Managing Attorney

Managing Attorney

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Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP) seeks a managing attorney for investigations and monitoring.  As the protection and advocacy organization in Pennsylvania, DRP has authority to monitor locations where people with disabilities receive services and conduct investigations of abuse and neglect against people with disabilities in those locations.

The managing attorney will assist the legal director in managing legal and advocacy staff in carrying out the investigation and monitoring functions of the organization.  The managing attorney will be responsible for monitoring and investigating allegations of abuse, neglect, and rights violations of people with disabilities receiving services in institutions and in the community across the state, including state psychiatric hospitals, state centers for individuals with intellectual disabilities, long term care facilities, group homes, residential treatment facilities, youth development centers, and the like.  The managing attorney will be responsible to produce comprehensive reports based on those investigations and monitoring.  The managing attorney will have the opportunity to work with other staff in developing strategies to address abuse, neglect, or rights violations that are uncovered in this work, including using litigation, media, and policy advocacy.   The managing attorney will be required to communicate and negotiate with government and other third parties to achieve reform or otherwise address issues identified through investigations and monitoring.

The managing attorney will also oversee DRP’s representative payee project and facility advocacy contract.  Through the representative payee project, DRP protects Social Security beneficiaries by educating representative payees of their responsibilities and by identifying cases of misuse.  Under the facility advocacy contract, DRP has staff placed at the state-operated centers for people with intellectual disabilities who provide advocacy to those residents.   The managing attorney will be responsible to coordinate the work of these two programs into the larger investigation and monitoring efforts of DRP.

DRP is a private, nonprofit organization with offices in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Since 1977, DRP has been the protection and advocacy agency in Pennsylvania, operating under the authority of eight federal statutes and regulations and funded largely through federal appropriations.  These federal programs exist to protect people with disabilities against abuse, neglect, and to provide legal and advocacy assistance to those whose rights are violated in areas like special education, housing, public access, employment, waiver services, and more.

DRP protects and advocates for the rights of people with disabilities so that they may live the lives they choose, free from abuse, neglect, discrimination, and segregation.  For nearly forty years, DRP has offered free legal and advocacy services statewide to people with disabilities on issues that fall within its annual program goals and objectives.  To view DRP’s goal and objectives, visit  DRP offers legal and advocacy services, training, information and referral, and outreach.  All services are accessed through a toll-free intake system at 1-800-692-7443.  In addition to investigations and monitoring, DRP uses litigation, policy advocacy, and education to achieve its mission.

DRP is part of a national system of protection and advocacy agencies created by Congress in the early 1970’s to stop abuse and neglect. Since then, DRP’s mandate has grown with the passage of laws that have expanded the rights of people with disabilities. To learn more about the protection and advocacy network, visit

Position: Managing Attorney of Investigations and Monitoring

Position Location:  Harrisburg, Philadelphia, or Pittsburgh (DRP is working remotely at this time due to COVID-19)

Reports to: Legal Director

Position Purpose and Objectives:  To manage and assist in carrying out the investigation and monitoring functions of DRP.

Physical/Mental Requirements:

  1. Uses computer up to 6-8 hours per day.
  2. When COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, travel to all areas of the Commonwealth, including some overnight travel required. Occasional travel out of state for conferences.
  3. Sits approximately 2-8 hours per day.
  4. Spends approximately 2-4 hours per day in meetings.
  5. Requires visiting people with disabilities in institutional and other settings and investigating issues of abuse and neglect.
  6. Requires working under a moderate degree of stress (management of personnel, time constraints, deadlines, multi-tasking, adherence to grant requirements, complex issues, conflict resolution, etc.).

Essential Functions:

  1. Develops, manages, and participates in investigation and monitoring activities.
  2. Fully engages and supports staff attorneys and advocacy staff to conduct monitoring and investigation activities.
  3. Drafts and edits reports.
  4. Moves projects forward promptly and within deadlines.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must have a juris doctor degree, five or more years’ legal experience, and possess excellent communication and writing skills.  Experience managing personnel and large projects is preferred.   Experience specific to the rights of individuals with disabilities is preferred but not required.  Minority candidates and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


This position description serves as a general summary and overview of the major duties and responsibilities of the job.  It is not intended to represent the entirety of the job nor is it intended to be all-inclusive.  Management reserves the right to modify, or rescind, this position description at any time, with or without prior notice.  To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently.  Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis.

DRP offers a competitive salary and benefits package based on experience and education and is competitive with other public interest law firms.  Employment benefits include generous leave, health, dental, life insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan.

Mail cover letter with salary requirements, resume, and writing sample to:

Disability Rights Pennsylvania
Attn: Director of Operations
301 Chestnut Street
Suite 300
Harrisburg, PA  17101

Or via email to [email protected].

Position will remain open until filled.

October 5, 2020