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.

Coordinator of SpeakUp Project

The Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA) seeks a Coordinator of its SpeakUp youthled advocacy project. CCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting for the
legal rights of Connecticut’s most vulnerable children and youth.

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 Coordinator of the SpeakUp Project 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 primary systems the group of youth advocates will address is the juvenile justice system. The position will work with youth in Hartford and/or Bridgeport. 

The person in this position will:  

  • Recruit and support youth leaders
  • Identify barriers to youth participation and address identified barriers, working
    with CCA attorneys and community social service agencies as necessary
  • Facilitate multiple youth meetings per month
  • 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 Subcommittees (JJPOC) and support youth’s participation with 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 30 to 40 hours per week. Flexibility as to schedule. The annual salary range is $35,000 – $55,000.

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 remain open 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.

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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