Associate Managing Attorney

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350 South Bixel Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90017
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Disability Rights California
Job type: 
Position Description: 

The Associate Managing Attorney leads systemic advocacy efforts to advance the rights of persons with disabilities to be free from abuse and neglect. The Associate Managing Attorney conducts a significant number of abuse and neglect investigations and coordinates systemic policy reform stemming from the outcome of those investigations. The Associate Managing Attorney reviews the investigations and legal work of and mentors staff attorneys in the Unit.

The Investigation Unit investigates allegations of abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities, primarily those resulting in serious injury or death. . Based on the outcome of an investigation, the IU develops and implements public policy initiatives to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Associate Managing Attorney essential functions include:
Direct Investigations – 65%
- Conduct confidential abuse and neglect investigations
- Monitor facilities or programs serving individuals with disabilities and related data.
- Lead and/or participate drafting and issuing of policy papers and public reports.
- Lead agency teams in systemic policy advocacy involving issues of abuse and neglect, including major policy advocacy at the state level.
- Review and draft legislation and regulations.
- Participate with other agencies and organizations to address recurring problems and issues related to abuse, neglect and crimes against people with disabilities.
- Identify complex legal challenges and initiate needed systemic reform activities and impact work.
- Monitor, summarize, and analyze case law, legislation, and administrative policy and practices for agency staff and other organizations.
- Lead or co-lead a work team with an emphasis on assisting the team in developing and implementing strategies to accomplish work team goals.

Support – 25%
- Prepare training materials, publications, reports, or prepare presentations about agency’s work, which may include reports to funding entities and the Board of Directors.
- Assist with organizational development and planning, including the planning and development of agency’s Advocacy Services Plan.
- Participate in statewide and regional teams which may include two substantive Impact Teams.
- Provide technical assistance and substantive training to other regional office agency staff in areas of expertise.
- Participate in the identification and development of substantive and skills-based training for staff, with a primary focus on abuse and neglect.

Community-Based Advocacy – 10%
- Engage in community-based advocacy and community leadership, representing the agency as the voice of our clients.

Associate Managing Attorney marginal functions:
- Assist with agency-wide management responsibilities.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

Directly supervises 2 to 4 staff attorneys, investigators, advocates and other subordinates staff in regional offices and carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the agency's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include to interview, hire, and train employees; plan, assign, and direct work; appraise performance; reward and discipline employees; address complaints and resolve problems.

Ability to travel occasionally for activities such as out-of-town meetings, abuse and neglect investigations, inspect facilities, meeting with providers, and education, training, or outreach activities up to 25% of the time.


Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) or equivalent and membership in the California State Bar or eligible to practice under the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program [admitted to practice in another state and eligible to practice in California for three (3) years under the California State Bar rules for the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program, and required admittance to the California Bar within three (3) years.] Plus:

- Four years’ experience as an attorney in the practice of public interest law or five years’ experience as an attorney directly representing clients in administrative hearings and litigation. Judicial clerkships or externships may be counted as up to one year of legal experience.
- Three years’ experience in employee supervision and management.
- Experience in conducting objective, fact-intensive investigations, evaluating cases based upon legal, regulatory, and policy requirements, and then making appropriate findings and recommendations.
- Experience with laws, rights, and services as they pertain to people with disabilities, and/or direct representation of people with disabilities.

- Experience with client representation people with disabilities.
- Experience in developing and coordinating systemic advocacy projects particularly in the area of abuse, neglect, stigma, and/or victimization.
- Experience in health care risk management, quality assurance, or nursing or other health care professions.
- Able to communicate fluently and write effectively in Spanish or an Asian language; or able to communicate using American Sign Language.
- Experience in the disability rights movement and/or extensive contacts in the disability community.
- Experience with and/or extensive contacts in ethnic or language distinct communities.
- Familiarity and/or extensive contacts with one or more of the following: homelessness, criminal justice, substance abuse or Gay/Lesbian/Bi-Sexual/Transgender/Intersex (LGBTI) communities.

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job responsibilities.

Communication and Comprehension Skills
Ability to objectively conduct fact-intensive investigations, including interviews of victims with disabilities, witnesses and service providers. Ability to actively promote legal, policy and legislative developments at state and local government levels, and develop and conduct trainings. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret client and facility records, reports, data, entity policies, statutes, regulations, legal memorandums, judicial decisions, and other common documentary evidence. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from clients, regulatory agencies, or government agencies. Ability to write public report or policy paper that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to governmental entities, legislative committees, top management, and/or boards of directors.

Mathematical Skills
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, and area. Ability to apply concepts of basic numerical techniques to solve problems and to compare solutions.

Reasoning Ability
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of laws, regulations and court cases and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

- Commitment to the agency’s mission and values.
- Work collaboratively with staff, clients, and the community.
- Conduct objective fact-intensive investigations and systemic advocacy activities.
- Capable of working under pressure and poise in stressful environments.
- Proficiency in fact development, assessment, and meeting and/or hearing preparation.
- Exercise appropriate judgement in analyzing a variety of situations, use sound and logical reasoning, and the proper level of authority.
- Identify problems, propose creative solutions, assess consequences, and implement plan to resolve problems.
- Work independently under limited supervision.
- Handle confidential matters discreetly.
- Effectively reprioritize and work on several projects simultaneously.
- Flexible with changing situations and fluctuating deadlines.
- Well organized and efficient.
- Self-motivated and goal oriented.
- Provide leadership in one or more substantive areas of importance to people with disabilities.

Computer Skills
Proficient in Microsoft Office applications with the ability to use multiple functions within word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, calendar, database, email, internet, and able to learn new software applications. Proficient in Summation Case Management or other litigation support and legal review service platform.

To apply: 

If you are interested in becoming a part of DRC, please submit the following to :
1. Online Disability Rights California Application Form
2. Your resume
3. Detailed cover letter.
We are committed to the principle that to effectively serve Californians with disabilities, our staff should reflect California's diverse population. Diversity comes from a wide variety of characteristics such as disability, language and ethnic identity, gender, age, race, national origin, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status, and life experiences. If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, include a cover letter addressing how you your background meets the requirements of the position, and how you may help enrich our diverse workforce.
4. Sample of legal writing (i.e., a legal argument, letter or analysis) consisting of no more than 10 pages of text.
5. List of significant litigation

Disability Rights California is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age for individuals over forty years of age, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, and any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, and local law. DRC endorses and supports the intent of the Americans with Disabilities act of 1990 (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing act (FEHA) and provides reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities.

Equal Opportunity Employer
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Submission deadline: 
Friday, December 1, 2017