Join our Team

We are lawyers, social workers, researchers, fundraisers, volunteer managers and much more. What we all have in common is a passion for protecting the rights and improving the lives of children.

In addition to staff positions, we are always looking for volunteers – attorneys and non-attorneys – to assist us in this work. Periodically, we offer a number of internships to qualified candidates. We are interested in hearing from smart, dedicated people who share our commitment and want to make a difference. Council for Children’s Rights is an equal opportunity employer.

Under the direction of the Director of Advancement (DOA), the Development Assistant (AA) will support the agency’s Advancement plan and overall revenue goals through the utilization, management, and upkeep of Council for Children’s Right’s (CFCR) donor database in addition to participating in donor relations, event planning, and managing internal and external event logistics. This position works closely with DOA, Assistant Director, Advancement (AD-A), and Associate Director, Institutional Relations (AD-IR) as well other CFCR staff and funders to ensure all aspects of events, database usage, and donor stewardship appropriately support the mission of CFCR. As a member of the Advancement team, the AA will assist in a variety of tasks and tactics designed to drive revenue and increase CFCR’s impact in the community.


  • Manages records, daily operations and donor relations within Raiser’s Edge database including:
  • Enter donor/gift/stewardship data into Raiser’s Edge database.
  • Manage query requests and produce consistent and accurate reports.
  • Maintain agency database policies and procedures.
  • Maintain complete and accurate donor records, solicitation notes, and other pertinent donor-related information.
  • Produce gift acknowledgments according to departmental standards.
  • Perform routine database maintenance and updates to ensure accuracy of data.
  • Work with DOA and Child and Family Services Center’s finance department to reconcile monthly financials and to ensure accurate communication between Raiser’s Edge and Financial Edge.
  • Retrieve and process online donations, electronic fund transfers, matching gift forms, and all other giving channels.
  • Ensure that donor expectations including restrictions on gifts, communication preferences, and proper identification are properly noted and adhered to.
  • Produce annual giving summary statement to mail to all donors of the previous calendar year.
  • Assist with assorted vendor relationships, e.g. printing and mail house logistics.
  • Manages event logistics and assists with events for select constituencies
  • Participates in the creation of special cultivation and fundraising events.
  • Works closely with Advancement Team, board, and other volunteers in planning, implementation and follow-up related to events.
  • Manages logistics related to events and delegates duties to other staff as needed.
  • Manages on-site logistics/management of events.
  • Responsible for managing timetable for any and all communications related to these events, including lists for mailings, e-blasts, etc.
  • Works with Advancement Team and other CFCR staff to implement A Night for Children’s Rights
  • Responsible for managing all arrangements and logistics.
  • Responsible for sending pledge and/or thank you letters as well as invoices to sponsors.
  • Assists with event host recruitment.
  • Develops with Team giving levels and solicitation plans, lists, etc.
  • Secures, coordinates, and works with event volunteers.


  • Assists with communications between DOA and a variety of constituencies, including Board of Directors.
  • Maintains calendar and reserves appropriate space(s) for Advancement Team activities.
  • Takes notes and prepares minutes to send to CFCR Board Advancement Committee. members and other volunteers serving on project committees.
  • Manages lists for donor thank-a-thons, board member letter writing and phone campaigns, etc.
  • Assists with preparation of budgets and accounting reports.
  • Participates in professional growth activities.
  • Actively participate as a member of the Advancement Team and attend regular department meetings as required.
  • Perform other necessary and appropriate duties as assigned by DOA.


  • Experience in project management, fundraising and/or marketing as well as experience in a nonprofit social services agency preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree, three years relevant work experience, or a combination of education and work experience.
  • Familiarity with CRM or fundraising database.
  • Effective working knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint required.

Able to work additional hours to participate in meetings and activities as needed.

Skills required: Self-motivated and well-organized; flexible, enjoys managing multiple priorities and demands; independent and cooperative decision-making skills; proactive strategic thinking; provide outstanding customer service; communicate effectively orally and in writing; prepare and present reports; work collaboratively with diverse groups; work effectively with staff, volunteers, clientele, and the public.

Commitment to social, legal, and economic equity and justice, especially for children and other historically excluded and marginalized populations.

To apply: please send a cover letter and resume to

Revised April 20, 2021

Council for Children’s Rights is a non-profit organization providing holistic legal representation and advocacy for children, as well as addressing community-wide issues through research and policy work. The Children’s Defense Team at CFCR serves as the public defender for children in Mecklenburg County, giving a voice to children in court and ensuring that their constitutional and statutory rights are protected. 

The Children’s Defense Team seeks dedicated, enthusiastic, and high-performing individuals for summer legal internship positions. Our internship provides individuals with important professional experience and opportunities to effect change on behalf of youth who have come under juvenile court jurisdiction.  Legal interns work directly with attorneys in an inter-disciplinary team with social workers, an investigator and a legal assistant. Interns will assist our staff attorneys with the following aspects of client representation:

  • Client and caretaker interviews
  • Legal research and writing
  • Trial preparation
  • Trail advocacy
  • Attendance at court hearings
  • Engaging in advocacy and education efforts


Applicant Requirements:

  • Rising 3L with North Carolina Practice Certificate
  • Demonstrated interest in criminal and/or juvenile law
  • Ability to deal effectively with children, adolescents, and family members
  • Demonstrated commitment and interest in serving racially and socioeconomically diverse communities
  • Previous work or volunteer experience with public interest focus and/or working with children

All summer interns should be able to commit to 10 weeks, full-time participation. All internships are unpaid unless the applicant seeks external funding sources.


How to Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to  Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis until positions are filled. 

In your cover letter, please address why you are applying for an internship with Council for Children’s Rights. Please discuss your interest in working with CFCR; any personal, professional, or academic experience or interest in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems; and/or how you will support CFCR’s commitment to diversity.

The Agency’s policy is to provide equal opportunity in all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability or veteran status.

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