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Request for Proposals: Youth Engagement Consultant

Senior Administrative Associate, Operations

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No longer accepting applications:

2022 Summer DC & Oakland Law Clerk Program 

2022 Summer Oakland Policy Clerk Program 

Educator Engagement Coordinator, Education Civil Rights Alliance 

2022 Spring Youth Justice Initiative Policy Clerk 

FosterEd Education Liaison – Maricopa County, AZ 

Senior Policy Associate – Mental Health

2022 Spring Washington DC Law Clerkship 

2022 Spring Juvenile Justice Policy Clerk 

 


Request for Proposals: Youth Engagement Consultant

Introduction

The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) seeks a consultant to work with the staff and board to develop a blueprint for how the organization can better collaborate with young people to shape and guide our goals, strategies, and work. Possibilities include having young people serve on NCYL’s governing board, inviting youth to serve as guests on board committees, developing a youth advisory board, and/or developing a structure wherein youth advisors and board members can collaborate. We hope the consultant will also develop a project plan and timeline to guide implementation of the blueprint for youth engagement.

NCYL Background

For over 50 years, NCYL has amplified youth power, dismantled racism and other structural inequities, and built just policies, practices, and culture in support of young people. We work to achieve a world in which every child thrives and has a full and fair opportunity to achieve the future they envision for themselves. Our work advances justice through research, community collaboration, impact litigation, and policy advocacy that fundamentally transforms our nation’s approach to education, health, immigration, foster care, and youth justice.

Some NCYL teams have youth advisory boards or similar structures specific to their work. One of the goals of this consultancy is to leverage those structures and the expertise of staff supporting youth engagement.

Scope of Work

NCYL seeks a consultant to develop the following:

  1. A blueprint for how the organization can better collaborate with young people to shape and guide the goals, strategies, and work of the organization. The plan should include:
  • Recommendations for an organizational structure, whether that be having young people serve on NCYL’s governing board, developing a young person advisory board, or developing interlocking boards (hybrid) that foster meaningful youth engagement.
  • Recommendations regarding youth to be engaged, including: ideal number of young people to include, demographics, age ranges, lived experiences, roles and term limits. NCYL works extensively with young people in the foster care system, young people impacted by the juvenile justice system, young people who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation, young people detained in immigration facilities, young people directly impacted by structural racism in schools and other systems and youth who have experienced more than one of these systems or circumstances.
  • Processes for identifying, recruiting, selecting and preparing young people to partner with NCYL along with a retention strategy.
  • The types of issues to bring to the young people for discussion and feedback, such that their expertise is maximized and the organization benefits from their engagement.
  • The types of training, preparation, and support needed for NCYL’s board and NCYL staff who will be interacting with these young people.
  • The types of training, preparation, and support NCYL should provide the young people, either directly or through contractors.
  • How to support the young people so they feel valued and benefit from the experience personally and professionally, and such that NCYL is responsive to the issues and life circumstances that may emerge during their term. This includes the staffing and resources NCYL will need to commit to make this successful, and the boundaries NCYL should set to maintain professional relationships.
  • At what level and through which mechanisms the young people should be compensated.
  • How this new organizational engagement with young people will help support, and be supported by, team-level youth engagement.
  • A suggested feedback mechanism to ensure youth are being asked how the process of engaging with NCYL is working on not working for them and what can be improved or changed.
  1. An operations plan and timeline for implementing the blueprint.

Timeline

The blueprint and plan should be completed by May 1st, 2022, in time for NCYL’s spring Board meeting.

Requirements

Consultants participating in the RFP process must meet the following minimum qualifications to be considered:

  1. Be well versed in youth engagement, issues facing system-impacted young people, racial justice, the principles of positive youth development, and youth advisory boards.
  2. Have a minimum of 5 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations.
  3. Have no personal or organizational conflicts of interest.

Proposal Requirements

The following information, forms and documents are to be submitted with the proposal:

  1. An introductory letter indicating the organization’s/consultant’s interest in offering these services to NCYL. The letter should include the consultant’s firm name, authorized contact person, physical and email address, and telephone number.
  2. Description of consultant’s experience, including experience working with nonprofit organizations.
  3. Description of consultant’s knowledge of and experience with youth advisory boards and/or system-impacted young people.
  4. References from 3 nonprofit organizations with whom you have worked including organization’s name, physical address, contact person, contact person’s name, email and telephone number and a 2-3 sentence description of the nature of the relationship.
  5. A proposal that describes the consultant’s approach and plans for accomplishing the work outlined in the scope of work. The plan should include how the consultant will gather information and feedback from young people, other organizations with youth advisory boards or youth serving on their board, the NCYL board, and NCYL staff with expertise in this area.
  6. Proposed Time Commitment (number of hours) and Cost.

