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  • October 19, 2017

Disability Rights Intake Advocate

Position Overview: The Disability Rights & Intake Advocate reports to and is responsible to the Disability Rights Attorney/Intake Director.  This is a non-exempt professional position.


  1. Responds to calls, letters, and emails to the agency requesting DRT assistance.  If the individual’s issue appears to meet current Areas of Work, advocate gathers appropriate information to assist the review team and provides information and referral for those whose issues do not meet the current Areas of Work
  2. Assures that all requests for services are processed in a timely manner and in accordance to the agency’s ethical and procedural standards.
  3. Maintains current resources and reference material to be distributed in response to request for information and referral.
  4. Reports abuse to appropriate agencies.
  5. Provides follow-up when additional information or referrals are required.
  6. Enters information in Disability Advocacy Database or other database used by DRT.
  7. May be assigned to direct advocacy related cases/projects in addition to intake advocacy duties.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Master’s Degree in Special Education, Social Work, Sociology or Counseling, or related degree preferred. Bachelor’s Degree with 3 years or more experience as an Advocate or in a similar position will be considered in lieu of an advanced degree.

Existing knowledge of disability rights issues preferred.

An Advocate must have the following skills and abilities:

  1. Sound professional judgment.
  2.  Strong organizational and time management skills 
  3. Proficient use of computers and word processing software.  Ability to learn to use the Disability Advocacy Database or other case database used by DRT. 
  4. Strong oral and written communication skills. 
  5. Ability to engage in logical analysis.
  6. Skillful questioning and attentive listening skills.
  7. Ability to work well in teams.
  8. Ability to professionally represent DRT.

Salary range is $35-45K

Job Type: Full-time

Contact Information and Procedure:
Send Resume and Letter of Interest by October 30, 2017 to:
Shelia Mullis
Email: sheliam@disabilityrightstn.org
Phone: (615) 298-1080
Fax: (615) 298-2046

Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT) is a nonprofit legal services organization that provides FREE services to protect the rights of Tennesseans with disabilities.

Middle Tennessee (Admin Office)

2 International Plaza, Suite 825
Nashville, TN 37217

Phone: 615.298.1080
Fax: 615.298.2046

East Tennessee

9050 Executive Park Drive, Suite 101-B
Knoxville, TN 37923

Phone: 865.670.2944
Fax: 865.470.7028

West Tennessee

2693 Union Avenue Extended, Suite 201
Memphis, TN 38112

Phone: 901.458.6013
Fax: 901.458.7819