Now hiring: Peer Developmental Disabilities Ombuds (Olympia)

The Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds delivers resident-directed, complaint-based, person centered ombuds services. The Peer Ombuds provides information on rights and responsibilities of persons receiving developmental disabilities services, monitors service delivery to persons with developmental disabilities, identifies concerns and recommends changes in procedures to be considered for inclusion in DD Ombuds report to the Legislature and serves as the DD Ombuds liaison to self-advocacy groups across the state. The Peer DD Ombuds addresses rights violations and issues of abuse and/or neglect.

The Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds is seeking a passionate advocate to bring lived-experience in the disability services system to the DD Ombuds work. We are looking for someone who has a passion for human rights and ability to work with disability advocacy groups to launch this new position. The Peer Ombuds will work with a statewide team to deliver ombuds services directly to people with developmental disabilities.

Full-time, permanent position located in Olympia, WA. Regular in-state travel and some night and weekend work required.

People with disabilities and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Position requirements
Demonstrated knowledge of disability rights and disability service delivery systems;

Demonstrated ability to maintain ethical and organizational standards;

Demonstrated ability to communicate a position well, respectfully consider other positions, and treat people of different positions and backgrounds with respect and dignity;

Demonstrated ability to effectively present information to a wide variety of audiences using a variety of media;

Demonstrated ability to facilitate meetings and discussions;

Demonstrated commitment to the civil rights of individuals in all protected classes;

Five years of experience as a member of a self-advocacy organization;

Two years of experience in a leadership role in a self-advocacy organization;

Two years of experience serving on a disability or social justice related advisory council;

Free from conflicts of interest. Current or recent (within the past year) employees of developmental disabilities service providers or employees with direct involvement in the licensing, certification or regulation of developmental disabilities services providers or facilities are not eligible to apply.


Salary is 38-40k / year DOE. Position is full-time. Excellent health and dental coverage. Vacation days, sick days, all federal holidays and a hiatus between Christmas and New Year’s, transit pass and other benefits.

To apply, email info@dr-wa.org by June 30, 2017 with your resume and cover letter. In your letter, include brief thoughts about what you see as the greatest civil rights issue facing people with disabilities today.

The Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.  

The Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

The Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds, to operate under contract with the Washington State Department of Commerce, is a project of Disability Rights Washington (DRW), a private non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide. Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. We work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights. More about DRW at http://www.disabilityrightswa.org/