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Campaign Coordinator, Youth Justice Initiative, Colorado

Impact litigation Attorneys (Multiple)

Director, Compassionate Education Systems – Arizona – No longer accepting applications


Campaign Coordinator, Youth Justice Initiative, Colorado

Colorado Youth Justice Initiative

NCYL’s Youth Justice Initiative seeks to transform Colorado’s juvenile justice system into a national model in which all children and youth in the justice system receive effective developmental and rehabilitative supports that improve life outcomes, community health, and public safety.

Position

The Campaign Coordinator will lead a collective impact effort to reduce youth incarceration and system involvement, promote effective local treatment options, improve interagency collaboration, and work to ensure Black, Brown, and Native youth are not overrepresented in the juvenile justice system. The Campaign Coordinator will work with system and community leaders to develop and guide ongoing efforts to reduce the harm of system involvement to youth in conflict with the law. This is a great opportunity for someone who is passionate about advocating for reforms and serving youth in their communities consistent with principles of positive youth development.

Essential Functions

  • Research, develop and implement a policy agenda.
  • Conduct local stakeholder interviews, landscape analyses, and resource mapping.
  • Analyze, interpret, and present data from multiple systems.
  • Plan and execute legislative briefings, lobby days and team retreats.
  • Develop and facilitate law and policy presentations and training to system-involved youth, and impacted families and community members.
  • Attend and represent communities’ interests in the systems stakeholder meetings towards promoting reforms.
  • Create material for and maintain social media accounts.
  • Track implementation progress and deliverables across the state.
  • Elevate impacted youths and communities’ experiences and voice. 

Required Qualifications

Minimum 3 years of experience working in juvenile justice policy or service.

Other Qualifications

  • 3 years of experience leading multiple advocacy projects in an inclusive environment with diverse groups of stakeholders preferred.
  • Experience working directly with impacted youth and communities.
  • Excellent research, policy analysis, writing, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to utilize a racial justice lens.
  • Ability to think critically about systemic inefficiencies and identify effective and creative strategies for reducing youths’ system involvement and incarceration and increasing community health.
  • Ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise easy to understand manner.
  • Ability to build relationships with elected officials and their staff and establish healthy communication processes.
  • Demonstrated understanding of systems and bureaucracies and how to troubleshoot issues to improve interagency collaboration and service delivery.
  • Ability to consider differing perspectives and respond professionally to conflict.
  • Be an organized, self-motivated, detail-oriented individual that can thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience with local budgets and identifying funding opportunities.
  • Demonstrated fluency with using technology to build support for reforms.
  • Fluency in conversational Spanish is preferred.

Salary, Benefits and Location

This is a full-time, exempt, position.  Salary is competitive at $84,824.00 annually. NCYL provides robust benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, generous vacation and sick benefits, flexible spending account, commuter benefits, employer contribution to a retirement plan and short-term and long-term disability insurance.

This position requires the ability to work remotely and will require travel.

Must live in or be willing to relocate to Colorado.

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume to apply. Submissions without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls or emails please.

Apply at:  https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/697492/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Campaign-Coordinator—Youth-Justice-Initiative

Applicants with personal experience within a public system, such as the justice system, and applicants of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

NCYL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, color, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, or genetic information? Applicants who will increase the diversity of NCYL are strongly encouraged to apply.


Impact litigation Attorneys (Multiple)

Legal Advocacy Team

NCYL’s Legal Advocacy team engages in impact litigation across all the issues on which NCYL works. The team brings systemic cases to improve systems that serve children and youth, often in collaboration with other public interest law firms and with support from pro bono partners. A description of our current cases can be found here: https://youthlaw.org/strategies/litigation-strategies/?_sft_situation=active.  

Position

NCYL seeks to hire experienced impact litigators to lead and staff existing cases and develop new impact litigation on behalf of children and youth. These positions offer the opportunity to contribute to and develop litigation in the areas of education, child welfare, health, mental health, reproductive equity, juvenile justice, and immigration. Impact litigators at NCYL may litigate in one area or multiple areas. This is a great opportunity for people who want to use litigation to address government systems that often fail to provide youth equitable treatment and services to youth.

