Managing Attorney- Developmental Disabilities/Medicaid

Job Type

Full Time

Published

08/29/2018

Address

1500 Union Avenue
Suite 2000
Baltimore
Maryland
21211
United States

Description

AGENCY DESCRIPTION

Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) seeks a Managing Attorney to join our team as we strive to create an integrated and just society by advancing the legal rights of people with disabilities throughout Maryland. DRM is nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization, Maryland’s designated Protection & Advocacy (P&A) agency and a member of the National Disability Rights Network. DRM will be celebrating its 40 year anniversary in September.

 

DRM advances the civil rights of people with disabilities by focusing on systemic barriers using a wide array of advocacy strategies. We maximize our impact and resources by concentrating on changing systems, laws and policies to bring about significant and lasting improvements for large numbers of people with disabilities. DRM engages in class action litigation targeting identified priority areas.

 

GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION

The Managing Attorney leads the Developmental Disabilities/Medicaid Team in addressing issues that affect people with developmental disabilities and/or individuals in need of medical and other services to maximize their ability to participate fully in community living. The Team’s work includes individual advocacy, policy advocacy such as ensuring state procedures comply with due process requirements; provides advice and representation for people with developmental disabilities unable to receive necessary medical and other services; and advocates for alternatives to legal guardianship. The Team works to prevent institutionalization of people with disabilities, conducts investigations to monitor, mitigate and prevent abuse and neglect and provides services to victims of crime, and tackles issues unique to children with developmental disabilities. The Team collaborates with DRM’s Education Team to seek solutions for youth with developmental disabilities who are in crisis, usually stuck in hospitals and forced into the foster care system.

 

For many years, DRM has been a state leader in providing research, education and individual and systemic advocacy for Medicaid beneficiaries including working with the State of Maryland to comply with requirements to provide: children’s EPSDT benefits; assistive technology for people of all ages; and ensure applicants are not denied benefits with due process. Members of the Team are active in many coalitions and work groups and take on leadership roles to develop collaborations to address current and emerging issues affecting people with disabilities throughout Maryland. 

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Supervision of Legal Work

 

·        Supervises the legal work of the Team to ensure that the legal work conducted by the Team staff is conducted pursuant to DRM program priorities and in conformity with DRM policies, applicable professional standards, best practices, legal and other requirements.

 

·        Reviews and approves memoranda, pleadings, briefs, position statements, testimony, correspondence, etc. generated by Team members as deemed necessary.

 

·        Ensures that staff have necessary expertise and support available to facilitate the delivery of direct services to clients and other advocacy efforts.

 

·        Provides substantive guidance, consultation, and technical assistance to staff.

 

Programmatic Management & Administration

 

·        Participate as part of the DRM management team in planning and execution of DRM goals and objectives, including long-range planning, legislative and administrative education and technical assistance, public and media relations, budgetary planning, and staffing.

 

·        Participate in monthly management meetings.

 

·        Monitor DRM operational revenues and expenditures for adherence to budgetary limitations within the Team.

 

·        Submit annual budget requests for the Team to the Director of Finance.

 

·        Maintain program information necessary for grant reports, audits, applications, etc., and have first and primary responsibility for writing and submitting all required grant applications and program performance reports within the Team, and as may be assigned by the Executive Director.

 

·        Collaborate with external coalitions, organizations, associations, etc., as may be required, for DRM advocacy initiatives.

 

Individual Case and/or Advocacy Work

 

·        Perform all relevant job responsibilities, delineated in the DRM Job Description for Staff Attorney, as required to perform individual case and/or advocacy work pursuant to DRM program priorities and team work plan.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

 

·        J. D. Degree from an accredited law school.

 

·        Strong commitment to advancing the rights of people with disabilities.

 

·        License to practice law in Maryland. For attorneys already admitted in another jurisdiction, must be admitted to practice in Maryland within the maximum time allowed for such admission by the rules of the State Bar of Maryland.

 

·        A minimum of 5-7 years legal work experience in positions of increasing responsibility. At least one year of experience providing direct supervision of legal work preferred.

 

·        Ability to analyze complex legal issues and execute a variety of advocacy strategies.

 

·        Ability to communicate complex legal issues clearly and effectively both orally and in writing. 

 

·        Ability to work independently, successfully manage multiple work priorities, allow availability for consultation, technical assistance, and guidance to staff as may be require

 

·        Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and collaborate with DRM staff and colleagues in a team environment. Ability to motivate and direct workgroup staff.

 

·        Ability to travel within the State of Maryland.

 

·        Experience working with and/or sensitivity to persons with disabilities and from multi-ethnic communities.

 

Individuals with disabilities, people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals and others who contribute to staff diversity are especially encouraged to apply. DRM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Professional Level

Managerial

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

How To Apply

jobs@disabilityrightsmd.org
https://disabilityrightsmd.org/

HOW TO APPLY

 

Mail cover letter with resume and writing via email with “Managing Attorney” in the subject line to: jobs@disabilityrightsmd.org

 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the position will remains open until filled.


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