Now Hiring! Legal Counsel and Regional Developmental Disabilities Ombuds
Legal Counsel and Regional Developmental Disabilities Ombuds
Full-time Position, based in Seattle, WA
Deadline for application: August 30, 2017
The Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds seeks an attorney committed to the rights of people with disabilities. In this position, the attorney will work part-time as Legal Counsel and part-time as a Regional Ombuds for the Office of Developmental Disabilities.
What is the Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds?
The DD Ombuds is a new program that delivers person centered, complaint-based ombuds services. An Ombuds helps people understand their rights and responsibilities and helps people solve their complaints about their services. The Ombuds addresses rights violations and issues of abuse and/or neglect. The DD Ombuds monitors services, reports concerns and makes recommendations to the state and the legislature.
An ideal candidate is an experienced attorney who wants the challenge of providing legal counsel to a new Ombuds program and delivering Ombuds services directly to people with developmental disabilities. As Legal Counsel to the State Ombuds, the attorney advises on legal issues related to Ombuds services, assists with WAC, protocol and procedure development, training and certifying Ombuds staff and volunteers, drafting publications and tools to collect data for reports and recommendations to the state and legislature. As Regional Ombuds in the King County area and north, the attorney works with a statewide team to deliver ombuds services directly to people with developmental disabilities.
Duties may include:
Create or revise Office of DD Ombuds service protocols;
Draft monitoring protocols and tools to meet the needs and requirements of the Office of DD Ombuds;
Review all reports and informational materials for legal accuracy;
Assist in the training and certifying of DD Ombuds volunteers;
Provide legal counsel to the State DD Ombuds;
Assist in developing confidentiality procedures;
Address any external interference with independence and authority of the DD Ombuds;
Deliver resident-directed, complaint-based, person-centered services;
Provides information on rights and responsibilities of persons receiving developmental disabilities services and/or other state services;
Monitor service delivery to persons with developmental disabilities;
Review state institutions, state licensed facilities and residences where services to persons with developmental disabilities occur;
Advocate to address rights violations and to protect people with disabilities from abuse and/or neglect;
Represent the Office of DD Ombuds and its clients and constituents at meetings with support and service providers;
Participate in the development of any recommendations for changes in procedures to state agencies, governor’s office and state legislature on the work of the ombuds and recommendations for person-centered and systemic system delivery changes; and
Act in compliance with DD Ombuds Contract Terms and Conditions.
Demonstrated knowledge of rules, regulations, policies, and certification requirements that relate to the provision of institutional and residential supports and services;
Demonstrated knowledge of medical issues related to abuse and neglect in institutional and residential settings;
Demonstrated skills in the areas of investigation, interviewing, legal research, case strategy, case review, administrative law, and advanced advocacy techniques;
Demonstrated ability to discuss a range of current issues facing the disability community including issues related to the disability delivery systems and disability law;
Demonstrated ability to effectively present information to a wide variety of audiences using a variety of media;
Demonstrated ability to facilitate meetings and discussions;
Demonstrated ability to maintain ethical and organizational standards;
Demonstrated ability to communicate a position well, respectfully consider other positions, and treat people of different positions and backgrounds with respect and dignity;
Demonstrated knowledge of the disability service delivery systems and disability law;
Be free from conflicts of interest and not stand to gain financially through an action or potential action brought on behalf of individuals that the Office of Developmental Disabilities serve. Conflicts of interest spelled out in contract and include, but are not limited to, the following:
Employment by or participation in the management of any developmental disabilities service provider within the past year;
Employment in a governmental position with direct involvement in the licensing, certification, or regulation of developmental disabilities service providers or care facilities within the past year, and;
Any ownership or investment interest in developmental disabilities service providers or care facilities by DD Ombuds employee or by any member of the DD Ombuds employee’s immediate family within the past year.
Three years related work experience in an appropriate field (i.e., legal, social services, medical, or law enforcement);
Three years legal experience involving disability rights issues or public interest law; and
Law degree from an accredited law school and membership in the Washington State Bar.
Salary is $50,000+/year depending on experience. Position is full-time. Excellent health and dental coverage. Vacation days, sick days, holidays, a hiatus between Christmas and New Year’s, transit pass and other benefits.
The Legal Counsel/Regional Ombuds position is full time, permanent position located in downtown Seattle. Regular in-state travel and some night and weekend work required.
People with disabilities and people of color are encouraged to apply.
