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Location: Remote (Must live in California)
*This position is bilingual in English/Spanish*
SALARY RANGE (Depending on Experience): $62,469 – $91,242 annually (CRA 1)
$67,477 – $98,816 annually (CRA 2)
We base salary and position offers on experience and an internal equity analysis.
Employment Status: Exempt; Regular; Full time (37.5 hrs)
EXCELLENT BENEFITS including 8% 401k Match, a LRAP (Loan Repayment Assistance Program) that pays up to $300 per month depending on salary and debt, a language differential up to $250/mo. Health (HMO and PPO options), dental, vision, basic life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance and flexible spending accounts (medical, dependent care and commuter). Additionally, we offer ample vacation, sick/self care leave and eighteen paid holidays (including the last week in December) and more….. We are a Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) - eligible employer.
Application Deadline: Open until filled. Applications should be received by April 25, 2023 to be considered for the first round of interviews.
WHO WE ARE
Disability Rights California (DRC) defends, advances, and strengthens the rights and opportunities of people with disabilities.
DRC works for a world where all disabled people have power and are treated with dignity and respect. In this world, people with disabilities are supported, valued, included in their communities, afforded the same opportunities as people without disabilities, and make their own decisions.
DRC values all forms of human diversity. We are committed to a culture of belonging where all people are welcome. In order to be effective advocates for all people with disabilities, we must address discrimination in all its forms, including the unique challenges faced by people who experience the intersection of multiple systems of discrimination.
OFFICE OF CLIENTS’ RIGHTS ADVOCACY
DRC has a contract with the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), State of California, to provide Clients’ Rights Advocacy services for clients of each of the 21 regional centers located statewide. That contract funds the Clients’ Rights Advocate (CRA) position. We are a team of zealous advocates and disability generalists who are building a culture of teamwork and working for a world where all disabled people have power, are treated with dignity and respect, and make their own decisions.
PURPOSE OF THE JOB
The CRA advocates for people with developmental disabilities who are regional center clients, including people who reside in state developmental centers and community facilities. The CRA is a generalist who provides information, advice, and representation on a wide range of legal topics impacting people who receive regional center services. Examples are special education, Social Security, IHSS, healthcare and insurance, and living in the community.
The CRA works under the direct supervision of a supervising attorney and in collaboration with other OCRA advocates and attorneys in their advocacy and outreach efforts.
This is a statewide CRA position. The statewide CRA works with clients of multiple regional centers and with colleagues across the state. The successful candidate will be flexible, adaptable to existing processes, enjoy interacting and working with a wide range of people, and have strong organizational skills.
This position is entirely remote. The successful candidate must live within the state of California. The position requires performing duties in office and home environments and in the field in a wide range of settings, including courthouses, congregate care or other institutional settings, and community agencies.
Essential functions are the job responsibilities an employee must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation. CRA essential functions include:
Advocacy – 70%
· Provide information and advice about the diverse legal needs of people with developmental disabilities who receive services from the regional center.
· Represent clients at administrative proceedings regarding education, public benefits, and regional center eligibility and services.
· Identify and employ impact advocacy strategies to remove systematic barriers for people with disabilities.
· Develop and engage in relationships and collaborations with a range of public and private community partners, including governmental agencies and community-based organizations, to ensure integrative services for people who receive regional center services.
· Investigate, facilitate, and report on findings from complaints of violation, withholding, or denial of rights.
Supervision – 15%
· May directly supervise one advocate. In the alternative, the time allocated for supervision duties will instead be dedicated to advocacy.
Outreach / Training – 15%
· Develop and implement an outreach plan, including targeted outreach to traditionally underserved communities.
· Strengthen and build relationships with local community-based organizations.
· Develop and conduct outreach, education, and training for regional center clients and their families, community groups, and others.
· Perform other duties as assigned.
This position may directly supervise one (1) advocate and carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the agency’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities would include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
In lieu of supervisory responsibilities, this position may have additional casework or project responsibilities.
Occasional travel required. Ability to travel occasionally for activities such as client meetings, out-of-town meetings, team meetings, training, or outreach activities up to 10% of the time. More travel may be required to meet program or contract requirements.
Education and Experience
· Juris Doctor degree.
· Able to communicate fluently and write effectively in Spanish, including the ability to interpret and translate.
· Two or more years of experience:
o Advocating for the rights of people with developmental disabilities; or
o In a paid or volunteer position relating to regional center services, special education, or Social Security; or
o Working with vulnerable people or communities.
· Ability to conduct research and analysis of pertinent legal authority.
· Written and verbal communication skills sufficient to communicate complex legal questions and issues to the general public.
· Experience working with or sensitivity to people with disabilities.
· Experience working with or sensitivity to people from ethnic or language distinct communities.
· Three or more years advocating for the rights of people with developmental disabilities.
· Knowledge of statewide resources available to people with developmental disabilities.
· Experience reviewing medical or educational records.
· Alternate dispute resolution training and practice.
· One or more years supervising colleagues in a work or volunteer setting.
· Contacts with disability organizations and/or within disability communities.
· Experience with or extensive contacts in ethnic or language distinct communities.
· Experience providing training to a diverse range of people.
· Life experience as a person with a disability or direct experience as a caregiver of a person with a disability.
· Proficiency with Windows-based computer applications including Microsoft Office and case management software.
· Demonstrated experience and ability to work effectively with a variety of organizations and individuals with diverse perspectives, including people with disabilities, administrators, advocacy groups, and the public, and to maintain confidentiality in all matters.
Licenses / Certificates
For placement as a CRA 2, must be admitted to the California State Bar, or eligible to practice under California’s Registered Legal Services Attorney Program. If eligible under the RLSA Program, must become admitted to the California State Bar within five (5) years. If you are hired as a CRA 1 and later become licensed, you are eligible for an immediate promotion to CRA 2.
The following describes general working conditions and requirements of the job, which can be performed with or without disability-related reasonable accommodations.
· Duties are performed in office and home environments and the field in a wide range of settings, including courthouses, congregate care or other institutional settings, and community agencies.
· Duties frequently require sitting and communicating with others.
· Must be able to transport oneself to work-related meetings, hearings, facilities, and settings where clients live.
If you are interested in becoming a part of DRC, please submit the following:
1. Online Disability Rights California Application Form
2. Your resume
3. Cover Letter: We need a workforce that can utilize insights and strategies that can come from both professional and personal experience. In your cover letter, please tell us about yourself and why you are a great fit for this position and for DRC
4. A list of 3 professional references;
5. Sample of Legal Writing (i.e., a legal argument, letter or analysis) consisting of no more than 10 pages of text.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
At Disability Rights California, we value diversity among our employees because unique perspectives allow us to effectively serve Californians with disabilities from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, age (over 40), Disability (mental and physical), sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic.
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.