Disability Rights Maryland
May 2, 2022
Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) seeks several civil rights-oriented advocates to support our goal of advancing civil and human rights. The ideal candidate will share DRM’s values and commitment to the fundamental rights of people with disabilities to maintain independence and full access to community life with freedom from abuse and discrimination.
Available Advocate Roles and Responsibilities Include:
Mental health team: This advocate will conduct “Know Your Rights” trainings onsite in the state psychiatric hospitals, conduct monitoring visits and advocate for clients’ needs, conduct interviews with people with disabilities in facilities and the community, and investigate claims of abuse and neglect. This advocate will also act as a liaison to DRM’s mental health advisory council, collaborate with partner organizations, and develop educational materials regarding vaccine access and voting rights in collaboration with other DRM staff. Travel throughout Maryland is required.
Representative Payee team: This advocate will conduct investigative reviews of individuals and organizations that serve as representative payees on behalf of Social Security beneficiaries, interview people with disabilities in various locations, and draft reports with findings. Reviews are conducted onsite throughout Maryland at payee offices, social service sites, public locations, and client homes. Possibility of some remote work if desired. Financial or social services backgrounds are helpful in this role. Candidates must be able to obtain a Tier 2 suitability clearance, involving fingerprint and background checks. Travel throughout Maryland is required.
Intake team: This advocate will receive and return calls from people requesting services, and will provide accurate and relevant information, referral and advocacy assistance to callers and visitors; conduct interviews and record data to assist staff in determining whether DRM can meet a client’s needs. This work is predominantly done on the phone and in a case management data system. Possibility of some remote work if desired.
Community Outreach: This advocate will conduct community outreach regarding voting rights and vaccine access for people with disabilities, and will work with multiple DRM legal teams to provide interpretation and translation for staff representing Spanish-speaking clients. Fluency in Spanish is required. Prior electoral process experience is preferred. Possibility of some remote work if desired. Travel throughout Maryland is required.
Disability Rights Maryland (DRM), a private, non-profit law firm, is a leader in disability rights and the Congressionally mandated Protection and Advocacy organization for individuals with disabilities in Maryland. We provide free legal services and advocacy to persons with disabilities in Maryland. DRM envisions a world where people with disabilities are fully included in all aspects of community life.
Our staff are collaborative, collegial and committed to the well-being of the communities we serve and one another. Our workplace is flexible and we place a high value on diversity and inclusion, both as an organization and individually.
- Ability to relate respectfully to people with disabilities. Experience working with and/or sensitivity to persons with disabilities and from diverse communities.
- Excellent attention to detail in work product.
- Ability to work independently, successfully manage multiple work priorities and work under deadlines.
- Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and collaborate with DRM staff and colleagues in a team environment.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise sound judgment in the handling of all advocacy activities.
- Computer literacy and proficiency with software utilized to carry out job functions.
- Access to reliable transportation for travel within State of Maryland.
- Strong commitment to DRM’s core mission of ensuring the rights of people with disabilities to self-determination, freedom from harm, due process protections, and to participate fully in community life with meaningful choices and opportunities.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Academic experience in a relevant field is preferable, including social work, public health, and legal studies.
- Relevant experience is strongly preferred, particularly experience with people who have disabilities, conducting investigations and interviews, community-based services, experience with systemic public policy advocacy with state agencies and working in coalitions.
- Strong writing skills and excellent customer service skills.
- Experience working directly with persons with disabilities.
- A demonstrated interest or background in public interest work, particularly related to disability rights issues.
- Life experience with a disability.
- Fluency in American Sign Language or Spanish.
Competitive, depending on experience. The annual salary range for an advocate with a Bachelor’s degree and 0-5 years’ experience is between $37,934 and $42,032 and depends on education level, experience, and special skills.
DRM offers a generous benefits package which includes excellent medical insurance, employer-paid dental, prescription, vision, life, and disability insurance, as well as pre-tax savings plans, a retirement savings opportunity with generous employer contributions, and a telecommuting policy. DRM offers employee reimbursement for the cost of spouse or partner-paid health insurance premiums up to an established maximum amount. DRM also offers generous paid time off, including vacation, holidays, sick time, and more.
While DRM can offer some flexibility in hours and days of work, generally the work hours will be Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Occasional evenings and weekend work may be required. This announcement can also be found at https://disabilityrightsmd.org/careers/ .
How To Apply
E-mail resume, cover letter, a writing sample to Jobs@DisabilityRightsMD.org with “Advocate” in the subject line. Please indicate if you have a strong preference for any of the specific positions described above.
We are looking for thoughtful, personalized cover letters that demonstrate the applicant’s qualifications, work style and interest in being part of a team working to advance the civil rights of persons with disabilities in Maryland.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Positions remain open until filled with priority given to applications received before May 13, 2022.
DRM is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. People of color, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ individuals are especially encouraged to apply.