National Center for Youth Law

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Law Clerk – Oakland

Law Clerk -Washington, D.C.

Program Associate, Immigration – Oakland

Law Clerk, Oakland

The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) advances justice by defending the rights of children and improving the systems impacting their lives. We focus on complex challenges that disproportionately impact children and communities of color and on solutions that require multiple public systems to change their policies, practices and culture.

Our work encompasses policy advocacy, research, technical assistance, public awareness, and impact litigation in the areas of child welfare, education access and equity, commercial sexual exploitation of children, juvenile justice, the school-to-prison pipeline and immigration

NCYL is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We built our reputation and organizational success on embracing and encourage the collective sum of individual differences among our staff.

NCYL is headquartered in Oakland, CA. For decades, NCYL has worked to ensure children and youth have the resources, supports, and opportunities they need to advance and thrive.  The Oakland office has led the charge to create high impact campaigns within the multiple public systems serving vulnerable children, using a full range of advocacy strategies.  Each law clerk in the Oakland office will work with their assigned team to advocate within a specific focus area (e.g. child welfare, immigration, juvenile justice).  Some law clerks in Oakland will contribute to litigation efforts, while others will engage in non-litigation strategies.

Requirements
  • The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) seeks law students to work in its Oakland office during Spring & Summer 2020. Law clerks will work closely with NCYL attorneys on projects impacting low-income children and youth.
  • NCYL is interested in applicants with a strong commitment to social justice. In particular, applicants should demonstrate interest in protecting the rights of low-income children and youth. Under the mentorship of their supervising attorneys, clerks will research novel issues within youth law, write legal and policy memoranda, and assist in ongoing litigation, policy, and legislative efforts.
  • The minimum required time commitment for Spring 2020 is 10-15 hours per week; applicants for full-time externships will also be considered.
  • The required time commitment for Summer 2020 is 37.5 hours per week for ten weeks.
  • Each law clerk in the Oakland office will work with their assigned team to advocate within a specific focus area (e.g. child welfare, immigration, juvenile justice).  Some law clerks in Oakland will contribute to litigation efforts, while others will engage in non-litigation strategies.

To Apply 

Please submit the following application materials to the applicable links below:

  • Cover letter (including any specific interests in NCYL’s ongoing projects)
  • Resume
  • Short writing sample

NCYL anticipates hiring 2-4 spring law clerks and 6-9 summer law clerks for the Oakland office. Click here to apply.

Deadlines

NCYL recruits law students throughout the year and reviews applications on a rolling basis.  Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Spring 2020: November 8, 2019
  • Summer 2020: Rolling

Please note that NCYL does not offer paid clerkships. However, NCYL is committed, subject to available resources, to assist those who require financial assistance in order to accept this position. NCYL encourages students to seek a clinical placement through their school or apply for outside funding to support their work. NCYL routinely works with law schools to secure academic credit for the student.

The National Center for Youth Law is committed to hiring a group of students that 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 as a summer clerk.

NCYL is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, disability, religion, age, personal appearance, size, marital status, family responsibilities, matriculation, or genetic information.


Law Clerk, Washington, DC

National Center for Youth Law 

The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) advances justice by defending the rights of children and improving the systems impacting their lives. We focus on complex challenges that disproportionately impact children and communities of color and on solutions that require multiple public systems to change their policies, practices and culture.

Our work encompasses policy advocacy, research, technical assistance, public awareness, and impact litigation in the areas of child welfare, education access and equity, commercial sexual exploitation of children, juvenile justice, the school-to-prison pipeline and immigration

NCYL is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We built our reputation and organizational success on embracing and encourage the collective sum of individual differences among our staff.

Requirements
  • The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) seeks law students to work in its Oakland and Washington DC offices during Fall 2019, and Spring & Summer 2020. Law clerks will work closely with NCYL attorneys on projects impacting low-income children and youth.
  • NCYL is interested in applicants with a strong commitment to social justice. In particular, applicants should demonstrate interest in protecting the rights of low-income children and youth. Under the mentorship of their supervising attorneys, clerks will research novel issues within youth law, write legal and policy memoranda, and assist in ongoing litigation, policy, and legislative efforts.
  • The minimum required time commitment for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 is 10-15 hours per week; applicants for full-time externships will also be considered.
  • The required time commitment for Summer 2020 is 37.5 hours per week for ten weeks.

Education Civil Rights Alliance Clerkship

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. This law clerk will support aspects of the following ECRA projects:

  • Launching state and local campaigns aimed at eliminating illegal education inequity, harassment, and discrimination, including the inequitable distribution of resources, through legal action and other strategies;
  • Building the capacity of state Attorney General offices to protect and strengthen foundational education equity;
  • Developing, collecting, and disseminating resources to help local stakeholders ensure schools in their communities are safe, supportive, and educate students
  • Elevating the voice of educators and ensuring their lived experiences in the classroom is informing solutions; and
  • Raising public awareness of the challenges marginalized students experience, and of the potential for legal action.

