Job and Internship Opportunities
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.
Part-Time Staff Attorney – Custody Advocacy Team
Council for Children’s Rights is seeking a part-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. The work is interesting, challenging, and highly rewarding. 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 custody dispute through settlement, or represent the child(ren)’s best interests in a custody trial. Case load will be commensurate with part-time hours (not to exceed 25 hours per week.)
- 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 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.
- Must be licensed to practice law in North Carolina.
- 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 an individual 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; experience in family law and/or previous volunteer experience with CAP; a desire to serve the community in dismantling systems of oppression; and familiarity in approaching situations through a trauma-informed and race-equity lens.
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.