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Led by a mission to protect and promote the rights of people with disabilities and older people in Colorado through direct legal representation, advocacy, education, and legislative analysis, Disability Law Colorado (DLC) has represented more than 35,000 people with disabilities, provided technical assistance to more than 130,000 people, and reached over 100,000 Coloradans through their education programs and publications over its 50-year history. Building upon this track record of success, DLC now seeks nominations and applications for its next Executive Director (ED).
to the Board of Directors, the next ED will lead a highly qualified team of 21
dedicated staff delivering individual services, fostering statewide
self-advocacy, and pursuing strategic litigation. The ED will oversee all
internal finances and the management of a roughly $3 million annual budget.
They will also ensure compliance with legal and funder requirements,
safeguarding the short- and long-term fiscal and programmatic health of the
seeks an inspiring and skilled leader who will establish strong collaborative
relationships, both internally and externally, and work to articulate and
implement a strategic vision for the next phase of the organization.
ideal candidate will have significant nonprofit leadership and management
experience within disability rights, legal advocacy, or a closely related
field. Strong candidates will demonstrate commitment to advocating for the
rights of people with disabilities and the ability to mobilize support both
internally and externally for strengthening systems and community supports on
behalf of the populations DLC serves.
ED will have a strong ability to effectively empower staff and collaborate with
the Board. The ED will represent DLC publicly and will continue to elevate the
organization’s profile as a critical, impactful agency, both across the state
Established in 1976 by attorneys Steve Zimmerman and Joe Epstein, Disability Law Colorado (DLC) protects and promotes the rights of people with disabilities and older people in Colorado through direct legal representation, advocacy, education, and legislative analysis. Originally organized as The Legal Center for People with Disabilities, DLC was formally recognized as the state’s Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System in 1977 at the direction of Governor Lamm and in response to pressure from the disability community. Since that early inception and following nearly 50 years of service, DLC has represented more than 35,000 people with disabilities, provided technical assistance to more than 130,000 people, and reached over 100,000 Coloradans through their education programs and publications.
across a wide array of issues, including education, housing, employment,
assistive technology, and seniors’ legal rights, DLC provides the following
DLC offers free or low-cost legal services to people with disabilities whose civil or human rights have been violated. Based on set criteria and internal resources, DLC supports Coloradans through full case service, short term assistance and legal counsel, self-advocacy resources and guidance, and referrals to other resources or counsel if applicable.
DLC has the authority under federal law to gain access to facilities and records to investigate allegations of abuse and/or neglect of people with mental illness or developmental disabilities, as well as people in the corrections system. DLC also investigates the unlawful use of seclusion and restraint in schools, including trainings for school districts on the lawful use of seclusion and restraint.
DLC provides training to housing and service providers, schools and school districts, parents, attorneys, policy makers, advocates, employers, ombudsmen, and any agency interested in educating their team about the law. These trainings include general overviews of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Employment Law as well as highly customized topics related to the rights of people with disabilities on a special request basis.
Believing that an informed public is the best way to ensure the dignity and rights of people with disabilities are widely respected, DLC is committed to their role as a source of information and referrals for all Coloradans.
Analysis & Advocacy
With a track record of educating policy makers and legislators about the rights of people with disabilities, DLC has played an instrumental role in getting groundbreaking laws passed in the state. DLC also creates an annual Legislative Scorecard tracking bills and legislations that has the potential to impact the disability community.
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FACING THE EXECUTIVE
The following duties are an overview of the primary duties and responsibilities of the Executive Director and should not be considered an all-inclusive list:
QUALIFICATIONS OF THE
The ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
DLC is promoting a mostly remote
office work environment, with the understanding that the Executive Director
will travel and meet in person as needed for conducting their job functions and
collaborating with other staff members, the Board, clients, and partners. The
Executive Director often has more in-person and hybrid duties than some other
staff members and should be able to access the Denver office space as needed.
(DLC currently has office space in Denver, which is available, but not
required, for employees’ use.) DLC provides equipment to employees to work
successfully in a remote environment, including, but not limited to, laptops
More information about Disability Law Colorado may be found at: disabilitylawco.org.
DLC provides reasonable disability accommodations to enable qualified
individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. The salary range for
this role is between $150,000 - $180,000 plus health insurance, dental
and vision insurance, life and disability insurance, and retirement plan with
employer match. Benefits also include a 36-hour full-time work week, sick
leave, special needs leave (parental), a minimum of 10 days annual leave during
the first year plus eight paid holidays and paid time off between December 24
and New Year’s Day.
This search is being led by Tamar Datan and Eva Rosenberg of NPAG. Due to
the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as
possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest
and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s website.
Cultivating a diverse and inclusive team of board members, staff members, and partners is an essential component of DLC’s work to advance equity. Candidates of all backgrounds and abilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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