National Center for Youth Law

Jobs & Volunteering

Attorney, Juvenile Justice

Attorney, Legal Advocacy – Washington, DC

Fall Clerks – Washington, DC

Education Liaison – Santa Clara County, CA

Senior Education Liaison – Monterey, CA

Human Resources Specialist

Senior Director – Legal Advocacy – Oakland, CA; Washington, DC; or US/Mexico Border


Attorney, Juvenile Justice

The Debt Free Justice Campaign

The Debt Free Justice Campaign (“Campaign”) is a national collective impact campaign dedicated to ending court fees and fines assessed on youth and their families.  We work in numerous states and local jurisdictions to change court practices, end the assessment of previous and current fees and fines.  The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) is a partner in the Debt Free Justice Campaign.

Position

NCYL seeks an Attorney to work on impact litigation and policy initiatives to end court fees and fines assessed on youth and their families. This is a great opportunity for someone who is interested in litigation and policy advocacy in multiple jurisdictions.

Essential Functions

  • Litigation development, including fact development and analysis of potential legal
  • Conduct legal research, analysis and writing.
  • Draft complaints, motions, memoranda, and
  • Engage in discovery and post-litigation enforcement of judgments/settlements.
  • Work with stakeholder groups to advance policy
  • Collaborating with other NCYL staff and with co-counsel.

Required Qualifications:

  • J.D. degree
  • Admitted to practice law or eligible to be admitted to practice law.
  • Minimum 2 years of litigation experience at a public interest law firm, private firm, or government agency. 

Other Qualifications

  • Experience working with young People of Color and their families.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advocating for children and youth and to NCYL’s overarching goals and objectives.
  • Understanding of the role of structural racism in public systems.
  • Familiarity with the court fees and fines, the juvenile justice system, and/or other public systems impacting young people and their families.
  • Familiarity and understanding of working with coalitions in developing multi-faceted advocacy.
  • Ability to use meeting facilitation tools and techniques to ensure meetings are efficient, equitable and
  • Ability to manage complex projects including strong organizational skills with an attention to details.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and produce high-quality work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated creative problem solving and ability to stay focused on the big-picture.
  • Ability to work autonomously and collaboratively within a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication
  • Proficiency with Microsoft and Google
  • Conversational Spanish preferred 

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

Salary, Benefits and Location

This is a full-time, exempt, position.  Salary is competitive at $77,887.00 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 may require travel as needed when it is safe to do so based on pandemic safety recommendations and regulations.

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/505981/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Attorney—Juvenile-Justice

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.


Attorney, Legal Advocacy

Position

NCYL seeks an Attorney for its Legal Advocacy team to work on impact litigation on behalf of children and youth served in public education and public health systems.  The position is a time limited position that we anticipate lasting for 2-3 years.  This a great opportunity for someone looking to join a highly collaborative team and have systemic impact on young people. 

Essential Functions

  • Assisting with the development of cases, including collaborating with state and local advocacy organizations, conducting on-site interviews and fact investigations, and analyzing potential legal claims.
  • Providing legal research, analysis, and writing.
  • Drafting complaints, motions, memoranda, and briefs.
  • Engaging in discovery, including review of incoming and outgoing document productions using litigation support technology such as Relativity.
  • Preparing for hearings, depositions, and trials.
  • Supporting overall case and project management.
  • Collaborating with other NCYL staff and with co-counsel. 

Required Qualifications

  • J.D. degree
  • Admitted to practice law in District of Columbia or eligible to be admitted to practice law in D.C.
  • Minimum 2 years of litigation experience at a public interest law firm, private firm, or government agency. 

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to advocating for children and youth and to NCYL’s overarching goals and objectives.
    • Substantive knowledge of federal disability law, including special education law.
    • Experience with impact litigation, including class actions and other forms of systemic litigation.
    • Excellent analytic and writing skills.
    • Outstanding oral communication skills.
    • Ability to work autonomously and collaboratively within a team.
    • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage complex projects including strong organizational skills, attention to detail, meet deadlines and produce a high-quality work product in a fast-paced environment.
    • Creative problem solving and ability to stay focused on the big-picture.
  • Ability to represent NCYL in a courteous and professional manner. 

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer. 

Salary, Benefits and Location

This is a full-time, exempt, position.  Salary is competitive at $77,887.00 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.

