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Advocate

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Staff Attorney

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Lead Investigator

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Advocate Job Description

Disability Rights Connecticut is seeking an Advocate to join its growing organization that is dedicated to identifying and eliminating the barriers that people with disabilities face in exercising their civil, legal and human rights. The Advocate’s responsibilities will be concentrated in providing high quality advocacy for people with a variety of disabilities as DRCT works toward an improved quality of life for individuals with disabilities, their families and our community as a whole.

AGENCY DESCRIPTION

Disability Rights Connecticut, Inc. ("DRCT") is an independent, nonprofit organization established as the successor protection and advocacy system to Connecticut's Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, which was abolished by Connecticut law on June 30, 2017. DRCT's mission is to advocate, educate, investigate and pursue legal, administrative, and other appropriate remedies to advance and protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities to participate equally and fully in all facets of community life in Connecticut.  We are a statewide organization funded primarily by federal grants. 

JOB DESCRIPTION

 The Advocate:

  • Responds to requests for information,

  • screens for eligibility,

  • opens short-term cases,

  • gives technical assistance,

  • provides longer term individual and systemic advocacy, and

  • conducts training and outreach.

The Advocate will be working directly with individuals with disabilities including those with cognitive, mental health, sensory and physical disabilities. Advocates typically attend meetings or official proceedings with the client, review records, write correspondences, and make phone calls.  S/he may make presentations to the public on behalf of DRCT and attend professional trainings/continuing education opportunities. Travel throughout the State for client work as well as staff development is required.  He/she will work under the direct supervision of the Lead Advocate.  Other job duties may be required as needed.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least two years of experience working with people with disabilities or personal experience. 

  • Bachelor’s degree or 4 additional years of demonstrated experience advocating for people with disabilities.

  • Strong and effective writing and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Experience in public speaking and developing effective presentations.

  • Interpersonal, relationship-building and collaboration skills to be able to work well with others inside and outside DRCT.

  • Ability to analyze complex problems, develop creative solutions and communicate both effectively.

  • Ability to conceptualize and develop initial and ongoing case strategies.

  • Ability to maintain thorough and complete records.

  • Ability to work independently with appropriate supervision.

  • Competency in computer, keyboarding and database skills.

Other desirable qualifications for this position include:

  • Bilingual in Spanish and/or ASL.

  • Experience with or sensitivity to individuals from various racial, ethnic or language-distinct communities.

  • Knowledge of laws, rights and services as they pertain to individuals with disabilities.

DISCLAIMER

 This position description serves as a general summary and overview of the major duties and responsibilities of the job. It is not intended to represent the entirety of the job nor is it intended to be all-inclusive. Management reserves the right to modify, or rescind, this position description at any time, with or without prior notice.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications must include: (a) a letter expressing your interest in the position, how you meet the qualifications, and why you would be a good candidate; (b) Current resume; (3) Names and contact information of three references.

Materials should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format and emailed by September 13, 2019 to Mary Jane Keane: maryjane.keane@disrightsct.org.  

DRCT is a fair employment practices/equal opportunity/disability accessible employer committed to maintaining a diverse workplace. Qualified candidates from diverse personal, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Job Type: Full-time


Staff Attorney Job Description

Disability Rights Connecticut (DRCT) seeks an experienced, enthusiastic, self-motivated attorney to join DRCT in protecting and promoting the civil rights of people with disabilities. Attorneys with more than four years civil and/or criminal litigation experience are encouraged to apply.

ABOUT DRCT

DRCT’s mission is to advocate, educate, investigate and pursue legal, administrative, and other appropriate remedies to advance and protect the civil rights of citizens with disabilities to participate equally and fully in all facets of community life in Connecticut. The scope of DRCT’s work is wide ranging, impacting people with a variety of disabilities, including developmental and physical disabilities, mental illness, and traumatic brain injuries. Through litigation, advocacy, policy advocacy and public education, DRCT addresses matters related to treatment and services, accessibility and reasonable accommodation, assistive technology, employment, housing, education, and voting. As the federally designated protection and advocacy system for Connecticut, we also monitor institutions and service providers and conduct investigations to ensure people with disabilities are not at risk of neglect or abuse. DRCT is a statewide, private nonprofit agency funded primarily by federal grants.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The responsibilities of the person in this position include:

  • Represent clients consistent with DRCT’s focus areas, objectives and selection criteria, including the development and implementation of all phases of case strategies and activities (in formal and informal legal and administrative proceedings) in consultation with the Legal Director;

  • Emphasis of this position will be on systemic advocacy so as to benefit the most individuals. Significant participation in developing and conducting class action litigation in state and federal court, and the use of media and other strategies in support of such litigation. Work with outside counsel to develop and act as co-counsel in class action and systemic impact litigation.

  • Engage in monitoring and investigating facilities, schools and community programs. Draft findings and recommendations. Produce public and private reports.

  • Provide information and short-term assistance to DRCT clients, including writing letters and memoranda.

  • Supervise advocates with oversight from the Legal Director. Develop staff training programs in substantive issues.

  • Engage in community based advocacy, outreach, and training to disability communities and organizations, particularly to under served populations.

