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Staff Attorney (Homeless Youth Project)

Description: 

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.
Requirements: 

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.

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.

Information

Submission Deadline: 
December 6, 2022
Organization Information: 
Center for Children's Advocacy
65 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105
United States
Phone: 860-570-5327