Total materials submitted should not exceed five pages.

Proposal Submission

Questions regarding the RFP may be sent to NCYL Executive Director Jesse Hahnel at jhahnel@youthlaw.org.

Proposal must be submitted by February 15, 2022, through this link: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/883731/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Request-for-Proposals-Youth-Engagement-Consultant

Proposals sent via email will not be considered.


Senior Administrative Associate, Operations

Operations Team 

NCYL’s 8-member Operations Team includes Human Resources, IT, Finance, and administrative functions and is led by the Deputy Director of Operations & Finance. This fun-loving and energetic team supports NCYL’s work and staff across all departments and locations. Its goal is to equitably and strategically build and implement systems and processes to reduce barriers for employees and support the business goals of the organization. 

Position 

 NCYL seeks a Senior Administrative Associate to provide administrative and project support to the Operations Team and a variety of cross-organizational committees. This person will also provide facility management to NCYL’s Oakland office and other offices, and will coordinate events, meetings, and travel. This person will have a strong attention to detail and well-developed interpersonal skills.  This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is passionate about how organizations support teams. 

Essential Functions 

  • Provide multi-faceted administrative support and assistance to the Operations Team, including HR, IT, accounting and facilities.  
  • Provide logistical and administrative support to the board of directors and NCYL’s committees, including the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, Executive Committee, Covid Internal Response Team, etc. 
  • Schedule and coordinate meetings, travel, and other organizational events. 
  • Provide informed responses to routine inquiries from external and internal sources.  
  • Provide facilities management including interfacing with building management and coordinating the opening and closing of NCYL offices. 
  • Function as the primary office manager for the Oakland office and provide office management oversight and coordination with other NCYL offices. 

Required Qualifications 

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience providing administrative support, including office and project management. 

Other Qualifications 

  • Ability to manage a wide range of administrative and support tasks across the entire organization. 
  • Ability to independently initiate and implement processes to manage projects, information and people. 
  • Ability to use a racial justice lens with a commitment to work in, and contribute to, a diverse workplace.   
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive and strategic relationships at all levels of the organization.   
  • Strong attention to detail with the ability to manage multiple projects, tasks and prioritize so deadlines are met.   
  • Demonstrated ability to be resourceful by gathering and analyzing information then creating work product from the information. 

Physical Requirements 

Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer. Ability to lift a 15-lb. package.  

Salary and Location 

This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Salary is competitive at $70,828.00 annually. 

This job will require occasional travel. While most of NCYL staff will work remotely through 2022, this position will work out of the Oakland office 5-days a week, with the option to work from home 1-day per week after the 90-day introductory period. 

Benefits 

NCYL provides a 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. 

How to Apply   

Please submit a cover letter and resume. Please, no calls or emails.    

Apply at this link: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/866900/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Senior-Administrative-Associate

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. 


2022 Summer DC & Oakland Law Clerk Program

Position

NCYL seeks law students to support its Washington, DC and Oakland offices during Summer 2022. Under the mentorship of their supervising legal or policy staff members, summer clerks will work on projects impacting low-income children and youth.

This position is a remote opportunity.  Clerks will not be required to relocate or work in person. NCYL’s workplace continues to evolve and thrive following more than a year of fully remote work. As Summer 2022 approaches, NCYL will continue to evaluate whether clerks will have the ability to complete any portion of the program in person.

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.

Requirements

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
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Belief that racism exists
  • One (1) year of 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 2022

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 14, 2022. 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 14 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:

No longer accepting applications.

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.


2022 Summer Oakland Policy Clerk Program

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 two (2) policy-focused students to support its Oakland, California office during Summer 2022. 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
  • Understanding of and commitment to NCYL’s mission
  • Belief that racism exists
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • 1 year experience with 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 2022

Stipend

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

How to Apply

No longer accepting applications.

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.


Educator Engagement Coordinator, Education Civil Rights Alliance

The Team – Education Civil Rights Alliance

NCYL’s Education Civil Rights Alliance (ECRA) team engages in education justice and resource equity work in partnership with many entities at the national, state, and local levels, across the nation. The team seeks systemic change – through coalition-building, policy advocacy, litigation, communications, and organizing – to increase equity within the education systems that serve children and youth, from early childhood through post-secondary education. A description of our work can be found here: www.edrights.org.

Position

The Educator Engagement Coordinator will build on existing work to recruit and train educators on key education equity issues and to speak out in the media and with policymakers. This is an exceptional opportunity to lead new work organizing and engaging educator voices.  The Educator Engagement Coordinator will work to ensure that children have access to culturally diverse curricula and materials in school and can learn the full and accurate history and current realities of racism and other discrimination in our nation.

