UPDATE 9/13/2021 – This position is now closed. Thank you for your interest. Please view our current open positions here: https://www.disabilityrightswa.org/employment/
People with disabilities, African American, Black, Indigenous, and people of color, and those from other oppressed groups and all protected classes are strongly encouraged to apply. The Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds 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.
Position: Regional Developmental Disabilities Ombuds (Regional DD Ombuds)
The Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds program seeks a passionate advocate to lead the Seattle Regional Office. The Regional DD Ombuds works with a statewide team to deliver ombuds services directly to people with developmental disabilities.
The Regional DD Ombuds resolves complaints about the delivery of services to people with developmental disabilities, monitors and reviews services, and addresses rights violations and issues of abuse and neglect.
The Regional DD Ombuds participates in state-led workgroups, and regularly meets with local and state agencies to exchange information and recommend policy and practice change in order to improve services for people with developmental disabilities. The Regional DD Ombuds protects choice, autonomy and makes sure people with disabilities have access to advocacy. The Regional DD Ombuds provides information on rights and responsibilities and supports the work of self-advocacy groups to expand the reach of their efforts.
The DD Ombuds monitors service delivery and reviews facilities and residences where people with developmental disabilities live across the state. Regular in-state travel, a valid WA state driver’s license and some night and weekend work required.
The ideal candidate would have:
Lived or other demonstrated meaningful and sustained experience with people with disabilities, people living in poverty, people of color, immigrant, or indigenous communities or the criminal legal system.
Lived and/or professional experience relating to the DD Ombuds service areas, which include, but are not limited to: accessing developmental disabilities services, long term care or other state services, resolving housing instability, addressing discrimination, and/or ending abuse and neglect.
Commitment to exposing and dismantling all forms of structural bias and oppression.
Regional DD Ombuds must be free from conflicts of interest. The Regional DD Ombuds must not have been employed by or participated in the management of a developmental disabilities service provider within the past year.
All DD Ombuds employees must demonstrate dedication to DD Ombuds’ values of inclusion, diversity, and equity as well as the values of individual autonomy, community integration, universal accessibility, freedom from restraint, and respectful language.
DD Ombuds seeks applicants who enjoy working in a team environment and are seeking to join in our mission to “improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities and inform the Legislature’s work to ensure safe, quality DD services.”
Regional DD Ombuds provides an array of advocacy services to individuals with developmental disabilities living in community or institutional settings. Advocacy services by Regional DD Ombuds may include, but are not limited to, information on rights and responsibilities of persons receiving developmental disabilities services and/or other state services; assisting persons with developmental disabilities in resolving their concerns and complaints; monitoring service delivery to persons with developmental disabilities; identifying concerns and recommending changes in procedures; reviewing state institutions, state licensed facilities and residences where services to persons with developmental disabilities occur; addressing rights violations and addressing abuse and/or neglect. DD Ombuds participates in race equity work. This includes utilizing DD Ombuds race equity values, adopting DD Ombuds race equity practices, serving on the Race Equity Team or subcommittees, and race based caucusing.
Full job description provided upon request.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds values diversity of culture, disability and other life experiences, and is an equal opportunity employer by choice. We do not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, religion, race, color, citizenship, veteran status, or disability. We endorse and support the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants or employees who need accommodations.
The Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds was created in 2016 by the Washington State legislature in response to the prevalence of abuse and neglect of individual with developmental disabilities. Disability Rights Washington applied for and was awarded the contract to operate the Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds. The DD Ombuds established offices in Seattle, Spokane and Olympia. The DD Ombuds recruited Advisory Committee members representing diversity across the 3 service regions and having a supermajority of individuals with developmental disabilities. The DD Ombuds is independent of state services. For information about the DD Ombuds please visit www.ddombuds.org. Disability Rights Washington is a private nonprofit organization that advocates for the rights of people with disabilities across Washington. Disability Rights Washington promotes, expands, and protects the human and civil rights of people with disabilities. For information about DRW, please visit: www.disabilityrightswa.org.
Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three professional contacts via the job application form below or mail to: Developmental Disabilities Ombuds, 315 5th Ave S, Suite 850, Seattle, WA 98104. In your cover letter, include brief thoughts about what you see as the greatest civil rights issue facing people with disabilities today. Preferred writing samples for this position should showcase written research or advocacy skills and may include newsletter articles, research papers, editorials, or other articles expressing an opinion or argument.
We would like to fill this position as soon as practicable. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until the position is filled. Reasonable accommodations for any portion of the application or interview process are available at request.
Salary and Benefits
Annual salary range for this full time position is $47K to $52K depending on years of work as an advocate or in closely related fields. Benefits include health, dental, vision, 401k, flex spending, disability and life insurance, transit benefit, and Costco membership.