National Center for Youth Law

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Deputy Director of Program, Policy and Litigation – Oakland, CA or Washington, DC

Senior Attorney, Legal Advocacy – Oakland, CA or Washington, DC

Attorney, Child Welfare & Legal Advocacy – Oakland

Development Manager – Oakland

Law Clerk – Oakland

Law Clerk -Washington, D.C.


Deputy Director of Program, Policy and Litigation, Oakland CA or Washington, DC

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 built our reputation and organizational success on embracing and encouraging the collective sum of individual differences among our staff.

Position

NCYL seeks a dynamic, strategic, Deputy Director of Program, Policy and Litigation, responsible for guiding the organization’s efforts on behalf of children and youth. This position will report to the Executive Director and be based out of either our Oakland or Washington D.C. office.

Essential Functions

  • Ensuring NCYL’s efforts are both responsive to changing conditions and planned strategically.
  • Partnering with the Executive Director to set the organization’s strategic priorities.
  • Increasing communication and collaboration within NCYL to deepen our impact.
  • Helping to lead efforts aimed at increasing organizational diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Leading a process through which our work on behalf of children and youth increasingly incorporates an explicit focus on racial equity.
  • Furthering our commitment to youth engagement.
  • Supervising and partnering with Senior Director level staff to guide, plan, and oversee impact litigation, policy development and advocacy, public agency partnerships, research, demonstration sites, communications, and coalition building, across a wide variety of children’s issues.

Required Qualifications

  • Passionate about the organization’s mission.
  • J.D. Degree, admitted to practice law.

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of immigration, child welfare, education, juvenile justice, or children’s health care systems and policy.
  • Ability to identify how work at NCYL is interconnected and how our work intersects with deeply rooted structural inequities in our country.
  • Experience and success leading multi-strategy campaigns with deep and broad impact.
  • Significant experience in one or more of the following: policy development and advocacy; impact litigation; private-public partnerships; operating direct service programs; or research.
  • Experience helping to lead efforts aimed at improving internal diversity, equity and inclusion; and experience helping to lead system-change efforts aimed at dismantling structural racism and increasing racial equity.
  • Ability to supervise senior staff, including those working in other offices, in a way that is deferential to the expertise of staff and supports and furthers their leadership.
  • Ability and willingness to travel, especially to all of NCYL’s office locations.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt, position. Salary is competitive at $142,655, $156,966, or $172,651. NCYL provides health, dental, life, generous vacation and sick benefits, commuter benefits, employer contribution to a retirement plan and short-term and long-term disability insurance.

How to Apply   

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references through the link below. No phone calls or emails please. Apply at: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/184559/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/DeputyDirector-of-Policy-Litigation

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 information. Applicants of color and those who will increase the diversity of NCYL are strongly encouraged to apply.


Senior Attorney, Legal Advocacy, Oakland or Washington, DC

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 has an active impact litigation portfolio, with cases against the federal government, state agencies, counties, and school districts. Through our impact litigation, we are actively defending the rights of our most marginalized children and youth, including immigrant children held in detention centers, children and youth in foster care, children and youth denied mental health services, youth involved in the juvenile justice system, students of color, and students with disabilities.

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 encouraging the collective sum of individual differences among our staff.

Position

NCYL seeks a Senior Attorney to support and help lead our impact litigation efforts, with a focus on our national immigration cases. Immigration experience is helpful but not required. We are seeking candidates with experience helping to lead complex impact litigation in the federal courts.

Essential Functions

  • Helping to lead and develop impact litigation.
  • Case development and investigations and analysis of legal claims.
  • Legal research and analysis.
  • Collaborating with other NCYL staff and with co-counsel.
  • Litigation, and post-litigation enforcement of judgments/settlements, including drafting complaints, motions, memoranda, and briefs; engaging in discovery, including conducting depositions and working with experts; and participating in mediation or settlement negotiations.
  • Collaborating with immigrant children’s advocates throughout the country on litigation.
  • Developing new impact litigation on behalf of vulnerable children including immigrant children and youth.

Required Qualifications

  • J.D. degree
  • Admitted to practice law in California OR eligible to be admitted to practice law in California
  • Minimum of six years of experience at a public interest law firm or government agency with a focus on litigation OR six years of experience at a law firm with significant pro bono experience.

Desired Qualifications

  • Excellent analytic and writing skills.
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to manage complex projects.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Outstanding oral communication skills.
  • Creative problem solving and ability to stay focused on the big picture.
  • Commitment to NCYL’s overarching goals and objectives including the ability to work with children and families from diverse communities.
  • Fluency in oral and written Spanish.
  • Knowledge of immigration law.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt, position. Salary is competitive at $88,615.00 or $97,431.00. NCYL provides health, dental, life, generous vacation and sick benefits, commuter benefits, employer contribution to a retirement plan and short-term and long-term disability insurance.

How to Apply   

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Submit a cover letter and resume to apply. No phone calls or emails please.

Apply at: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/185124/National-Center-ForYouth-Law/Senior-Attorney—Immigration

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 information. Applicants of color and those who will increase the diversity of NCYL are strongly encouraged to apply.


Attorney, Child Welfare & Legal Advocacy, 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.

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 encouraging the collective sum of individual differences among our staff.

