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POSITION SUMMARY:

The Alliance for Children’s Rights is seeking a dedicated Education Program Attorney to provide special education and early intervention advocacy for children. The attorney will assist foster children and education rights holders to secure early intervention and special education services through regional centers and school districts. The Education Program Attorney position is a wonderful opportunity for a well-qualified candidate to secure the benefits and services that these children need to succeed in school and in life.

ABOUT THE ALLIANCE:

The Alliance for Children's Rights protects the rights of impoverished, abused and neglected children and youth. Our lawyers, advocates, and social workers, together with hundreds of pro bono attorneys and community volunteers, ensure that children who are at-risk or in foster care have safe, stable homes and can access the education, healthcare, and financial supports that they need. We also help transition-age youth overcome barriers to their stability and success, and we work statewide to improve child welfare practices and policies in order to remove the many obstacles that our clients face. Since 1992, we have helped over 150,000 children.

Charity Navigator has awarded the Alliance its highest 4-star rating for the past nine years in a row. This puts the Alliance in the top 2% of charities in the U.S. rated by Charity Navigator. The 4-star rating reflects the Alliance’s sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

The Alliance is well known in the child welfare community for its knowledge, expertise, and accomplishments. Alliance staff members and our partnering pro bono attorneys are advocates for our most vulnerable children and their caregivers. Being the voice of young people who often have no voice, and otherwise could be forgotten, is incredibly rewarding.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:


  • Represent clients in regional centers and school district meetings including IFSPs/IEPs, informal dispute resolution, mediations, and limited due process administrative hearings.

  • Train and supervise pro bono attorneys, interns, and law clerks.

  • Develop and update special education and early intervention materials for clients and the community; conduct community outreach and trainings.

  • Coordinate services with social workers, children’s attorneys, and the juvenile court to ensure appropriate special education and/or early intervention services for youth in foster care, who may range in age from birth through 21.

  • Represent the Alliance at education-related policy meetings; identify trends and advocate to implement policies to improve special education and/or early intervention services.

  • Perform additional administrative duties, including client record keeping.

QUALIFICATIONS:


  • California bar admission (or anticipated admission)

  • Experience in regional center or school district special education advocacy, and/or administrative due process/litigation highly preferable.

  • Experience with children in foster care, Dependency Court and/or child welfare system.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills - ability to communicate effectively with clients, attorneys, child welfare agencies, the judiciary, and the public.

  • Excellent organizational skills.

  • Bilingual Spanish language skills preferable.

The Alliance for Children’s Rights believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunities and does not discriminate against its employees or applicants because of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or marital status. The above statements are of a general nature and are intended to describe the level of work being performed. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties of the position.

The Alliance for Children's Rights offers a competitive salary and a generous benefits package. For more information about the Alliance visit http://kids-alliance.org.

TO APPLY: To be considered, you must submit a cover letter and resume to Jill Rowland at the Alliance for Children’s Rights, j.rowland@kids-alliance.org. Responses will be sent only to individuals meeting the outlined qualifications of the position.


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POSITION SUMMARY

The Alliance for Children’s Rights is seeking a Senior Policy Associate to support the organization in the areas of local government advocacy, strategic planning, public education, communications, and media relations. The Senior Policy Associate will be focused primarily on systemic change relevant to children living in foster care and in poverty in Los Angeles County. The Senior Policy Associate engages in legislative and regulatory advocacy, litigation, and communication efforts ensuring successful implementation of statewide reforms in Los Angeles County and assisting in the development and implementation of systemic solutions specific to Los Angeles County.

ABOUT THE ALLIANCE

The Alliance for Children’s Rights protects the rights of impoverished, abused and neglected children and youth. Our lawyers, advocates and social workers, together with hundreds of pro bono attorneys and community volunteers, ensure that children who are at-risk or in foster care have safe, stable homes and can access the education, healthcare, and financial supports that they need. We also help transition age youth overcome barriers to their stability and success, and we work statewide to improve child welfare practices and policies in order to remove the many obstacles that our clients face. Since 1992, we have helped over 150,000 children.

Charity Navigator has awarded the Alliance its highest 4-star rating for the past nine years in a row. This puts the Alliance in the top 2% of charities in the U.S. rated by Charity Navigator. The 4-star rating reflects the Alliance’s sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

The Alliance is well known in the child welfare community for its knowledge, expertise, and accomplishments. Alliance staff members and our partnering pro bono attorneys are advocates for our most vulnerable children and their caregivers.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Senior Policy Associate will:


  • Collaborate with Policy and Program Staff and the broader child welfare advocacy community to identify and track child welfare practices and policies that adversely impact our clients within Los Angeles County and help to establish organizational priorities and responses to those practices and policies

  • Conduct research and analysis on policy issues related to child welfare and poverty and synthesize complex legislative and policy proposals for a variety of audiences including legal services staff, agency staff, legislative staff, judicial officers, and the public

  • Review, draft, and provide written comments and/or testimony on pending legislation, regulations, and other state and county policies (such as county policies, ordinances, and All County Letters)

  • Develop position papers, policy briefs, fact sheets, training materials, advocacy tools and other communications materials

  • Develop and present trainings to legal and social service providers, legislative staff, and community-based organizations

  • Work closely and develop partnerships with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the Department of Children and Family Services, Los Angeles County Probation, the Office of Child Protection, the courts, and other agencies

  • Lead and participate on countywide task forces and stakeholder meetings to engage other stakeholders in our priority issues

  • Recruit allies at the state, regional, and local level to assist with and contribute to policy and advocacy efforts

