Supervising Attorney (OPRABA & WIPA)

Santa Ana, CA
Full Time
Exp.: 3+ Years
Deadline: Open until filled. Applications should be received by August 2, 2019, to be considered for the first round of interviews.

Salary Range (Depending on Experience): $76,487 - $102,500 per year
Location: Santa Ana, CA

Who We Are
  • Disability Rights California (DRC) is a statewide, non-profit legal organization dedicated to advancing the rights of Californians with disabilities. DRC works to achieve fairness and justice for people with disabilities through investigations, individual and impact litigation, state and federal policy and regulatory advocacy, and community education and training.
  • The Office of Payee Review and Beneficiary Assistance (OPRABA) and the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program are looking for a self-motivated supervising attorney to take a leading part of two exciting fast-paced programs. The Supervising Attorney provides day-to-day oversight and direction for compliance reviewers and WIPA staff. These responsibilities include conducting high-profile representative payee reviews, workload management, hiring, training, mentoring, and performance evaluations, etc.

Purpose Of The Job
  • Representative Payees (rep payees) manage funds received by Social Security beneficiaries when they are not able to do so themselves. OPRABA is responsible for the onsite reviews of the payee’s activities and records. Rep payees may be selected for a periodic review or in response to allegations or concerns about the performance or suitability of the payee. The supervising attorney will travel extensively within the state of California to manage a team of compliance reviewers and conduct select reviews.
  • DRC’s WIPA program is a free service that helps Social Security beneficiaries who receive benefits based on a disability make informed choices about their employment goals. WIPA staff assist beneficiaries with planning for the effect employment may have on benefits and developing work incentives so that the beneficiary can be successful in their job placement. WIPA also coordinates with agencies that assists the beneficiary pay for training or services to return to work.
  • All OPRABA and WIPA team members are subject to passing SSA background clearance requirements in order to continue employment in OPRABA.

Job Responsibilities
Essential functions are the job responsibilities an employee must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation. Supervising Attorney essential functions include:
Oversee and Conduct Reviews for OPRABA and supervise WIPA staff – 70%
  • Provide direction and supervision to compliance reviewers including workload management, training, mentoring and monitoring staff.
  • Provide direction and supervision to community work incentives project manager.
  • Manage own caseload of select reviews and monitor work of compliance reviewers, which includes the following:
    • Conduct site reviews as requested by the Social Security Administration (SSA)
    • Conduct additional reviews that DRC has determined are warranted
    • Develop corrective action plans to assist representative payees to conform to requirements specified by the SSA
    • Submit findings to the SSA on each completed review
    • Conduct an initial onsite assessment of any organization that begins collecting a fee for its services as a rep payee to ensure that
  • it is properly established according to SSA requirements
  • Lead work team with an emphasis on assisting the team in developing and implementing skills/strategies to accomplish work team goals.
  • Provide short-term, technical assistance and referrals to clients, callers and others, including to Social Security disability beneficiaries who have rep payees.
  • Ensure team compliance with SSA policies on confidentiality and safeguarding Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) such as SSA laptops and peripherals.
Support – 15%
  • Prepare training materials, publications, reports, or prepare presentations about agency’s work, which may include reports to funding entities.
  • Provide technical assistance and substantive training to other agency staff in areas of expertise.
Community-Based Advocacy – 15%
  • Engage in community-based advocacy and community leadership, representing DRC.
  • Prepare written materials and conduct outreach to, and education and training of, consumers, community groups, advocates and others, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities on issues pertaining to their rights as SSA beneficiaries and the duties of their rep payee.
  • Collaborate with other DRC teams as needed.
  • Participate with other agencies and organizations to address recurring problems and issues related to abuse, neglect and crimes against people with disabilities.
  • Identify issues contributing to victimization of people with disabilities and initiate needed systemic reform activities and impact work.
Other functions:
  • Assist with agency-wide management responsibilities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities
Directly supervises compliance reviewers and community work incentives project manager to carry out the program requirements with the agency's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interview, hire, and train employees; plan, assign, and direct work; appraise performance; reward and discipline employees; address complaints and resolve problems.

Minimum Qualifications
Education And Experience
Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) or equivalent and membership in the California State Bar or eligible to practice under the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program [admitted to practice in another state and eligible to practice in California for three (3) years under the California State Bar rules for the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program, and required admittance to the California Bar within three (3) years.] Plus:
  • Three years’ experience as an attorney in the practice of public interest law. Judicial clerkships or externships may be counted as up to one year of legal experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to train and mentor staff in a legal services environment
  • Experience with laws, rights, and services as they pertain to people with disabilities, and/or direct representation of people with disabilities.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of SSA Rep Payee Program
  • Experience representing people with disabilities.
  • Experience in developing and coordinating systemic advocacy projects particularly in the area of abuse, neglect, and/or victimization.
  • Able to communicate fluently and write effectively in Spanish or an Asian language; or able to communicate using American Sign Language.
  • Experience in the disability rights movement and/or extensive contacts in the disability community.
  • Experience with and/or extensive contacts in ethnic or language distinct communities.
  • Familiarity and/or extensive contacts with one or more of the following: homelessness, criminal justice, substance abuse or Gay/Lesbian/Bi-Sexual/Transgender/Intersex (LGBTI) communities.
  • Experience working with and/or sensitivity to persons with disabilities and/or experience working with and/or sensitivity to persons from multi-ethnic communities.
  • Life experience as a person with a disability OR direct experience as a caregiver of a family member with a disability.

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