Disability Rights Florida has an opening for a Staff Attorney on the Advocacy, Education and Outreach team in the Hollywood, Florida office. This position specifically focuses in 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. The staff attorney is also responsible for delivery of legal services provided by Disability Rights Florida including legal supervision of the work of assigned advocate/investigators. The staff attorney will provide legal representation in a variety of forums to clients and the organization. The staff attorney is expected to appear in administrative hearings, state and federal court, state agency and legislative meetings in addition to providing education, outreach and other services related to disability issues. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Statewide travel and a favorable background check is required.
Please submit an application (see below), resume, and a writing sample:
- via email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
- via mail: Renee Jackson, Disability Rights Florida, 2473 Care Dr. Suite 200, Tallahassee, FL 32308,
- or via fax: 850-617-6691.
Deadline to apply is close of business March 11, 2019.
Disability Rights Florida (DRF), a Florida-based member of the National Disability Rights Network, and the third largest Protection & Advocacy agency in the country, works to protect and advance the rights of individuals with disabilities across the state through advocacy and litigation. A fierce and committed advocate for all Floridians across the disability spectrum, DRF seeks nominations and applications for its next Executive Director (ED). The new ED will lead a dedicated team set to grow to about 85 staff members spread across four offices, while providing vision and strategic direction to the agency in its steadfast goal of being Florida’s leading disability rights advocate.
Founded in 1977, DRF serves as the designated protection and advocacy system for individuals with disabilities in the State of Florida. Through their administration of nine federal grants, DRF provides no cost services at to all Floridians with a disability-related issue, and leads statewide initiatives on disability rights advocacy. Some of the issues and initiatives include, but not limited to: self-advocacy support; investigations into complaints of abuse, neglect and rights violations; educating policy makers about the needs of people with disabilities; systemic and legal advocacy; monitoring of public programs and facilities; and, where appropriate, litigation.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED will lead the organization in its delivery of individual services and statewide advocacy and litigation priorities, and will provide thoughtful leadership to position the agency for continued success through this time of change and growth. S/he will be an inspiring and skilled leader, establishing strong relationships both internally and externally, and working collaboratively to articulate and implement the next phase of strategic growth for the agency. The ED will be responsible for overseeing staff based in Tallahassee, Gainesville, Tampa, and Hollywood.
The ideal candidate will have significant nonprofit leadership experience, preferably within the field disability rights advocacy, as well as a demonstrated commitment to advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. S/he will pursue opportunities to expand DRF’s impact within Florida and elevate its profile nationally. S/he will manage all internal finances and growth of a $8.9 million budget, and will ensure compliance with legal and funder requirements, safeguarding the short- and long-term fiscal and programmatic health of the organization. S/he will also bolster internal capacity and organizational infrastructure, while cultivating meaningful relationships and collaborations with Board members, key legislators, current funders, new prospective philanthropic supporters, and other key social service and public interest partners.
The ED will have an immovable moral core, exhibit humble servant leadership, have a strong ability to leverage staff effectively, collaborate effectively with the Board, and pursue new fundraising opportunities in the private sector. S/he will represent DRF publicly, and will continue to elevate the organization’s image as a critical, impactful agency within the community. S/he will have an underlying commitment to ensuring persons with disabilities can meet their fundamental needs, and be assured equal access to opportunities and justice, bringing to the work a sensitive appreciation for the barriers persons with disabilities encounter.
The DRF Search Committee is being supported by Tamar Datan, Nureen Das, and Javier Garcia of the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group.
Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume, salary expectations, and where you learned of the position should be sent to: DRF-ED@nonprofitprofessionals.com. In order to expedite the sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.
Disability Rights Florida is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, and communities to apply.
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