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Deputy Director, FosterEd California

FosterEd

FosterEd (www.foster-ed.org) is a NCYL initiative aimed at ensuring that young people who come into contact with public systems – students who are in foster care, experiencing homelessness or who have involvement with the juvenile justice system – graduate from high school with a wide array of possibilities for their future. FosterEd operates in Arizona, California, and Indiana and strives to ensure that children and youth have an educational champion, a team, and a commitment to youth centered engagement that ensures young people are partners in the the design of their educational goals and visions for their futures .   FosterEd weaves together several strategies to realize this vision, including policy, systems engagement and partnership and direct services. 

Position

NCYL seeks a Deputy Director for the FosterEd California team. The FosterEd Deputy Director will support the FosterEd California Director in the implementation of four demonstration sites across the state focused on improving the educational experiences and outcomes of students in foster care, students involved in the juvenile justice system, and students experiencing homelessness or housing instability. The Deputy Director will also support the local and state policy direction of FosterEd California, informed by the lessons learned and experiences from youth, families and communities we serve.  The Deputy Director will report to the FosterEd California Director.

Essential Functions

  • Provide leadership to support the implementation of FosterEd’s practice model in the four demonstration sites in California. This includes conducting site visits and assisting FosterEd Program Managers in addressing problems of practice in the direct services to youth.
  • Track research, legislative, and policy changes and best practices related to serving system-involved and homeless youth, working closely with the FosterEd Director and California team to meaningfully incorporate this into overall planning, project development, and policy initiatives.
  • Assist in the development of, advocacy for, and implementation of policies, including state and local legislation, state regulations, and model board policies.
  • Research, develop, and disseminate training curricula for education professionals, social workers, probation officers, caregivers, and youth.
  • Ensure data is accurately entered and consistently collected across each demonstration site. Develop and implement strategies to make real-time program data actionable to regional teams.
  • Collaborate with the FosterEd staff team to support the iteration of data, evaluation and research strategies and serve as a thought partner to the broader learning agenda for the CA program.
  • Under direction of the CA FosterEd Director, collaborate with state partners to spread effective practices and policies statewide.
  • Write issues briefs, action memos and other communication materials for external stakeholder audiences.
  • Oversee the writing, development and dissemination of a quarterly newsletter, sharing news updates, progress and other helpful resources with the field.
  • Other responsibilities, as assigned. 

Required Qualifications

  • At least three years of experience in a relevant field (such as law, child welfare, education, juvenile justice, or social services)
  • Strong work ethic and capacity to work independently
  • Detail-oriented and excellent analytic and writing skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, deadlines, and deliverables
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Knowledge of the educational and other challenges facing system-involved youth
  • Creative problem-solving and solution-orientation to addressing challenges
  • Commitment to NCYL’s overarching goals and objectives
  • Ability and willingness to do limited travel to the four FosterEd sites in California, which include Los Angeles, Monterey, Santa Clara, and Contra Costa counties with use of personal vehicle and valid driver’s license 

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and experience with the California policymaking and legislative process and strategies for advocacy in Sacramento
  • Knowledge and experience in the improvement and implementation science fields.
  • D., MPP, MPA, MPH, MSW, or advanced degree in another relevant field
  • Experience in the education field
  • Experience in the child welfare field
  • Experience in the juvenile justice field 

Salary and Benefits and Location

This is a full-time position that will be located in Oakland, Sacramento, or Los Angeles California. Salary is a range of $82,000 – $91,000 annually. *Applicants from Sacramento and Los Angeles must have the ability to commute to Oakland twice a month, and a cost-of-labor adjustment will apply depending on the location of the candidate.

NCYL provides health, dental, life, short and long-term disability insurance, vacation and sick benefits, sabbatical, and an employer contribution to a retirement plan.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume by November 3, 2018. No phone calls or emails please.

Apply at: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/63709/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Deputy-Director-FosterEd-California

Applicants of color, those who will increase the diversity of NCYL, and those with personal experience with the foster and probation systems, as well as those who have experienced homelessness are strongly encouraged to apply.

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.


Deputy Director, Research and Program Support, FosterEd

FosterEd

FosterEd (www.foster-ed.org) is a NCYL initiative aimed at improving the educational outcomes of children and youth in state care. FosterEd operates in Arizona, California, Indiana, and New Mexico and strives to ensure that every foster and probation-involved youth has an educational champion and an education team supporting his or her success in school. Our goal is that every young person in care will graduate from high school with a wide array of possibilities for their future. 

