and suitable computer.

Education: Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • Community Resources: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Organizational skills: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Social work: 2 years (Preferred)

Work Location: One location

This Job Is:

  • Open to applicants who do not have a college diploma
  • A job for which people with disabilities are encouraged to apply

Benefit Conditions: Only full-time employees eligible

Work Remotely: Temporarily due to COVID-19

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process
  • Personal protective equipment provided or required
  • Plastic shield at work stations
  • Temperature screenings
  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Virtual meetings
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to


Job Summary:

The Attorney provides legal advice to Disability Rights Oho (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:

  • 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.
  • Conducts legal research and prepares legal briefs, memoranda and pleadings on complex litigation on behalf of Disability Rights Ohio.
  • 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.
  • Reviews provider rules, programs and policies for client’s rights implications.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Confers with team leaders, administrators and other attorneys concerning difficult legal problems.
  • Attends conferences and participates in continuing legal education.
  • Conducts intakes as assigned.
  • Writes publications and conducts public speaking to clients and related groups as assigned.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • 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.
  • Commitment to mission of the P & A and to the civil rights of all people.
  • Understanding of and commitment to client-directed advocacy.
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication and 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.
  • Ability to travel.

Please submit cover letter with resume to

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