INVESTIGATOR FOR WASHINGTONIANS WITH DISABILITIES

People with disabilities, people of color, formerly institutionalized or incarcerated, and those from other oppressed groups and all protected classes are strongly encouraged to apply. Disability Rights Washington looks forward to reviewing all applicants, including applicants who have concerns about how accepting this job could affect their eligibility for Medicaid or other programs.

Disability Rights Washington seeks an investigator in its newly created Rights Investigation and Accountability program. The Rights Investigation and Accountability program investigates the extent to which individuals with disabilities retain their basic rights to make personal and financial decisions and how people in positons to assist them in exercising those rights respect, protect, and facilitate the individual’s expressed interests. At the program’s launch, it will focus primarily on whether people who assist Social Security Beneficiaries manage their funds are complying with federal regulations designed to guard against financial exploitation and other forms of abuse and following the expressed wished of the Social Security Beneficiaries about how to prioritize the spending of their benefits.

 

This position is in Disability Rights Washington’s Olympia office.

 

Responsibilities:

The investigator will travel across south west Washington and the peninsula to meet with people in their homes or the facilities in which they reside to ask them about how well their rights are respected and protected by the professionals supporting them.  The investigator will also meet with those professionals and review records maintained on behalf of the individual with a disability.  The investigator will compile and document pertinent information, and report the information in a standardized format. Detailed investigation and records maintained by the investigator will inform subsequent advocacy carried out by the Rights Investigation and Accountability program or one of Disability Rights Washington’s other programs in order to address any suspected financial exploitation, neglect, abuse, or civil rights violations.  The investigator will also assist individuals they meet with to become better self-advocates by providing them with information about their rights and methods for enforcing those rights.

 

Requirements:

Disability Rights Washington works to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights. We do this to further our mission, which is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities.  Therefore, the ideal candidate has personal and professional experience working on behalf of marginalized communities generally or for people with disabilities specifically.  The ideal candidate also has a disability and/or represents diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.  Bilingual fluency in certain languages is also an asset.  Relevant experience may include investigating for law enforcement or lawyers, social work or case management, or direct care providing.  A bachelor’s degree is preferred.  This position involves significant independent travel throughout Western Washington. Therefore, a valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation are necessary.  The investigator must be an organized, self-motivated professional who is outgoing and able to work independently to interview people with disabilities in their own homes and other professionals about sensitive information.  The investigator must be able to work collaboratively with other staff to engage in creative, multimodal advocacy strategies to achieve social justice for people with disabilities.  Strong writing and oral communication skills are required.

 

About DRW:

Disability Rights Washington is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. Disability Rights Washington encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals from all race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status backgrounds.

 

Disability Rights Washington is a private nonprofit organization that advocates for the rights of people with disabilities across Washington. We are designated by the governor as the independent federally-mandated protection and advocacy system for Washington State. As such, Disability Rights Washington promotes, expands, and protects the human and civil rights of people with disabilities. For information about us, please visit http://www.disabilityrightswa.org/.

 

 

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional reference contacts to the attention of Jodi Rose at Disability Rights Washington, 315 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 850, Seattle, WA 98104 or jodir@dr-wa.org. Reasonable accommodations for any portion of the application or interview process are available at request. We would like to fill this position as soon as possible. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until the position is filled. All applications received by June 3, 2018 will be considered.

 

  • Position Title: Investigator
  • Company Name: Disability Rights Washington
  • Location: Olympia, WA
  • Posted: May 18, 2018
  • Job Function: See description
  • Entry Level: Yes
  • Education and Experience required: Bachelor’s Degree preferred, investigation, case management, or direct care experience preferred
  • Job Type: Full-time
  • Salary $40,000/year plus travel expenses, excellent benefits, and leave