Managing Attorney - Investigations

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $96,976.00
Maximum: $129,957.00
Details: Depending on Experience



Application Deadline:



United States


DEADLINE: Open until filled. Applications should be received by April 30, 2018 to be considered for the first round of interviews.

SALARY RANGE (Depending on Experience): $96,976-$129,957


The Managing Attorney provides leadership, direction and overall management of the Investigation Unit. The Investigation Unit investigates allegations of abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities, primarily those resulting in serious injury or death. . Based on the outcome of an investigation, the IU develops and implements public policy initiatives to prevent similar incidents in the future.  


The position directly supervises and mentors attorneys and leads systemic advocacy efforts to advance the rights of persons with disabilities to be free from abuse, neglect, and criminal victimization and ensure a timely and prompt response from the criminal justice and abuse response systems. The Managing Attorney conducts a significant number of abuse and neglect investigations and coordinates systemic policy reform stemming from the outcome of those investigations. 



Managing Attorney essential functions include:

Direct Investigations and Systemic Advocacy – 65%

- Provide direction and supervision to attorneys and investigators, including caseload management, training, mentoring and monitoring staff.

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

- Represent the Investigations Unit as needed with other agency teams and with the Board of Directors. 

- Conduct confidential abuse and neglect investigations. 

- Monitor facilities or programs serving individuals with disabilities.

- Lead and/or participate in drafting and issuing policy papers and public reports.

- Lead and/or participate in systemic advocacy involving issues of abuse, neglect and crimes against people with disabilities, including major policy advocacy at the state level.

- Review and draft legislation and regulations.

- Participate with other agencies and organizations to address recurring problems and issues related to abuse, neglect and crimes against people with disabilities.

- Identify issues contributing to victimization of people with disabilities and initiate needed systemic reform activities and impact work. 

- Monitor, summarize, and analyze case law, legislation, and administrative policy and practices for agency staff and other organizations. 


Support – 25%

- Prepare training materials, publications, reports, or prepare presentations about agency’s work, which may include reports to funding entities and the Board of Directors.

- Assist with organizational development and planning, including the planning and development of agency’s Advocacy Plan. 

- Participate in statewide and regional teams, which may include two substantive goal areas.

- Provide technical assistance and substantive training to other regional office agency staff in areas of expertise. 

- Participate in the identification and development of substantive and skills-based training for staff, with a primary focus on abuse, neglect and criminal victimization and abuse system response.


Community-Based Advocacy – 10%

- Engage in community-based advocacy and community leadership, representing the agency as the voice of our clients.


Managing Attorney marginal functions:

- Assist with agency-wide management responsibilities.

- Perform other duties as assigned.



Directly supervises staff attorneys, investigators, advocates and other subordinates staff in regional offices and carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the agency's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interview, hire, and train employees; plan, assign, and direct work; appraise performance; reward and discipline employees; address complaints and resolve problems.



Ability to travel occasionally for activities such as out-of-town meetings, abuse and neglect investigations, inspect facilities, meeting with providers, and education, training, or outreach activities up to 25% of the time.



Duties are performed between an office environment and the field in a wide range of settings, including health care facilities; locked mental health settings; detention 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; video, audio, or photo documentation as part of the investigation process; and occasional periods of standing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling. Weights to be lifted and/or moved up to 20 pounds are frequently encountered. Must be able to transport oneself to work-related meeting.



Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) or equivalent and membership in 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 under the California State Bar rules for the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program, and required admittance to the California Bar within three (3) years.] Plus: 

- Six years’ experience as an attorney in the practice of public interest law or five years’ experience as an attorney directly representing clients in administrative hearings and litigation. Judicial clerkships or externships may be counted as up to one year of legal experience.

- Three years’ experience in employee supervision and management.

- Experience in conducting objective, fact-intensive investigations, evaluating cases based upon legal, regulatory, and policy requirements, and then making appropriate findings and recommendations.

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



- Experience with client representation people with disabilities. 

- Experience in developing and coordinating systemic advocacy projects particularly in the area of abuse, neglect, stigma, and/or victimization. 

- Experience in health care risk management, quality assurance, or nursing or other health care professions.

- Able to communicate fluently and write effectively in Spanish or an Asian language; or able to communicate using American Sign Language. 

- 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, substance abuse or Gay/Lesbian/Bi-Sexual/Transgender/Intersex (LGBTI) communities.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply



If you are interested in becoming a part of DRC, please submit the following:

1. Online Disability Rights California Application Form

2. Your resume

3. Detailed cover letter.

We are committed to the principle that to effectively serve Californians with disabilities, our staff should reflect California's diverse population. Diversity comes from a wide variety of characteristics such as disability, language and ethnic identity, gender, age, race, national origin, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status, and life experiences. If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, include a cover letter addressing how you your background meets the requirements of the position, and how you may help enrich our diverse workforce.

4. Sample of legal writing (i.e., a legal argument, letter or analysis) consisting of no more than 10 pages of text.

5. List of significant litigation

Disability Rights California is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age for individuals over forty years of age, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, and any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, and local law. DRC endorses and supports the intent of the Americans with Disabilities act of 1990 (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing act (FEHA) and provides reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities.