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Advocate - PAAT & PAVA 

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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.


DRNY is currently recruiting to fill the position of Advocate in our Rochester NY office. The Advocate will provide legal services and engage in individual and systemic advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities and reports to the Director of the program.

The Advocate’s job duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide advocacy services to people with disabilities, including client interviews, identifying issues, determining a course of action, developing and implementing appropriate advocacy strategies, negotiating solutions to problems, and encouraging self-advocacy, when appropriate;
  • 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;
  • Analyze new and existing cases as well as other matters to determine if they present systemic issues which may be appropriate for DRNY to address;
  • Keep informed on advocacy strategies, technology advances, and other best practices;
  • Be available to travel throughout New York State and outside of New York State as necessary to perform assigned job tasks.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant subject required, Masters preferred;
  • Intermediate experience and use of Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Ability to provide education and training to large groups;
  • Strong writing, organizational, and analytical skills;
  • Ability to independently travel and or drive to offsite locations within NY to facilitate monitoring visits, organization outreach, and or client advocacy needs on a routine basis; and
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License

All interested applicants are asked to submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample*.

*Writing sample scope includes: academic thesis, blog, published articles, social media, independent outreach, etc. Please provide reference or link if providing source outside of PDF form.

To view more about our organization, check out our YouTube videos highlighting DRNY’s mission in advocating for the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. Please visit our DRNY YouTube Channel and review our DRNY Newsletter.

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

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