Jobs & Volunteering
- Fellowship – Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Soros, Bridge Fellows, Etc.
- Foster Ed Program Manager, Contra Costa County, CA
- Law Clerks – Fall 2018, Washington, DC
Application Deadline: 07/06/2018
Job Type: Legal: Project-Based (e.g., Skadden)
Schedule: 2 Years
Experience: Entry Level 0-3 years
Bar membership required: Awaiting Results
Practice Areas: Childrens’ Rights, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Health, Legislative Policy, LGBTQ Issues, Litigation, Policy, Racial Justice, Reproductive Rights
The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) is seeking to sponsor applicants for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Soros, Bridge, or other fellowships. NCYL is interested in applicants with a demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of at-risk children.
For over four decades the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) has worked to improve the lives of marginalized children by ensuring the systems intended to serve them do so effectively. As an organization of over 60 advocates, we lead local, state and national campaigns that weave together research, public awareness, policy development, coalition building, public-private partnerships and litigation. We focus on challenges that disproportionately impact children and communities of color.
Current campaigns include:
- Protecting the civil rights of marginalized students
- Protecting the rights of immigrant children
- Ending child sex trafficking and ensuring those children who are trafficked are supported rather than criminalized
- Ensuring low-income youth have equitable access to reproductive health services
- Improving the educational outcomes of system-involved students
- Ensuring low-income youth receive effective mental health services rather than unnecessary psychotropic medications
- Eliminating the practice of sentenced and incarcerated youth as adults
- Significantly reducing the number of youth in the juvenile justice system
- Using new cognitive science to shape youth rights
Our campaigns weave together multiple strategies, including:
- System reform litigation
- Policy development
- Legislative advocacy
- Demonstration sites in which we work directly with children, youth and families
- Coalition building
Candidates do not need to have a specific fellowship project in mind. We will work with fellowship candidates to develop appropriate project ideas. NCYL has an excellent track record in receiving Skadden and Equal Justice Works Fellowships. Candidates should specify whether they have a preference for being located in NCYL’s office in Washington, DC or Oakland, California.
For Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and Bridge Fellowships, you must be graduating law school in 2018-2019, or be planning to clerk in 2018-2019. Relevant experience and education required for Soros Justice Fellowship.
Salary is $56,000 annually. NCYL provides health, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability insurance, vacation benefits, and an employer contribution to a retirement plan.
If you are interested in applying for a Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Soros, Bridge or other fellowships with NCYL, please submit the following by July 6, 2018:
- Cover letter expressing your interest;
- A list of three references;
- Writing sample; and
- Unofficial transcript
NCYL is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Applicants of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
FosterEd: California works with education, child welfare, probation, judicial and other agencies at the state, county, and local levels to ensure foster and probation-supervised youth receive the educational supports and services they need.
NCYL seeks a Program Manager to lead a FosterEd demonstration site in Contra Costa County, a collaboration with the County Office of Education, Department of Employment and Human Services (DEHS), and school districts, aimed at improving education outcomes for system-involved youth. Responsibilities include:
- Leading and facilitating collaboration between leaders from key agencies in the County, including the County Office of Education, DEHS, school districts, probation agencies and a multitude of community agencies.
- Supporting the development of local policy that supports stronger services and supports for youth.
- Carrying a limited caseload and directly supporting youth by:
- Engaging and coaching natural supports (“education champions”) for youth during and following system involvement;
- Establishing and monitoring education teams; and
- Creating and monitoring educational goals and objectives.
- Supervise an Education Liaison who will work directly with youth.
- Assisting child welfare and the courts in identifying and appointing Educational Champions for each foster youth.
- Advocating across the county to ensure support is provided to transition-age foster youth to help them develop the skills and capacities needed to champion their own education.
- Ensuring that educational information and goals are included in youth case and transition plans, and strong communication structures are set up between service providers, agencies and organizations.
- Establishing and maintaining collaborative working relationships with policymakers and partner agencies in the region.
- Working with project staff to ensure appropriate data is available for programmatic purposes and is collected for evaluation purposes.
- Training and supporting groups of professionals interfacing with foster youth and their education.
- Facilitating meetings with the FosterEd team in Contra Costa County, with independent project evaluators and with FosterEd staff at the national office in Oakland, California
- Creating and maintaining records, documentation and reports in an organized and timely manner.
The Program Manager can reside anywhere in the bay area, but must be able to work full time in Contra Costa County.
- Experience in the fields of education, child advocacy, or social work
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Experience managing complex projects with a multitude of partners
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
- Ability to supervise and support staff
- Strong technology skills
- Car and valid California driver’s license
- Bilingual (Spanish) highly desired
- An understanding of California’s education and child welfare systems
- Experience grant-writing, working with funders, and identifying funding opportunities
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
- Familiarity with child-serving agencies in Contra Costa County
- Experience working directly with vulnerable children and parents
Salary and Benefits
This is a full-time, at-will, position. Current funding supports the position for 2 years, with the potential to become a permanent position in Contra Costa County. Salary is competitive with a range of $75,328 – $82,818 annually. NCYL provides health, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability insurance, vacation benefits, and an employer contribution to a retirement plan.
Position open until June 26, 2018. Please mail or email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. No phone calls or emails please.
NCYL is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, or sexual orientation. Applicants of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
NCYL seeks law students to work in its Washington, D.C. office as law clerks during the fall of 2018. Under the mentorship of their supervising attorneys, law clerks in DC will research novel issues within youth law, write legal memoranda, and assist in ongoing and incipient litigation.
NCYL is a constantly growing organization. It 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 works to ensure children and youth have the resources, support, and opportunities they need for a healthy and productive future. NCYL has a broad mandate, which includes engaging in work in the following areas, using system reform strategies such as impact litigation:
- Child Welfare (including Medicaid)
- Education for System-Involved Students
- Adolescent Health, including Reproductive Freedom
- Child Trafficking
- Juvenile Justice
- School-to-Prison Pipeline
NCYL is interested in highly-qualified applicants with strong writing skills and a strong commitment to social justice. In particular, applicants should demonstrate interest in protecting the rights of low-income children and youth. NCYL is committed to hiring a group of law students that reflects the racial and cultural diversity of our clients.
The minimum required time commitment for fall 2018 is 10-15 hours per week; applicants for full-time externships will also be considered.
How to Apply
Please submit the following application materials to: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/List/1881/National-Center-For-Youth-Law
- Cover letter
- Three academic or professional references
- Short writing sample
Review of applications will occur on a rolling basis. NCYL anticipates hiring 2-4 fall law clerks for the DC office.
Please note that this is an unpaid internship. Students should 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.
How to Apply for Other NCYL Positions
If you are interested in being a law clerk in our DC office for spring 2019, applications will be accepted starting August 15, 2018. Spring law clerks are expected to work 10-15 hours per week; applicants for full-time externships will also be considered. No phone calls please.
The National Center for Youth Law is committed to hiring a group of law students that reflects the racial and cultural diversity of our clients. NCYL is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic background, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, age, personal appearance, size, marital status, family responsibilities, matriculation, or genetic information.