The Communications Coordinator will work in collaboration with DRNC staff to design and implement communications strategies to elevate the visibility and image of our work to advance the rights of people with disabilities among key stakeholders, supporters and the general public. This position is integral to both our development and advocacy strategies and offers the opportunity to build upon DRNC’s successes in creative and innovative ways. Closing Date: November 25, 2018. Open until filled. Click here for the full job description.
Staff Attorney – Prison & Jails Team
The Prison & Jails Staff Attorney will work to identify, develop and implement strategic advocacy initiatives to enforce the rights of incarcerated people with disabilities to humane treatment and accommodations required by law. The Prison & Jails Team monitors the safety of people with disabilities in NC prisons and jails and advocates for implementation of best practices, using the unique Protection & Advocacy tools of on-site monitoring, investigations, research and reports, coalition building, policy advocacy, and individual and systemic representation to achieve long-term systemic change. Click here for the full job description. Closing Date: November 30, 2018. Open until filled.
Staff Attorney – HOME Team
The HOME Staff Attorney will focus on individual and systemic representation to enforce the civil rights of people with disabilities. The HOME Team engages in advocacy initiatives and cases related to the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Olmstead v. L.C. We are seeking a licensed attorney with litigation experience and an interest in civil rights and health law. Housing law experience is a plus. Click here for the details. Closing date: November 16, 2018. Open until filled.
Supervising Attorney – Community Access Team
The Supervising Attorney for the Community Access Team (CAT) leads DRNC’s efforts to ensure equal access to employment, housing, places of public accommodation, and the community by developing and implementing plans for effecting systemic change through legal advocacy. The Community Access Team engages in civil rights work related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and related provisions of state and federal law as they affect people with disabilities. We are seeking a strong leader for the Team with litigation skills and experience, and the ability to guide the work and professional development of three staff attorneys. This position will remain open until filled. Click here to find out more about this position. Open until filled.
Voting Rights Advocate
The Voting Rights Advocate works with Disability Rights NC staff and key partners to plan, coordinate and implement statewide efforts aimed at maximizing voter engagement among people with disabilities, focusing on underserved communities. The Voting Rights Advocate is responsible for conducting non-partisan trainings to educate people with disabilities and other stakeholders about the voting rights of people with disabilities; participating in efforts to register and engage voters with disabilities; and engaging in advocacy efforts to ensure that the voting process and systems are accessible to people with disabilities. Closing Date: October 15, 2018. Open until filled. Click here to find out more about this position.
Law Student Externships and Semester Internships
Disability Rights NC has year-round opportunities for students to work with us. Students in law school and schools of social work have worked with us during the school year and summer for credit. We regularly work with pro bono programs at area law schools to recruit students to staff projects throughout the year. We also are open to undergraduate volunteers, depending on experience.
Law Student Summer Internships
Each summer, we hire four law students. We can offer students a variety of experiences both in and out of the office because we represent clients with all types of disabilities statewide on a wide range of issues including education, public benefits, disability civil rights, employment, housing, voting access, and accessibility.
If interested, please submit a resume and a cover letter detailing your interest in disability law to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you attend either UNC School of Law or NC Central School of Law, please check with your Career Services Office about on-campus interviews and submit your application through that process. The position is unpaid, so we encourage students to explore grant funding through their law school.