There is one position with a projected start date of September 1, 2021.  In addition, we anticipate needing to fill multiple other attorney positions over the next several months.

Qualifications for All 5 Positions

Required

  • J.D. Degree
  • Admitted to practice law in the United States.

Other Qualifications for All 5 positions

  • Commitment to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to use a racial justice lens.
  • Strong litigation skills.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.
  • Strong leadership skills including the ability to manage complex projects, delegate effectively and take responsibility for decisions.
  • Possess subject matter expertise in at least one of NCYL’s issue areas.
  • Collaborate with non-litigating NCYL staff to ensure our litigation is informed by and advancing the goals of our campaigns.
  • Clear and persuasive oral and written communication skills, including the ability to develop rapport and influence others.
  • Experience in civil rights litigation and in issues involving public systems affecting children and youth.
  • Fluency in oral and written Spanish preferred.
Position Title Salary Essential Functions Other Qualifications
Senior

Attorney 1

$113,910 · Supervise and mentor junior attorneys.

· Manage complex aspects of cases with support.

 

· Typically have between 7 and 8 years of directly relevant experience.

· Ability to maintain relationship with litigators at other public interest law firms and subject matter experts.

 

Senior

Attorney 2

$125,349 · Supervise and mentor junior attorneys.

· Manage complex aspects of cases independently.

· Work closely as a primary point of contact with a diverse range of partner organizations.

 

· Typically have between 9 and 10 years of directly relevant experience.

· Ability to develop new legal theories not previously applied.

Directing Attorney 1 $137,883 · All the essential functions listed above.

· Serve as internal-lead attorney on cases.

· Supervise and mentor junior attorneys.

· Work closely as a primary point of contact with a diverse range of partner organizations.

· Develop and execute litigation strategies and strategies to accompany litigation.

· Establish and maintain strong networks of contacts at organizations around the country to support litigation development.

· Ensure litigation generates attorney’s fees.

 

· Typically have between 11 and 13 years of directly relevant experience.

· Possess deep subject matter expertise in at least one of NCYL’s issue areas.

· Have generated at least 1 complex case with significant impact and complexity.

· Actively generating new litigation.

 

 

Directing Attorney 2 $151,636 · All the essential functions listed above.

· Serve as internal-lead attorney on multiple cases or more complex cases

· Help establish a strong and healthy culture within NCYL’s litigation team.

· Supervise and mentor junior attorneys.

· Develop and execute litigations strategies and strategies to accompany litigation.

· Serve as internal-lead attorney on multiple cases or more complex cases

· Work closely as a primary point of contact with a diverse range of partner organizations.

· Establish and maintain strong network of contacts at organizations around the country to support litigation development.

· Ensure the litigation pipeline is strong.

· Ensure litigation generates attorney’s fees.

Help establish overall litigation direction and establish new areas of work.

 

· Typically have between 14 and 16 years of directly relevant experience.

· Possess deep subject matter expertise in at least one of NCYL’s issue areas.

· Ability to generate more than one complex cases with significant impact.

· Demonstrated experience litigating in at least three jurisdictions/forums.

 

Senior Director $166,848 · All the essential functions listed above.

· Supervise and mentor other litigators.

· Work closely as a primary point of contact with a diverse range of partner organizations.

· Develop and execute litigations strategies and strategies to accompany litigation.

· Establish and maintain a strong network of contacts at organizations around the country to support litigation development.

· Ensure litigation generates attorney’s fees.

· Serve as internal-lead attorney on multiple cases or more complex cases

· Help establish a strong and healthy culture within NCYL’s litigation team.

· Ensure NCYL’s litigation pipeline is strong.

· Help establish overall litigation direction and establish new areas of work.

 

· Typically have over 17 years of directly relevant experience.

· Ability to generate multiple, new, complex cases with significant impact.

· Demonstrated experience litigating in at least five jurisdictions/forums.

