Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $38,444.00
Maximum: $57,666.00
Details: $18-27/hour, based on experience. This is an Hourly/Non-Exempt position.



Start Date:



North Carolina
United States


Disability Rights North Carolina seeks an experienced Investigator/Advocate to conduct investigations and advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities. The ideal candidate will have a commitment to protecting the rights of people with disabilities, an ability to interview people with disabilities and observe conditions in a variety of settings, including institutions, group homes, schools, psychiatric hospitals and work places, as well as analyze complex factual situations.  

General Summary: Conduct methodical, objective investigations of serious allegations of abuse and neglect including those involving deaths, for the purpose of achieving individual and systemic policy change to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities and prevent future occurrences. 


Demonstrates the following core values: relentless pursuit of results, respect and humility, personal responsibility, positive outlook, problem solving, communication, organization, and effective internal and external relationships.


Essential Functions (with or without reasonable accommodations):

1.                 Ability to travel including overnight

2.                 Ability to occasionally work long hours and/or weekends

3.                 Ability to interact with people with disabilities

4.                 Ability to communicate effectively

5.                 Ability to research complex issues

6.                 Ability to input and access data in the agency’s database.


Job Duties:

·        Conduct abuse/neglect investigations consistent with Disability Rights NC’s investigative protocol including interviewing witnesses and managing evidence

·        Stay up to date with the federal statutes and regulations relating to Disability Rights NC’s access authority

·        Stay up to date with state and federal statutes, regulations and policies governing care and treatment of people with disabilities

·        Monitor assigned facilities to prevent, detect and address instances of abuse, neglect or exploitation consistent with Disability Rights NC’s monitoring protocol

·        Interview people with disabilities, providing information and self-advocacy assistance to clients

·        Identify facts and develop creative solutions

·        Prepare reports, articles, and draft legislation and regulations

·        Develop staff training programs on substantive issues related to abuse and neglect investigations and clients’ rights

·        Collaborate with others regarding ongoing investigations and monitoring

·        Collaborate with co-workers about trends, issues and agency activities

·        Other duties as assigned


Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.


·        Bachelor’s degree preferred with experience in conducting investigations, such as those performed by law enforcement, journalists, regulators or other types of investigations

·        Direct experience with or general knowledge of services and issues affecting individuals with disabilities

·        Recognition of the human and civil rights of people with disabilities

·        Proficiency in using computers for word processing, data collection and communication

·        Effective communication skills regarding complex factual situations

·        Ability to organize and prioritize tasks

·        Ability to work independently with minimal supervision



Disability Rights North Carolina is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Raleigh. Its team of attorneys, advocates, paralegals and support staff provide advocacy and legal services at no charge for people with disabilities across North Carolina.

As the state’s federally mandated protection and advocacy system, Disability Rights North Carolina is charged with protecting the rights of children and adults with disabilities living in North Carolina.

Disability Rights NC is an Equal Opportunity Employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. We do not discriminate in any aspect of employment with regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran’s status or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

Compensation Package: The hiring range is $18 – $27/hour, based on experience. This is an Hourly/Non-Exempt position. Excellent benefits which include health, dental, vision, generous paid time off, life insurance, and more.

Location: statewide


Compensation Package: The hiring range is $18 – $27/hour, based on experience. This is an Hourly/Non-Exempt position. Excellent benefits which include health, dental, vision, generous paid time off, life insurance, and more.

Location: statewide

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

2-year degree

How To Apply

Send a detailed letter of interest explaining your qualifications and your resume to Include the job title Investigator/Advocate in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Open until filled.