Employment, Fellowships, Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

Development and Communications Associate – Full Time 

RESPONSIBILITIES include:

  • Database management and analytics
  • Events management support
  • Seminar and webinar support
  • Coordinate donor communication
  • Maintain development/communications calendar
  • Social media communications
  • Publications inventory and distribution
  • Administrative support

MUST have:

  • Experience with database management and analysis
  • Excellence with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to think analytically to develop donor reports, targeted mailings, communications plan
  • 2 years related experience preferred

Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred but not required.
Salary and Benefits: Commensurate with experience and within the general range of salaries for public interest organizations.

TO APPLY
Please email cover letter and resume to bberk@cca-ct.org

CCA is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks a diverse and vibrant work staff.

 

 

Case Manager, Mobile Legal Office (12 – 15 hours/week)

The Center for Children’s Advocacy seeks an experienced, organized Case Manager for our Mobile Legal Office.  The Mobile Legal Office, a professional law office in a customized van, visits community sites in Hartford to provide legal services to homeless youth.  The Case Manager provides community outreach and case management to youth who are homeless and agencies working with these youth.  

Responsibilities include driving the Mobile Legal Office, connecting with youth and agencies serving homeless youth in the Hartford area to increase awareness and make legal services available to youth, providing case management, conducting client intakes, making appropriate referrals and assisting youth to access community services.  Work hours are flexible though availability during business hours, evenings and limited weekends needed. 

Qualifications
Must have experience working with at-risk youth in an urban setting.  Minimum of 2 years of college courses.  Cultural competence is required.  Must have a driver’s license and a reliable vehicle.

Salary
Salary is commensurate with experience and within the general range of salaries for public interest organizations.

To Apply
Email cover letter and detailed resume to: sviolante@cca-ct.org

CCA is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks a diverse and vibrant work staff.

 

 

Bi-lingual (English & Spanish) Intake Coordinator (15 hours/week)

The Center’s Immigrant Children’s Justice Project seeks a bi-lingual intake coordinator for our Bridgeport office.

The intake coordinator will help the Center reduce the gap in legal representation of immigrant children and improve access to systems that provide services through advocacy methods including litigation. 

Responsibilities

  • Conduct screenings and intakes of potential clients
  • Help assign cases to trained pro-bono attorneys
  • Maintain case files in Legal Files case management system
  • Provide information and referrals as needed
  • Conduct follow up with clients after services are provided
  • Provide administrative support: request client records, draft letters, organize files
  • Help prepare for seminars, clinics, events
  • Work on special projects as needed


Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to providing quality advocacy and support to children
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills
  • Experience with traditional administrative tasks
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to identify, analyze, and resolve complex problems
  • Two or more years of related experience
  • Knowledge of child advocacy issues a plus
  • Speaking, reading and writing fluency in Spanish is required 

Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and are within the general range of salaries for public interest organizations. 

 

To Apply
Email cover letter and detailed resume to Edwin Colon at ecolon@cca-ct.org.  

CCA is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks a diverse and vibrant work staff.

 

 

 

Post Graduate Fellowships

The Center for Children’s Advocacy is interested in being the sponsoring organization for a post graduate fellowship such as Skadden, Equal Justice Works and Liman. The Center seeks 3L or law school graduates to apply for one or two years of fellowship funding to work with any of the following CCA projects: 

Racial Justice Project (based in Bridgeport).  The Racial Justice Project protects the civil rights of youth of color who are subjected to policies and practices that result in racial disparities in educational outcomes and juvenile justice involvement.  The Project represents youth of color who are subjected to harsh school discipline, illegal school pushout and unconstitutional targeting by law enforcement.  In addition, through administrative advocacy, litigation, legislative advocacy and collaborative work with communities and agencies, the Project identifies and reforms policies and practices that lead to racial inequities in educational services, school discipline and treatment by the juvenile justice system. The Racial Justice Project is seeking to expand and enhance its direct advocacy work in Waterbury, CT which has the highest number of school based arrests and the highest suspension/expulsion rate of public school districts in the state. Contact Leon Smith, Director, Racial Justice Project.

Immigrant Children’s Justice Project / Medical-Legal Partnership Project (based in Bridgeport and/or New Haven).  The Immigrant Children’s Justice Project advocates for immigrant children to protect them from exploitation and deportation and help them access educational services. ICJP represents immigrant children on immigration and education-related matters, works with private attorneys to increase pro bono representation of undocumented children, advocates for education reforms to ensure schools meet the needs of immigrant youth and advocates for systemic reforms that increase protections for abused undocumented youth in state care.  The Medical-Legal Partnership Project works in collaboration with medical settings across CT to improve children’s health through direct representation, education and training, and systemic advocacy.  We are seeking a fellow to begin a Medical-Legal Partnership with a Federally Qualified Health Center to represent immigrant youth on education, benefits, housing and immigration matters. Contact Edwin Colon, Director, Immigrant Children’s Justice Project or Alice Rosenthal, Medical-Legal Partnership Project attorney.     

