Legal Counsel - Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program - Lansing

The Michigan Elder Justice Initiative (MEJI) is seeking a lawyer to serve as Legal Counsel to the Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (MLTCOP).

MEJI advocates for low-income older adults and people with disabilities on issues related to healthcare, benefits, long term care, elder abuse, and individual rights. MEJI serves as the home for the Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (MLTCOP) and the MI Health Link Ombudsman program as well as overseeing two local long term care ombudsman programs. It also engages in elder abuse prevention and remediation efforts. In addition, MEJI provides advice and support to legal services lawyers and other advocates serving low income elders and people with disabilities across the state. MEJI also undertakes systemic advocacy efforts, often in collaboration with state and federal advocacy partners.

The Legal Counsel will provide, consistent with the requirements of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program Final Rules, consultation and representation as needed for the SLTCOP to protect the health, safety, welfare, and rights of residents and consultation to assist in the SLTCOP’s performance of its official duties including complaint resolution and systems advocacy. The Legal Counsel will assist residents in seeking administrative, legal and other appropriate remedies and coordinate with legal services providers and others to promote access for long term care consumers to legal representation. In addition, the Legal Counsel shall assist the MLTCOP and local ombudsman staff if any legal action is brought or threatened against them for actions taken in the course of their professional duties. The Legal Counsel shall also work closely with MEJI’s staff to coordinate advocacy for long term care consumers with MEJI’s elder abuse prevention efforts and MEJI’s other work on behalf of long term care consumers. Finally, the Legal Counsel will provide statewide education and support to lawyers, law enforcement, advocates, and others who may not have familiarity with licensed long term care facilities or understand how to respond to the needs of long term care consumers.

This is a full-time position. Successful applicants will possess excellent research and writing skills, strong problem-solving abilities, an interest in systemic advocacy, great people skills and an ability to juggle multiple responsibilities. Experience advocating for long term care consumers or other older people and people with disabilities is strongly preferred. Applicants must be attorneys licensed to practice in Michigan or be eligible to waive in or to take the July 2017 bar examination. A minimum of 5 years’ experience is required. Salary is from $44,000 DOE and includes excellent benefits; an attorney with 5 years experience can expect a salary of approximately $53,000 depending on experience.

MEJI/MLTCOP is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage minorities, women, and persons with disabilities to apply.

Please email your resume with a cover letter to spung@meji.org with the subject line, “MLTCOP Legal Counsel Position.” Please indicate whether you are applying to any other positions with LSSCM, MAP, or MEJI. If you have questions about the program or the position, please email State Long Term Care Ombudsman Salli Pung at spung@meji.org.

The position is open until filled; applications received by May 5, 2017 will receive priority.

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