Employment Opportunities

Positions Available:

Senior Staff Attorney - Advocacy, Education and Outreach Team

Disability Rights Florida was founded in 1977 as the statewide designated protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities in the State of Florida and is the third-largest Protection and Advocacy system in the nation representing a growing, diverse state. Since 1977 DRF has operated under the authority of nine (9) federal statutes and regulations. These federal programs exist to protect people with disabilities against abuse, neglect, and to provide legal and advocacy assistance to those whose rights are threatened or violated in areas like special education, housing, public access, employment, waiver services and more. Our services are free and confidential. Created within this position is an opportunity to work for a dynamic organization on the front lines of protecting and advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. Our mission is to advocate, educate, investigate, and litigate to protect and advance the rights, dignity, equal opportunities, self-determination and choices for all people with disabilities. We are a passionate, highly motivated, dedicated group of professionals and we are looking for exceptional talent, with the same passion for our mission, to join our team.

Our attorneys provide legal services and engage in individual and systemic advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities. Staff attorneys investigate allegations of civil rights violations and monitor state and private facilities for compliance with laws protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities.

This position specifically focuses on the areas of Special Education and the Rehabilitation Act. The Staff Attorney is responsible for the delivery of legal services provided by Disability Rights Florida including legal supervision of the work of assigned Advocate/Investigators and Advocate Specialists. The Staff Attorney at the senior level is capable of independently handling complex legal matters, as well as providing mentoring and routine guidance to other attorneys and paralegal staff in litigation planning and organization. The knowledge of Civil Rights and Disability Law is required, and federal court experience preferred. The ideal candidate will have complex state and federal litigation experience, excellent writing and organizational skills and must be a member in good standing of the Florida Bar. Statewide travel and a favorable background check are required.

Disability Rights Florida offers an excellent comprehensive employee benefits package. Among just a few of the benefits included are paid vacation, sick leave and personal holidays, contributed employer medical, vision and dental insurance, 401(k) plan with an impressive employer contribution match, Life, LTC, AD&D, short and long-term disability insurance, generous paid holidays as well as a host of additional optional benefits. The salary is commensurate with education and experience. This position is open to either the Tampa or Hollywood DRF office location.

To apply please submit a current resume, Disability Rights Florida application and a writing sample:

Deadline to apply is close of business on March 1, 2020.

Our organization values diversity and inclusion. We encourage individuals with disabilities and from other diverse backgrounds to apply.

DFWP/EOE

Advocate/Investigator - Institutional Intake Specialist  (Bilingual Preferred)

Disability Rights Florida was founded in 1977 as the statewide designated protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities in the State of Florida and is the third-largest Protection and Advocacy system in the nation representing a growing, diverse state. Since 1977 DRF has operated under the authority of nine (9) federal statutes and regulations. These federal programs exist to protect people with disabilities against abuse, neglect, and to provide legal and advocacy assistance to those whose rights are threatened or violated in areas like special education, housing, public access, employment, waiver services and more. Our services are free and confidential. Created within this position is an opportunity to work for a dynamic organization on the front lines of protecting and advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. Our mission is to advocate, educate, investigate, and litigate to protect and advance the rights, dignity, equal opportunities, self-determination and choices for all people with disabilities. We are a passionate, highly motivated, dedicated group of professionals and we are looking for exceptional talent, with the same passion for our mission, to join our team.

We are currently seeking an Advocate Investigator- Institutional Intake Specialist for the Investigations Team. This position will be located in the Gainesville, Florida office.

This position specifically focuses on the organization’s efforts to advocate for the enforcement of the civil rights of people with disabilities as provided by law and regulation by conducting intakes from individuals who reside in an institutional or correctional setting and are seeking services from Disability Rights Florida. Advocate-Investigators share responsibility with other Disability Rights Florida program staff for providing information, technical assistance, outreach, and training. Advocate-Investigators are expected to successfully resolve assigned issues using authorized strategies to include negotiation, education, information and referral or other appropriate activity on behalf of clients of Disability Rights Florida. 

The person in this position will gather information from and provide direct services to individuals who reside in an institutional or correctional setting in order to determine eligibility for services. This requires performing in-person or telephonic interviews of individuals seeking assistance or reviewing correspondence from individuals seeking assistance, that reside in facilities that include, but are not limited to; inpatient mental health facilities; community-based institutional settings such as assisted living facilities, nursing homes, or group homes; and correctional facilities such as jails and prisons.  The incumbent in this position will also, develop and conduct outreach, education and training for clients and their families, community groups, public policymakers, state agency staff and other stakeholders, as assigned. 

Education or experience equivalent to a four-year undergraduate degree required. Prior experience in social or human service, government, public interest, legal, forensic, or health care environments is preferred. 

Training, education, and/or experience working with individuals with mental illness and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities is required. The ability to travel up to 20% of the time for casework, out-of-town meetings, trainings, or outreach activities required, including the ability to travel to remote and rural areas. Some lifting and carrying of files up to 10 pounds required. Must maintain a valid state-issued photo identification for access to institutions and facilities. 

Disability Rights Florida offers an excellent comprehensive employee benefits package. Among a few of the benefits included are paid vacation, sick leave and personal holidays, contributed employer medical, vision and dental insurance, 401(k) plan with an impressive employer contribution match, Life, LTC, AD&D, Short and long-term disability insurance, generous paid holidays as well as a host of additional optional benefits. The salary is commensurate with education and experience.

To apply please submit a current resume, Disability Rights Florida application and a writing sample:

Deadline to apply is close of business on March 6, 2020.

Our organization values diversity and inclusion. We encourage individuals with disabilities and from other diverse backgrounds to apply.

DFWP/EOE

Employment Application

When you apply for a position at Disability Rights Florida, you may need to complete our employment application. It is an accessible PDF file that you can fill it out and signed electronically, save it, and send it to us.

If you want to request an accommodation or need any assistance in completing the application, please contact us at 1-800-342-0823.