The position will be located in Washington DC.  This position requires the ability to work remotely and may require travel as needed when it is safe to do so based on pandemic safety recommendation and regulations. 

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/505984/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Attorney—Legal-Advocacy-DC

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.


DC Fall Clerks

Position

NCYL seeks 2-4 law students to support its Washington, DC office during Fall 2021.

Law clerks in the DC office will work with a highly experienced group of litigators with strong civil rights backgrounds. Working seamlessly together with our litigators and subject-matter experts across the country, the DC office works on impact litigation projects intended to improve the lives of low-income children.

Essential Functions

Litigation

  • Research novel issues within youth law
  • Write legal memoranda
  • Assist in ongoing impact litigation efforts

Qualifications

  • Current law student
  • Knowledge and understanding of NCYL’s mission
  • 1 year experience with and or exposure to at least one of the following:
    • Communities of Color
    • Low Income Communities
    • Child or Youth Centered Activities
  • Ability to commit at least 10 hours per week for at least 10 weeks
  • Demonstrated ability to meet goals and deadlines while working independently
  • Understanding of and commitment to addressing systemic barriers to diversity, equity and inclusion

How To Apply

Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled or until August 20, 2021. Applicants must submit the following:

  • Resume (not including GPA)
  • Cover letter describing your particular interest in working for NCYL and understanding of NCYL’s mission
  • 5-7 page writing sample that demonstrates legal analytical skills

All students are encouraged to apply as early as they are permitted to do so by their schools.

Apply at:

https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/516336/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Fall-2021-Law-Clerk—Washington-DC 

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.


Education Liaison

Position

NCYL seeks Education Liaisons for the JusticeEd demonstration site in Santa Clara County, a collaboration with the County Probation Department, Superior Court, Legal Advocates for Children and Youth, and school districts, aimed at improving education outcomes for youth supervised by Probation.  This is a great opportunity for someone passionate about advocating on behalf of students and supporting academic success.

Essential Functions

  • Improve educational outcomes for youth on probation by working directly with youth to identify their educational goals and utilizing effective educational planning and teaming to support achievement of those goals.
  • Bring together biological parents, caregivers, probation officers, behavioral health case managers, teachers and other adults to support students in achieving their educational goals.
  • Provide individual coaching and support to students on probation to help them develop the skills and capacities needed to champion their own education.
  • Provide individual coaching and support to biological parents, relatives, caregivers and other adults serving as educational decision-makers for young people under probation supervision to ensure they are equipped to actively support the youth’s education.
  • Provide youth advocacy for special education/ section 504 services, school of origin retention and school disciplinary proceedings.
  • Frequently attend meetings on behalf of youth and to build relationships with schools, caregivers, probation, and other service providers within those communities.
  • Support capacity-building efforts via presentations and trainings to community partners.
  • Track required data in a web-based case management tool in a consistent and timely manner. 

Required Qualifications

  • Proficiency in bi-lingual Spanish 

Other Qualifications

  • Committed to NCYL’s mission
  • Ability to work well autonomously and as a part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly build rapport with youth and families, especially through virtual/remote engagement
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to stay organized with multiple work streams
  • Excellent creative problem solving skills
  • Experience with advocacy or organizing, preferably related to education or juvenile justice
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and coordinate services with community agencies in a professional manner
  • Experience with youth-serving agencies and community resources in Santa Clara County
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed and culturally sensitive practice
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience utilizing Motivational Interviewing
  • Knowledge about California’s education, juvenile justice, and adult criminal justice systems
  • Ability to pass a DOJ & FBI background check
  • Car and valid California driver’s license
  • Ability to navigate cloud servers, Zoom, phone systems and other software.  

Salary and Benefits
This is a full-time temporary non-exempt position that ends in June 2022. Salary is competitive at $70,828.00 annually. NCYL provides health, dental, vision, life, short and long-term disability insurance, vacation and sick benefits, commuter benefits and employer contribution to a retirement plan. 

How to Apply
Applications are due by March 11th, 2021.  Please submit cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Please no calls or emails.

Apply at: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/476378/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/2021-Education-Liaison—Santa-Clara

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.  


