SOCIAL WORKER

The Native American Disability Law Center (the Law Center) is a federally funded, private nonprofit organization that is the designated protection and advocacy system for Native Americans with disabilities. Protection and advocacy (P&A) systems are mandated under federal law to protect people with disabilities from abuse and neglect and to advocate for the human and legal rights of people with disabilities. The Law Center employs a broad range of advocacy strategies from supporting self-advocacy to legal advocacy to fulfill this mandate.

Position Purpose

The Social Worker works with other legal and advocacy staff providing information, referrals, advice, brief services, technical assistance, outreach, and training to clients on legal matters impacting their services. This will require that the candidate gain familiarity with issues affecting the rights of people with disabilities and the Law Center’s advocacy objectives. This position is part of the Children’s Safety & Education Team.

Preference will be given to Native American applicants and those with disabilities.

Responsibilities include:

• Identify clients’ social supports and eligibility for services and resources.
• Navigate various systems (social services, mental health, health, education, shelter, etc.)to improve clients’ access to services and resources.
• Communicate and advocate with community agencies and care providers to address clients’ unmet needs.
• Provide referrals and link clients to needed services and resources.
• Create self-advocacy tools for a variety of advocacy matters, including sample letters, and other materials that a potential client can use to help access or maintain needed resources or services.
• Identify systemic problems that affect our clients’ rights and address these challenges through collaborations with other Law Center Program staff.

Minimum Qualifications

BSW or Bachelor’s (BA or BS) degree in a related field from a four-year college and 2+ years of social work or similar experience OR MSW degree.

Desired Qualifications

• Familiarity with laws affecting rights of and services for people with disabilities.
• Familiarity with New Mexico’s Children’s Code, the abuse and neglect system and/or the juvenile justice system.
• Experience working directly with children, families, and the public in a high-volume setting.
• Experience in a legal setting or with legal systems.
• Experience with brief services and short-term solution-focused practice models.
• Demonstrated experience in working effectively on teams.
• Life experience as a person with a disability OR direct experience as a caregiver of a family member with a disability.

Working Environment
• The position is located in the Law Center’s office in Farmington, New Mexico. Remote work within a reasonable distance from the Law Center’s office is an option.
• Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse.
• Required to walk or travel moderate distances to perform work.
• Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds.
• Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts• Communicate to perform essential functions.
• Regular use of standard office equipment including, but not limited to: computer workstation/laptop (keyboard, monitor, mouse), printer, fax, calculator, copier, telephone and associated computer/technology peripherals.
• Receives regular review of completed tasks for achievement of established objectives.
• Occasional travel is required.

Compensation and Benefits:

The Law Center offers a competitive salary, based on experience (Position Range: $32,000-$50,000). For a salaried full-time employee, benefits include Medical, Dental and Vision plan;403(b) retirement plan; paid vacation/sick leave; and paid holidays/birthday.

How To Apply

For an application, please call 505-566-5880 or send email to .

To apply, submit completed application, cover letter and resume to:

Therese E. Yanan
Executive Director
Native American Disability Law Center, Inc.
905 W. Apache Street
Farmington, New Mexico 87401