Email email@example.com with your resume, cover letter and two writing samples. In your letter, include brief thoughts about what you see as the greatest civil rights issue facing people with disabilities today. For your writing samples, include one legal writing and one journalistic sample.
The Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.
The Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds, operated under contract with the Washington State Department of Commerce, is a project of Disability Rights Washington (DRW), a private non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide. Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. We work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights. More about DRW at http://www.disabilityrightswa.org/
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This is a great opportunity to join a collegial team of attorneys and staff committed to public service and quality of life in growing and thriving Pierce County.
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The Seattle office of Perkins Coie is seeking a mid-level associate to join its Federal Tax practice group. Candidates must have a minimum of five years of federal income taxation experience including experience with taxable and tax-free mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, corporate, partnership and limited liability company formations, and executive compensation. Experience at an AmLaw 100 law firm is preferred. To apply, please click on the link below and attach your cover letter, resume and law school transcript. Principals only.
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To apply, please upload your cover letter addressed to Kathleen Shaw, Attorney Recruitment Manager; resume; and copy of law school transcript. It would be very helpful to gauge my success in outreach, if a candidate could indicate, in the cover letter, how s/he heard about the position from your association.
Hiroko Peraza | Davis Wright Tremaine LLPDiversity Outreach Recruitment Manager1300 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 2400 | Portland, OR 97201
Tel: (503) 778-5356 | Fax: (503) 778-5299
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website: www.dwt.com
Senior Judicial Executive Assistant – Job #2017-00920
$41.77 - $48.57 Hourly
Seattle Justice Center, 600 5th Ave., Seattle, Washington
Civil Service Exempt, Regular, Full-time
Municipal Court of Seattle
07/11/17 04:00 PM Pacific Time
The Seattle Municipal Court (SMC) is one of the highest volume Courts of Limited Jurisdiction in the state with 7 elected judges, 6 appointed Magistrates, and more than 200 staff. The Court adjudicates misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor crimes, infractions, and civil violations. SMC is a highly innovative and progressive court with a community-based approach to judicial administration. For more information, visit us online: http://www.seattle.gov/courts/
The Senior Executive Assistant plays a critical role supporting the Court and Judicial Chambers. This person provides high-level administrative support and coordinates projects on behalf of the Presiding Judge and the Court. This is an exciting time to join the Court as we work develop new systems to become more efficient and look strategically at the work of the Court.
The ideal candidate:
· Has impeccable interpersonal communication skills;
· Exercises discretion and judgment in making decisions and balancing competing priorities;
· Thrives in a demanding work environment;
· Excels in project management, time management, and organization;
· Is available after hours and on weekends to respond to urgent Court matters.
This position reports directly to the Presiding Judge and is exempt from Civil Service.
Direct Link to apply:
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking an attorney with five or more years of litigation experience to build, file, and litigate complex civil actions in state and federal court to protect and preserve civil liberties for all Washingtonians. The ACLU-WA is increasing its level of operations in order to fight Donald Trump’s broad attacks on civil liberties while continuing to vigorously move forward the work of our existing projects—much of which will also be affected by the actions of the Trump Administration: criminal justice reform; the school to prison pipeline; using religion to oppose LGBT rights and reproductive freedom; and privacy, surveillance, and technology. Our goal is not just resistance; it is progress. This attorney position will help us push forward our affirmative agenda as well as engage in fastmoving, defensive battles against Trump administration policies. OVERVIEW The ACLU of Washington is a leader among state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union, the country's premier guardian of liberty. We work in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect and extend American rights to freedom, fairness and equality. The ACLU is both nonprofit and nonpartisan. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration and police brutality, achieving full equality for LGBT people, protecting privacy in the digital age, preserving the right to vote, or ensuring reproductive freedom, the ACLU is willing to take on tough civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. And we’re successful. In the past couple of years in Washington state, we’ve won a lawsuit for a gay couple who was denied service by their local florist, a major victory for Latino voting rights in Yakima, and a ruling that stops the horrific practice of warehousing mentally ill persons in jails without mental health treatment, and much more. The ACLU stands for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or national origin. The ACLU-WA’s staff of 30+ employees and numerous volunteers work in a fast-paced, friendly and professional office in downtown Seattle. We are supported by more than 75,000 members, activists, and donors.
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COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS Salary is based on experience, qualifications and the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale. Benefits include three weeks of vacation to start, medical and disability insurance, a retirement plan, and an ORCA card.
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