Opportunities

Staff Attorney

 

The Youth Law Center is seeking an experienced full time attorney to play a leadership role in our advocacy on behalf of children and youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.  The areas of work will include protecting children and youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems from abuse and dangerous conditions in out-of- home care; ensuring that government and other agencies provide support and services (e.g., health, mental health, education) to enable system involved youth to become healthy and productive adults; and ensuring youth in both systems have individualized, developmentally appropriate parenting as well as connections to permanent families and to their communities.  Advocacy strategies will include: policy advocacy, litigation, legislative and administrative work, collaborative systems reform campaigns, public education and media advocacy, legal and non-legal writing, training, and technical assistance.

 

Qualifications:

 

A successful candidate will be excited about playing a leadership role in an organization utilizing both traditional and innovative advocacy strategies based on the actual and evolving needs of system involved youth.

Successful candidates will have:

 

A minimum of eight years of experience as an attorney;

  • Knowledge of the juvenile system and experience in system reform advocacy;
  • Demonstrated ability as an advocate in juvenile justice or a closely-related field such as civil rights;
  • Technical proficiency in a variety of advocacy strategies, as well as creativity, passion and vision to challenge the status quo;
  • Exceptional communication skills for working effectively with multiple stakeholders;
  • Excellent legal, analytical, interpersonal, listening and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups of people including families and youth;
  • Capacity to take initiative on identified goals, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, work independently and meet deadlines;
  • Capacity to be flexible and adapt to varied environments;
  • Ability to travel regularly
  • Previous management or supervisory experience will strengthen the application.

We strongly encourage people of color, and individuals who themselves were in the child welfare or juvenile justice system when they were young, to apply.  This position is for an experienced attorney; it is not an entry-level position.  Salary: Commensurate with experience and excellent benefits.  Applicants are encouraged to apply before September 30, 2016.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

 

The application requires a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and the names of three references. To help us better understand your qualifications, please describe in your cover letter: (1) your interest in this position, what you believe you bring to the work of YLC, and why both are compatible with YLC’s mission and model; and (2) an issue, project or challenge you have handled that demonstrates your strengths as an advocate. Please send your application to:

 

Robin Bishop

Youth Law Center
200 Pine Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 543-3379, ext. 3913

 

 

Policy Advocate

 

The Youth Law Center is seeking an experienced policy advocate to support our advocacy on behalf of children and youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.  This is an opportunity for a highly-motivated individual to play a leadership role in child welfare and juvenile justice system change through leading and managing site work and technical assistance in specific local jurisdictions and working on necessary policy and practice changes in order to ensure developmentally appropriate care for systems involved youth.  The policy advocate will be part of a team of attorneys and advocates working on areas including: protecting children and youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems from abuse and dangerous conditions in out-of-home care; ensuring that government and other agencies provide support and services (e.g., health, mental health, education) to enable system involved youth to become healthy and productive adults; and ensuring youth in both systems have individualized, developmentally appropriate parenting as well as connections to permanent families and to their communities.

 

Specific responsibilities will include:

 

  • Managing and monitoring site based advocacy efforts;
  • Building  and maintaining coalitions of stakeholders in support of YLC’s policy goals;
  • Facilitating policy efforts and  meetings with key stakeholders in jurisdictions selected for systems reform projects;
  • Leading team efforts to develop advocacy strategies and  identify and provide necessary technical assistance to jurisdictions in order to support policies and practices that ensure healthy development for system involved youth; and
  • Developing communications and educational policy materials for a variety of audiences.

 

Qualifications:

 

Successful candidates will have:

 

  • Excellent planning, organizational and advanced project management skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to facilitate, write persuasively and clearly, communicate effectively with diverse populations, and build strong partnerships and coalitions;
  • Ability to think strategically and analytically and identify policy issues;
  • Substantive knowledge of child welfare and/or juvenile justice or closely related areas and deep commitment and passion to reform;
  • Creativity, passion and vision to challenge the status quo;
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups of people, including families and youth;
  • Capacity to take initiative on identified goals, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, work independently and meet deadlines;
  • Capacity to be flexible and adapt to varied environments;
  • Ability to travel regularly;
  • A J.D., Master’s or Advanced degree in public policy, social work, child development, or related field; and
  • Minimum of 10 years of increasing responsibility in practice, policy or research.

 

We strongly encourage people of color, and individuals who themselves were in the child welfare or juvenile justice system when they were young, to apply.  Salary: Commensurate with experience and excellent benefits.  Applicants are encouraged to apply before September 30, 2016.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

 

The application requires a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and the names of three references. To help us better understand your qualifications, please describe in your cover letter: (1) your interest in this position, what you believe you bring to the work of YLC, and why both are compatible with YLC’s mission and model; and (2) an issue, project or challenge you have handled that demonstrates your strengths as an advocate and in managing projects. Please send your application to:

 

Robin Bishop

Youth Law Center
200 Pine Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 543-3379, ext. 3913

 

Law Clerks

Full-Time Summer

The Youth Law Center seeks law students to work full-time for ten weeks in San Francisco.  Summer interns work closely with attorneys on pending federal and state civil rights litigation and YLC projects.  Activities may include:

  • Legal research and writing
  • Attending litigation strategy meetings
  • Observing court proceedings and visiting juvenile institutions
  • Research and writing on public policy aspects of child welfare and juvenile justice
  • Working on YLC publications and projects

Applicants must have completed the first year of law school and should have excellent research and writing skills. Experience in child advocacy work may be helpful.  YLC hires volunteers and students who are recipients of public interest grants. Many YLC summer interns receive grants from a school or law firm to support their work here.

 

If you are interested , pleae submit a cover letter, resume, list of three personal references and a writing sample.  The Youth Law Center is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Your application package may be sent via postal mail or email to Robin Bishop.   Application Deadline:  March 15th.

 

Part-Time Fall/Spring

The Youth Law Center hires law students to work part time, from eight to fifteen hours a week, during the school year. YLC also works with law students who are interested in externships, clinicals, and field placements. Students work closely with attorneys on pending federal civil rights litigation and juvenile justice and child welfare projects. The work includes:

  • Legal research and writing
  • Research and writing on public policy aspects of child welfare and juvenile justice
  • Working on YLC projects and publications

If you are interested, contact Robin Bishop.

 

Fellowship Opportunities

The Youth Law Center (YLC) is seeking third-year law students or judicial clerks who are interested in working on child welfare and juvenile justice advocacy issues and who will be applying for fellowships offered by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Equal Justice Works Foundation or other sponsored fellowships.  Although our staff will work closely with candidate(s) to develop a strong proposal that will integrate well with our work, YLC seeks candidates who are self-starters with a vision of a fellowship project that fits with our mission.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, please contact Robin Bishop.