Now hiring: Regional Developmental Disabilities Ombuds (Olympia)

The Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds delivers resident-directed, complaint-based, person centered ombuds services. A Regional Ombuds resolves complaints on the delivery of developmental disabilities services, monitors and reports on and makes recommendations about services to persons with developmental disabilities. The Ombuds addresses rights violations and issues of abuse and/or neglect.      

The Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds is seeking a passionate advocate to lead the Olympia Regional Office. We are looking for someone who has a passion for human rights to launch this new program in Region 3 (Tacoma, Southwest WA, and the Peninsula). The Regional 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;

Knowledge of the rules, regulations, policies, and certification requirements that relate to the provision of institutional and residential supports and services;

Knowledge of the medical and ecological issues related to abuse and neglect in institutional and residential settings;

Demonstrated skills in the areas of investigation, interviewing, and research;

Ability to discuss a range of current issues facing the disability community including issues related to the disability delivery systems and disability law;

Ability to maintain ethical and organizational standards;

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

Ability to facilitate meetings and discussions and effectively present information to a wide variety of audiences using a variety of media;

Demonstrated management and/or volunteer management skills;

Washington State driver’s license and reliable transportation; and

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 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