Finance Administrator/Accountant

Youth Law Center seeks a Finance Administrator/Accountant to join a dynamic nonprofit team that advocates to transform foster care and juvenile justice systems across the nation, so every child and youth can thrive. Ideal candidates are customer service and results focused, organized, savvy with QuickBooks, Microsoft Office and Google Suite, creative, self-motivated, detail oriented and committed to social justice. This position offers some flexibility including options for telecommuting part of the time. Youth Law Center has a strong commitment to building a diverse team. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths and experiences in this area.


The successful candidate will embody our organization’s values:

  • Knowledge of the law, research and the facts on the ground;
  • Integrity to do what is best for our clients regardless of financial or social consequences to ourselves and to deserve the trust of our supporters and clients;
  • Commitment to pursue solutions urgently and relentlessly; and
  • Respect for the individuality of children and families and their potential to thrive and for the efforts of those who strive to serve them.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Administer finances by performing all bookkeeping including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, internal audits and bank reconciliations
  • Maintain up to date and accurate files for all financial records (A/P, general business documents, grants and contracts)
  • Prepare budget for Executive Director and Board of Directors
  • Work with management team to help achieve annual fund development, grant and contract goals
  • Ensure YLC compliance with all federal and state tax, finance and labor requirements
  • Assist Operations Director with human resource functions including new hire orientation, administering benefits program and maintaining all confidential human resources files

Skills/ Requirements:

  • Minimum 3-5 years of accounting experience (prior success in a similar role at a nonprofit preferred)
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance, or equivalent experience
  • Proficiency with QuickBooks, Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • Understanding of GAAP and accounting procedures and policies
  • Knowledge of federal and state tax, finance and labor requirements
  • Patience and diplomacy, with a problem-solving and customer service–oriented approach to working with a broad range of funders, vendors, staff and consultants.
  • Strong attention to detail, strong analytical skills and ability to crunch large amount of data
  • Excellent judgement, with an impeccable ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work with a diverse team of staff and consultants located across the US
  • Commitment to advocating on behalf of children and youth
  • Human resources experience desired

Compensation: DOE
Benefits: Excellent benefits including health plan


This position is open until filled. If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Selina Weiss, sweiss@ylc.org.


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 Selina Weiss (sweiss@ylc.org).   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 Selina Weiss (sweiss@ylc.org).


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 Selina Weiss (sweiss@ylc.org).