Rep Payee Investigator Advocate
Disability Rights Maryland, Inc.
March 18, 2021
Disability Rights Maryland (“DRM,” formerly Maryland Disability Law Center) a nonprofit legal advocacy organization, is the designated Protection & Advocacy agency for Maryland, mandated under federal law to advance the rights of people with all types of disabilities, of all ages, statewide. DRM is a well-established, healthy, forward thinking organization and a recognized leader in disability rights.
The Investigative Advocate will be responsible for conducting investigations and reviews of people or agencies serving as Social Security representative payees for people with disabilities, and works under the direction of a Program Manager. The investigative advocate engages in outreach and educational activities.
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.
Perform reviews or investigations of people or agencies serving as representative payees for Social Security beneficiaries.
Manage individual workload in conformity with DRM priorities, policies and case management procedures; applicable professional standards and best practices; legal, ethical and other requirements.
Draft and submit investigative reports to program manager and federal government.
Prepare and disseminate information brochures regarding rights of people with disabilities.
Attend and present training seminars as requested.
Exercise sound independent judgment in all advocacy activities. Maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion and judgment in a law firm environment. Accept direction and feedback from Program Manager.
Adhere to DRM policies, practices and case management procedures in the execution of job responsibilities. Understand and follow requirements of any federal, state, or private funding sources related to assigned work. Competently utilize database and time tracking systems.
Perform other appropriate duties as may be assigned. This job involves travel within Maryland approximately 50% – 75% of the time. Pre-approved travel and mileage costs will be reimbursed.
3 – 5 years’ related experience conducting site visits, home visits, investigations or reviews.
Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a related field such as Social Work. Additional experience may be substituted for education.
Ability to successfully obtain a U.S. Government level 5 security/ suitability clearance.
Ability to conduct research, analyze issues, and execute a variety of advocacy strategies.
Ability to communicate complex issues clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and collaborate with DRM staff and colleagues in a team environment.
Ability to work independently and in teams, successfully manage multiple work priorities and work under deadline pressure.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise sound judgment in the handling of all advocacy activities.
Experience working with and/or sensitivity to persons with disabilities and from multi-ethnic communities.
Computer literacy and proficiency with software utilized to carry out job functions.
Ability to travel within the State of Maryland with reliable transportation.
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.
OTHER HELPFUL QUALIFICATIONS
Relevant experience with people who have disabilities; work involving Social Security Administration, administrative appeals, court cases, and/or policy and systems work such as regulatory comments, advocacy with state agencies, and working in coalitions.
Ability to communicate in ASL, Spanish or another non-English language.
Life experience with disability.
The salary may range from $38,200 (advocate with 3 years’ experience and an associate’s degree) – $40,800 (advocate with 5 years’ experience and a bachelor’s degree), depending on education and experience. Benefits package is highly competitive with other Maryland public interest organizations.
How To Apply
Individuals with disabilities, people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals and others who contribute to staff diversity are especially encouraged to apply. DRM is an Equal Opportunity employer.
E-Mail cover letter with resume and 3 references with “Advocate –Rep Payee” in the subject line to: email@example.com
This position was announced March 17, 2021 and will remain open until filled. Priority will be given to applications received by April 9th.