Employment Opportunities

Staff Attorney, Right Direction: Homeless Youth Advocacy Project

The Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA) has an opening for a full-time staff attorney with our Right Direction: Homeless Youth Advocacy Project. CCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting for the legal rights of Connecticut’s most vulnerable children and youth. To learn more about CCA, please visit www.cca-ct.org

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, cultural competence and anti-racism practices and policies internally as well as in the communities we serve.

The Homeless Youth Advocacy Project employs legal services, training and system reform advocacy to help children and youth who are experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness. For more information, see our youth-friendly website: speakupteens.org. This position is based in CCA’s Hartford office and has the opportunity for a hybrid remote/in-office arrangement.

The person in this position will:  

  • Provide legal consultation & representation to youth and young adults who are experiencing homelessness, or at-risk of homelessness, including enforcing rights in the context of homeless students’ educational rights, older youth in child welfare, juvenile delinquency and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.
  • Partner with community organizations to bring legal services to targeted populations of youth in the Hartford area. Collaborate with CCA staff to utilize the Center’s Mobile Legal Office, bringing legal services to community locations.
  • Provide legal rights training to youth and community providers about the legal rights of youth experiencing homelessness.
  • Respond to legal questions from school systems and community providers about supporting youth experiencing homelessness.
  • Produce legal information materials for youth and community providers.
  • Partner with youth to identify & advocate for systemic reform utilizing litigation, administrative advocacy and legislative advocacy, as necessary.

The ideal candidate:

  • Has a passion for working with youth and young adults & loves connecting with youth and providers in the community;
  • Has excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills;
  • Can work independently and as a member of a team;
  • Is committed to upholding the mission and values of CCA; and
  • Has CT Bar membership, or the ability to waive in.

Candidates with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Salary/Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience and is at the high-end of salaries for public interest organizations in Connecticut.  Salary scale is based on years of experience and can be provided upon request.  Benefits include 13 paid holidays, generous PTO and sick time, health/dental insurance, disability insurance, life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, professional development, health care flexible spending account, dependent care flexible spending account, and hybrid remote work flexibility.

Application Process
Please send a cover letter expressing qualifications for the position as well as a detailed resume to employment@cca-ct.org

Applications will be received until the position is filled.   

CCA is an equal opportunity employer that actively seeks a diverse and vibrant work staff.  CCA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran.

Digital Communications Manager

The Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA) seeks a part-time (20 hours/week) Digital Communications Manager to execute CCA’s digital communications strategy.

The position will be based in CCA’s Bridgeport or Hartford office. 

The person in this position will:  

Plan, create and disseminate CCA’s digital communications to youth, community providers, other professionals, donors and supporters:

  1. Using content provided by CCA staff, create and send e-newsletters and e-blasts, and measure the level of engagement.
  2. Create and disseminate brief video clips about CCA services and children’s legal rights.
  3. Create and send emails publicizing CCA webinars and provide assistance with webinar technology.
  4. Be responsible for updating CCA’s website.
  5. Be responsible for regular posts to CCA’s social media, growing CCA’s social media reach, and measuring the level of engagement.
  6. Collaborate with development staff to create and disseminate emails, video clips and other digital content to market CCA to donors and increase donations.

The ideal candidate:

  • Has experience managing digital communications for an organization
  • Has knowledge of e-communications, social media, and Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) software
  • Has strong communication skills and desire to take initiative
  • Is culturally competent and committed to children’s rights and racial justice

Candidates with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Hours and Compensation:          

This position is 20 hours per week. Flexibility as to schedule. The salary range is $33,000 – $37,500, commensurate with experience.

Application Process:

Email cover letter and resume to sforde@cca-ct.org. CCA intends to fill this position as soon as possible.

Paralegal & Intake Coordinator

The Center for Children’s Advocacy has an opening for a full-time (30-40 hour per week) paralegal and intake coordinator position which will work out of our Hartford, Connecticut office. 

The Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA), a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting for the legal rights of Connecticut’s most vulnerable youth and young adults. To learn more about the CCA, please visit CCA’s website at www.cca-ct.org

This position will be responsible for fielding and coordinating CCA’s client intakes for CCA’s Hartford office and will also provide paralegal and case management support primarily to CCA’s Youth Justice Project.  As a part of the project based work, this position will support attorneys who represent justice-involved youth and/or youth who are struggling with homelessness.  CCA works with these youth to ensure that legal entitlements, such as access to education and benefits, are met, and works to remove barriers to those entitlements. 

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, cultural competence and anti-racism practices and policies internally as well as in the communities we serve.

Candidates with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities

The position will be responsible for the following:

Intake Coordination:

  • Field and complete intake calls and refer to other CCA personnel, when appropriate
  • Record intakes in case management database
  • Update referral and resource databases to maintain currency 
  • Create Microsoft Teams group with resources, referrals, and an update excel sheet to track intake calls;
  • Among other duties.

