Introduction

Advocate position (temporary)

Advocate position (temporary)

DRNC is seeking an advocate to monitor and investigate public school settings

(Please note: this is a temporary full-time position) 

Agency Description:

Disability Rights North Carolina (DRNC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is NC’s designated Protection & Advocacy agency and the only organization exclusively dedicated to providing free legal advocacy services to people with all types of disabilities, of all ages, throughout North Carolina. DRNC is a recognized leader in advancing disability rights, with a strong staff and supportive, dynamic work environment. DRNC is committed to building race equity into our internal and external work.

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Job Description:

This is a temporary, full-time position created through a grant with the State of North Carolina, Department of Public Safety, and Governor’s Crime Commission. The grant period is for one (1) year with an option for a 2nd year. This Advocate position is focused on monitoring and investigating assigned public school settings to prevent, detect and address instances of abuse or neglect consistent with DRNC’s monitoring protocol, and taking appropriate follow-up action.

The Advocate will conduct school facility monitoring activities to protect the health, welfare and safety of individuals with disabilities in the facilities, and advocate for the protection of their rights. Under attorney supervision, the Advocate will represent clients in individual cases and share responsibility with other legal advocacy staff for the provision of technical assistance, consultation, outreach and training to clients, providers and facility staff/leadership.

Primary job duties

  • Provide information and short-term assistance to DRNC clients, which includes writing letters and memoranda
  • Monitor assigned facilities, primarily schools, to prevent, detect and address instances of abuse, neglect or exploitation consistent with DRNC’s monitoring protocol and in collaboration with other DRNC staff regarding trends and issues developing in the field; provide information and training to clients and staff regarding the rights of individuals; interact with agency or facility staff and advocate for individual and/or systemic changes
  • Maintain familiarity with the statutes and regulations governing the facility being monitored, including special education requirements
  • Maintain familiarity with the federal statutes and regulations relating to DRNC’s access authority
  • Maintain complete and accurate records in DRNC’s case management system, consistent with agency policies and procedures
  • Prepare reports, articles and special projects
  • Prepare written materials and conduct activities for the education and training of clients, consumers, professionals and others consistent with DRNC’s priorities
  • Participate in outreach activities, including to under-served populations
  • Compile information and prepare program activity reports for funding sources
  • Collaborate with staff in the development of systemic activities as appropriate
  • Assist in the planning and development of DRNC’s program priorities
  • Reach out to law enforcement and collaborate with law enforcement investigations as appropriate
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in one of the following areas: sociology, psychology, social work, special education or other related human services field and a minimum of three years of experience working in a disability related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Effective communication skills sufficient to communicate with clients, advocates and others regarding complex factual situations and provide responsive information
  • Direct experience with or general knowledge of services and issues affecting individuals with disabilities or direct experience in providing information and referral or advocacy services in the public interest
  • Ability to organize and prioritize complex tasks
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Experience working with people with disabilities strongly preferred

Desirable qualifications

• Life experience with disability
• Experience in a legal services, nonprofit or public interest environment
• Ability to communicate in ASL, Spanish or another non-English language

Essential functions (with or without accommodations)

1. Travel, including occasional overnight
2. Occasional weekend and/or long work hours
3. Engage appropriately with others, both internally and externally
4. Communicate effectively and expressively, orally and in writing
5. Identify facts and develop creative solutions
6. Interact with people with disabilities where they live, work or go to school
7. Work collaboratively, collegially, and cooperatively across teams, units, and departments
8. Exercise sound judgment in the field regarding access authority and instances of abuse, neglect and exploitation


Disability Rights NC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in any aspect of employment with regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. Individuals who increase the diversity of our team are especially encouraged to apply. We participate in E-verify.

This is a temporary, full-time position created through a grant with the State of North Carolina, Department of Public Safety, Governor’s Crime Commission. The grant period is for one (1) year with an option for a 2nd year.

Compensation Package that is competitive with other non-profits: The hiring range is $20.43-$30.04/per hour, depending on experience. DRNC offers excellent benefits which include 100% employer-paid health, dental, vision, life and disability as well as generous paid time off and retirement plan with an employer match.

Send a detailed letter of interest explaining your qualifications and interest in the position and a resume to: resumes.hr@disabilityrightsnc.org. Include Advocate in the subject line of the email. No phone calls please.

Closing Date: Position will remain open until filled.