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Communications and Outreach SPECIALIST

Reports to: Director of Policy and Advancement

Disability Rights Ohio is an independent nonprofit with a dedicated team of attorneys, advocates, and leaders that work hard to advance the civil, human, and legal rights for people with disabilities. DRO seeks an experienced communications and outreach specialist who thrives within a team environment and will work to identify opportunities to  expand our communications activities in order to maximize DRO’s impact.

Job Summary:

The Communications and Outreach Specialist will manage the development and coordination of digital and traditional communications functions as well as be responsible for the outreach activities of the agency. This person will assist executive management in developing and implementing communications strategies, create and present external and internal facing materials, and collaborate with other team members to fully engage staff in communications efforts. Management of the DRO’s website, daily communications, and media relations, are also essential functions of this position.

Job Requirements:
  • Write press releases and develop communications plans
  • Plan press conferences for major events and assist in planning with other organizational events, such as fundraisers and summits
  • Oversee DRO’s client contact email database, blog, email alerts, and social media opportunities
  • Manage and update DRO’s website, including the Board of Director’s portal
  • Create spreadsheets and track key communications data for grant reporting purposes
  • Manage the development, coordination, and execution of outreach activities of the organization
  • Write or assist with writing grant reports as needed
  • Supervise and train any communications specific interns
  • Provide communications support for DRO’s policy, project, and fundraising work including drafting and designing informational handouts and briefs
  • Build relationships and work directly with members of the media
  • Support and train staff to give media interviews
  • Work within a team on special communications and outreach projects
  • Other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree with 3-5 years relevant work experience in communications/PR
  • Experience with crafting and implementing communications and messaging strategy
  • Understanding of and commitment to client directed advocacy and confidentiality
  • Strong proficiency with social media platforms
  • Experience working with the media
  • Excellent writing skills under pressure
  • Technical proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office Suite, email database software
  • Highly collaborative style; ability to thrive on a multi-dimensional team
  • Ability to work with individuals from a variety of backgrounds
  • Some statewide travel required
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of disability rights
  • Proficient with video editing software
  • Experience with Facebook Live presentations
  • Experience working in the legal field
To apply:

Please submit a cover letter and a resume to


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.
Please submit cover letter with resume.

Job Type: Full-time

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter and a resume to


Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) is a non-profit agency located in Columbus, Ohio with a mission to advocate for the human, civil and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio. Since October 2012, Disability Rights Ohio has served as Ohio's Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system and Client Assistance Program (CAP).

The Advocate on the Abuse & Neglect Team assists DRO in fulfilling its mission by providing investigative and client advocacy services to and for people with disabilities. This position 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. 

Essential Job Duties:
  • In consultation with team leader, team members and/or legal staff, conducts investigations of complaints In consultation with senior advocates or legal staff, conducts investigations of complaints regarding human, civil and legal rights of agency clients.
  • Ability to work as a collaborative member of a team and alone as job responsibilities require
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • In consultation with team leader or legal staff, makes preliminary determination concerning merits of complaints alleging human civil and legal rights violations.
  • 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/environmental inspections, standards of care and illegal or unethical behavior impacting people with disabilities; investigates any violations discovered.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Maintains up-to-date, organized case files in accordance with state and federal legal and professional standards, tracks actual and appropriate hours on all matters.
  • Attends conferences and participates in continuing education as assigned.
  • Assists with development of materials for agency publications and conducts public speaking to clients and related groups as assigned.
  • Demonstrates commitment to ongoing learning and continuing education.
  • Demonstrates commitment to continuous quality improvement and innovation.
  • Demonstrates willingness to help mentor new staff/peers.
  • Performs other duties as required.
  • Commitment to mission of the P & A and to the civil rights of all people.
  • Understanding of and commitment to client directed advocacy.
  • Commitment to team and cross-team collaboration.
  • 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 social work, psychology, sociology, or social services academic field and 1 year experience conducting investigations and/or inspections. Experience interviewing children and adults with disabilities preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.
  • A professional license is not required for this position.
  • Ability to travel.
  • 3 years demonstrated work experience with individuals with disabilities.
  • Experience interviewing children and adults with disabilities preferred.
  • Experience working with underserved and culturally diverse populations preferred
  • 1 year experience conducting investigations and/or inspections is preferred.

Bachelor's (Required)

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter and a resume to


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