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. Disability Rights Florida advocates, investigates, and litigates to protect and advance the rights, dignity, equal opportunities, and self-determination and choices for all people with disabilities. We are a passionate, highly motivated group and we are looking for exceptional talent to join our team.
We currently have an opening in our Intake Unit for an Advocacy Specialist and we are seeking applicants who are passionate about the civil rights of Floridians with disabilities. This position will be located in the Tallahassee, Florida office.
The Intake Unit is the initial point of contact with Disability Rights Florida. Staff obtain general information about an individual’s reason for contacting us, along with requesting some demographic information to meet our federal reporting requirements.
As a part of this team, the Advocacy Specialist is responsible for initial contact and in-depth telephone interviews with Spanish and English-speaking Floridians seeking information or requesting our services, in order to provide them with appropriate information and referral services, and to facilitate additional evaluation by agency issue teams following established case selection criteria.
This position provides direct services to clients, therefore outstanding communication skills and sensitivity to disability issues is required. The position demands efficient use of phone system technology and excellent computer skills. The ideal candidate would possess a bachelor’s degree or significant experience providing information and referral as well as a background working in a social services or disability services setting. Bilingual in Spanish/English preferred. Experience with advocacy for people with disabilities or other vulnerable populations a plus. We offer an excellent benefits package and a favorable background check is required.
To apply please submit a current resume, Disability Rights Florida application and a writing sample:
- by email: email@example.com
- by mail: Renee Jackson, Disability Rights Florida, 2473 Care Dr. Suite 200, Tallahassee, FL 32308
- or by fax: 850-617-6691
Deadline to apply is close of business on December 19, 2019.
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 and is funded largely through federal appropriations. 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. 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 advance the quality of life, dignity, equality, self-determination, and freedom of choice of persons with disabilities through collaboration, education, advocacy, as well as legal and legislative strategies. We are a passionate, highly motivated group and we are looking for exceptional talent 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 in the areas of Healthcare and Community-Based services. 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. Knowledge of civil rights and disability law required and federal court experience preferred.
The ideal candidate will have complex litigation experience, excellent writing, and organizational skills and must be a member in good standing of the Florida Bar. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Statewide travel and a favorable background check are required. This position will be located in either the Tallahassee, Hollywood or Tampa office.
Disability Rights Florida offers an excellent comprehensive employee benefit package. Some of the benefits included are paid vacation time, contributed employer medical, vision and dental insurance, 401(k) plan with an impressive employer match, life, short and long-term disability insurance, and generous paid holidays.
To apply please submit a cover letter, resume, and a legal 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
by close of business on December 12, 2019.
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.