Director of Communications

The Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA), the largest children’s rights organization in New England, seeks a full-time dynamic marketing professional to drive its communications strategy in support of CCA’s advocacy initiatives and fundraising. CCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to enforcing the legal rights of low-income children and youth and BIPOC children and youth. More information about the Center can be found on CCA’s website: www.cca-ct.org.

The Communications Director will:

  • Develop, drive and manage the deployment of a multi-channel communications strategy across the Center’s discrete audiences to engage audience segments and lead them to take measurable actions, including engaging in actions in support of CCA’s advocacy initiatives and making donations to CCA. The communications channels include e-newsletters, annual report, email and print appeals, social media, organization website, videos, marketing at events and conferences, and printed publications.
  • Track and measure the level of engagement and measurable actions taken, across various platforms and communications channels, and ensure the communications strategy is data-driven.
  • Develop and implement an annual communications plan.
  • Manage media relations and develop contacts with print, video, audio and electronic media members and influencers.
  • Lead and supervise communications staff.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing or a related discipline.
  • 3 years of communications, marketing or public relations or related experience.
  • Cultural competence and commitment to children’s rights and racial justice is required. 
  • Familiarity with social media marketing, search engine marketing, Google Analytics, Google AdWords and Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) software.
  • Excellent copywriting and copy editing abilities.

The Director of Communications will be based in CCA’s office in Bridgeport or Hartford.

Compensation:         

Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience. 

Application Process:

Please email a cover letter and resume to:  Martha Stone, Executive Director, at mstone@cca-ct.org. CCA intends to fill this position as soon as possible.

Staff Attorney, Educational Success Project  

The Center is seeking a staff attorney for its Educational Success Project to address racial, ethnic and economic disparities in children’s access to a quality education and ensure that children of color and low-income children have access to equitable educational services. The staff attorney will provide legal services, training and systemic reform advocacy regarding education rights of at risk children and youth. This is a full-time position, primarily located in the Center’s Bridgeport office, with some limited legal representation of children and youth in Hartford.  The starting date for the position is September 8, 2021.   

Responsibilities: 

  • Provide legal consults and representation on education matters to:
    • Children and families from Bridgeport, Norwalk, Stamford and select other Fairfield County towns in Pre-K and Kindergarten who are suspended from school;  
    • Department of Children and Families’ child welfare social workers in education matters for children in the care of the child welfare system;
    • Clients of the Village for Families and Children in Hartford; and
    •  Center’s high school-based legal clinic for teenagers at Harding High School in Bridgeport. 
  • Develop trainings and informational materials on children’s education rights and collaborate with community-based organizations to provide these to parents and professionals to increase their 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, including reducing suspension of pre-K and Kindergarten students as well as improving education of children in the child welfare system. Collaborate with other CCA attorneys to address systemic barriers that  result in deep systemic educational inequities..
  • Provide trainings for social workers and other clinical staff at the Village for Families and Children.

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 with education law experience required. 
  • Cultural competence. 
  • Commitment to a dynamic advocacy model that combines direct legal services, training and systemic reform advocacy. 
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills.  

CCA is committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace. We seek to hire staff that reflect racial, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic identities of the communities we represent, particularly those communities without access to civil justice.

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Resumes and cover letters should be sent to Jay Sicklick, CCA Deputy Director, at jsicklick@cca-ct.org.

 


Part-time Paralegal – Bridgeport Office

CCA’s Immigrant Children’s Justice Project (ICJP), has an opening for a part-time (15-20 hours per-week) paralegal in our Bridgeport office. The paralegal will assist legal staff with screening and assignment of cases to pro-bono attorneys, maintaining case files and outreach to clients and families. 

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 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 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
  • 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 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: Stacey Violante Cote: sviolante@cca-ct.org.  Applications will be accepted until 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 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

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 email Eileen Brennan if you would like to help. Thank you!

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