National Center for Youth Law

Jobs & Volunteering

2022 Summer DC & Oakland Law Clerk Program

2022 Summer Oakland Policy Clerk Program

2022 Spring Washington DC Law Clerkship

2022 Spring Juvenile Justice Policy Clerk

2022 Spring Youth Justice Initiative Policy Clerk

Senior Director – Child Welfare

Senior Policy Associate – Mental Health


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:

https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/776525/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/2022-Summer-DC-Oakland-Law-Clerk-Program

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 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

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
  • Approximately 5-page writing sample that demonstrates policy advocacy 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 this link:

https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/818050/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/2022-Summer-Oakland-Policy-Clerk-Program

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 

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: 

https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/776599/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Spring-2022-Washington-DC-Law-Clerkship 

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 Juvenile Justice Policy Clerk

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

Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled. The final deadline is December 1, 2021.

Using the link below, please submit:

  • Resume (do not include GPA)
  • Cover letter, describing your particular interest in working with the Juvenile Justice team on the above-described issue areas
  • Writing sample of 5-7 pages, double-spaced

If selected for an interview, applicants will participate in a 30-minute Zoom video interview with 2 NCYL staff. Interviews will be held during the week of December 6, 2021.

Please contact Atasi Uppal, auppal@youthlaw.org , if you have any questions about this position posting or the application process.

Apply at:

https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/772560/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Spring-2022-Juvenile-Justice-Policy-Clerk

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 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 

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled or until December 6, 2021.  

Using the link below, please submit: 

  • Resume (not including GPA) 
  • Cover letter describing your particular interest in working for NCYL and understanding of NCYL’s mission 
  • Approximately 5-page double-spaced writing sample that demonstrates policy advocacy skills  

All students are encouraged to apply as early as they are permitted to do so by their schools. NCYL can work with students and their universities or law schools to arrange internships for academic credits, if available through the school. 

Apply at: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/803118/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/2022-Spring-Youth-Justice-Initiative-Policy-Clerk 

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. 


Senior Director – Child Welfare

Child Welfare Team

NCYL’s Child Welfare team engages in advocacy to advance the well-being of children and youth impacted by the child welfare system.  The team works to improve system-wide outcomes, including the quality and stability of placements as well as access to trauma-informed services. 

Position

NCYL seeks a Senior Director of Child Welfare to lead our work to improve the experiences of children and youth impacted by the child welfare system.  This person will contribute to strategy and lead initiatives at the local, state and national level. This a great opportunity for someone who is passionate about transforming the systems that impact the well-being of children, youth and communities.

Essential Functions

  • Develop and implement NCYL’s child welfare advocacy agenda employing a variety of strategies to improve outcomes for children and families.
  • Lead state and national-level advocacy campaigns to advance child welfare reform, including redressing racial disproportionality.
  • Lead, create and manage multiple strategies to achieve campaign goals.
  • Identify and develop child welfare litigation strategies and effective remedies to address systemic issues in child welfare systems.
  • Identify and develop child welfare policy and partnership strategies to address systemic issues in child welfare systems.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local, state, and national advocacy partners and subject matter experts in child welfare.
  • Monitor ongoing implementation of court orders and settlement agreements designed to reform child welfare systems.
  • Review work products, strategies, and recommendations of other NCYL staff on child welfare issues.
  • Work with the Executive Director and development team to secure funds for NCYL’s child welfare efforts.
  • Create a positive and collaborative team and work environment that fosters, cultivates, and preserves a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion. 

Required Qualifications

  • J.D. degree
  • Minimum 10 years of experience with some combination of litigation, policy advocacy and systemic reform of public system. 

Other Qualifications

  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience in children’s rights and civil rights litigation on issues involving public systems and children and youth.
  • Ability to use a racial justice lens.
  • Demonstrated expertise in child welfare systemic reform.
  • Experience in federal and/or state policy reform.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the harm caused to youth, families and communities by the child welfare system.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how child welfare systems intersect with other systems that affect youth and families.
  • Ability to establish and maintain a deep national network of partnerships and relationships within the child welfare field.
  • Clear and persuasive oral and written communication skills, including the ability to develop rapport and influence others.
  • Strong leadership and management skills, including the ability to manage complex projects, delegate effectively, and take responsibility for decisions.
  • Ability to collaborate with NCYL staff across teams to ensure the use of appropriate strategy and tools to advance the goals of our campaigns.
  • Fluency in oral and written Spanish preferred.

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 $166,848.00 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 travel.

This position is eligible for 100% remote work for 2022. Candidates must reside in CA, AZ, Rhode Island, DC, VA, MD, NY or WI. It’s 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.  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

Submit a cover letter and resume to apply.  No phone calls or emails please. Application priority date: Nov. 12, 2021

Apply at this link: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/755705/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Senior-Director—Child-Welfare

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 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  

Please submit cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Please, no calls or emails.

Apply at this link: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/797707/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Senior-Policy-Associate-Mental-Health

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.