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Advocacy Attorney

Company: Paralyzed Veterans of America
Location: Washington
Posted on: September 21, 2023

Job Description:

Job Details
Job Location: Washington, District of Columbia - Washington, DC
Position Type: Full-Time
Salary Range: Undisclosed

DescriptionWorking at PVA provides the opportunity to join a diverse and passionate team of individuals committed to improving the lives of veterans, specifically the lives of veterans with spinal cord injuries and disease and their caregivers.
At PVA, our employees know they are making a difference every day. Our unique backgrounds and cultures blend together to help us fulfill PVA's mission. So, whether you're at our National Office in Washington, D.C., or one of our several service offices across the country, you have the benefit of knowing that everything you do is part of PVA's effort to help our veterans. Join us and make a difference!
Job Title: Advocacy Attorney
Reports To: Chief Policy Officer
Position Overview: Responsible for advising the Chief Policy Officer on legal aspects of laws, regulations dealing with disability issues and monitoring litigation involving and of interest to PVA. Interacts with congressional staff and assists, supports, and follows the direction of the Chief Policy Officer.
Position responsibilities and duties:

  • Works to enforce the basic goals and purposes of the National Advocacy Program, including ensuring that various sections of Title V of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Air Carrier Access Act of 1986, and related legislation are effectively implemented and enforced and the availability of disability-related benefits and services.
  • Responds to chapter requests for legal assistance regarding disability rights issues and serve as a liaison with regulatory agency staff (including preparing written comments to proposed agency regulations).
  • Works with attorneys and others from member organizations of the Consortium for Constituents with Disabilities (CCD), National Disability Leadership Alliance, and the Disability Rights Bar Association
  • Reviews and monitors material received from various information sources, including, among others, the Federal Register and the Congressional Record. Alerts staff members of impending legislative or regulatory proposals, action taken on such proposals, and other relevant information concerning Congressional or agency action.
  • Assists the Chief Policy Officer in such areas as:

    • Analysis of proposed agency regulations that affect the civil rights of members and others with disabilities and access to disability-related benefits and services, ensuring that PVA's interests are reflected in written comments to those regulations and monitoring the implementation of such regulations.
    • Acts as liaison with attorneys representing PVA and others with disabilities in conjunction with the Office of the General Counsel.
    • Provides legal assistance and direction to PVA members and others with disabilities concerning discrimination in employment, housing, transportation, etc., or who are experiencing other legal problems directly related to their disability.

    • Assists in coordinating advocacy efforts nationwide between the National Office, PVA Chapters, and disability rights organizations by gathering and disseminating information and providing information and referral.
    • Assists PVA Chapters with developing advocacy programs through training, technical assistance and complaint investigation.
    • Assists in training Chapter advocates through participation in national advocacy training seminars concerning, among other topics, establishing contracts, coalition building, negotiation techniques, federal laws and regulations, and how to make federal and state requirements work locally.


      • Must possess a law degree from an ABA-accredited law school, be admitted to the bar of a state or the District of Columbia, be a member in good standing of that bar and maintain an active license to practice law.
      • Must possess sufficient experience to gain familiarity with relevant issues.
      • Must possess experience in the areas of civil or disability rights, public interest law, or health care. Additional experience in veterans' health care and benefits matters is preferred.
      • A background in regulatory or legislative affairs is desired.
      • Must possess superior decision-making skills and superior written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
      • Computer literacy is required.

        Top Perks and Benefits:

        • Hybrid work schedule: Working 2 days in the office and 3 days fromhome.
        • Employer-Paid Benefits - Employer-paid benefits like Medical Insurance, Basic Life Insurance, and Long-term Disability.
        • Healthcare Insurance - Affordable Medical, Vision, and Dental options for team members and their families.
        • Optional Insurance - Including Accident, Critical Illness, Short-Term Disability, and more.
        • 401k Match-401k retirement savings plan with a guaranteed employer contribution and matching option.
        • Tuition Reimbursement - We empower our team to be the very best they can be by offering a competitive reimbursement plan for education related to your role.
        • Work-Life Balance - We honor 14 paid holidays, vacation leave starting at 15 days per year, and sick leave with no limit on the amount to be accrued.
        • Additional Benefits -Health Savings Account with an employer contribution, Parking & Transit Spending Accounts, Flexible Spending Accounts, TicketsAtWork Membership, and more!


Keywords: Paralyzed Veterans of America, Washington DC , Advocacy Attorney, Legal , Washington, DC

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