Clients' Rights Advocate

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Depending on Experience




United States


Each Clients’ Rights Advocate (CRA) position will be located at or near an office of each regional center. The Clients’ Rights Advocate positions are funded under the DDS contract. The CRA works under the direction of the Supervising Clients' Rights Advocate.



1. Ensures that the rights of people with developmental disabilities as provided in law and regulation are enforced. This includes but is not limited to the laws and regulations found in Welfare and Institutions Code and California Code of Regulations.

2. Provides information and training to assist residential and health providers in understanding their Title 17 responsibilities regarding posting and notification of rights.

3. Advises the Regional Center Executive Director on the development and implementation of the Center’s clients’ rights assurance program pursuant to Title 17.

4. Investigates and facilitates resolution of all complaints of violation, withholding or denial of rights made by or on behalf of clients. Prepares reports on findings and makes recommendations for resolution to appropriate parties.

5. Directly assists and/or represents clients/families or provides technical advice to client representatives in administrative actions relating to eligibility for and provision of services from public benefit programs (e.g. Social Security, Special Education, Regional Center, Dept. of Social Services, County Mental Health, and the State Department of Rehabilitation.)

6. Provides referrals on a rotating basis to legal agencies and/or attorneys who can assist consumers and family members in enforcing their legal rights that have been violated.

7. Develops and conducts outreach, education, and training for regional center clients and their families, community groups and others in clients’ rights advocacy.

8. Aids in the development and implementation of regional center policies and procedures related to client rights to ensure compliance with federal and state laws.

9. Responsible for the oversight of the Assistant Clients’ Rights Advocate.

10. Carries out other such duties as may from time to time be required.



1. Master's Degree or J.D. 

2. Two years or more of paid or voluntary working experience as an advocate within a social, human service, government, legal or health care environment.

3. Knowledge of the legal, civil and service rights of persons with developmental disabilities in California.

4. Ability to read, write, and speak fluently and communicate effectively in English and Spanish, including a working knowledge of correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure.

NOTE: Applicants who claim to be fluent in any desired language will be tested at time of interview.

5. Ability to analyze complex problems and develop creative solutions.

6. Experience working with and/or sensitivity to persons with disabilities.

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

8. Valid CA Driver’s License and ability and willingness to drive (unless a disability-related accommodation is required and can reasonably be granted.)



1. Three or more years advocating for the rights of persons with developmental disabilities.

2. Membership in the California Bar.

3. Experience in program administration.

4. Knowledge of resources throughout the state which are potentially available to individuals with developmental disabilities.

5. Fluency in and an Asian language, or another language used by an underrepresented group in addition to being bilingual English and Spanish.

6. Alternate dispute resolution training and practice.

7. One or more years supervision within a work or volunteer setting.

8. Contacts with disability organizations and/or within disability communities.

9. Contacts with multi-ethnic organizations and/or within multi-ethnic communities.

10. Experience providing training on various topics to a diverse range of people.

11. Word processing and PC experience.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

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

1) Online Disability Rights California Application Form

2) Your resume

3) Cover Letter. We need a workforce that can utilize insights and strategies that can come from both professional and personal experience. In your cover letter, please tell us about yourself and why you are a great fit for this position and for DRC.

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

Disability Rights California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, religion, race, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. Disability Rights California endorses and supports the intent of the Americans with Disabilities act of 1990 (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing act (FEHA) and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants or employees who need accommodations.