National Center for Youth Law
Two Positions Open: (1) Deputy Director, Research & Program Support, FosterEd; (2) Senior Attorney, California Youth Justice Initiative
The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) is a nonprofit law firm that for over four decades has worked to ensure marginalized children have the resources, support, and opportunities they need for healthy and productive lives. We weave together a variety of strategies – including research, policy advocacy, and litigation – to ensure the systems intended to support marginalized children do so effectively. As a national organization we advocate and bring litigation in state and federal court.
NCYL’s mission includes advancing social, economic, and racial justice for children, and we are committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We embrace and encourage the collective sum of individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent our employees invest in their work that represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization's success.
Deputy Director, Research & Program Support, FosterEd
FosterEd (www.foster-ed.org) is a NCYL initiative aimed at improving the educational outcomes of children and youth in state care. FosterEd operates in Arizona, California, Indiana, and New Mexico and strives to ensure that every foster and probation-involved youth has an educational champion and an education team supporting his or her success in school. Our goal is that every young person in care will graduate from high school with a wide array of possibilities for their future
NCYL seeks a Deputy Director, Research & Program Support to join our FosterEd team. The FosterEd team focuses on improving the educational experiences and outcomes of students in foster care, students involved in the juvenile justice system, and students experiencing homelessness or housing instability. One of our core strategies is to develop and implement demonstration sites, in which Education Liaisons directly serve system-involved students and students facing homelessness. This position will focus on advancing FosterEd’s work throughout California and Arizona as well as potential future sites throughout the country. This position will report to the FosterEd Director.
– Tracking research, legislative, and policy changes and best practices related to serving system-involved and homeless youth, and working with the FosterEd Director and state directors to meaningfully incorporate this into overall planning, project development, and policy initiatives.
– Conducting research and analysis to support program implementation.
– Drafting and managing contracts and MOUs with FosterEd’s external partners
– Supporting implementation of FosterEd’s practice model for serving students in California, Arizona and future program sites.
– Developing resources for use in FosterEd program sites.
– Supervising FosterEd’s Data and Technology Manager, who develops and manages the education case management system used by FosterEd Education Liaisons.
– Working with state directors to track and use programmatic data to conduct program fidelity reviews and inform work.
– Supporting program evaluation efforts, in partnership with FosterEd state directors and external evaluators, and preparing reports to share insights about FosterEd’s work and lessons learned.
– Other responsibilities, as assigned.
– J.D. degree and admitted to practice, or advanced degree in another relevant field
– At least three years of experience in a relevant field (such as law, child welfare, education, juvenile justice, or social services)
– Experience at the intersection of multiple public systems (e.g. child welfare and education)
– Excellent analytic and writing skills
– Ability to manage multiple projects, deadlines, and deliverables
– Strong interpersonal and communication skills
– Knowledge of the educational and other challenges facing system-involved youth
– Creative problem-solving and solution-orientation to addressing challenges
– Commitment to NCYL’s overarching goals and objectives
– Ability and willingness to travel to FosterEd sites in California and Arizona and elsewhere, as needed
– Experience supervising staff and/or leading teams
– Experience in the education field
– Experience in the child welfare field
– Experience in the juvenile justice field
Salary and Benefits and Location
This is a full-time position that will be located in Oakland or Sacramento, California. Salary is a range of $82,818 – $91,057 annually. *Applicants in Sacramento must have the ability to commute to Oakland weekly and a cost-of-labor adjustment will apply depending on the location of the candidate.
NCYL provides health, dental, life, short and long-term disability insurance, vacation and sick benefits, sabbatical, and an employer contribution to a retirement plan.
Please submit a cover letter and resume by September 27, 2018. No phone calls or emails please.
Applicants of color, those who will increase the diversity of NCYL, and those with personal experience with the immigration system are strongly encouraged to apply. NCYL is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
Senior Attorney, California Youth Justice Initiative
California Youth Justice Initiative
The California Youth Justice Initiative seeks to transform California’s juvenile justice system into a national model in which most youth in conflict with the law are diverted away from the system to community-based services, and all youth in the system receive developmentally appropriate treatment and rehabilitative services to improve life outcomes, community health and safety.
The Senior Attorney will lead and facilitate a statewide collective impact effort in collaboration with community and justice system stakeholders to end the punishment of juveniles in the adult system; reduce youth incarceration and system involvement; expand community-based, trauma-informed, culturally-relevant youth services; and increase the capacity of system-impacted communities to advocate for reforms of the youth justice system. The Senior Attorney will also work with policy makers, system administrators, community organizations, and youth advocates to develop new policy proposals and guide implementation of ongoing efforts to reduce the harms of system involvement to youth in conflict with the law.
1. Developing and implementing youth justice law and policy;
2. Building the capacity of community organizations serving vulnerable youth; and
3. Supporting and developing youth justice impact litigation efforts.
Core responsibilities include:
– Identify effective and creative strategies for promoting youth justice;
– Conduct legal research, policy analysis, and draft policy proposals;
– Analyze, interpret, and present data from multiple systems;
– Represent youths’ interests in the systems stakeholder meetings;
– Facilitate meetings between diverse community and system stakeholders;
– Track implementation and progress of youth justice laws and policies;
– Participate in statewide coalition and stakeholder convenings;
– Develop and provide law and policy presentations and trainings to system-involved youth, and impacted families and community members; and
– Develop, support, and lead youth justice impact litigation.
– Active member of the California State Bar;
– At least 5 years of experience working in the juvenile and criminal justice fields;
– Experience representing children and youth in delinquency court proceedings;
– Excellent research, writing, analytical, and problem-solving skills;
– Organized, self-motivated, detail oriented, and ability to work in a fast-paced environment;
– Experience managing complex projects with a multitude of partners;
– Ability to consider differing perspectives and respond professionally to conflict or disagreement; and
– Ability and willingness to travel.
– Direct experience with, or have been impacted by, the justice system;
– Experience working with diverse coalitions including public and community leaders;
– Excellent interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence;
– Experience working directly with vulnerable children and communities;
– Ability to distill and present complex information in a concise, understandable way;
– Experience in justice system reform;
– Experience with California’s child-serving systems, including education and child welfare;
– Experience with federal, state, and local budgets and youth justice funding opportunities;
– Experience with data systems, analysis, and research methods;
– Experience with statistical software and/or Microsoft Excel;
– Valid California driver’s license.
Salary and Benefits
This is a full-time position. Salary is competitive with a range of $75,000 – $91,000 annually. NCYL provides health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, vacation and sick benefits, and an employer contribution to a retirement plan.
Please submit a cover letter and resume by September 7, 2018. No phone calls or emails please.
Apply at: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/48911/National-Center-For-
NCYL is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Applicants of color, those who will increase the diversity of NCYL, and those with personal experience with the justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.