Job and Internship Opportunities

 

 

Current Openings

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 as well as 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.

Open Positions

Staff Attorney – Custody Advocacy Team (Full-Time, Exempt)

Supervisor      Director of Custody Advocacy Program
Department    Custody Advocacy Program (CAP)

Council for Children’s Rights is seeking a full-time staff attorney to join its Custody Advocacy Program (CAP).  CAP attorneys represent the best interests of minor children who are caught in the middle of high-conflict custody cases.  These cases routinely involve highly sensitive issues such as mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, alienation, and emotional/physical abuse.  The staff attorney will work closely with a volunteer attorney and volunteer custody advocate on each case to complete an investigation and subsequently resolve the dispute through settlement, or represent the child(ren)’s best interests in a custody trial.

**This is a position with flexibility to work flex remote hours**

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume by July 15, 2022.  

Responsibilities:

  • Represent the best-interests of children in court-appointed, high-conflict custody cases.
  • Handle an individual caseload as distributed by the Director of CAP.
  • Oversee/work closely with the volunteer attorney and custody advocate assigned to each case.
  • Alongside the case team, conduct a thorough investigation, including interviews, home and school visits, records review, and meetings with the child(ren) and the team.
  • Direct settlement conferences involving pro se and/or represented parties.
  • Handle preparation for and litigation in regular hearings and custody trials.
  • Be prompt and professional in all communications inside and outside of court.
  • Adhere to all Council for Children’s Rights policies and procedures.
  • Commit to and participate in an agency culture that values diversity, equity and inclusion.

 

Qualifications:

  • Must be licensed to practice law in North Carolina. Minimum of 2 years of litigation experience.
  • Must possess excellent communication skills and expertise in dealing with adults and children from diverse backgrounds who are in crisis situations.
  • Must be self-motivated and have the ability to handle a large caseload.
  • Must be able to work effectively within the team structure of CAP, across programs in the agency, and as a participant in a culture of philanthropy.
  • Must conduct oneself with the highest integrity in all interactions, with a particular focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to child advocacy; a desire to serve the community in dismantling systems of oppression; familiarity in approaching situations through a trauma-informed and race-equity lens; experience in family law; and/or previous volunteer experience with CAP.

 

No calls, emails, or visits please. For immediate consideration, please formally apply online at this link and provide a resume and cover letter.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this job classification. They are not to be constructed as an all-inclusive list of all duties, skills, and responsibilities of people so assigned.

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.

Juvenile Defense Attorney Children’s Defense Team (Full-Time, Exempt)

Supervisor      Director of Children’s Defense Team
Department    Children’s Defense Team (CDT)

The Council for Children’s Rights is seeking to hire a full-time Juvenile Defense Attorney to join its Children’s Defense Team. The Juvenile Defense Attorney will represent children in delinquency and civil commitment matters in Mecklenburg County Juvenile Court. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume by July 1, 2022. Applications that do not include both a cover letter and a resume will not be considered.

**This is a position with flexibility to work flex remote hours**

Responsibilities:

  • Represent all children, less than 18 years of age, who are facing delinquency charges or civil commitments in Mecklenburg County Juvenile Court.
  • Handle cases as distributed by the Director of Children’s Defense.
  • Meet with child clients and their families to prepare for court hearings and educate children and families on issues related to the rights of children.
  • Communicate with prosecutors, juvenile court counselors, and other professionals regarding a child’s case.
  • File motions as needed.
  • Maintain highly detailed notes and record keeping in the Council for Children’s Rights database for all children represented.
  • Be prompt and professional in all communications in and out of court.
  • Conduct practice in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct and North Carolina law.
  • Adhere to all Council for Children’s Rights policies and procedures.

Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor degree must have been obtained prior to completing this application.
  • Must be licensed to practice law in North Carolina in good standing at the time of completing this application.
  • Demonstrated courtroom knowledge.
  • Knowledge of current North Carolina criminal law and procedure, juvenile law, and be familiar with mental health and child welfare issues.
  • Trial experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with children of all ages in a culturally appropriate manner.
  • Translate legal concepts to age-appropriate language for young clients.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Ability to set priorities and manage workloads with minimal supervision.
  • Highly professional.

No calls, emails, or visits please. For immediate consideration, please formally apply online at this link and provide a resume and cover letter.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this job classification. They are not to be constructed as an all-inclusive list of all duties, skills, and responsibilities of people so assigned.

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.

Internships

Intern with the Council

Internships are available in the following categories: legal, policy, research, and social work. If you are interested in internships with Council for Children’s Rights, please email us.