Senior Education Liaison

Position

NCYL seeks a Senior Education Liaison for the Compassionate Systems initiative demonstration site in Monterey County, a collaboration with Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. Our Monterey demonstration site is aimed at improving education outcomes for youth that are experiencing homelessness (identified as McKinney- Vento eligible) by providing educational supports and services that engage youth in school, empower youth to drive their own educational futures, and connect youth to family members, teachers, coaches and other natural supports who will champion their educational success. This is a great opportunity for someone passionate about advocating on behalf of students and supporting academic success.

Essential Functions

  • Improve educational outcomes for students experiencing homelessness while attending school in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District by working directly with youth to identify their educational goals, utilizing effective education planning, advocacy and addressing barrier to full educational engagement
  • Participate in school site and district meetings to advance awareness of challenges, and educational supports needed by students experiencing homelessness
  • Identify school based and external community-based resources to address student needs and support for students and make appropriate referrals
  • Track required data in a web-based case management tool in a consistent and timely manner
  • Support meetings and activities of a county-wide Youth Advisory Board in partnership with local and state partners
  • Participate in local advocacy efforts to raise awareness about challenges impacting students experiencing homelessness, and advocacy solutions to improve educational outcomes
  • Support capacity-building efforts with site based, district and county partners, via presentations and trainings to community partners
  • Support demonstration site reporting and evaluation efforts, including drafting funder or program reports, and highlight program progress

 Qualifications

  • Committed to NCYL’s mission
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize a racial justice lens
  • Knowledge about and ability to advocate in education and or youth homelessness
  • Knowledge of Monterey County, youth homelessness and community-based resources
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and coordinate services with community agencies in a professional manner
  • Ability to work well autonomously and as a part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to build rapport with youth and families
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to stay organized with multiple work streams and frequent change
  • Excellent creative problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed practice
  • Ability to pass a DOJ & FBI background check
  • Car and valid California driver’s license
  • Ability to navigate cloud servers, Zoom, phone systems and other software.
  • Position is currently remote, with long term colocation at school sites 

Salary and Benefits
This is a full-time, non-exempt position. The salary is competitive salary at $75,618. NCYL provides health, dental, vision, life, short and long-term disability insurance, vacation and sick benefits, commuter benefits and employer contribution to a retirement plan.

How to Apply
Please submit cover letter and resume. Please no calls or emails.

Apply at: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/470436/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Senior-Education-Liaison—Monterey 

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.


Human Resources Specialist

Human Resources

NCYL’s Human Resources team uses an employee-centered approach to support the well-being of employees and promote accountability across the organization.  We are focused on building HR infrastructure that accurately reflects culture and practices of the organization.  We are a team of three and are a part of an eight-member Operations Team. 

Position

NCYL seeks a Human Resources Specialist to help build and implement a comprehensive Employee Engagement Program with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.  This position offers the unique opportunity to an experienced HR professional to help promote a positive organizational culture and will be primarily responsible for the creation and implementation of internal employee engagement programs in the following areas: Compensation & Benefits, Learning & Development, Performance Management and Recognition and Rewards.

The Human Resources Specialist will report to the Human Resources Partner.  It is a time limited position that we anticipate lasting for 3-5 years.  

Essential Functions

  • Design, develop and implement new programs, policies and strategies to meet the needs of employees and the organization, as well and review and revise existing ones.
  • Set up HR systems that create efficiencies, while being focused on the employee and supervisor experience.
  • Develop, conduct and manage training, learning, and development programs including mandatory compliance training initiatives.
  • Provide advice and support to department heads, supervisors and staff.
  • Conduct research regarding HR trends, policies, compensation, legal compliance and other employment issues. After analyzing the information, make recommendations on new projects or changes to current processes or procedures.
  • Administer leave requests and accommodations requiring specialized attention, particularly those arising under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), state and local leave laws, and short-term or long-term disability plans.
  • Help with other Operation’s Team projects or other projects as assigned by the HR Partner. 

Required Qualifications

  • 5 years direct service in Human Resources including compensation and benefits, employee learning and development programs, performance management and employee recognitions programs

Other Qualifications

  • 2 years of supervisory or management experience preferred
  • Superb verbal and written communication skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence
  • Considerable knowledge of principles, practices and dynamics of human resource management and employee engagement
  • Deep understanding of Compensation & Benefits, Learning & Development, Performance Management and Recognition and Rewards
  • Working knowledge of state and federal labor laws and regulations
  • Ability to compose and present comprehensive reports
  • Ability to plan, organize and present training activities to diverse employee groups
  • Excellent organizational skills including attention to detail and time management
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Extensive knowledge of the leave requirements and other legal protections afforded by the FMLA, ADA, and other applicable laws
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software
  • PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential preferred
  • Ability and willingness to travel when safe (considering pandemic travel restrictions)
  • A sense of humor; great team player

Salary, Benefits and Location

This is a full-time, exempt, position.  Salary is competitive at $85,676.00 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.