Position

NCYL seeks a Deputy Director, Research & Program Support to join our FosterEd team. The FosterEd team focuses on improving the educational experiences and outcomes of students in foster care, students involved in the juvenile justice system, and students experiencing homelessness or housing instability. One of our core strategies is to develop and implement demonstration sites, in which Education Liaisons directly serve system-involved students and students facing homelessness. This position will focus on advancing FosterEd’s work throughout California and Arizona as well as potential future sites throughout the country. This position will report to the FosterEd Director.

Essential Functions

  • Tracking research, legislative, and policy changes and best practices related to serving system-involved and homeless youth, and working with the FosterEd Director and state directors to meaningfully incorporate this into overall planning, project development, and policy initiatives
  • Conducting research and analysis to support program implementation
  • Drafting and managing contracts and MOUs with FosterEd’s external partners
  • Supporting implementation of FosterEd’s practice model for serving students in California, Arizona and future program sites
  • Developing resources for use in FosterEd program sites
  • Supervising FosterEd’s Data and Technology Manager, who develops and manages the education case management system used by FosterEd Education Liaisons
  • Working with state directors to track and use programmatic data to conduct program fidelity reviews and inform work
  • Supporting program evaluation efforts, in partnership with FosterEd state directors and external evaluators, and preparing reports to share insights about FosterEd’s work and lessons learned
  • Other responsibilities, as assigned 

Required Qualifications

  • D. degree and admitted to practice, or advanced degree in another relevant field
  • At least three years of experience in a relevant field (such as law, child welfare, education, juvenile justice, or social services)
  • Experience at the intersection of multiple public systems (e.g. child welfare and education)
  • Excellent analytic and writing skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, deadlines, and deliverables
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Knowledge of the educational and other challenges facing system-involved youth
  • Creative problem-solving and solution-orientation to addressing challenges
  • Commitment to NCYL’s overarching goals and objectives
  • Ability and willingness to travel to FosterEd sites in California and Arizona and elsewhere, as needed 

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience supervising staff and/or leading teams
  • Experience in the education field
  • Experience in the child welfare field
  • Experience in the juvenile justice field

Salary and Benefits and Location

This is a full-time position that will be located in Oakland or Sacramento, California. Salary is a range of $82,818 – $91,057 annually. *Applicants in Sacramento must have  the ability to commute to Oakland weekly and a cost-of-labor adjustment will apply depending on the location of the candidate.

NCYL provides health, dental, life, short and long-term disability insurance, vacation and sick benefits, sabbatical, and an employer contribution to a retirement plan. 

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume by October 16, 2018. No phone calls or emails please.

Apply at: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/56572/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Deputy-Director-Research-Program-Support-FosterEd

Applicants of color, those who will increase the diversity of NCYL, and those with personal experience with the foster and probation systems, as well as those who have experienced homelessness are strongly encouraged to apply.

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.


Law Clerks – Spring and Summer 2019, Oakland, CA or Washington, DC

Position 

The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) seeks law students to work in its Oakland and Washington DC offices during Spring and Summer 2019. Law clerks will work closely with NCYL attorneys on projects impacting low-income children and youth. 

Oakland

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. 

Washington, DC

NCYL opened a new office in Washington, D.C. in October 2017. The DC office is staffed by a highly experienced group of litigators with strong civil rights backgrounds, strengthening NCYL’s already formidable litigation team. Working seamlessly together with our litigators and subject-matter experts across the country, the DC office works on litigation projects intended to improve the lives of 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 2019 is 10-15 hours per week; applicants for full-time externships will also be considered.

The required time commitment for Summer 2019 is 37.5 hours per week for ten weeks. 

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

Clerkship application review will occur on a rolling basis.

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. 

Oakland: NCYL anticipates hiring 2-4 spring law clerks and 6-9 summer law clerks for the Oakland office. Click this link to apply: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/54570/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Law-Clerks-SpringSummer-2019—OAKLAND-CA 

Washington, DC: NCYL anticipates hiring 2-4 spring law clerks and 2-4 summer law clerks for the DC office. Click this link to apply: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/54572/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Law-Clerks-SpringSummer-2019—WASHINGTON-DC 

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. 

Deadlines

NCYL recruits law students throughout the year. Fall and spring positions are part-time (10-15 hours a week). Summer positions are full-time (37.5 hours a week). Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall 2018:            August 31, 2018
  • Spring 2019:       November 1, 2018
  • Summer 2019:   January 14, 2019