The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) seeks an attorney who has experience in juvenile justice. The Center is currently working to reform the juvenile justice systems in several states, focusing on the over-incarceration of youth and the need for community-based alternatives to secure detention. NCYL is also working to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline in several states and opposing unduly harsh sentences for juveniles. The new attorney will have the opportunity to help shape the juvenile justice agenda for the future. NCYL employs a variety of strategies in its juvenile justice work, including litigation, technical assistance, legislative and administrative advocacy, and collaborative reform working with local juvenile justice stakeholders.
The applicant must have a strong commitment to juvenile justice reform and be admitted to practice in at least one state. Excellent writing, analytic skills, and a willingness to travel are required. An ability to collaborate effectively with a wide array of stakeholders is also essential. Experience in policy advocacy and litigation are helpful.
Salary and Benefits
Salary is based on experience and is comparable to similar organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. NCYL provides health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, good vacation benefits, and an employer contribution to a retirement plan.
Position open until filled. Please mail or email a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and a writing sample to:
Larry Nguyen, Assistant Administrator
National Center for Youth Law
405 - 14th Street, 15th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612-2701
510-835-8098, Ext. 3046
The National Center for Youth Law is a national advocacy office which uses the law to improve the lives of children in need. NCYL works to ensure that low-income children have the resources, support, and opportunities they need for a healthy and productive future. NCYL seeks to effect broad change, and engages in litigation as well as administrative, legislative, and other policy advocacy. The Center also provides support to advocates representing poor children and adolescents by responding to requests for assistance, conducting training, providing technical assistance, and publishing analyses of issues affecting poor youth in Youth Law News.
The National Center for Youth Law is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, or sexual orientation. Applicants of color are strongly encouraged to apply.