Ability to work remotely during the pandemic. 

We are no longer accepting applications for this position. 

No phone calls or emails please.

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.


Senior Director – Legal Advocacy

Legal Advocacy Team

NCYL’s Legal Advocacy team brings impact litigation across all of the subject-matter areas in which NCYL works, including education, immigration, health, mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, and public benefits. The team brings systemic cases against the federal government, state governments, and local agencies, 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 a Senior Director to lead existing cases and develop new impact litigation. This position offers the unique opportunity to contribute to and develop litigation at the intersection of immigration and other priority areas for the organization including education, child welfare, mental health and juvenile justice.

The Senior Director will report to NCYL’s Deputy Director and will litigate cases with other members of the legal advocacy team. NCYL seeks an attorney with extensive experience developing and leading complex impact litigation in the federal courts.  While an ideal candidate would have extensive experience litigating cases on behalf of immigrant children, candidates with significant experience litigating other issue areas impacting children will be considered. 

Essential Functions

  • Leading cases, including collaborating with other NCYL litigators and with co-counsel, and legal research and analysis.
  • Case development, which includes collaborating with state and local advocacy organizations and service providers, on-site interviews and investigations, and analysis of potential legal claims.
  • Litigation, including drafting complaints, motions, memoranda, and briefs; overseeing and managing discovery, including federal discovery practice; and post-litigation enforcement of judgments/settlements.
  • Developing new impact litigation on behalf of vulnerable children including immigrant children and youth.
  • Working with other immigrant children’s advocates across the country on litigation.
  • Collaborating with non-litigating NCYL staff to ensure our litigation is informed by and advancing the goals of our campaigns.
  • Mentoring and supervising attorneys and law clerks as needed 

Required Qualifications

  • J.D. Degree
  • Admitted to practice law

Other Qualifications

  • Experience generating and leading impact litigation
  • Commitment to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Expertise in civil rights litigation and in issues involving public systems effecting children and youth
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to manage complex projects, delegate effectively and to take responsibility for decisions
  • Excellent analytic and writing skills
  • Demonstrate clear and persuasive oral and written communication skills, including the ability to develop rapport and influence others
  • Ability to understand and show respect and empathy for others
  • Fluency in oral and written Spanish preferred
  • Ability and willingness to travel accounting for the restrictions on travel necessitated by the current pandemic
  • A sense of humor

Salary, Benefits and Location

This is a full-time, exempt, position.  Salary is competitive at $166,848.00 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.

Preference for candidates willing to work from Oakland, DC offices or close to the US Mexico border.  Ability to work remotely during the pandemic. 

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/428054/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Senior-Director-Attorney—Legal-Advocacy

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.


Law Clerks, 2021 Bill Grimm Memorial Summer Clerk Program

William Lee “Bill” Grimm, Senior Director at the National Center for Youth Law, was a public impact attorney who worked for 43 years transforming and redeeming some of the most troubled child welfare systems in America. To honor him and his powerful legacy, in partnership with his family and friends, we have created the Bill Grimm Memorial Summer Clerk Program. Read more about Bill here.

Position

The National Center for Youth Law is committed to hiring clerks who reflect the racial and cultural diversity of our clients. Students of color, those who will increase the diversity of NCYL, and those with personal experience in our practice areas are strongly encouraged to apply. 

NCYL seeks 2-4 law students to support its Washington DC office, in addition to up to 8 law students to support its Oakland office during Summer 2021. Under the mentorship of their supervising legal or policy staff members, summer clerks will work on projects impacting low-income children and youth.

The Washington, DC Team

Litigation law clerks in the DC office will work with a highly experienced group of litigation attorneys with strong civil rights backgrounds. Working seamlessly together with our litigators and subject-matter experts across the country, the DC office works on impact litigation projects intended to improve the lives of low-income children. 

The DC office is also home to NCYL’s Education Civil Rights Alliance (ECRA), a diverse and experienced group of litigators, policy counsel, organizers, educator organizations, professional associations, and civil rights organizations that are committed to protecting the civil rights of marginalized students. The DC office intends to hire one law clerk to support the ECRA’s work.