Position

NCYL seeks an Attorney to work on impact litigation and policy initiatives on behalf of children and youth in the child welfare system. The attorney will also work on litigation and policy projects focused on improving access to quality mental health care for system-involved children and youth.

Essential Functions

  • Supporting litigation efforts.
  • Case development, including on-site interviews and investigations and analysis of potential legal claims.
  • Conducting legal research and analysis.
  • Litigation, and post-litigation enforcement of judgments/settlements, including drafting complaints, motions, memoranda, and briefs; and engaging in discovery.
  • Leading and supporting policy projects.
  • Working with stakeholder groups to advance policy initiatives.
  • Collaborating with other NCYL staff and with co-counsel.

Required Qualifications

  • J.D. degree
  • Admitted to practice law in California OR eligible to be admitted to practice law in California
  • At least two years of experience at a public interest law firm or government agency with a focus on litigation or policy OR three years of experience at a law firm with significant pro bono experience.

Desired Qualifications

  • Significant substantive knowledge of foster care and/or mental health care systems.
  • Policy, social work, or community organizing background.
  • Experience with coalition building.
  • Excellent analytic and writing skills.
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to manage complex projects.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Outstanding oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of the challenges facing children and youth in foster care.
  • Creative problem solving and ability to stay focused on the big-picture.
  • Commitment to NCYL’s overarching goals and objectives.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is competitive at $60,565.00 or $66,633.00 or $73,274.00. NCYL provides health, dental, life, generous vacation and sick benefits, commuter benefits, employer contribution to a retirement plan and short-term and long-term disability insurance.

How to Apply   

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Submit a cover letter and resume to apply. No phone calls or emails please.

Apply at: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/185792/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Attorney- –Child-Welfare

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 information. Applicants of color and those who will increase the diversity of NCYL are strongly encouraged to apply.


Development Manager, 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 encouraging the collective sum of individual differences among our staff.

Position – Development Manager

The Development Manager will secure funding for many of NCYL’s high-impact system reform projects. Through this role, you will engage in close partnerships with NCYL program staff across campaign areas, partner with leading national, state, and local foundations, and help drive the organization’s mission. NCYL has an $11.8M organizational budget with significant, multi-year investments from leading foundations. The Development Manager will have the opportunity to identify and implement new strategies that continue to build NCYL’s prospect pipeline.

Essential Functions

  • Collaborator
    • Cultivate and manage close relationships with NCYL Program Directors across teams. providing them with your development expertise, especially as it pertains to prospecting, funder communications, and proposal writing.
  • Strategic Partner
    • Generate new, innovative ideas and contribute to organization-wide strategic and development planning that will help ensure NCYL’s continued sustainability.
  • Proposal & Content Manager
    • Ensure that written, funder-facing materials are high quality.  Assist in crafting new, engaging content that communicates our impact and inspires and aligns NCYL staff and funders.
  • Prospect Cultivator
    • Identify and strategize best approaches to reach new funder audiences, including foundation, government, and corporate sources. 

Required Qualifications

  • Two or more years of work experience in non-profit development
  • Previous grant writing experience

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to the youth rights issues
  • Persuasive, compelling communication skills, especially in the written form
  • Exceptional attention to detail and project management skills
  • Three or more years of full-time work experience, preferably in non-profit development or philanthropy Experience successfully applying for and receiving significant private foundation grants Preference for candidates with Salesforce experience

Salary and Benefits

$73,274 or $80,601.00, depending on experience. NCYL provides health, dental, life, short and long-term disability insurance, sabbatical, sick, and vacation benefits, and an employer contribution to a 403(b) retirement plan.

Applications  

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. No calls or emails please.

Apply at: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/173585/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Development-Manager

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. Applicants of color and those who will increase the diversity of NCYL are strongly encouraged to apply.


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 (foster care), education access and equity, commercial sexual exploitation of children, juvenile justice, the school-to-prison pipeline, adolescent health, reproductive justice, and immigration.

About the Law Clerkship

Law clerks work with NCYL attorneys on litigation and policy projects. Under the mentorship of their supervising attorneys, clerks research novel issues within youth law, write legal and policy memoranda, and assist in ongoing litigation, policy, and legislative efforts. NCYL offers a robust law and policy training program to all law clerks.

NCYL is headquartered in Oakland, CA, but also offers summer law clerk positions in its Washington, DC office. See our Washington, DC posting to apply specifically to that office, or note your interest in that location in this application, if you are open to working in either Oakland or DC.

Requirements

  • 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.
  • Applicants must be current law students.
  • The required time commitment for Summer 2020 is 37.5 hours per week for ten weeks, from June to August. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible.

To Apply  

Click here to apply. Please submit the following application materials:

  • One-page cover letter (including a description of your commitment to social justice and your specific interests in NCYL’s work)
  • One-page resume
  • Short (4-6 pages) writing sample from law school or past law school internship

Applicants with promising applications are contacted for a 30-minute phone interview. NCYL anticipates hiring 6-9 summer law clerks for the Oakland office. Law clerks interested in working on commercial sexual exploitation of children and juvenile justice policy initiatives may be located in Los Angeles, CA and San Jose, CA, respectively.

Deadline

NCYL reviews applications and makes hiring decisions on a rolling basis. The final application deadline is January 17, 2020.

Financial Assistance

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.

Commitments

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 encouraging 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.