· Possess deep subject matter expertise in at least one of NCYL’s issue areas.

· Ability to create a positive and collaborative work environment.

 

 

Salary, Benefits and Location

This is a full-time, exempt, position.  A geographic salary differential may be applied if candidate resides somewhere other than Oakland, CA, Los Angeles, CA, or Washington DC.

NCYL is committed to treating staff equitably and will determine the applicant’s salary, title, and position in accordance with their roles and responsibilities within the organization and our internal salary structure as reflected above.

NCYL provides robust benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, generous vacation and sick benefits, flexible spending account, commuter benefits, employer contribution to a retirement plan and short-term and long-term disability insurance.

This position requires the ability to work remotely and requires travel.

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume to apply. No phone calls or emails please.

Apply at:

https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/626717/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Impact-Litigation-Attorneys-Multiple 

Applicants with personal experience within a public system, such as foster care, and applicants of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.


Director, Compassionate Education Systems – No longer accepting applications

About FosterEd, Compassionate Education Systems Initiative

FosterEd is a NCYL initiative aimed at improving the educational outcomes of children and youth in state care.  This initiative operates at a systems, youth and community level to ensure students in foster care experience compassion by the many adults entrusted to support them and that they are supported on their path to graduate from high school with many opportunities ahead of them.  NCYL partners with the Governor’s Office, Department of Child Safety, Arizona Administrative Office of the Courts, Attorney General’s Office, Department of Education, and the State Board of Education to implement this statewide program, with regional focus areas in Pima, Maricopa, and Yavapai counties.

Position

The Director oversees the implementation and strategic growth of the Compassionate Education Systems program to support the educational success for youth in foster care.  This person will provide significant contribution to program partnership development, strategic planning and program decision making.  This is a great opportunity for someone to lead and execute a bold vision for systemic change at a regional and state level in Arizona.  This position reports to Senior Director, Compassionate Systems.

Essential Functions

  • Develop measurable project objectives. Create and execute detailed workplans.
  • Lead and support a team of 10-12 staff members, including direct supervision of regional program managers.
  • Build positive and productive team culture that supports conditions for the program to thrive.
  • Develop program success metrics, supporting consistent, high-quality execution of program objectives.
  • Strengthen program processes, resources and partnerships necessary for successful program implementation through dynamic collaboration.
  • Build strategic partnerships with organizations, coalitions, foundations, associations, and other stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with elected officials and state leaders.
  • Build and advance county and state policy agenda.
  • Work closely with an external evaluator to create and evaluate strategies and ensure appropriate data is collected.
  • Support and cultivate funded program partnerships and identify potential opportunities for funded partnerships.
  • Participate in NCYL wide staff teams and collaborate with other organizational teams as appropriate. 

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years management experience in youth-centered programming.
  • Experience in the fields of education, child advocacy, mental health, or social work.

Other Qualifications

  • Ability to establish and maintain a highly collaborative culture across all stakeholders.
  • Ability to use a racial justice lens.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically. Then execute and implement effectively and efficiently.
  • Ability to supervise and support staff.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills including data informed practices.
  • Experience in youth development and/or grassroots organizing.
  • Experience managing complex projects with a multitude of partners.
  • Experience collaborating with public agencies in Arizona.
  • Level 1 fingerprint clearance.
  • Valid Arizona driver’s license.

Salary, Benefits and Location

This is a full-time, exempt position with a competitive salary of $110,259.00 annually.  NCYL provides robust benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, generous vacation and sick benefits, flexible spending account, commuter benefits, employer contribution to a retirement plan and short-term and long-term disability insurance.

This position is based in Arizona and requires the ability to travel to Maricopa, Pima and Yavapai counties.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume. No phone calls or emails please.

Apply at: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/569188/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Director-Compassionate-Education-Systems—AZ

Applicants with personal experience within a public system such as foster care and applicants of Color are strongly encouraged to apply. 

NCYL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, color, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, or genetic information. Applicants who will increase the diversity of NCYL are strongly encouraged to apply.