Paralegal and case management responsibilities

  • Open and track cases on case management software system (Legal Files) and on Microsoft Teams;
  • Secure releases from parents or youth clients and obtain client records;
  • Meet with parents and youth to help them access relevant state benefits and assistance; 
  • Update and development project forms;
  • Assist in “Know Your Rights” trainings of youth and young adults including young people in correctional facilities  
  • Serve as point person for community partners, and attend professional meetings as an organization representative, when appropriate;
  • Provide support and data collection and distribution for Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) group meetings;
  • Work on special projects as needed, among other related tasks.

Qualifications

We are seeking a candidate who has demonstrated commitment to providing quality advocacy and support to children in addition to traditional administrative tasks.  Candidates should have:

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills;
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to multitask and prioritize;
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team;
  • Proficiency in Office 2016 (Word, PowerPoint & Excel)
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Teams highly preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred;
  • Two or more years of related experience;
  • Experience with direct client contact, especially youth and young adults, a plus
  • Knowledge of the public benefits systems a plus;
  • Knowledge of child advocacy issues as well as juvenile justice experience preferred;
  • Transportation and work related travel required;
  • Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred. 
  • Commitment to racial justice, educational equity and DEI principles in organizational settings. 

Salary/Benefits

Salary range from $43,000-48,000 based on experience, generous benefits package in line with other public interest organizations, and hybrid/remote work flexibility. 

To Apply

Email cover letter and resume to employment@cca-ct.org. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Restorative Justice Project Coordinator

The Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA) seeks a part-time (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. 

The position will be based in CCA’s Bridgeport or Hartford office. 

The person in this position will:  

Coordinate, plan and provide administrative leadership for CCA’s Restorative Justice Project:

  1. Schedule and facilitate quarterly meetings of the statewide restorative justice stakeholder group.
  2. Provide coaching on restorative justice practices and participate in implementation of training for appropriate line and leadership staff, at Hartford and Bridgeport Juvenile Detention Centers, Manson Youth Institution, Connecticut Junior Republic, Boys and Girls Village and other DCF and Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division (CSSD) contracted facilities.
  3. Help establish and provide support on internal implementation of restorative justice practices to each facility’s restorative justice implementation team.

Work with the CSSD, Department of Corrections and DCF leaders in a collaborative partnership with the Center for Restorative Justice to incorporate restorative practices in the agencies’ policies and procedures.

The ideal candidate:

  • Has a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Understands the juvenile justice system and restorative justice practices and theory
  • Has strong communication skills, excellent organizational skills, desire to take initiative
  • Has demonstrated an ability to engage and train juvenile justice staff
  • Is culturally competent and committed to reforming the justice system for youth
  • Has experience managing organizational change

Candidates with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Hours and Compensation:          

This position is 20 hours per week. Flexibility as to schedule. The salary range is $35/hour to $45/hour, commensurate with experience. Depending on the candidate’s interest, availability and experience, the position may be expanded with additional hours to facilitate CCA’s Speak Up youth advocacy group and/or support CCA’s other advocacy projects.

Application Process:

Please email cover letter and resume to employment@cca-ct.org as soon as possible. Position will remain open until filled.

CCA is an equal opportunity employer that actively seeks a diverse and vibrant work staff.  CCA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran.

Youth Leadership Program Manager (Part-Time)

The Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA) seeks a part-time Youth Leadership Program Manager to coordinate CCA’s Speak Up youth-led advocacy program.

The Youth Leadership Program Manager supports youth advocating for changes to systems that impact them, and facilitates a group of youth advocates with lived experience who engage in systemic reform advocacy. One of the systems the group of youth advocates will address is the juvenile justice system.

The position will be based in CCA’s Bridgeport or Hartford office.

The person in this position will:  

  • Recruit and support youth leaders
  • Facilitate multiple youth meetings per week
  • Help youth develop their public-speaking and written advocacy skills
  • Empower youth to facilitate the identification of a systems change target and the development of an advocacy campaign strategy
  • Prepare youth to advocate for systemic reform through the State’s Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee (JJPOC) and support youth’s participation on the JJPOC
  • Partner with CCA legal staff who are available to assist youth with drafting policies or legislation, and researching laws, policies and other systemic issues

The ideal candidate:

  • Has at least three years of experience developing youth leaders
  • Understands the principles of youth-led social change
  • Is passionate about working with youth
  • Is committed to youth-led social change, demonstrated by experience working side-by-side with youth leaders and elevating youth voice
  • Is culturally competent and committed to reforming the justice system for youth

Candidates with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Hours and Compensation:          

This position is 10-15 hours per week. Flexibility as to schedule. The salary is $25/hour.

Application Process:

Please email cover letter and resume to sforde@cca-ct.org as soon as possible. Position will remain open until filled.

CCA is an equal opportunity employer that actively seeks a diverse and vibrant work staff.  CCA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran.

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 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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