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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
Date Last Verified
ProfileLegal Counsel and Regional Developmental Disabilities Ombuds Duties: Create or revise Office of DD Ombuds service protocols; Draft monitoring protocols and tools to meet the needs and requirements of the Office of DD Ombuds; Review all reports and informational materials for legal accuracy; Assist in the training and certifying of DD Ombuds volunteers; Provide legal counsel to the State DD Ombuds; Assist in developing confidentiality procedures; Address any external interference with independence and authority of the DD Ombuds; Deliver resident-directed, complaint-based, person-centered services; Provides information on rights and responsibilities of persons receiving developmental disabilities services and/or other state services; Monitor service delivery to persons with developmental disabilities; Review state institutions, state licensed facilities and residences where services to persons with developmental disabilities occur; Advocate to address rights violations and to protect people with disabilities from abuse and/or neglect; Represent the Office of DD Ombuds and its clients and constituents at meetings with support and service providers; Participate in the development of any recommendations for changes in procedures to state agencies, governor’s office and state legislature on the work of the ombuds and recommendations for person-centered and systemic system delivery changes; and Act in compliance with DD Ombuds Contract Terms and Conditions.
Qualification and Experience
Requirements: Law degree from an accredited law school and membership in the Washington State Bar. 3 years' related work experience in an appropriate field (i.e., legal, social services, medical, or law enforcement); 3 years' legal experience involving disability rights issues or public interest Law. Demonstrated knowledge of rules, regulations, policies, and certification requirements that relate to the provision of institutional and residential supports and services; Demonstrated knowledge of medical issues related to abuse and neglect in institutional and residential settings; Demonstrated skills in the areas of investigation, interviewing, legal research, case strategy, case review, administrative law, and advanced advocacy techniques; Demonstrated ability to discuss a range of current issues facing the disability community including issues related to the disability delivery systems and disability law; Demonstrated ability to effectively present information to a wide variety of audiences using a variety of media; Demonstrated ability to facilitate meetings and discussions; Demonstrated ability to maintain ethical and organizational standards; Demonstrated ability to communicate a position well, respectfully consider other positions, and treat people of different positions and backgrounds with respect and dignity; Demonstrated knowledge of the disability service delivery systems and disability law; Be free from conflicts of interest and not stand to gain financially through an action or potential action brought on behalf of individuals that the Office of Developmental Disabilities serve.
Deadline for application: August 30, 2017
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