  • Participate on task forces, policy groups, coalitions, and otherwise collaborate with other individuals and organizations on work that benefits people with disabilities.

  • Maintain accurate time records and client records necessary for DRCT to meet its programmatic and fiscal responsibilities, and to obtain attorney fees when appropriate.

  • Perform related tasks consistent with skills, abilities, and general responsibilities as required to support DRCT.

  • Travel throughout Connecticut and outside Connecticut as necessary to perform assigned job tasks.

Minimum qualifications for this position include:

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school or other law school approved by the Connecticut Supreme Court

  • Active membership in the Connecticut State Bar and the Bar of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut or an ability to gain admission to both within 12 months of employment is required and is the responsibility of the applicant.

  • A minimum of four (4) years of litigation experience (significant experience in class action civil rights or disability law litigation preferred). Legal clerkships may be counted as up to one year of litigation experience.

  • Ability to take a lead role in case planning and management.

  • Ability to handle routine and complex litigation in state and federal courts.

  • Ability to communicate succinctly and persuasively with particular emphasis on written communications.

  • Ability to work efficiently, independently and collaboratively.

Other Desirable Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interest and commitment to public interest law (preferably in the area of disability rights). Experience in a legal services, nonprofit or public interest environment.

  • Ability to communicate in ASL, Spanish, or other non-English language.

  • Life experience as a person with a disability or experience working with or living with persons with disabilities.

DISCLAIMER

This position description serves as a general summary and overview of the major duties and responsibilities of the job. It is not intended to represent the entirety of the job nor is it intended to be all-inclusive. Management reserves the right to modify, or rescind, this position description at any time, with or without prior notice.

TO APPLY

Deadline: Open until filled. Applications received by September 16, 2019 will be considered for the first round of interviews.

Applications must include: (a) a letter expressing your interest in the position, your qualifications, and how you might contribute to the future of DRCT; (b) a current resume including the names and contact information of three references.

Materials should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Applications must be emailed to Mary Jane Keane, Office Manager at: maryjane.keane@disrightsct.org.

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DRCT is a fair employment practices/equal opportunity/disability accessible employer committed to maintaining a diverse workplace. We value diversity of culture, disability and other life experiences and are an equal opportunity employer by choice. Qualified candidates from diverse personal, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. DRCT also complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities.

Job Type: Full-time


Lead Investigator Job Description

The lead investigator position will provide leadership, direction, and day-to-day management of the Investigations Unit including the Social Security Representative Payee program. The Unit investigates allegations of abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities. The Investigator conducts abuse and neglect investigations and coordinates DRCT’s response. The investigator works under the direct supervision of DRCT’s Legal Director. This is a full-time position.

AGENCY DESCRIPTION

Disability Rights Connecticut, Inc. (“DRCT”) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the civil and human rights of persons with disabilities throughout Connecticut. DRCT’s mission is to advocate, educate, investigate and pursue legal, administrative, and other appropriate remedies to enable citizens with disabilities to participate equally and fully in all facets of community life in Connecticut. For more information see: https://www.disrightsct.org/.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct confidential abuse/neglect investigations and monitor facilities or programs serving individuals with disabilities.

  • Provide direction and supervision to investigators, including caseload management, training, mentoring and monitoring staff.

  • Lead and/or participate in drafting and issuing public reports.

  • Participate in the identification and development of training for staff, with a primary focus on abuse and neglect.

  • Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree.

  • At least three years experience conducting investigations.

  • At least two years of personal or professional experience working with people with disabilities.

  • Experience reviewing records including medical, financial, legal and business documents.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Knowledge of Connecticut social services systems.

  • Knowledge of laws, rights and services as they pertain to individuals with disabilities.

  • Strong interpersonal, relationship-building and collaboration skills to be able to work well with individuals inside and outside DRCT.

  • Ability to work independently with appropriate supervision.

Other desirable but not required qualifications for this position include:

  • Bilingual in Spanish and/or ASL.

  • Attorney admitted to the Connecticut Bar or a law school graduate

  • Experience with or sensitivity to individuals from various racial, ethnic or language distinct communities.

DISCLAIMER

This position description serves as a general summary and overview of the major duties and responsibilities of the job. It is not intended to represent the entirety of the job nor is it intended to be all-inclusive. Management reserves the rights to modify, or rescind, this position description at any time, with or without prior notice.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications must include:

(a) Cover letter indicating your professional and personal motivation for the job, how you meet the minimum qualifications and why you would be a good candidate.

(b) Current resume

(c) Names and contact information of three references.

Materials should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format and submitted to Disability Rights Connecticut by emailing Mary Jane Keane, Office Manager, at maryjane.keane@disrightsct.org.

There is no deadline for this position. The position will be closed after a suitable candidate has been hired.

EEO STATEMENT

DRCT is a fair employment practices/equal opportunity/disability accessible employer committed to maintaining a diverse workplace. WE value diversity of culture, disability and other life experiences and are an equal opportunity employer by choice. Qualified candidates from diverse personal, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds are encourage to apply. DRCT also complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. 

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