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Disability Advocate

Salary: $4667/month + benefits, including fully paid family health insurance

Closing Date: September 15, 2017

Location: Bismarck, ND

A similar position is posted in Fargo, ND. On the application, you will be asked if you are interested in one or both of the locations . If you are interested in both locations, your application will be linked to both job postings if the application is received by 5:00pm on the closing date.

Summary of Work

The Protection and Advocacy Project is a statewide agency with the federally mandated purpose of protecting and advocating for the rights of people with disabilities in North Dakota. Clients of the Project include individuals of all ages, with physical and/or mental disabilities, who have legal rights issues in a variety of disability-related areas.

The Disability Advocate provides assistance and advocacy on disability-related, legal rights issues to people with disabilities; conducts investigations of alleged abuse and neglect; and, provides training to people with disabilities, parents, guardians, service providers, and other professionals on disability rights issues within a multi-county region. The advocate serves on agency committees and coordinates with other P&A staff to ensure that quality services are provided. Occasional travel is required, including some overnight stays.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in special education, sociology, or social work and three years of professional experience working with people with disabilities; OR
  • Bachelor’s degree and four years of professional experience working with people with disabilities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Work experience serving people with a variety of disabilities including developmental disabilities, mental illness, and physical disabilities or traumatic brain injury.
  • Work experience that required research, analysis, interpretation, and/or application of rules, regulations, statute, or complex policies.
  • Work experience that required investigative type of duties.
  • Work experience making presentations to a group.
  • Work experience that involved advocating on behalf of other people.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Competent in using Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent understanding and knowledge of disability-related service delivery systems in ND.

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and State of North Dakota Application online . We do not accept applications submitted by mail, email, or fax.

Application materials must be received no later than 5:00pm on the closing date. The cover letter must include a summary of how the applicant meets the minimum and preferred qualifications.

The application process may be completed on the Web at http://www.nd.gov/omb/jobs . Applicants who are residents of ND and eligible to claim veteran’s preference must include DD Form 214. Claims for disabled veteran’s preference must also include a current statement of disabled status from the Veteran’s Affairs Office.

Contact Corinne Hofmann at (701) 328-2950, 1-800-472-2670, or Relay ND 711 TTY for more information or accommodation or assistance in the application and interview process.

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