Project Coordinator, Restorative Justice Project

The Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA), a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting for the legal rights of Connecticut’s most vulnerable children, seeks a part-time (12-20 hours/week) Project Coordinator to coordinate CCA’s Restorative Justice Project.

The Project Coordinator provides support, coordination and training to state-run and privately-run youth facilities and shelters to help them replace punitive behavior management systems and infuse the culture of the facilities with restorative justice practices. The facilities involved with the Project include juvenile justice detention centers, congregate care facilities, youth prison and child welfare shelters. 

Responsibilities

  1. Coordinate, plan and provide administrative leadership for CCA’s Restorative Justice Project
    • Schedule and facilitate quarterly meetings of the statewide restorative justice stakeholder group.
    • Participate in implementation of training and coaching for appropriate line and leadership staff, at Hartford and Bridgeport Juvenile Detention Centers, Manson Youth Institute, Connecticut Junior Republic, Boys and Girls Village and other DCF and CSSD contracted facilities.
    • Provide coaching in addressing internal inconsistencies of rj practice to the leadership of the entities listed in b. above,
    • Help establish and provide support on internal implementation of rj practices to  each facility’s restorative justice implementation team
    • Work with CSSD and DCF leaders to develop and monitor evaluative measures to track outcomes for restorative practices
  2. Provide information to CCA Finance and Development staff as necessary for grant reports.

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree preferred
  • Knowledge of the juvenile justice system and restorative justice practices and theory
  • Strong communication skills, excellent organizational skills, desire to take initiative
  • Experience working with staff who care for juvenile justice-involved youth
  • Demonstrated ability to engage and train juvenile justice staff
  • Versed in cultural competence and committed to reform the justice system for youth
  • Experience with managing organizational change

Hours and Compensation

This position is from 12 to 20 hours per week.  Flexibility as to schedule. Salary is commensurate with experience. 

Application Process

Please email cover letter and resume to: Martha Stone, Center for Children’s Advocacy, at mstone@cca-ct.org as soon as possible.  Position will remain open until filled.

CCA is committed to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. CCA is also committed to advancing racial justice, culture competence and anti-racism practices and policies internally as well as in the communities we serve.

Attorney, Immigrant Children’s Justice Project (ICJP)

The Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA), the largest children’s rights organization in New England, seeks a dynamic attorney for its Immigrant Children’s Justice Project. CCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to enforcing the legal rights of low-income children. More information about the Center can be found on CCA’s website: www.cca-ct.org.

The ICJP is the primary source of life-saving legal services for immigrant children and youth in Connecticut. The Project provides legal representation, training and system reform advocacy to help immigrant children and youth gain immigration status and access systems that provide them with critical health, education and support services. Click here for more information about the ICJP.

Responsibilities

This opening is for a full time attorney who will have the opportunity to advocate for immigrant children and youth through a wide variety of strategies. The attorney will:

  • Provide legal consultation and representation to immigrant children and youth regarding Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, other immigration options, access to education as English Language Learners (ELLs) and special education students.
  • Provide legal rights training to immigrant youth, families, advocates and community providers.
  • Collaborate with CCA’s Communications Director to produce legal information materials for youth and community providers.
  • Collaborate with other immigrant advocacy organizations to bring information and legal services to immigrant youth.
  • Collaborate with other CCA attorneys, outside immigrant advocacy organizations and community providers to identify systemic problems that impact immigrant youth and engage in system reform advocacy, including litigation, administrative advocacy and legislative advocacy as necessary, to address the identified problems.

Experience and qualifications

  • Demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Experience with children and youth of color and a demonstrated deep commitment to social justice and racial justice is required.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Two or more years of related experience. Immigration experience is preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish is preferred
  • Must be admitted to CT Bar or have ability to waive in.

Salary is commensurate with experience and is at the high end of the legal services step system. CCA provides generous paid time off, health and dental benefits. Flexible hours and remote working opportunities may be available.

To apply, email cover letter and detailed resume to Stacey Violante Cote at employment@cca-ct.org . CCA is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.

Spanish Speaking Part-Time Administrative Support  

The Center’s Immigrant Children’s Justice Project (ICJP) has an opening for a part-time (8-10 hours per-week) administrative support position in our Bridgeport office. The support staff will assist legal staff with screening and assignment of cases to pro-bono attorneys, maintaining case files and outreach to clients and families. 

This is a great position for graduate students or professionals who have experience working with children and families to be part of a collaborative team serving immigrant children and youth. This role is flexible in regards to remote working and flexible start and finish times. 

The mission of the ICJP is to reduce the gap in legal representation of immigrant children and improve access to the systems that provide services to them through a variety of advocacy methods, including litigation. More information about the ICJP can be found here

Responsibilities

  • Maintain case files in our Legal Files case management system
  • Conduct screenings and intakes of potential clients
  • Provide interpretation & translation support
  • Provide information and referrals, as appropriate, and follow up with clients after services are provided
  • Work in collaboration with legal staff to assign cases to attorneys on a pro-bono roster
  • Provide administrative support to the ICJP such as requesting client records, drafting letters, organizing files, preparing for trainings and clinics
  • Work on special projects as needed

Qualifications

We welcome applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations in addition to traditional administrative tasks. Candidates should have:

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills with consistent attention to detail
  • 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 trauma informed services is a plus

Speaking, reading and writing fluency in Spanish and English is required.

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

To Apply, email a detailed resume to: Stacey Violante Cote at employment@cca-ct.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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.

Summer Law Interns

The Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA) seeks four law school interns each summer.  Legal interns 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 Tiffany Minakhom
To apply for a summer internship in CCA’s Bridgeport office, please email cover letter and resume to Kathryn Meyer

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: email Eileen Brennan.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Center is always looking for energetic volunteers!
Please email email Eileen Brennan if you can help us with events, mailings, office support, donor research, or more!

Volunteer help is needed in the following areas:

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

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

Advocacy
Contact legislators and community on behalf of the Center

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 Eileen Brennan

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