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JOB DESCRIPTION

INVESTIGATOR

Investigations Unit
Los Angeles Regional Office

Disability Rights California is a scent-free environment

SALARY: (Depends on Experience)

$21.03-$28.22/hour; $41,016-$55,032/year

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.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The Investigator will be assigned to the Investigations Unit, which is a distinct part of Disability Rights California’s Legal Division. The Investigator will work under the direction and supervision of the Director of Disability Rights California's Investigations Unit and in close collaboration with other members of the Investigations Unit team. The Investigator will have responsibility for conducting site reviews of organizational representative payees for Social Security beneficiaries and assisting with investigating allegations of abuse and neglect of and crimes involving persons with disabilities. This position will require extensive travel throughout the state.

For more information on the Organizational Representative Payee Reviews for the Social Security Administration, please click HERE.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Conducting site reviews of specific organizational representative payees following specific guidelines and protocols, which includes, but is not limited to:
    a.   Interviewing representative payees and Social Security beneficiaries;
    b.   Conducting on-site reviews of worksites and housing facilities;
    c.    Reviewing financial records of individual beneficiaries; and
    d.   Writing and submitting a report in a timely manner regarding site reviews following a specified format.
  2. Under the direct mentorship of senior staff, assisting with abuse and neglect investigations and requests for assistance, which includes, but is not limited to:
    a.   Responding to requests for information and advice from clients;
    b.   Drafting correspondence;
    c.    Requesting, collecting, reviewing and analyzing financial, medical and other records as well as other evidence;
    d.   Interviewing witnesses, victims and other relevant persons;
    e.   Inspecting facilities and congregate living homes;
    f.     Advising clients as to their rights and options;
    g.   Maintaining written and electronic case files in accordance with Disability Rights California protocols; and
    h.   Applying Disability Rights California’s standards and criteria to determine what level of Disability Rights California assistance is appropriate for each client.
  3. Providing short-term, technical assistance and referrals to clients, callers and others, including to Social Security disability beneficiaries who report a problem with their representative payee and to persons with psychiatric, developmental, and other disabilities, their family members, advocates, and others regarding issues related to abuse, neglect, and criminal victimization.
  4. Preparing reports and drafting memoranda which detail an investigation, the investigatory findings, and any recommendations for further investigatory activities.
  5. Participating with other agencies and organizations to address recurring problems and issues affecting people with disabilities, including preventing fraud and mismanagement by representative payees and abuse, neglect and criminal victimization of individuals with disabilities.
  6. Preparing written materials and conducting outreach to, and education and training of, consumers, community groups, advocates and others, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities.
  7. Participating in the development and pursuit of law reform activities, including participating on inter-agency task forces and commissions, and collaborating on reports, articles and special projects
  8. Considerable traveling within California and occasionally outside of state.
  9. Other duties, as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

(Applicants MUST meet EACH of the minimum qualifications to be considered for an interview)

  1. Associate’s Degree from a college or university.
  2. Two years paid or voluntary work experience conducting reviews or investigations, including some interviewing with individuals with developmental or psychiatric disabilities.
  3. Effective oral and written communication skills sufficient to prepare represent clients at meetings, to actively promote policy and legislative developments at state and local government levels, to prepare written reports and documents with investigation findings and recommendations, and to develop and conduct trainings.
  4. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  5. Experience working with or sensitivity to individuals with disabilities.
  6. Experience working with or sensitivity to individuals from ethnic or language distinct communities
  7. Ability to pass federal security clearance with the Social Security Administration.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree from a college or university.
  2. Knowledge of federal disability benefits programs (i.e. Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income), housing, employment or wage laws,
  3. Experience reviewing financial, disability related benefits, or medical records or other clinical documents.
  4. Two years paid work experience investigating allegations of abuse, neglect, or crimes against persons with disabilities.
  5. Knowledge of the health care delivery system (e.g., licensing, hospital administration, long term care) or abuse response system (Adult Protective Services, law enforcement, criminal justice, victim’s rights).
  6. Experience in the disability rights movement and/or extensive contacts in the disability community.
  7. Experience with and/or extensive contacts in ethnic or language distinct communities.
  8. Fluent in Spanish, or an Asian language (Korean, Cantonese, Hmong, or Vietnamese).

APPLY TO:

Disability Rights California
1831 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95811-4114
Job Line: (916) 658-2659

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

March 23, 2012 @ 5 PM

APPLICATION PROCESS:

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 March 23, 2012 @ 5 PM.

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 #’s 1-5 below:

  1. Disability Rights California Application Form
  2. Resume
  3. Cover Letter which MUST indicate:
    a)   your personal & professional motivation for seeking this position
    b)   a discussion of how you meet EACH OF THE MINIMUM and ANY OF THE DESIRABLE qualifications for this position. If your letter does not contain a specific description of how you meet the minimum qualifications, your application may NOT be considered.
  4. Three professional references
  5. Sample of writing (i.e. a written report, letter or analysis) consisting of no more than 5 pages of text.
  6. EEO Data Form (optional)

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

*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.

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.