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JOB DESCRIPTION

CLIENTS' RIGHTS ADVOCATE
OFFICE OF CLIENTS' RIGHTS ADVOCACY (OCRA)

Redwood Coast Regional Center Eureka
PT- 30 hrs per wk


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SALARY: (Depends on Experience)

CRA I & II: $2,735-$3,493/mo+; $32,813-$41,914/yr++
CRA III: $3,455-$4,002/mo+; $41,453-$48,019/yr++ (Requires CA Bar membership)

FRINGE BENEFITS:

Disability Rights California provides a generous benefit package that includes: medical, dental, flexible spending accounts (e.g., medical and dependent care), basic, life, short- and long-term disability insurances; voluntary vision, supplemental life and long-term care; paid holiday, sick and vacation time-off; and a significant company contribution to the retirement plan.

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AGENCY DESCRIPTION:

Disability Rights California is a well-established innovative non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the rights of Californians with disabilities. Disability Rights California works to achieve fairness and justice for people with disabilities through quality representation, advocacy, investigations of abuse and neglect, peer/self advocacy services, community partnerships, legislative and regulatory advocacy work, education and outreach. Our legal work includes individual and impact litigation.

Disability Rights California has entered into a contract with the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), State of California, to provide Clients’ Rights Advocacy services at each of the 21 regional centers located statewide. The contract was renewed effective July 1, 2011, for another 5 years. The contract will expire June 30, 2016.

These services include, among other things, technical assistance on the rights of people with developmental disabilities to regional center consumers, their families, agency staff, and interested community members, direct representation in selected cases, and investigation of any right to which a regional center consumer is entitled which has been abused, punitively withheld, or improperly or unreasonably denied.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Each Clients’ Rights Advocate (CRA) position will be located at or near an office of each regional center. The Clients’ Rights Advocate positions are funded under the DDS contract. The CRA works under the direction of the Supervising Clients' Rights Advocate.

The Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy will be responsible for the following:

  1. Provide clients’ rights advocacy services to persons with developmental disabilities who are consumers of regional centers and to individuals who reside in the state developmental centers and hospitals, including ensuring the rights of persons with developmental disabilities and assisting persons with developmental disabilities in pursuing administrative and legal remedies.    
  2. Investigate and take action as appropriate and necessary to resolve complaints from, or concerning persons with, developmental disabilities residing in licensed health and community care facilities regarding abuse, unreasonable denial, or punitive withholding, of rights guaranteed under this division.
  3. Provide consultation, technical assistance, supervision and training, and support services for clients’ rights advocates that were previously the responsibility of the Office of Human Rights.
  4. Coordinate the provision of clients’ rights services in consultation with DDS, stakeholder organizations, and persons with developmental disabilities and their families representing California’s multi-cultural diversity.
  5. Provide at least two self-advocacy training sessions per year for consumers and family members.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Ensures that the rights of people with developmental disabilities as provided in law and regulation are enforced. This includes but is not limited to the laws and regulations found in Welfare and Institutions Code and California Code of Regulations.
  2. Provides information and training to assist residential and health providers in understanding their Title 17 responsibilities regarding posting and notification of rights.
  3. Advises the Regional Center Executive Director on the development and implementation of the Center’s clients’ rights assurance program pursuant to Title 17.
  4. Investigates and facilitates resolution of all complaints of violation, withholding or denial of rights made by or on behalf of clients. Prepares reports on findings and makes recommendations for resolution to appropriate parties.
  5. Directly assists and/or represents clients/families or provides technical advice to client representatives in administrative actions relating to eligibility for and provision of services from public benefit programs (e.g. Social Security, Special Education, Regional Center, Dept. of Social Services, County Mental Health, and the State Department of Rehabilitation.)
  6. Provides referrals on a rotating basis to legal agencies and/or attorneys who can assist consumers and family members in enforcing their legal rights that have been violated.
  7. Develops and conducts outreach, education, and training for regional center clients and their families, community groups and others in clients’ rights advocacy.
  8. Aids in the development and implementation of regional center policies and procedures related to client rights to ensure compliance with federal and state laws.
  9. Carries out other such duties as may from time to time be required.
  10. Serves Del Norte and Humboldt Counties.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Education and/or experience equivalent to a four-year college degree. To be hired as a CRA III, you must be a member of the CA State Bar.
  2. Two years or more of paid or voluntary working experience as an advocate within a social, human service, government, legal or health care environment.
  3. Knowledge of the legal, civil and service rights of persons with developmental disabilities in California.
  4. Ability to read, write, and speak fluently and communicate effectively in English, including a working knowledge of correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure.
  5. Ability to analyze complex problems and develop creative solutions.
  6. Experience working with and/or sensitivity to persons with disabilities.
  7. Experience working with and/or sensitivity to persons from multi-ethnic communities.
  8. Valid CA Driver’s License and ability and willingness to drive (unless a disability-related accommodation is required and can reasonably be granted.)

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Three or more years advocating for the rights of persons with developmental disabilities.
  2. Membership in the California Bar.
  3. Experience in program administration.
  4. Knowledge of resources throughout the state which are potentially available to individuals with developmental disabilities.
  5. Bilingual in English and Spanish, an Asian language, or another language used by an underrepresented group.
  6. Alternate dispute resolution training and practice.
  7. One or more years supervision within a work or volunteer setting.
  8. Contacts with disability organizations and/or within disability communities.
  9. Contacts with multi-ethnic organizations and/or within multi-ethnic communities.
  10. Experience providing training on various topics to a diverse range of people.
  11. Word processing and PC experience.

APPLY TO:

Disability Rights California
1831 K Street
Sacramento, California 95811

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

January 6, 2012 @ 5:00 PM

There will be continuous recruitment for this position until it is filled. However, to be considered for the first, and potentially final, round of interviews, applications are due by January 6, 2011.

FAXES AND POSTMARKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

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In order to be considered for this position, applicants MUST submit the following documents. If ANY of the following documents are not provided, your application for employment will be rejected.

If due to a disability you need an accommodation to complete any of the following, please contact our Recruiter @ 916/488-9955 for assistance.

To be considered for this position, applicants MUST submit the following (Nos. 1-4 below):

  1. Disability Rights California Employment Application (must fill out completely)
  2. Resume, including three (3) professional references. 
  3. Cover Letter which addresses: 1) Your personal and professional motivation for seeking this position and; 2) A discussion of how you meet each of the minimum and any of the desirable qualifications for this position.
  4. Writing Sample consisting of no more than 10 pages of text demonstrating the ability to analyze problems and apply law/standards and propose resolutions. (e.g., Letter, Policy Analysis, Legal Brief or Memorandum).
  5. EEO Data Form, this form is optional and is not required to be considered for this position.  

Disability Rights California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, religion, race, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

We value diversity of culture, disability and other life experiences, and are an equal opportunity employer by choice.  Disability Rights California endorses and supports the intent of the Americans with Disabilities act of 1990 (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing act (FEHA) and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants or employees who need accommodations.

In keeping with Federal regulations, Affirmative Action applies to the following persons of color:  American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander or African American.