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Advocate

Reports To: Team Leader 
FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Job Summary:

The Advocate provides investigative and client advocacy services to and for people with disabilities. This person investigates human, civil and legal rights violations of individuals/groups with disabilities. The Advocate recommends a resolution and plan and monitors implementation of a remedial course of action to achieve client satisfaction and systemic or policy change. Job Duties for Advocate:

  1. In consultation with senior advocates or legal staff, conducts investigations of complaints regarding human, civil and legal rights of agency clients.
  2. Makes contact with and conducts interviews of the complainants, clients, witnesses, and any other relevant parties or individuals. This may occur in person or over the phone, and may involve travel throughout Ohio.
  3. Obtains and reviews documents including medical, vocational, educational or employment records, legal documents, financial records, investigative reports, coroner reports, police reports, service plans and other pertinent documents (electronic or other format).
  4. In consultation with senior advocate or legal staff, makes preliminary determination concerning merits of complaints alleging human civil and legal rights violations.
  5. Conducts onsite inspections/audits to look for violations of State and/or federal laws, including violations of civil, human and legal rights, health and safety regulations, job site accessibility, physical space inspections, standards of care and illegal or unethical behavior impacting people with disabilities; investigates any violations discovered.
  6. Prepares confidential investigation reports and recommendations, maintains files and records and follows up cases by intervening and negotiating for appropriate remedies and monitoring compliance with applicable laws, policies or standards.
  7. Refers/identifies cases where legal evaluation is necessary for resolution. Under supervision of legal staff, documents and prepares cases for negotiations or hearings and where permitted by law and office policy, may represent clients at administrative hearings.
  8. Identifies trends and patterns and matters for opening investigations or making recommendations for changes in rules, policies and practices based on review of information including client records and complaints and reviews of unusual incident data.
  9. Maintains case files in accordance with state and federal legal and professional standards, tracks actual and appropriate hours on all matters.
  10. Attends conferences and participates in continuing education as assigned.
  11. Assists with development of materials for agency publications and conducts public speaking to clients and related groups as assigned.
  12. Performs other duties as required.
Qualifications:
  • Commitment to mission of the P & A and to the civil rights of all people.
  • Understanding of and commitment to client directed advocacy.
  • Knowledge of community resources, service delivery systems, familiarity with statutes, rules and standards governing providers of services to people with disabilities
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication, 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.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in law, disability or social services academic field and 1 year experience conducting investigations and/or inspections. Experience interviewing children and adults with disabilities preferred.
  • Ability to travel.
To apply:

Please submit a cover letter and a resume to hr@disabilityrightsohio.org.

Intake Specialist

The Intake Specialist performs intake functions over the phone and in person for people requesting services from the agency. This person will also provide short term assistance and referrals to callers when appropriate and will discuss self-advocacy options.

Essential Job Duties:
  1. Conducts intake functions by telephone or in person for people requesting services or information from the agency, including obtaining complete and accurate information in order to determine eligibility for and level of service or referral needs. Enters information in the electronic case management database.
  2. Determines appropriate course of action and consults with Intake Supervisor, advocates or attorneys as needed for direction and guidance in providing short term assistance or referrals.
  3. Provides immediate assistance if needed and self-advocacy information.
  4. Timely enters documentation and closes service requests in the electronic case management system.
  5. Develops updates and maintains resource and referral information.
  6. Completes timely documentation, referral and client correspondence per agency procedures and case management policies.
  7. Performs other duties as required.
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in social services related field and knowledge of community resources.
  • Commitment to mission of the P&A and to the civil rights of all people.
  • Understanding of and commitment to client directed advocacy.
  • Excellent listening skills.
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication and computer literacy.
  • Ability to work with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and to deal effectively with and negotiate through confrontational situations and stressful interactions.

Job Type: Full-time

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter and a resume to hr@disabilityrightsohio.org.

Special Education Fellowship

Disability Rights Ohio is pleased to announce the Ingram White Castle/Columbus Foundation Fellowship in Special Education Advocacy. The Special Education Fellowship position is a one-year fellowship that will begin in August 2019. The Special Education Fellowship is a paid position.

The Special Education Fellow will be employed by and directly support the Education Team at Disability Rights Ohio, a non-profit corporation with a mission to advocate for the human, civil and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio. The Fellow will provide advocacy to students with disabilities who are eligible for an Individualized Education Program under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The Fellow will counsel parents and their children, and attend school-based IEP meetings at schools in Franklin and surrounding counties (Central Ohio area). The Fellow will receive supervision from the Education Team Leader at Disability Rights Ohio. The fellow must have a Juris Doctor, and have taken the Ohio bar exam in July 2019, or been admitted to the practice of law in Ohio as a licensed attorney.

As an employee of Disability Rights Ohio, the designated system under federal and state law to protect and advocate the rights of people with disabilities in Ohio (P&A), the Fellow will demonstrate:

• 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 court or other deadlines.
• Excellent listening skills.
• Proficiency in oral and written communication, computer literacy.
• Ability to take direction and work with teams of agency professionals.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality.

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter and a resume to hr@disabilityrightsohio.org.

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