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About the Organization Disability Rights New York (DRNY), the Protection and Advocacy System for New York State, is seeking an experienced individual with a passion for achieving justice for individuals with disabilities. This is an opportunity to join a statewide organization advancing the civil rights and legal rights of people with disabilities. DRNY challenges systemic abuse, neglect, discrimination, and legal rights violations through legal case-handling, individual and systemic reform litigation, public investigations, advocacy, and collaboration with stakeholders. Justice for individuals with disabilities is DRNY's focus.  

The Advocate will provide legal services and engage in individual and systemic advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities. This position reports to the Program Director.

Essential Functions

  • Provide advocacy services to people with disabilities, including client and other interviews, identifying issues, determining a course of action, developing and implementing appropriate advocacy strategies, negotiating solutions to problems, and/or encouraging self-advocacy, when appropriate.


  • Analyze existing cases as well as other matters to determine if they present systemic issues which may be appropriate for DRNY to address, and, with the Program Director formulate strategies for dealing with such issues.


  • Act in accordance with identified Priorities and Goals of the Program.


  • Consult with people with disabilities, family members, advocacy groups, and others to identify barriers for people with disabilities and identify strategies to address such barriers and issues.


  • Assist people with disabilities in advocacy and systems change efforts.


  • Support DRNY projects and initiatives that foster self-determination, self-advocacy, and coalition building.


  • Participate on task forces, coalitions, and committees as assigned.


  • Develop training and education materials and conduct training and outreach activities.


  • Keep informed on advocacy strategies, technology advances, and other best practices.


  • Maintain accurate, confidential files documenting advocacy services provided.


  • Assist in preparing reports to funding sources.


  • Maintain accurate time records and client records, including accurate use of the Disability Advocacy Database (DAD), which is necessary for DRNY to meet its programmatic and fiscal responsibilities.


  • Timely open and close case files regarding client matters.


  • Perform related tasks consistent with skills, abilities, and general responsibilities as required to support DRNY.


  • Be available to travel throughout New York State and outside of New York State as necessary to perform assigned job tasks.



  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience working with or for people with disabilities preferred
  • Strong research skills
  • Ability to provide education and training to large groups
  • Strong communications skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of individuals

The Advocate should also demonstrate competence in the following:


  • Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behavior and business practices, and ensure that own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.


  • Support Diversity: Treat all people with respect; value diverse perspectives; treat others fairly without regard to disability, race, sex, color, religion, or sexual orientation; recognize differences as opportunities to learn and gain by working together.


  • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.


  • Communicate Effectively: Communicate in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.


  • Focus on Client Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external clients to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.


  • Demonstrate Professionalism: Complete work in a timely, consistent manner; work hours necessary to complete assigned work; is regularly present and punctual; arrive prepared for work; devote energy to do the best job possible; keep commitments.


  • Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency, and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.


  • Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities.


  • Work Collaboratively: Work harmoniously with others; respond positively to instructions and procedures, work well with staff, co-workers, peers and managers; work effectively on projects that cross functional lines.


  • Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.


Working Conditions

 An Advocate usually performs work in an office environment, but the mission of the organization may sometimes take an Advocate to non-standard workplaces.  This position is based in Rochester, NY.  An Advocate will be expected to travel within and outside the state as necessary.

Salary: DOE, with excellent benefits.

DRNY is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.

Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Disability Rights New York - Rochester  
Position Advocate-Rochester  
Position Requirements  
Number of Openings 1  

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