Unless applicants indicate a preference to contribute to impact litigation or ECRA exclusively, the DC office will consider each applicant for both the litigation and ECRA law clerkships.

Essential Functions

Litigation

  • Research novel issues within youth law
  • Write legal memoranda
  • Assist in ongoing impact litigation efforts

Education Civil Rights Alliance

  • Launch state and local campaigns aimed at eliminating illegal education inequity, harassment, and discrimination
  • Build the capacity of state Attorneys General offices
  • Develop, collect, and disseminate resources for local stakeholders
  • Perform legal research through WestLaw and/or LexisNexis

The Oakland, CA Team

The Oakland office’s staff includes policy, legal, and direct services staff. Law clerks in the Oakland office will work with a highly experienced group of attorneys and staff with strong civil rights backgrounds. Policy and legal staff work on cases and campaigns in multiple states, including work focused on the foster care system, juvenile justice, education, immigration, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and health access and equity.

Essential Functions

  • Research novel issues within youth law
  • Write legal and policy memoranda
  • Assist in ongoing impact litigation efforts
  • Assist with administrative and legislative policy campaigns
  • Participate in community partnership work

Qualifications

  • Current law student
  • Knowledge and understanding of NCYL’s mission
  • 1 year experience with and or exposure to at least one of the following:
    • Communities of Color
    • Low Income Communities
    • Child or Youth Centered Activities
  • Ability to commit 37.5 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks, between June and August 2021

Stipend

Program participants will receive a stipend of $2000 to defray living expenses.

How To Apply

Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled or until January 17, 2021. Applicants must submit the following:

  • Resume (not including GPA)
  • Cover letter describing your particular interest in working for NCYL and understanding of NCYL’s mission
  • 5-7 page writing sample that demonstrates legal analytical skills

NCYL will not participate in regional or school-based career fairs taking place after the January 17 deadline if all clerk spots have been filled. All students are encouraged to apply as early as they are permitted to do so by their schools.

Apply at:

https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/359537/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Summer-Law-Clerk 

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.


Policy Clerks, 2021 Bill Grimm Memorial Summer Clerk Program

William Lee “Bill” Grimm, Senior Director at the National Center for Youth Law, was a public impact attorney who worked for 43 years transforming and redeeming some of the most troubled child welfare systems in America. To honor him and his powerful legacy, in partnership with his family and friends, we have created the Bill Grimm Memorial Summer Clerk Program. Read more about Bill here.

Position

The National Center for Youth Law is committed to hiring clerks who reflect the racial and cultural diversity of our clients. Students of color, those who will increase the diversity of NCYL, and those with personal experience in our practice areas are strongly encouraged to apply. 

NCYL seeks up to 2 policy-focused students to support its Oakland office during Summer 2021. Under the mentorship of their supervising legal or policy staff members, Policy Clerks will work on projects impacting low-income children and youth.

The Oakland office’s staff includes policy, legal, and direct services staff. Policy and legal staff work on cases and campaigns in multiple states, including work focused on the foster care system, juvenile justice, education, immigration, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and health access and equity.

Essential Functions

  • Research novel issues within youth law and policy
  • Analyze and interpret data related to youth systems
  • Support legislative policy and/or budget campaigns
  • Write policy briefs and other lobbying materials
  • Participate in state and local coalitions and provide technical assistance to community partners

Qualifications

  • Current graduate or undergraduate student preferred
  • Knowledge and understanding of NCYL’s mission
  • 1 year experience with and or exposure to at least one of the following:
    • Communities of Color
    • Low Income Communities
    • Child or Youth Centered Activities
  • Ability to commit 37.5 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks, between June and August 2021 

Stipend

  • Program participants will receive a stipend of $2000 to defray living expenses.

How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled or until January 17, 2021. Applicants must submit the following:

  • Resume (not including GPA)
  • Cover letter describing your particular interest in working for NCYL and understanding of NCYL’s mission
  • 5-7 page writing sample that demonstrates legal analytical skills

NCYL will not participate in regional or school-based career fairs taking place after the January 17 deadline if all clerk spots have been filled. All students are encouraged to apply as early as they are permitted to do so by their schools.

Apply at:

https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/359549/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Summer-Policy-Clerk 

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.