Employment, Fellowships, Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

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

 

Development Associate, Full Time

The Center is seeking a Development Associate to support execution of a broad-based development program. The Associate will manage the donor database, be responsible for all data reporting, donor acknowledgements, event logistics and support. The Associate will coordinate volunteer recruitment and coordination.

Development Associate reports directly to the Director of Development

Responsibilities:

  • Manage Donor Database to include input of donations, maintain donor profiles, contact notes, cultivation, and generate data reports.
  • Assist with preparation of materials to support donor cultivation and solicitation.
  • Prepare daily donor reports to facilitate acknowledgement process.
  • Prepare all donor acknowledgement letters and event support materials.
  • Provide financial reports to finance department to reconcile donation deposits.
  • Help execute appeals throughout the year: annual report, year-end mailing, lapsed donor appeal, special appeals.
  • Assist with coordination of fundraising events to include pre-event support mailings and post event acknowledgements.
  • Coordinate and manage auctions for two annual events to include solicitation of donations, acknowledgments and logistical support.
  • Coordinate coaching messaging and social media for peer-2-peer event. Provide technical assistance to participants.
  • Provide event day logistical support and coordination of volunteers.
  • Coordinate volunteer recruitment, training and assignments.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required and experience working in non-profit development preferred.
  • Computer proficiency in database management (Salsa CRM & Engage a plus), Word, Excel and spreadsheet reporting, Power Point and Outlook.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills to initiate and cultivate positive relationships key to the fundraising and donor-development process.
  • Ability to manage multiple roles, prioritize work, work independently with a minimum of supervision and instruction, and work as a team.

    To apply, email cover letter and detailed resume to: Susan Stein at sstein@cca-ct.org 

 

Staff Attorney, Educational Success Project, Full Time or Part Time

The Center is seeking a staff attorney for its Educational Success Project to provide legal services, training and systemic reform advocacy regarding education rights and rights of children in the child welfare system. This is a part-time or full-time position, located in the Center’s Bridgeport office.

The Educational Success Project Staff Attorney reports to the Deputy Director.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop trainings and informational materials on children’s education rights and collaborate with community-based organizations to provide training and informational materials that increase parents and professionals’ knowledge about children’s education rights.
  • Develop and implement systemic reform initiatives, including legislative, administrative, litigation and public education efforts and initiatives to improve education systems serving indigent children.
  • Perform intake interviews for clients and provide children and families from Bridgeport, Norwalk, Stamford and other Fairfield County towns with a range of legal services to increase their access to appropriate education, including the provision of legal services to children in Pre-K and Kindergarten who are suspended from school, and develop and implement systemic reform initiatives to reduce suspensions of Pre-K and Kindergarten students.
  • Staff the Center’s high school-based legal clinic for teenagers inside Harding High School in Bridgeport, providing individual legal services to high school students.
  • Represent abused and neglected children referred by the juvenile court for representation in child welfare matters.
  • Partner with DCF and the public defender’s office to provide representation in education matters to children in the care of the child welfare system; develop and implement systemic reform initiatives to improve education of children in the care of the child welfare system.
  • Embrace and support the Center for Children’s Advocacy’s overall mission, standards, policies and procedures, and confidentiality guidelines.

Experience and qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to advocacy for indigent and vulnerable children and youth from marginalized communities.
  • Connecticut Bar Admission, or eligible for timely admission to practice.
  • Minimum of two years legal practice.
  • Experience in education law and child welfare law.
  • Cultural competence.
  • Commitment to a dynamic advocacy model that combines direct legal services, training and systemic reform advocacy.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple roles, prioritize work, work independently with a minimum of supervision and instruction, and work with a team.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to Martha Stone, Executive Director, at mstone@cca-ct. org
or mail to Center for Children’s Advocacy, 65 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT. 06105.

