- Company: Disability Rights Center of Arkansas
- Updated: 9/20/2013
- Location: Little Rock
- Status: Full-Time
- Salary: TBD
- Job Level: 3-5 Years Experience
- Region: Central
- Category: Nonprofits
Little Rock, Arkansas - Disability Rights Center of Arkansas (DRC), the federally authorized and funded nonprofit organization serving as the Protection and Advocacy System (P&A) for persons with disabilities in Arkansas, is seeking to hire one full time advocate to provide advocacy services to individuals eligible for DRC services.
Agency Description – DRC pursues administrative, legal, and other appropriate remedies to ensure the protection of people with disabilities in Arkansas. Cases include special education, employment, housing discrimination, abuse and neglect, right to treatment and freedom from harm. DRC pursues system change advocacy in addition to individual case advocacy. Federal law requires each state and US Territory to have such a protection and advocacy system.
DRC services to eligible clients with disabilities include information, referral, technical assistance, legal representation and investigation of abuse and neglect allegations. DRC also develops, publishes and distributes advocacy materials, participates in advocacy training, and monitors, analyzes and comments on regulations, plans, budgets, policies or proposed legislation that may affect the rights of people with disabilities.
Qualifications, Duties and Knowledge – Seeking an individual with knowledge and experience in providing information and assistance to agency clients with particular focus on Vocational Rehabilitation, employment, community independent living centers and Services for the Blind. Duties include interviewing clients and maintaining active case loads and projects, facility monitoring, training and outreach activities, providing input into the legal work of the agency and serving on committees and boards, as needed. The applicant must have the ability to work well in teams and have excellent oral and written communication skills, plus good computer skills.
Qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in social service or a law-related discipline. Three to five years experience in case management and/or client advocacy preferred. Must have the ability to negotiate on behalf of clients and collaborate, communicate and mediate in various situations. Must have knowledge of services and supports for individuals with disabilities, benefits/entitlements, services funding, rights and legal resources throughout the state which are potentially available to persons with disabilities. Some weekend work required.
Excellent Benefits, including retirement. Qualified persons with disabilities and minorities are encouraged to apply. Send a cover letter, resume, and three references by October 11, 2013, or until filled, to Disability Rights Center of Arkansas, 1100 N. University, Suite 201, Little Rock, AR 72207, fax 501-296-1779 or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.