Homeless Youth Project (based in Hartford).  The Homeless Youth Project serves youth who are homeless and unaccompanied (without parents or guardians). Some groups of youth are disproportionately represented among homeless youth; many of those served are LGBT youth, youth with mental illnesses, victims of sex trafficking and youth who have spent time in child welfare or juvenile justice placements.  The Project brings legal services directly to homeless youth through the Project’s unique Mobile Legal Office, a professional office inside a customized van.  To address systemic failures to meet the needs of homeless youth, the Project chairs the Homeless Youth Workgroup of Opening Doors-CT, working with state agencies and community-based providers to develop and implement statewide systemic reforms that will provide an integrated response to the needs of homeless youth.  We are seeking a fellow to expand the project and represent youth on education, benefits, abuse/neglect and other matters. Contact Stacey Violante Cote, Director, Teen Legal Advocacy Project

Qualifications
We are seeking fellowship candidates with a demonstrated commitment to public interest. Knowledge of children’s issues or education systems is a plus but is not required. The position requires individual client representation, excellent legal research and writing skills, and the ability and interest to address public policy issues.

To Apply
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to the project attorney listed above. 

 

 

 

Internship Opportunities

Please note that the Center does not have funding to pay for internships. Students must secure their own funding from their law school or another source, or be willing to volunteer their time for an internship with the Center.

 

Legal Internships
Summer

The Center is seeking four law school interns for its summer program. Legal interns will work closely with the Center’s attorneys on individual cases, research projects, and systemic advocacy.  They will work on issues related to improving outcomes for children in the child welfare, education, health care, and juvenile justice systems. Background in these areas, either through experience and/or course work, is preferred but not required.

Interns will have exposure to the work done by the Center’s attorneys, and attend court, professional meetings, negotiations, training and other professional opportunities.  

Individuals with a history of/commitment to public interest work are encouraged to apply.  The Center has offices in Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford, CT.  One legal intern will work specifically with our Medical-Legal Partnership Project (MLPP); one legal intern will work in our Bridgeport office; two will work in our Hartford office. Candidates should indicate preference in their cover letter.

Applicants must have superior research and writing skills, and excellent interpersonal skills.  Applications must include a cover letter and resume.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but must be received no later than March 15.  

Please email applications to Attorney Marisa Halm at mhalm@cca-ct.org 

 

Please note that the Center does not have funding to pay for internships. Students must secure their own funding from their law school or another source, or be willing to volunteer their time for an internship with the Center.

 

 

Legal Intern – Medical Legal Partnership
Fall, Spring

The Center’s Medical Legal Partnership is a collaborative project that provides on-site legal assistance, education, training, and policy advocacy to central Connecticut pediatric centers. We offer internships to one or two energetic and dedicated law students for the fall and spring semesters and each summer.

Applicants must have excellent writing and legal reasoning skills, and should be familiar with basic aspects of poverty and public interest law.

Interns must have access to a car, and will be expected to participate in client interviews, negotiations, litigation and legal research activities. In addition, students will participate in and assist attorneys on matters at the MLPP sites at Saint Francis Hospital, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Charter Oak Community Health Center, Community Health Services, and The Hospital of Central Connecticut.

More information about the Medical Legal Partnership Project is available here.

Application Deadlines
For fall must be received by June 1.
For spring must be received by November 1.
For summer must be received by March 15.

Please send cover letter and resume to broswig@cca-ct.org 

 

 

Marketing and Development Intern

The Center for Children’s Advocacy is seeking a volunteer marketing, communications and development intern to assist marketing and development staff.

Responsibilities include website updates; donor data management; planning and execution of  fundraising events; updates to social networking sites; assistance with press releases and media contacts; publication updates.

Please email cover letter and resume to: sstein@cca-ct.org

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities

The Center is always looking for energetic volunteers! Please email sstein@cca-ct.org if you can help us.

 

Volunteer Interpreter – Spanish/English
Support attorneys who provide legal services to Spanish-speaking clients. This unpaid position may be filled by a college or graduate student and requires a commitment of at least one day per week.  The Center for Children’s Advocacy will assist volunteers with work-study applications, service learning or clinical credit that is available from their schools. 

Volunteer will provide interpretation during client intake calls, meetings, and telephone follow-up. May assist with document translation and other administrative tasks, will learn basic interviewing skills and become familiar with immigration law, education and juvenile law. 

Qualifications

  • MUST be fluent in Spanish
  • College or graduate student
  • Good interpersonal and organizational skills, self-starter and highly motivated
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently

Your application should include a resume, cover letter and two references. 
To apply, please email Attorney Leon Smith.  LSmith@cca-ct.org

 

Administrative
Filing and organizing, data management, development research 

Special Events
Planning, logistics, day of event

Community Outreach
Spread the word about the Center’s important work

Translators and Interpreters
Accompany attorneys on client interviews, translate documents and forms

Holiday Gift Committee
Organize wrapping and gift delivery, coordinate gift donation requests

Advocacy
Contact legislators and community on behalf of the Center

Please email sstein@cca-ct.org if you would like to help. Thank you!

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