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Civil Rights Attorney in Des Moines, IA

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Company name

Disability Rights Iowa

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Practice Area

Civil Rights

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


USA Des Moines, IA

Date Last Verified

Aug 10,2017

Posted on

Aug 08,2017

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Staff Attorney Responsibilities: Provide legal representation to Iowans with disabilities; Participate on teams of attorneys and advocates with respect to any systemic advocacy or litigation conducted; Educate policy makers on disability-related issues; Write organized and concise public reports, reports to other oversight and enforcement agencies, and internal reports regarding findings, conclusions and recommendations resulting from investigations or monitoring activities; Conduct outreach and prepare training on the rights of individuals with disabilities and on the protection and advocacy services available; Create and update training and informational materials and speak in public settings, as required; Participate on teams of attorneys and advocates with respect to any advocacy, monitoring or litigation conducted; Manage and maintain client files, project files and other files; Complete monthly desk reviews on open priority cases; Represent on councils, commissions, work groups and stakeholder groups, as assigned by supervisor; Work in conjunction with other staff on planning and developing agency priorities, goals and objectives; Work in conjunction with other staff in preparing annual program and performance reports, as assigned; Travel throughout the state of Iowa as needed in order to conduct investigations, monitoring and provide advocacy; Use interpersonal skills to promptly and effectively resolve issues on behalf of individuals with disabilities; Attend staff meetings, team meetings and in-service training, as required by supervisor; Read job-related professional articles and monitor list serves on topics related to advocate’s case work; Use Microsoft Office software on a personal computer; Comply with personnel and case management policies, Conduct work in a professional manner; and Other duties as assigned.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: JD degree from an accredited law school; Iowa state bar membership or admission to Iowa State Bar within 6 months of hire. Strong and effective writing, verbal and negotiating communication skills, including the ability to do so in a concise manner, even when doing so regarding complex issues; Strong organizational skills; Experience in public speaking and developing effective presentations; Excellent interpersonal, relationship-building and collaboration skills to be able to work with others inside and outside of the organization; Ability to analyze complex problems and develop creative solutions; Ability to conceptualize and develop initial and ongoing case strategies; Ability to remain impartial when conducting investigations; Ability to stay calm and relaxed when working with individuals who may be in a crisis situation. Ability to be flexible to changing work assignments and processes. Ability to maintain confidentiality; Ability to conduct self in a professional manner; Ability to maintain thorough and complete records; Ability to work independently with appropriate supervision. Desired: Legal experience in the areas of juvenile justice and special education; Experience with or sensitivity to individuals with disabilities and/or mental illness; Experience with or sensitivity to individuals from ethnic or language-distinct communities; and Knowledge of laws, rights and services as they pertain to individuals with disabilities and/or mental illness. Demonstrate understanding of disability rights values in daily work (self-determination, person-centered services, informed consent, equal opportunity, independence and inclusion.
Closing Date: August 18, 2017

Company info

Katie VandeVorde
Operations Manager
Disability Rights Iowa
3015 Merle Hay Road
Suite 6
Des Moines, IA 50310