Disability Rights Texas seeks an Advocate for it's office in Houston, Texas on the Education team.
The Advocate is responsible for receiving rights violations, complaints, determining eligibility under Organization priorities and administering non-litigation case level services. This position will provide services on the Education Team aimed at improving public education for students with disabilities.
Advocates work under the direction of an attorney in all case related work. Under this direction, the Advocate exercises independent judgment within agency policies and priorities in determining client services at the case level. This may include interviewing clients, reviewing records, negotiating favorable outcomes, mediating disputes, supervising referrals, and assisting attorneys with representation of clients in administrative hearings and trials. The Advocate analyzes problems based on client information and case investigation and consults and collaborates with an attorney to develop a case strategy. The Advocate investigates facts, recognizes the legal issues in a case and applies a basic understanding of applicable rules, policies and regulations. The Advocate also prepares and conducts education and training sessions and other outreach initiatives for persons with disabilities, parents, advocates, and professionals/service providers. This includes participating in different activities in order to present information regarding the Organization's services and programs. .
To be qualified for this position you must be fluent in spoken and written Spanish or Vietnamese, hold a bachelor's degree in Social Work, Education, Psychology, Disability Studies, Social Services or other related field of study plus two years previous related experience with demonstrated success working with people with disabilities. One is also qualified without a degree if they have four years of previous related experience. Persons applying must have demonstrated knowledge of the complex laws, regulations and programs on both the State and Federal level affecting people with disabilities. You must also have strong and effective written and verbal communication skills as well as excellent interpersonal, relationship-building, and collaboration skills in order to work effectively with others. This position requires one who takes initiative but also welcomes direction and independently follows through on assigned duties with minimal supervision and guidance. You must have excellent detail-orientation and organizational skills and be able to manage your workload and the demands, including a primary task of implementing case strategies to achieve desired outcomes. As this position has a lot of contact with the public, experience in public speaking and presentations is necessary. High level of commitment to service excellence, integrity, ethics and judgement are a must. This position also requires strong working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite.
How to apply
To apply visit http:careers.drtx.org
1500 McGowen, Suite 100, Houston, Texas, 77004, United States