Pay Grade/Pay Range: 56 Hourly (non-exempt) - Minimum - $ 14.49 Midpoint - $ 21.15
Department/Organization: 218142 - AL Disability Advocacy Prog (ADAP)
Normal Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:45 pm
Job Summary: The Case Advocate will conduct and/or assist with all phases of advocacy for individuals and classes of persons with disabilities for whom legal rights have been denied. This work includes intake work, case investigations, representation, negotiation, administrative remedies, and providing information and referral services throughout the State of Alabama. This person will make presentations to consumers and the public concerning the rights of persons with disabilities and current legal issues affecting individuals with disabilities. The Case Advocate works collaboratively with Clinical Students and Law Clerks, Senior Advocates and Attorneys.
Additional Department Summary: ADAP is the statewide protection and advocacy system for the state of Alabama. ADAP works to achieve fairness and justice for Alabamians with disabilities. We provide legally-based advocacy services; investigate allegations of abuse and neglect against persons with disabilities; participate in legislative and regulatory advocacy work; and conduct education and outreach about disability rights.
This position is a part-time, temporary position with no benefits. The position is time limited to no longer than one year. The Case Advocate Fellow (Temporary) will be trained to conduct onsite reviews of persons or entities serving as representative payees for beneficiaries of Social Security payments following specific guidelines and protocols. The Case Advocate Fellow (Temporary) will interview representative payees and beneficiaries, review confidential and private records, document observations and collect evidence and information of value; review work sites and housing facilities for possible health and safety violations; review and analyze financial records to assess violations or potential incidents of mismanagement of beneficiary funds; prepare comprehensive reports detailing the findings and when necessary develop corrective action plans to assist representative payees in conforming to requirements specified by the Social Security Administration Commissioner. The Fellow provides beneficiaries information and referral to other programs or services as appropriate to protect their rights and secure their well-being. Note: This is a part-time, temporary, non-benefited position which is time-limited to no longer than one year. Upon hire, the successful applicant will immediately submit to a background investigation conducted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (Declaration for Federal Employment, OMB No. 3206-0182). Continued employment is contingent on passing this background investigation.
Required Minimum Qualifications: Bachelors degree in social work, psychology, criminal justice, special education, or law degree and one (1) year of experience as a lawyer, educator, paralegal, or advocate.
Additional Required Department Minimum Qualifications: Requires extensive in-state travel, frequently overnight. Use of personal car for business travel may be necessary at times. Must have valid U.S. driver's license. Must be at least 21 years of age at time of hire and have an acceptable Motor Vehicle Report that is in compliance with University policies. Upon hire, the successful applicant will immediately submit to a background investigation conducted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (Declaration for Federal Employment, OMB No. 3206-0182). Continued employment is contingent on passing this background investigation.
Skills and Knowledge: Experience working with and sensitivity to individuals with disabilities. Ability to work independently while being supervised and supported by managers and other team members. Ability to analyze and synthesize information from a variety of sources. Ability to juggle multiple projects at the same time. Effective oral and written communication skills. Exceptional interpersonal relationship skills. Strong computer / technology literacy. High commitment to service excellence. Strong mathematical skills.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience with or functional knowledge regarding:
Laws, regulations, and programs affecting people with disabilities especially the Social Security Administration.
Alabama state agencies serving a person with disabilities including the Dept. of Mental Health, Human Resources, Corrections, Youth Services, and Education.
Interviewing skills, including persons with disabilities.
Basic accounting principles and terminology
Background Investigation Statement: Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.
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