Current Employment Opportunities
P&A is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
POSITION: Legal Director
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
DATE: February 18, 2020
AGENCY DESCRIPTION: Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities (P&A) advances the civil rights of people with disabilities by focusing on systemic barriers using a wide array of legal advocacy strategies, which includes individual and systemic litigation. We maximize our impact and resources by concentrating on changing systems, laws and policies to bring about significant and lasting improvement for a large number of people with disabilities. This includes class action litigation, which has targeted mental health services for inmates, incarceration of youth with serious mental illness and developmental disabilities, and institutionalization of people with mental illness. Currently, P&A focuses its work in the areas of mental health, community integration, education, employment, and public accommodations. P&A is the designated protection and advocacy system for the state of South Carolina, federally mandated to advance the civil, legal and human rights of people with disabilities.
POSITION PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES: The Legal Director will serve on the leadership team and report to the Executive Director. The Legal Director will oversee, coordinate and monitor P&A’s legal advocacy work, including individual and systemic litigation, based on approved goals and priorities. The Legal Director will be responsible for litigation development, systemic advocacy, and management of legal staff.
- Develop, manage and supervise P&A’s individual and systemic litigation:
- Identify litigation opportunities across the state.
- Ensure ongoing development of litigation on disability rights issues.
- Oversee all aspects of P&A’s litigation activities, including investigation, research, discovery, motion practice, trial work, and appellate practice.
- Review pleadings, briefs, letters, and presentations.
- Develop and expand collaborations with partner organizations and private firms in South Carolina and across the country on litigation and other systems-change efforts.
- Assist the Executive Director in developing and implementing P&A’s priorities, including the development of litigation strategies.
- In accordance with P&A’s goals, priorities and in consultation with leadership team, determine cases to be opened and assigned to P&A attorneys.
- Coordinate legal advocacy efforts with P&A’s public policy team.
- Participate on local, state and national Boards, committees, councils to address program issues.
- Cultivate collaborative working relationships with other agencies and organizations in the disability and civil rights field.
- Participate in programs that address systemic issues, and fall under P&A’s program areas of work.
- Work collaboratively with the public policy team, outreach team, and other P&A staff as needed to develop content for reports, traditional media, social media and other communication efforts.
Leadership and Supervision:
- Support and supervise a team of attorneys and legal work.
- Ensure high quality representation by attorneys through regular case review, advocacy skills training, and other quality assurance mechanisms.
- Contribute to the development and implementation of organization policies and procedures related to litigation, representation and related matters.
- Regularly report on P&A’s casework to Executive Director and Board of Directors.
- Provide orientation, training, supervision, and evaluation of attorneys as assigned.
- Lead regular meetings of P&A’s legal staff to discuss issues for people with disabilities and develop creative legal strategies.
- Stay current with relevant changes in state and federal law.
- Maintain continuing legal education requirements required by the South Carolina Bar, and attends trainings to maintain and improve or refine advocacy skills and substantive knowledge.
- Commitment to enforcing and expanding the rights of people with disabilities across South Carolina through individual and systemic litigation.
- Strong analytical and strategic skills and experience developing litigation strategies to advance the law and address systemic problems.
- Juris Doctor from an accredited law school.
- South Carolina Bar license or eligibility to sit for the next exam.
- A minimum of 7 years practicing law with at least 5 years litigation experience, including experience in complex civil litigation.
- Exceptional skills in drafting complex briefs, pleadings and motions, conducting depositions, and trial work.
- Ability to handle routine and complex litigation in state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies.
- Passion about litigation and the use of litigation to improve the lives of people with disabilities.
- Experience with class action, major impact, or other systemic litigation.
- Experience in disability law, including, but not limited to Medicaid, special education, the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or other federal or state laws affecting people with disabilities.
- Three years’ experience in providing direct supervision of attorneys engaged in litigation practice.
To Apply: Send a cover letter expressing your interest in and qualifications for the position, a resume, salary requirements, a description of significant state and federal cases litigated, including your role in them; and a writing sample/brief (not to exceed 30 pages) by e-mail to: Lorie Boddie, Finance and Human Resource Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
P&A offers a competitive salary and benefits program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; basic life and short-term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional life and long-term disability insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits with 5% employer contribution; and work/life benefits to maintain a good life balance.
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POSITION: Protection & Independence Team Advocate
REPORTS TO: Protection & Independence Team Leader
DATE: February 25, 2020
Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities (P&A) is a private, statewide nonprofit which protects and advocates for the legal, civil and human rights of people with disabilities. P&A believes that people with disabilities are people first and are the primary decision makers in all areas of their life. Our goals include Safety and Protection, Community Integration, and Equal Access for people with disabilities. This position plays a vital role in achieving these goals.
An Advocate for P&A shall work under the general supervision of a Team Leader. This position is full time and classified as salaried, non-exempt from overtime pay under federal Department of Labor regulations.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
- Directly protect the rights of, and advocate on behalf of, individuals with disabilities through provision of information and referral, direct advocacy services, investigations of serious abuse/neglect/exploitation, monitoring of facilities and programs providing services to people with disabilities, and maintaining an active caseload as assigned by Team Leader. Such caseload may include individual and/or systemic advocacy for people with developmental, mental or physical disabilities.
- Apprise Team Leader and/or appropriate legal personnel of policy issues and case problems/questions having legal implications.
- Maintain accurate up-to-date client records in the prescribed format. This includes the timely completion of client narratives and documentation for required reports and electronic data entry.
- Timely submit all internal P&A forms and records as required.
- Assist Team Leader, as needed, in the development, implementation and monitoring of appropriate programs and goals.
- Keep abreast of relevant developments in disability law, regulations and policies of state agencies.
- Initiate and maintain contact with volunteer and consumer organizations, service providers, and other relevant groups and individuals at the direction of the Team Leader, acquiring a working knowledge of, and sensitivity to, minorities and residents of rural communities through information, training, and interaction with community leaders and organizations established in rural and minority communities.
- Assist in training of staff, volunteers, interested citizens and professionals in areas relevant to the needs and rights of individuals with disabilities.
- Advise Team Leader of training and technical assistance needs.
- Other duties as requested.
- Master’s degree from an accredited college in education, psychology, social work or a related field; or
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college and a minimum of three years’ relevant experience.
Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Commitment to the mission, vision and values of Protection & Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. and to the civil rights of people with disabilities.
- Ability to work with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds and a demonstrated understanding of the overall organization and relationships among and between service areas and teams.
- Ability to coordinate case research and perform overall case management. Problem solving skills including the ability to influence, facilitate, mediate, negotiate and manage groups and individuals.
- Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others, maintain confidentiality; and to deal effectively with and negotiate through confrontational situations and stressful interactions.
- Advanced knowledge of systems providing services to people with disabilities and disability laws and regulations.
- Proficiency in oral and written communication, computer literacy.
- Must be able to travel within the state. May be required to travel out-of-state for trainings or conferences.
This position is located in our Columbia office.
Deadline for applying: March 30, 2020
Please send cover letter and resume by mail, fax or e-mail to: Lorie Boddie, Finance & Human Resource Manager at email@example.com
There are 3 ways you can apply for employment opportunities. No phone calls please.
- Mail resume and letter of introduction to: Lorie Boddie, Finance & Human Resource Manager, 3710 Landmark Drive, Suite 208, Columbia, SC 29204
- Fax resume and letter of introduction to: ATTN: Finance & Human Resource Manager, Fax # 803-790-1946
- Email resume and letter of introduction to: Lorie Boddie, Finance & Human Resource Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org