Managing Attorney


Sacramento, Los Angeles, Tustin, Santa Rosa, Modesto, San Jose


SALARY RANGE: $96,976 – $129,957 DOE


Application Deadline: December 10, 2018


Disability Rights California (DRC) is a well-established and innovative non-profit 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.


Office of Clients’ Rights California (OCRA) partners 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. 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.


The Managing Attorney provides leadership, direction and management of the OCRA Program, including development of program goals and objectives. This position supervises Supervising Clients’ Rights Advocates (SCRA’s) who are responsible for supervising the work and the day to day operations of local clients’ rights advocacy office. The Managing Attorney is also responsible for staffing, budgeting, quality of work, training of staff, and reports to grantors and other parties.


Leadership – 70%

– Provide direction and supervision to SCRA’s and Client’s Rights Advocates

(CRA’s) including workload management, training, mentoring and monitoring staff.

  • Review and approve expenses consistent with the larger OCRA budget.

– Lead work team with an emphasis on assisting the team in developing and implementing strategies to accomplish work team goals.

– Ensure that all work is in compliance with all program requirements, meets procedural and quality standards, including proper handling of personally identifiable information

– Prepare reports and attend Board Meetings to report on work as needed.

– Represent OCRA as needed with other DRC teams.

– Participate with other agencies and organizations to address systemic problems and issues related to OCRA and its clients, such as DDS, Regional Centers, and community care licensing.

– Monitor, summarize, and analyze case law, legislation, and administrative policy and practices.


Support – 20%

  • Prepare training materials, publications, reports, or prepare presentations about OCRA’s work, which may include reports to funding entities.
  • Assist with organizational development and planning, including the planning and development of DRC’s Advocacy Plan.
  • Provide technical assistance and substantive training to other DRC staff in areas of expertise
  • Lead and/or participate in statewide teams.


Community-Based Advocacy – 10%

  • Engage in community-based advocacy and community leadership, representing DRC.
  • Prepare written materials and conduct outreach, education and training to consumers, community groups, advocates and others, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities on issues pertaining to their rights.



Juris Doctor Degree (J.D.) or equivalent, plus:

– Six years’ experience as an attorney in the practice of public interest law. Judicial clerkships or externships may be counted as up to one year of legal experience.

– Three years’ experience in employee supervision and management.

– Experience with laws, rights, and services as they pertain to people with disabilities, and/or direct representation of people with disabilities.


Licenses / Certificates

Must be a member of the California State Bar, or eligible to practice under the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program [admitted to practice in another state and eligible to practice in California for three (3) years; requires admittance to the California Bar within three (3) years.]

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

Managing Attorney (Sacramento, Los Angeles, Tustin, Santa Rosa, Modesto, San Jose)
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