Opportunities

Director of Finance and Administration

 The Youth Law Center, a national public interest legal advocacy organization based in San Francisco, seeks a talented and successful Director of Finance and Administration to oversee and guide our finance, business planning, accounting, human resources, IT and administrative functions.  The Director of Finance and Administration is a new position, and will be a strategic thought-partner who will work with the leadership team. This is a tremendous opportunity for a finance and administration leader to develop a role that will strengthen the internal capacity of a nationally respected, high impact organization with a budget of just over $2 million.

Since 1978, the Youth Law Center has used our legal and advocacy talents to transform systems to  ensure children and youth involved with child welfare and juvenile justice are protected from abuse and neglect and receive the nurturing, supports, and services to lead healthy and productive lives.

You must be:

  • Passionately committed to improving the lives of children
  • Seeking meaning and purpose in your career
  • A positive, enthusiastic leader who enjoys exceeding expectations
  • A team player with excellent communication skills
  • Eager to develop new skills and systems as a partner in shaping and implementing this new position
  • Strategic and results driven
  • Highly organized and attentive to details but also a big picture thinker
  • Analytical and a  problem solver

The Director of Finance and Administration is responsible: for financial management, reporting and budgeting, ensuring compliance with relevant State and Federal statutes and rules, grants management, HR processes, and overseeing administration as well as other areas relevant to the effective operation of the organization.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Managing YLC’s finances including ensuring all practices comply with state and local regulations; financial reports and analysis; financial reporting materials for donors; accounting; managing cash flow; managing investments; leading audit process; ensuring bills and invoices are paid.
  • Working with the Executive Director to develop and implement a short and long-term financial strategy that supports the organization including: annual budgeting and planning; administering and reviewing financial plans and budgets; reporting on financial matters to the leadership team and Board of Directors.
  • Implementing a robust contracts and grants management and financial management/ reporting system; ensuring that contract billing, financial data and cash flow are steady and support operational requirements.
  • Updating and implementing all necessary business policies and accounting practices.
  • Working closely with external partners including vendors and consultants.
  • Overseeing YLC’s human resources and administration.
  • Overseeing administrative functions and facilities to ensure efficient and consistent operations.
  • Leading new infrastructure projects as needed and designing and implementing new technologies and processes in support of staff.

Qualifications

  • Familiarity with non-profit finances
  • Experience with accounting software
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in accounting, finance, business, non-profit management or a related field and/or a minimum of 7 years of directly related experience managing financial outcomes in a business environment.

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 immediately. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

To apply, submit a cover letter, explaining your interest in this position and summarizing your relevant experience, resume, writing sample, and the names of three references to:

Robin Bishop, rbishop@ylc.org

 

Development and Communications Coordinator

The Youth Law Center, a national public interest legal advocacy organization based in San Francisco, seeks a talented and experienced individual to coordinate internal and external communications and fundraising. This position reports directly, to and works closely with, the Executive Director. This is a tremendous opportunity for a creative and committed professional to help us make a difference in the lives of the nation’s most vulnerable children.

Since 1978, the Youth Law Center has used our legal and advocacy talents to transform systems to  ensure children and youth involved with child welfare and juvenile justice are protected from abuse and neglect and receive the nurturing, supports, and services to lead healthy and productive lives.

If you are:

  • Passionately committed to social change
  • Seeking meaning and purpose in your career
  • A positive, enthusiastic team member who enjoys exceeding expectations
  • A relationship builder with excellent communication skills
  • Eager to develop new skills and seek new opportunities as a partner in shaping and implementing this new position
  • Creative, versatile and flexible
  • Strategic and results driven
  • Experienced in communications and fundraising

Then the Youth Law Center has a place for you.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Development (40%):
    • Build on existing relationships to grow support from current donors and identify new individual prospects and grow YLC’s audience of supporters.
    • Work with Executive Director to identify and solicit appropriate grant sources and cultivate and maintain relationships with grantors.
    • Write and submit grant applications and reports to foundations.
    • Support Executive Director in building fundraising capacity of YLC board.
    • Proactively engage current and potential funders and donors in YLC work.
    • Track engagement of potential, new and existing funders and donors.
    • Assist Executive Director in drafting and sending donation appeals at key opportunities such Giving Tuesday or the end of the year.
  • Communications (40%):
    • Create a variety of communications materials (both print and digital) that articulate the ongoing efforts and achievements of the organization. These materials to include: newsletters, reports, blog posts, tweets, etc. Director will be responsible for drafting, editing, supervising design and distribution.
    • Monitor news and research sources for articles and other content that could be used in social media and staying up to date on child welfare and juvenile justice policy and practice as well as social media trends.
    • Promote events, policies, and programming through various media outlets.
    • Draft and distribute press releases of importance to YLC.
  • Administrative Support (20%):
    • Maintain organization’s database.
    • Prepare for YLC’s participation in key conferences and events.
    • Coordinate with YLC staff on work and activities that will be highlighted and promoted externally.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of related experience in Development or Communications (non-profit experience preferred)
  • Knowledge of/experience with issues involved in child welfare and juvenile justice
  • Demonstrated communication skills (oral and written)
  • Understanding of social media tools and platforms
  • Successful track record in engaging funders and donors to give
  • Understanding of social media tools and platforms

Salary commensurate with experience with excellent benefits

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.

Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. 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 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. Please send your application via email to:

Robin Bishop, rbishop@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 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.