Essential Functions

  • Lead and manage the educator engagement work with multiple partners and deliverables while providing a high level of communication about implementation and progress.
  • Connect and build relationships with and among educators and mobilize educators to action.
  • Plan and facilitate meetings with ECRA membership, allies, and committees and represent the organization at national, state, and local events.
  • Interpret complex policy and/or research for educator audiences by synthesizing materials, distilling key points, and reducing jargon.
  • Produce high-quality materials with and for educators, such as fact sheets, policymaker letters and testimony, as well as op-eds, social media posts, and other communications materials with the support of ECRA teammates and NCYL communications staff.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of two years of work experience teaching in public elementary and/or secondary school(s).
  • Minimum of two years of experience in large groups or coalitions working to achieve collective action.

Other Qualifications

  • Three years of professional work experience involving written and oral communication, beyond the 2 years of teaching experience.
  • One year in a leadership/facilitator role in a large group or coalition.
  • Passion for education equity, including ensuring that curricula and materials are culturally affirming and truthful.
  • Commitment to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion with an ability to use a racial justice lens.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically, then execute and implement effectively and efficiently.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines and produce high-quality work product in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to interpret complex policies and research and then synthesize materials, distill down to key points, and reduce jargon.
  • Ability to distill complicated content into compelling messaging.
  • Understanding of public policy and advocacy.
  • Ability to navigate cloud servers, Zoom, Twitter, Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite and other software.

Physical Requirements

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

Salary and Location

This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is competitive at $94,194.00 annually. A geographic salary differential may be applied if the candidate resides somewhere other than Oakland, CA, Los Angeles, CA, or Washington, DC.

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

This position is eligible for 100% remote work for 2022. Candidates must reside in CA, AZ, RI, DC, VA, MD, NY, CO, or WI. It is possible that in 2023, NCYL will require people to work in an office, in which case they will need to be in a location where they can commute to the office daily.

Benefits

NCYL provides a 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.

How to Apply

No longer accepting applications.

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. 


2022 Spring Youth Justice Initiative Policy Clerk

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 one (1) policy-focused student to support its California-based youth justice advocacy during the Spring 2022 semester. The clerk will work with a highly experienced group of attorneys and policy advocates to uplift the voices of system-impacted youth and families, community leaders, and youth development experts, and advance reforms focused on reducing our state’s reliance on punitive, ineffective practices and expanding community-driven, health-centered approaches to youth justice.  

Stipend 

Policy clerks will receive a stipend of $520.  

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 
  • Understanding of and commitment to NCYL’s mission 
  • Belief that racism exists 
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • One (1) year of 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 

Physical Requirements  

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

How to Apply 

No longer accepting applications.

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.


FosterEd Education Liaison – Maricopa County, AZ

Team Description

FosterEd Arizona is a part of the Compassionate Education Systems initiative at NCYL, which is 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, and other stakeholders to implement this statewide program, with regional focus areas in Pima, Maricopa, and Yavapai counties.

Position

NCYL seeks an Education Liaison for the FosterEd Arizona program in Maricopa County, a collaboration with Phoenix Union High School District and Arizona’s Department of Child Safety (DCS). This person will be passionate about improving education outcomes for youth in the foster care system. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to work on a dynamic team and have deep impact on young people.

Essential Functions

  • Improve educational outcomes for youth in foster care by working directly with youth to identify their educational goals, utilizing effective education planning, advocacy, and addressing barriers to full educational engagement.
  • Bring together parents, caregivers, probation officers, behavioral health case managers, teachers, and other adults to support students.
  • Provide coaching and support to students to help them champion their own education.
  • Provide coaching and support to educational decision-makers for young people in foster care to ensure they are equipped to actively support the youth’s education.
  • Advocate for special education/section 504 services, school of origin retention, and in school disciplinary proceedings.
  • Attend frequent meetings to advocate on behalf of youth
  • Build relationships with schools, caregivers, child welfare staff and other service providers within those communities.
  • Support knowledge and advocacy-building efforts via presentations and trainings to community partners.
  • Track required data and enter case notes in a web-based case management tool in a consistent and timely manner.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience working with youth in the foster care system
  • Ability to obtain an Arizona Level 1 Fingerprint Clearance Card

Other Qualifications

  • Commitment to NCYL’s mission and ability to utilize a racial justice lens.
  • Knowledge of the legal protections for youth in foster care under Every Student Succeeds Act.
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed and culturally sensitive practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly build rapport with youth and families, especially through virtual/remote engagement.
  • Ability to identify school-based and external community-based resources and make appropriate referrals.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and coordinate services with community agencies in a professional manner.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work well autonomously and as a part of a team.
  • Ability to stay organized with multiple work streams.
  • Excellent creative problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to navigate cloud servers, Zoom, phone systems and other software.
  • A valid Arizona driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Bilingual proficiency in Spanish preferred.

