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Staff Attorney – Assistive Technology, Traumatic Brain Injury, And Investigations & Monitoring

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Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP) is looking for a staff attorney to advance our work in protecting the rights of people with disabilities to be free from discrimination, abuse and neglect in the receipt of government services and in public accommodations, employment, voting, education and housing. DRP engages in litigation, legal and policy advocacy, and outreach and education to advance the rights of people with disabilities. DRP also monitors and conducts investigations related to abuse and neglect of people with disabilities who reside in facilities. DRP encourages applications from BIPOC, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities. Our identity, experience, and unique perspectives connect us with the diversity within the disability community and the larger civil rights movement.

Specifically, this attorney will focus their work on three areas:

·      Advocacy to increase access to Assistive Technology for children and adults, in education, employment, and daily living. 

·      Advocacy on behalf of people with Traumatic Brain Injury, including children and adults.

·      Monitoring and investigation of abuse and neglect in various facilities throughout Pennsylvania including state hospitals, nursing homes, and other residential and long-term care facilities that serve adults and children with disabilities.

The successful candidate will work directly with the Managing Attorney of Investigations & Monitoring to identify facilities of concern where there is believed to be abuse or neglect; formulate a plan of action; and implement this plan. Implementation may involve both remote and in-person visits to locations throughout the state, as well as report writing. Additionally, the candidate should be prepared to interact with local ombudspersons, advocates, legal counsel, and patients/residents of the various facilities.

The successful candidate will also work directly with the Managing Attorney of Intake, Case Services, & Grants Management to identify and perform work related to matters involving Assistive Technology and Traumatic Brain Injury including individual and state-wide legal advocacy, training, and outreach.

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to pursue litigation related to their advocacy in these areas. 

DRP is a private, nonprofit organization with offices in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since 1977, DRP has been the protection and advocacy agency in Pennsylvania, operating under the authority of eight federal statutes and regulations and funded largely through federal appropriations. These federal programs exist to protect people with disabilities against abuse, neglect, and to provide legal and advocacy assistance to those whose rights are violated in areas like special education, housing, public access, employment, waiver services, and more.

DRP protects and advocates for the rights of people with disabilities so that they may live the lives they choose, free from abuse, neglect, discrimination, and segregation. For nearly 40 years, DRP has offered free legal and advocacy services statewide to people with disabilities on issues that fall within its annual program goals and objectives. To view DRP’s goal and objectives, visit https://disabilityrightspa.org/about-drp/priorities/.

DRP offers legal and advocacy services, training, information and referral, and outreach. All services are accessed through a toll-free intake system at 1-800-692-7443. In addition to litigation, DRP uses investigations and monitoring, policy advocacy, and education to achieve its mission.

DRP is part of a national system of protection and advocacy agencies created by Congress in the early 1970s to stop abuse and neglect. Since then, DRP’s mandate has grown with the passage of laws that have expanded the rights of people with disabilities. To learn more about the protection and advocacy network, visit www.ndrn.org.


Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must be licensed to practice in Pennsylvania. Applicants must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, analytical abilities, initiative, creativity, and judgment. Applicants should be able to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team in a collegial environment to move projects forward. Experience specific to the rights of individuals with disabilities is preferred but not required.

Position: Staff Attorney

Position Location: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or Harrisburg, but Staff Attorneys are working remotely at this time

Reports to: Legal Director, Managing Attorney – Intake, Case Services, and Grants Management, Managing Attorney – Investigations & Monitoring, Managing Attorney – Litigation

Position Purpose and Objectives: To assist in carrying out the legal functions of DRP.

Physical/Mental Requirements:

1. Uses computer approximately to 6-8 hours per day.

2. Travel to all areas of the Commonwealth, including some overnight travel required.

3. Sits approximately 2-8 hours per day.

4. Spends approximately 2-4 hours per day in meetings.

5. Requires working under a moderate degree of stress (time constraints, deadlines, multi-tasking, adherence to grant requirements, complex issues, conflict resolution, etc.).


Essential Functions:

1. Manages assigned tasks from Legal Director and Managing Attorneys. 

2. Thinks strategically and develops courses of action to resolve identified areas of concern.

3. Conducts legal research and writing.

4. Participates in client intake.

5. Participates in investigating abuse and neglect and monitoring facility conditions.

6. Prepares reports.

7. Conducts trainings and participates in outreach.


Compensation:

DRP offers a salary and benefits package. Employment benefits include leave time, health, dental, life insurance, and 401(k) retirement plan.


Disclaimer:

This position description serves as a general summary and overview of the major duties and responsibilities of the job. It is not intended to represent the entirety of the job nor is it intended to be all-inclusive. Management reserves the right to modify or rescind this position description at any time, with or without prior notice. To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently.

Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis.


Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP) is looking for a staff attorney to advance our work in protecting the rights of people with disabilities to be free from discrimination, abuse and neglect in the receipt of government services and in…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Start Date
    August 7, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    August 6, 2021
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Benefits

DRP offers a salary and benefits package. Employment benefits include leave time, health, dental, life insurance, and 401(k) retirement plan.

DRP offers a salary and benefits package. Employment benefits include leave time, health, dental, life insurance, and 401(k) retirement plan.

Location

Remote
Work must be performed in or near Philadelphia, PA
Associated Location
Philadelphia, PA, USA

How to Apply

Candidates should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to: recruiting@disabilityrightspa.org. Please include “Staff Attorney – AT/TBI/I&M” in the subject line.  

Candidates should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to: recruiting@disabilityrightspa.org. Please include “Staff Attorney – AT/TBI/I&M” in the…

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