ATTORNEY 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 attorney to protect the basic rights of people with disabilities to make personal and financial decisions. This includes investigating how people in positions to assist them in exercising those rights respect, protect, and facilitate the individual’s expressed interests.

This position will be housed in one of Disability Rights Washington’s several offices, including Seattle, Olympia or Tacoma, depending on office space availability and the employee’s preference.

 

Responsibilities:

The attorney will travel to various locations in Washington to meet with people where they live, talk with them and their professional supports, and review documentation to ensure they are not being exploited.  These investigations will inform subsequent advocacy to address any suspected financial exploitation, neglect, abuse, or civil rights violations.

Other responsibilities will include analyzing information, commenting on regulations, writing reports and educating policy makers. The attorney 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 civil rights, guardianship or Social Security related advocacy, work in the criminal justice system, and investigations.  A law degree from an accredited school of law and current good standing with the Washington State Bar Association at the time of assuming the position or shortly thereafter are required. The attorney must be an organized, self-motivated professional who is able to work collaboratively with other staff to engage in creative, multi-modal advocacy strategies to achieve social justice for people with disabilities.  Strong research, 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, writing sample, 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. All submissions will be considered and accepted until August 1, 2018, when the post will close.

 

  • Position Title: Attorney
  • Company Name: Disability Rights Washington
  • Location: Seattle, Olympia, or Tacoma, WA
  • Posted: July 9, 2018
  • Job Function: See description
  • Entry Level: Yes
  • Education and Experience required: Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited school of law and a member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association at the time of assuming the position or shortly thereafter
  • Job Type: Full-time
  • Salary $50-52,000/year plus excellent benefits and leave