Disability Rights Wisconsin
3-5 yrs required
Madison, WI, United States
Program Attorney – Disability Benefits Specialist Program
Department: Disability Benefit Specialist Program
Reports to: Benefits Team Managing Attorney
Application Deadline: March 25, 2019
Classification: Grade I
The Program Attorney for the Disability Benefit Specialist (DBS) Program will be part of a nine-attorney Benefits Team at Disability Rights Wisconsin that has primary responsibility for providing legal technical assistance and training to DBSs located in Aging and Disability Resource Centers on benefits matters relevant to people with disabilities.
Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) is the designated, federally-funded protection and advocacy agency for persons with disabilities in Wisconsin. DRW utilizes a wide variety of advocacy approaches to protect people’s rights, including legal and administrative remedies, legislative and policy change, and training. DRW also houses several programs funded by the State of Wisconsin that provide ombudsman and advocacy services to people with disabilities and provide technical assistance and training to other professionals who serve people with disabilities in Wisconsin related to public benefits.
Together with the other program attorneys, provide (or coordinate for the provision of) both initial and on-going training to Disability Benefit Specialists on relevant public and private benefits, procedural skills, and ethical considerations;
Provide information, case consultation, technical assistance, and legal interpretation to DBSs (primarily in assigned counties), as needed, to appropriately assist DBS consumers;
Provide caseload oversight to DBSs in assigned counties;
In coordination with local employer personnel policies, assure quality program operations;
Maintain strong, positive relationships with local DBSs and ADRCs;
Represent individual clients in hearings, in administrative appeals and in court whose cases have been referred by the local DBS and accepted pursuant to the DRW case acceptance policy applicable to this program;
Analyze current and proposed programs, policies, and laws affecting people with disabilities;
Prepare in a timely fashion all required reports associated with the DBS Program;
Develop materials on disability related benefits to be used by the DBSs, attorneys, and people with disabilities;
Work cooperatively with the DBS Program Manager at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to assure compliance with state and federal grant requirements;
Work cooperatively with other DRW staff members and participate as directed by the Managing Attorney in team activities;
Other duties as may be necessary to achieve the objectives of the DBS program; and
Some statewide travel required.
Law degree and member in good standing of (or eligible for admission to) Wisconsin Bar;
Experience in direct contact with people with disabilities or mental illness or from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Ability to communicate complex legal concepts in a manner (both written and oral) readily understood by lay people; and
Excellent oral and written communication skills;
Demonstrated ability and desire to engage in public speaking;
Experience in supervising or assisting non-attorney lay advocates;
Experience in counseling and communicating with people with disabilities or mental illness;
Three to five years of experience in areas of law directly relevant to this program (Social Security, SSI, Medicare, Medicaid, FoodShare, health insurance, public benefits);
Skill in organizing and presenting training programs and materials.
SALARY: $45,000-$60,000 based on FTE and depending on experience. Excellent fringe benefits. This position is exempt.
APPLICATION: To apply, please go to our website
Only complete applications will be considered. Submit the following in either Microsoft Word or PDF format, detailing your qualifications and experience as they relate to the minimum and preferred qualifications.
1-2 page resume
1-2 page cover letter.
For priority consideration, resumes are due Monday, March 25, 2019 at 5pm CST. Position will remain open until filled.
Disability Rights Wisconsin