Physical Requirements

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

Salary and Location

This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Salary is competitive at $56,711 annually.

The applicant must reside in, or be willing to move to, Arizona. This position requires travel to multiple sites in Maricopa County, Arizona, and the ability to work remotely.

Benefits

NCYL provides a 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.

How to Apply 

No longer accepting applications.

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.


Senior Policy Associate – Mental Health

Position  

NCYL seeks a Senior Policy Associate to help advance mental health care for children and youth, with a focus on supporting our California research and policy advocacy work. This is a great opportunity for an individual who has knowledge of and experience with California’s children’s mental health system to contribute to systems-level impact and reform.

Essential Functions 

  • Provide strategic, logistical, and administrative support to the Health Team on mental health projects
  • Coordinate and facilitate focus groups, interviews, and other events with youth, families, and providers
  • Assist in policy development, integrating youth and community voices with data review and research to build creative, multi-dimensional advocacy strategies. Draft policy briefs and other advocacy materials
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with external partners, such as state and local mental health advocacy coalitions
  • Produce high quality, research-based training, program, and promotional materials
  • Connect and facilitate conversations among the public, community stakeholders, and elected officials

Qualifications 

  • At least two (2) years of experience working in or with California’s children’s mental health system, as an attorney, advocate, mental health provider, social worker, or other direct service provider
  • A least five (5) years of experience in research and training development
  • Experience working with youth and families
  • Ability to use a racial justice lens
  • Understanding of culturally responsive, trauma-informed practices
  • Knowledge and understanding of NCYL’s mission
  • Excellent research skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Physical Requirements

Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer. Requires ability to work remotely and may require occasional travel.

Salary and Location

This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is competitive at $85,676.00 annually. A geographic salary differential may be applied if the candidate resides somewhere other than San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles, CA, or Washington, DC.

This position is eligible for 100% remote work for 2022. Candidates must reside in CA, AZ, Rhode Island, DC, VA, MD, NY, CO, or WI. It is possible that in 2023, NCYL will require people to work in an office, in which case they will need to be in a location where they can commute to the office regularly. We are actively engaging in this conversation as an organization and don’t know what remote work will look like in 2023.

Benefits

NCYL provides a 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.

How to Apply  

No longer accepting applications.

Applicants with personal experience with a mental health system 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.


2022 Spring Washington DC Law Clerkship [no longer accepting applications]

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 during Spring 2022. 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.  

This position is a remote opportunity. Clerks will not be required to relocate or work in person. NCYL’s workplace continues to evolve and thrive following more than a year of fully remote work.  As spring 2022 approaches, NCYL will continue to evaluate whether clerks will have the ability to complete any portion of the program in person.  

Stipend 

Law Clerks will receive a stipend of $520.  

Essential Functions 

Litigation 

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

Qualifications 

  • Current law student 
  • Understanding of and commitment to NCYL’s mission 
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • Belief that racism exists 
  • One (1) year of 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

Physical Requirements 

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

How To Apply 

Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled or until December 1, 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 December 1 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: 

No longer accepting applications.

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. 


2022 Spring Juvenile Justice Policy Clerk [no longer accepting applications]

Position

NCYL seeks up to two (2) policy-focused students to support its Juvenile Justice team from January through May 2022. Under the mentorship of their supervising legal or policy staff members, these clerks will support advocacy to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline and support our Debt Free Justice campaign, focused on eliminating the unjust costs of court involvement for youth. The Juvenile Justice team works in multiple states; significant efforts are ongoing in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.

NCYL 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 as a clerk.

This position is a remote opportunity. Clerks will not be required to relocate or work in person. NCYL’s workplace continues to evolve and thrive following more than a year of fully remote work.  As spring 2022 approaches, NCYL will continue to evaluate whether clerks will have the ability to complete any portion of the program in person.  

Essential Functions

  • Research novel issues related to juvenile justice and education law and policy
  • Analyze and interpret data related to youth systems
  • Support legislative policy and/or budget campaigns
  • Write policy briefs
  • Participate in state and local coalitions
  • Conduct outreach to current and potential community partners
  • Participate in weekly team meetings and/or one-on-one supervisions

Stipend

Students will receive a stipend in the amount of $1600.

Requirements

Qualifications

  • Current graduate or undergraduate student, or enrolled in law school
  • Strong commitment to advancing racial and social justice and ability to use racial justice lens
  • Interest in protecting the rights of low-income children and youth, and children and youth of color
  • Ability to commit 15 hours per week from January through May 2022

Physical Requirements

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

How to Apply

No longer accepting applications.

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.