Advocate – Intake and Outreach

Advocate – Intake and Outreach

Sacramento, Chico, Eureka, Oakland, Ontario or Orange County

Application Deadline: Open until filled. Applications should be received by February 21, 2020, to be considered for the first round of interviews.

 

SALARY RANGE (Depending on Experience): $23.34 – $29.80 hourly

 

POSITIONS OPENINGS: 2

 

WHO WE ARE

Disability Rights California (DRC) is a statewide, non-profit legal organization dedicated to advancing the rights of Californians with disabilities.  DRC works to achieve fairness and justice for people with disabilities through individual and impact litigation, state and federal policy and regulatory advocacy, and community education and training.

 

Intake and Outreach (IO) Practice Group

Focused on serving all Californians with disabilities, the Intake and Outreach (I/O) Practice Group consists of committed advocates and attorneys, who work together to empower people to self-advocate and help them resolve their legal issues. We provide trainings and self-advocacy workshops, advice and assistance on the intake hotline, coordinating and implementing community based legal clinics, providing short term advocacy on limited legal issues, and organizing community members for future systemic litigation by Disability Rights California. Our staff are as diverse as the communities we seek to serve. We reach many people with cultural, language, and disability differences. We are committed to reaching and empowering under represented and under-served communities.

 

PURPOSE OF THE JOB

The Advocate provides basic advocacy to people who have disabilities, with an emphasis on reaching out to people from under-served communities, defined as language and ethnically distinct communities, rural communities, people at risk of or experiencing homelessness, LGBTQI+ and sensory disability communities. The primary objectives are to manage requests for legal services through the intake line and DRC’s outreach efforts and to provide short term assistance and training to people who have questions about their disability related legal rights both on the phone and in the community.

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Education and Experience

High school diploma or general education degree (GED); Sufficient experience to provide proficiency in client contact, data collection and oral presentation skills.  (Typically 2-3 years’ experience.)

–      Demonstrated ability to interview people in a variety of methods including on the phone, in person, or over email.

–      Strong organizational skills and an ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines in an efficient and timely manner.

–      Ability to listen to and synthesize information in a clear manner and to communicate information to individuals in a variety of formats, including verbally, in ASL, in writing, and in other formats.

–      Demonstrated ability to lead client groups, organize client events, and work with clients in innovative ways.

–      Demonstrated ability to develop training materials, self-advocacy materials, or training modules.

–      Experience in presenting or training in front of varied and diverse audiences.

–      Experience working with individuals who have disabilities and knowledge about disability communities.

–      Experience working with people across a variety of backgrounds in the community, including individuals from language or ethnically distinct communities, people with disabilities, people at risk of or experiencing homelessness, elderly populations, and a variety of socioeconomic groups.

 

Working at DRC is more than just a job – it is a rare opportunity to do what you are good at while making a difference! DRC offers competitive salaries and a generous benefit package. To view the detailed job description and complete the application process visit here.