People with disabilities, people of color, formerly institutionalized or incarcerated, and those from other oppressed groups and all protected classes are strongly encouraged to apply. Disability Rights Washington looks forward to reviewing all applicants, including applicants who have concerns about how accepting this job could affect their eligibility for Medicaid or other programs.
Disability Rights Washington seeks an investigator in its Rights Investigation and Accountability program. The Rights Investigation and Accountability program investigates the extent to which children and adults of all ages with disabilities retain their basic rights to make personal and financial decisions and how people in positons to assist them in exercising those rights respect, protect, and facilitate the individual’s expressed interests. The program’s current primary focus is on whether the people who assist Social Security Beneficiaries manage their funds are complying with federal regulations designed to guard against financial exploitation and other forms of abuse. The program also ensures the people who are managing funds are following the expressed wishes of the Social Security Beneficiaries about how to prioritize the spending of their benefits.
This position can work out of Disability Rights Washington’s Olympia or Seattle office.
The investigator will travel across western Washington to meet with people in their homes or the facilities in which they reside to ask them about how well their rights are respected and protected by the professionals supporting them. The investigator will also meet with those professionals and review records maintained on behalf of the individual with a disability. The investigator will compile and document pertinent information, and report the information in a standardized format. The investigator will be responsible for conducting detailed investigations and reporting findings in a clear manner. The investigator’s records will inform subsequent advocacy carried out by the U.S. Social Security Administration, our Rights Investigation and Accountability program, or one of Disability Rights Washington’s other programs in order to address any suspected financial exploitation, neglect, abuse, or civil rights violations. The investigator will also assist individuals they meet with to become better self-advocates by providing them with information about their rights and methods for enforcing those rights.
Disability Rights Washington works to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights. We do this to further our mission, which is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. Therefore, the ideal candidate has personal and professional experience working on behalf of marginalized communities generally or for people with disabilities specifically. The ideal candidate also has a disability and/or represents diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Bilingual fluency in certain languages is also an asset. Relevant experience may include investigating for law enforcement or lawyers, social work or case management, disability advocacy, or providing direct care to people with disabilities. A bachelor’s degree is preferred. This position involves significant independent travel throughout Western Washington. Therefore, a valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation are necessary. The investigator must be an organized, self-motivated professional who is outgoing and able to work independently to interview people with disabilities in their own homes and other professionals about sensitive information. The investigator must be able to work collaboratively with other staff to engage in creative, multimodal advocacy strategies to achieve social justice for people with disabilities. Strong writing and oral communication skills are required. Training on the particular process and format of interviews and record keeping will be provided.
Disability Rights Washington is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. Disability Rights Washington encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals from all race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status backgrounds.
Disability Rights Washington is a private nonprofit organization that advocates for the rights of people with disabilities across Washington. We are designated by the governor as the independent federally-mandated protection and advocacy system for Washington State. As such, Disability Rights Washington promotes, expands, and protects the human and civil rights of people with disabilities. For information about us, please visit http://www.disabilityrightswa.org/.