  • Represent the Alliance at meetings and conferences

  • Assist in media relations

  • Work with the Chief Development Officer to develop funding prospects and proposals to advance the policy and program agenda

  • Work with the Pro Bono Manager to identify firms to support our policy priorities through research, and supervise and provide technical support to firms engaged to support the policy program

  • Other duties as assigned

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND ABILITIES


  • Experience with local government, advocacy, campaigns, outreach, public education, and media preferred

  • Excellent communication, public speaking, and interpersonal skills

  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills

  • Ability and willingness to facilitate and build collaborative working relationships with elected officials, community groups, and policy makers

  • Comprehensive knowledge of child welfare laws and mastery of the laws in one or more of the Alliance’s core program areas preferred

  • Knowledge of federal, state, and county government systems

  • Bachelor of Arts required, Master of Public Policy Administration or J.D., preferred

  • Ability to multi-task competing priorities

  • Ability to work independently and strategically

The Alliance for Children's Rights believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunities and does not discriminate against its employees or applicants because of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or marital status.

The above statements are of a general nature and are intended to describe the level of work being performed by people assigned to comparable positions. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

The Alliance for Children's Rights offers a competitive salary and a generous benefits package. For more information, visit kids-alliance.org.

TO APPLY

To be considered, please submit a resume and a cover letter that outlines your interest in joining the Alliance, relevant work experience, and how you heard of the position to Ines Rosales at i.rosales@kids-alliance.org (E-mail submissions only/no phone inquiries). Responses will be sent only to individuals meeting the outlined qualifications of the position.


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:  Allies for Every Child (Allies) (formerly known as Westside Children’s Center) exists to give at-risk children and children living in poverty the foundation they need to increase their life choices and lead fulfilling lives. For over 25 years, Allies has been providing thousands of at-risk children and their families with critical, high-quality early education programs, family strengthening interventions, foster care and adoption services, and a range of vital, integrated services, including disabilities screenings, nutrition, dental and vision screenings, and pediatric health consultations.   

: Allies contracts with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to protect at-risk children and strengthen families. RFA program social workers conduct weekly home visits to ensure child safety and adequate care, as well as monitor the physical and psychological well-being of children in Allies'resource family homes. RFA program social workers also support recruitment efforts, certification process, and the training of resource parents.    

: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   

Conduct weekly home visits to approved resource families to assess and address the needs of children and to provide support to resource parents  · Develop and monitor progress of individual case plans and treatment objectives for children  · Coordinate all services and initiate appropriate referrals to ensure that children’s treatment objectives are met  · Monitor visits between children and birth families and provide clinical intervention and support  · Support Allies’ recruitment of resource parents by representing Allies at community events and disseminating information about programs  · Provide Needs & Services Plans to DCFS and meet all documentation timelines and requirements  · Participate in collection of documentation and home inspections for the approval updates for resource homes  · Participate in case conferences, clinical individual/group supervision, and agency trainings  · Provide support and psychoeducation regarding transitions and termination of services  · Provide pre and post adoption services to families through adoption finalization  · Collaborate with DCFS, DMH, and other community partners  · Facilitate/ Co-facilitate monthly support group for approved resource parents  · Assess families’ strengths & needs and prepare home studies on prospective resource families  · Facilitate/Co-facilitate MAPP training program  · Participate in the intake process and placement of children with resource families  · Collaborate with DCFS and medical professionals to best address the child’s well-being throughout the foster/adoption process  · Participate in resource family home inspection and file preparation for DCFS & CCL audits and contract reviews  · Evening and weekend hours may be required  · Staff must believe in and act in accordance with both the agency’s and the program’s mission statements  · In accordance with our “team” philosophy, the person filling this position may occasionally be required to carry out or assist with other tasks in addition to the duties listed on this job description. Staff must believe in and act in accordance with both the Agency’s and the program’s mission statements    

  

· Master’s Degree in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Psychology  · License or license-eligible strongly preferred  · One year of foster care and adoption experience preferred  · Bilingual in English/Spanish - speaking and in writing preferred · Experience conducting psychosocial assessments of children and families  · Inspiring, self-starter, with a commitment to teamwork  · Flexible and able to work independently  · Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing  · Strong organizational and time management skills  · Basic computer skills required – Word, Excel, and Software applications  · Experience working with diverse groups and populations  · Passionate about learning and possesses curiosity about issues affecting children and families  · All employees, regardless of position, serve as role models for children and families who are served by our agency  · Fingerprint background clearance (DOJ, FBI & Child Abuse Clearance Index), or approved exemption  · Successful completion of pre-employment physical, PPD risk assessment, proof of immunizations for pertussis, measles and influenza · Class “C” driver’s license, proof of automobile insurance and access to reliable transportation required    

 Send cover letter and resume to hr@alliesforverychild.org

Full benefits package offered including 100% employer contribution to: Health - Kaiser or Anthem, Dental, Vision; 401k with employer match; Employee Assistance Program, Professional Development, 12 paid holidays, sick leave, vacation, and 2 personal days for anniversary of employment and birthday.   Allies for Every Child actively seeks candidates who reflect the rich diversity of the communities that we serve. 

We are committed to a work environment that embraces and promotes individuality and inclusion. We believe that diversity and inclusion of varied perspectives, backgrounds, and life experiences is essential to our organization’s effectiveness, and allows us to serve our clients in the respectful, responsive, and understanding way that they deserve. We define diversity in broad terms to include race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, geography, socio-economic status and other unique attributes that make us who we are.  

Allies for Every Child has achieved accreditation through the Council on Accreditation (COA). This means our programs, services, administration, and management have been rigorously evaluated and meet best practice standards. 


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