Unless applicants indicate a preference to contribute to litigation or ECRA exclusively, the DC office will consider each applicant for both the litigation clerkship and the ECRA clerkship.  Applicants for the ECRA clerkship must be comfortable with legal research through WestLaw and/or LexisNexis.

To Apply 

Please submit the following application materials to the applicable links below:

  • Cover letter (including any specific interests in NCYL’s ongoing projects)
  • Resume
  • Short writing sample

NCYL anticipates hiring 2-4 fall law clerks, 2-4 spring law clerks and 2-4 summer law clerks for the DC office. Click here to apply.

Deadlines

NCYL recruits law students throughout the year and reviews applications on a rolling basis.  Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall 2019: August 30, 2019
  • Spring 2020: November 8, 2019
  • Summer 2020: January 17, 2020

Please note that NCYL does not offer paid clerkships. However, NCYL is committed, subject to available resources, to assist those who require financial assistance in order to accept this position. NCYL encourages students to seek a clinical placement through their school or apply for outside funding to support their work. NCYL routinely works with law schools to secure academic credit for the student.

The National Center for Youth Law is committed to hiring a group of students that 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 as a summer clerk.

NCYL is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, disability, religion, age, personal appearance, size, marital status, family responsibilities, matriculation, or genetic information.


Program Associate, Immigration

National Center for Youth Law 

The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) advances justice by defending the rights of children and improving the systems impacting their lives. We focus on complex challenges that disproportionately impact children and communities of color and on solutions that require multiple public systems to change their policies, practices and culture.  

NCYL is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We strive to embrace and encourage the collective sum of individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent our employees invest in their work that represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization’s success. 

Position 

NCYL seeks a dynamic, talented, program associate to support our Immigration team, which focuses on advocating for immigrant childrenincluding unaccompanied children in federal immigration custody and children involved in state child welfare and/or juvenile justice systemsThe Program Associate will be a valued member of a team seeking to protect the civil rights of immigrant youth, reduce the number of youth detained in federal custody, and ensure immigrant children and youth are effectively served by the public systems with which they interact. This position will be based out of our Oakland office 

Essential Functions 

  • Assisting with and managing grant applications, proposals, and progress reports. 
  • Assisting with external communications and outreach, including helping to maintain NCYL’s presence on social media and creating new content for our NCYL’s website.  
  • Preparing, editing, and formatting documents for external audiences.  
  • Providing technology support, including supporting the rollout of new technology systems. 
  • Coordinating team meetings, including scheduling meetings, collecting agenda items, taking minutes and distributing resources.  
  • Supporting communication with external partners.  
  • Conducting academic and factual research, as needed. 
  • Assisting with other administrative tasks as needed. 
  • Supporting and participating in core activities of NCYL. 

 Required Qualifications 

  • Passionate about supporting the well-being of immigrant children and youth. 
  • Extremely organized with a demonstrated ability to prioritize and meet deadlines 
  • Strong attention to detail to produce a high quality work in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Flexibility to respond quickly and positively to shifting demands and opportunities. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills that support team collaboration. 
  • Ability to think critically and creatively to solve complex problems and remain mission driven. 
  • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel. 
  • Ability to learn and manage software and technology systems. 
  • Ability and willingness to travel. 
  • Able to support and work well with team members in other locations. 
  • Commitment to NCYL’s mission. 

 Desired Qualifications 

  • Fluency in oral and written Spanish. 
  • Knowledge of immigration, child welfare, education and/or juvenile justice policy. 
  • Ability to do simple graphic design / document layout.  
  • Experience using SharePoint, Salesforce, and Adobe Acrobat. 
  • Direct or indirect experience with the immigration system. 

Salary and Benefits and Location 

This is a full-time, non-exempt position with a salary of $60,000 

  • 100 % Employer paid premiums for health insurance for employee and dependents, 50% paid for spouse  
  • 100 % Employer paid premiums for dental for employee and family 
  • 100 % Employer paid premiums for vision employee and family 
  • Life, short-term and long-term disability insurance 
  • Vacation benefits (3 weeks the first year, 4 weeks thereafter) 
  • 2 fully paid personal days (1 fully paid personal day if start date is after July 1st) 
  • 12 sick leave days 
  • 4% employer contribution to a 403(b) retirement plan (no vesting period) 
  • 3 month fully paid sabbatical after 6 years of full time employment or equivalent 
  • Transit & Parking Commuter Benefit  
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) 
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA) 
  • $1,500 Annual Professional Development Stipend  

How to Apply 

Please submit a cover letterresume, and three professional references through the link belowNo phone calls or emails please. 

Applications will be accepted until August 21, 2019 at 4pm. 

Apply at: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/List/1881/National-Center-For-Youth-Law 

NCYL is an affirmative action / 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 informationApplicants of colorthose who will increase the diversity of NCYL, and those with personal experience with the immigration system are strongly encouraged to apply.