Staff Attorney 2
Consumer Assistance, Payee Review & Investigations Unit (CAPRI)
Location: Oakland, Sacramento, or Remote (Northern California only)
Make a difference! We stand for the rights of people that have disabilities….JOIN US!
Individuals who are Deaf or Disabled are encouraged to apply.
SALARY RANGE (Depending on Experience): $75,100 – $100,641 annually
We base salary and position offers on experience and an internal equity analysis.
EXCELLENT BENEFITS including 8% 401k Match and an LRAP (Loan Repayment Assistance Program) program that pays up to $300 per month depending on salary and debt.
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.
The Investigations Unit (IU) is a statewide team of zealous advocates who engage in non-litigation strategies to eliminate the abuse and neglect of people with disabilities. IU investigates allegations of abuse and neglect in facilities and programs such as state hospitals, developmental centers, nursing facilities, group homes, community crisis homes, jails, and immigration detention facilities. IU investigates individual incidents of abuse and neglect, failures of the abuse response system, and the root causes of abuse and neglect of people with disabilities. IU strives to address the intersectional needs of people with all types of disabilities experiencing abuse and neglect, especially those from traditionally underserved and underrepresented populations.
We value lived experiences with disability, incarceration, and/or institutionalization, and experiences working with our clients across a range of settings. Please consider discussing such experiences in your cover letter, especially if they are not reflected in your resume.
The IU Staff Attorney is responsible for conducting abuse and neglect investigations on behalf of people with disabilities and pursuing systemic reform stemming from the outcome of those investigations. This includes utilizing policy, legislative, and media strategies. The IU staff attorney advance investigations by interviewing, analyzing records, writing detailed case reports and publications, reviewing and drafting legislation and regulations, and participating in stakeholder meetings on issues related to abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities.
The Staff Attorney works under the direct supervision of the Managing Attorney of the IU and in collaboration with other Disability Rights California attorneys, investigators, and advocates in their legal, advocacy, and outreach efforts. This position will require traveling throughout the state, and occasional travel out of state.
Essential functions are the job responsibilities an employee must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation. Staff Attorney 2 essential functions include:
Assist Victims and Consumers – 75%
– Lead confidential investigations into allegations of abuse and neglect of persons with disabilities.
– Conduct interviews, review and analyze documentary evidence, and perform other investigatory activities.
– Draft clear and concise detailed written documents, including internal memoranda and public reports.
– Lead public policy activities which might include the review and drafting of legislation and regulations.
– Monitor facilities that provide services to persons with disabilities for instances of abuse and neglect
– Participate with stakeholder groups and provide commentary and feedback on issues important to persons with disabilities
Community-Based Advocacy – 20%
– Engage in community-based advocacy, outreach, and training to disability communities and organizations.
– Prepare training materials, publications, reports, and special projects.
– Strengthen relationships with community-based organizations and assist in the development and implementation of advocacy projects to advance shared goals.
Other Duties – 5%
– Assist with organizational development and planning.
– Perform other duties as assigned.
Ability to travel frequently for activities such as out-of-town meetings, client visits, facilities monitoring and inspections, hearings, education, training, or outreach activities up to 40% of the time. This position will require traveling throughout the state, and occasional travel out of state. This position specifically serves Northern California, with extensive travel in and around the Sacramento and Bay areas, moderate travel to far Northern California and the Central Valley/Coast, and occasional travel to Southern California.
Education and Experience
- Admitted to California Bar or eligible to practice under California’s Registered Legal Services Attorney program and at least five years of legal experience.
- Demonstrated commitment – through lived experience and/or employment history – to working with people with disabilities and incorporating race equity and community lawyering principles into their work.
- Expertise in one or more substantive areas of law required for the position.
- Experience in one or more of: public policy advocacy, working on complex legal matters, and leadership and mentoring related to the position.
- Demonstrated ability to successfully lead multiple advocacy projects.
- Ability to conduct research and analysis of pertinent legal authority.
- Ability to analyze complex problems and develop creative solutions.
- Written and verbal communication skills sufficient to communicate legal questions and issues to a team of attorneys and the general public.
- Experience working with or sensitivity to individuals from ethnic or language distinct communities.
- The ability to work independently with appropriate supervision.
- Experience in licensing or with agencies which specifically address abuse, neglect, and quality of care issues affecting people with disabilities.
- Experience reviewing medical records or other clinical documents.
- Knowledge of disability laws including state and federal laws and services that pertain to people with disabilities, and/or direct representation of people with disabilities.
- Experience filing complaints with state and federal agencies.
- Experience with legislative process, bill analysis and principles of lobbying
- Experience advocating with policymakers at the federal, state, and/or local level.
- Experience working with media and grass-roots organizations.
- Comfortable with navigating social media platforms.
- Ability to read, write, and speak a language other than English, including American Sign Language, with sufficient fluency to interview clients and conduct trainings.
- Experience in the disability rights movement and/or extensive contacts in
- the disability community.
- Experience with and/or extensive contacts in ethnic or language distinct communities.
- Familiarity and/or extensive contacts with one or more of the following: homelessness, criminal justice, institutional settings, or Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer/Intersex/Asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities.
The following describes general working conditions and requirements of the job, which can be performed with or without disability-related reasonable accommodations. Duties are performed between an office environment and the field in a wide range of settings, including health care facilities; in client, group, or family homes; community agencies; or in community-based outpatient settings. Work areas are often noisy. Duties frequently require sitting, talking and/or hearing and occasional periods of standing, stooping, kneeling, and crouching. Weights to be lifted and/or moved up to 10 pounds are frequently encountered. Must be able to transport oneself to work-related meetings, facilities, etc.
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 here.