 

Re-Entry Education Advocate, Part Time

Part-time (20-32 hours/week)
Reports to Director, TeamChild Youth Justice Project

Responsibilities:

  • Meet with confined youth clients, and when appropriate, their parent(s) or guardian, prior to reentry to help them develop a reentry plan for school enrollment and obtaining school credits.
  • Shepherd youth clients from confinement through school reentry, helping them enroll in school and troubleshooting educational barriers once they reenter school.
  • Request and attend school meetings, including special education Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meetings, to advocate for youth.
  • Communicate regularly with youth clients and when appropriate with adults in the youth’s support system to identify emerging barriers to successful reentry, including potential problems with clients’ probation or parole requirements.
  • Work with a reentry attorney to intervene early to address barriers to successful reentry, including helping with IDs, access to benefits, etc.
  • Ensure that client files are accurate and complete.
  • Embrace and support the Center for Children’s Advocacy’s overall mission, standards, policies and procedures, and confidentiality guidelines.

Experience and qualifications:

  • College degree
  • Lived and/or work experience doing advocacy for and outreach to justice-involved youth.
  • Experience working with schools and navigating school dynamics. 
  • Take-charge, outgoing attitude.
  • Knowledgeable about laws, regulations and policies regarding education rights.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple roles, prioritize work, work independently with a minimum of supervision and instruction, and work as a team.
  • Driver’s license and a reliable car.

    To apply, email cover letter and detailed resume to: Marisa Halm at mhalm@cca-ct.org 

CCA is an affirmative action employer. 

 


Post Graduate Fellowships

Center for Children’s Advocacy is interested in being the sponsoring organization for a post graduate fellowship such as Singer, and law school specific fellowships such as Liman.

The Center seeks 3L or law school graduates to apply for one or two years of fellowship funding to work with CCA. We are particularly interested in developing the following projects: 

Immigrant Children’s Justice Project
The Immigrant Children’s Justice Project (ICJP) advocates for immigrant children to protect them from exploitation and deportation and help them access educational services in Fairfield County. 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. We are seeking a fellow to expand the Center’s representation of immigrant youth on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, education, benefits, housing and immigration matters beyond Fairfield County. Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply. 

Legal Advocacy for LGBTQ+ Youth/Young Adults  
CCA provides advocacy to LGBTQ+ youth across the organization and in specific project areas. We are seeking a fellow to spearhead and develop a focused project to serve the unique needs of LGBTQ+ youth in areas including education, healthcare, housing, employment and benefits, bringing awareness to legal issues facing LGBTQ+ youth across CT.  The strategy would include technical assistance and consultation to youth or youth-serving organizations on relevant legal issues; direct representation of LGBTQ youth; outreach and education on legal rights of LGBTQ+ youth to youth-serving organizations, non-profits, schools and healthcare settings; and systemic and policy advocacy on current, relevant, and emerging LGBTQ+ legal issues.   

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 Alice Rosenthal (arosenthal@cca-ct.org) by November 1, 2019.

 

 

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 for Children’s Advocacy (CCA) is seeking four law school interns for its summer program.  Legal interns will work closely with CCA 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.  Interns will be given the opportunity to gain exposure to the work all of the Center’s attorneys do, including attending court, professional meetings, negotiations, trainings and other professional opportunities with them.  Background in these areas, either through experience and/or course work, is preferred but not required.  Individuals with a history of/commitment to public interest work and/or social justice are encouraged to apply. 

CCA 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; and two legal interns will work in our Hartford office. Candidates interested in either MLPP or our Bridgeport office should indicate this in their cover letter.

Applicants must have superior research and writing skills and excellent interpersonal skills.  Applications must include a cover letter and resume. 

Application Deadline
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but must be received no later than February 15. 

To Apply
To apply for a summer internship in CCA’s Hartford office, please email cover letter and resume to Marisa Halm 
To apply for a summer internship in CCA’s Bridgeport office, please email cover letter and resume to Patricia Marealle

 

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 February 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 with events, mailings, office support, donor research, or more!

 

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

  • 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 Bonnie Berk

 

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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