The Center for Children & Youth Justice provides a fulfilling work environment and competitive salaries and benefits. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  We value a diverse workforce. We welcome inquiries regarding open positions from individuals who share our passion for creating better systems and better lives.

 

Staff Attorney – Lawyers Fostering Independence

Full job description available here.

POSITION SUMMARY

This position manages and coordinates the Center For Children & Youth Justice’s (CCYJ’s) LFI program operating in King County and supports LFI’s statewide initiatives, each of which serve to provide free civil legal services to young adults with a focus on those who have been in foster or kinship care. Funding for this position is confirmed for two years; continued employment will be dependent on continued funding.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The examples of essential functions listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position.  Duties and responsibilities are also subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

  • Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities of LFI’s work plan.
  • Conducts initial interviews with referred individuals to determine if they are eligible for assistance and if the issue presented is covered by LFI.
  • Refers clients to volunteer attorneys for assistance. Briefs volunteer attorneys on issues and assigns cases. Maintains contact with volunteer attorneys to ensure the case is progressing well and assists as needed.
  • Maintains records on all cases, clients, and volunteer attorneys which includes documenting legal issues, research, results, and contact information.
  • Provides occasional direct representation, as needed.
  • Assists with recruiting and training of volunteer attorneys about the mission of LFI and CCYJ, our core principles, the civil legal issues facing LFI clients, and providing legal assistance to LFI’s clients.
  • In consultation with the Managing Attorney and President/CEO, participates in various advocacy groups, attends meetings, participates in discussions, writes letters, provides testimony on behalf of CCYJ, and may prepare written testimony for the legislature.
  • At the request of the Managing Attorney, represents CCYJ at local and national meetings and provides technical expertise on issues related to the LFI program.
  • Works to maintainin CCYJ’s position as a resource in the network of organizations that refer clients (i.e. YMCA, Friends of Youth. TeamChild, The Mockingbird Society, and New Horizons, etc.).
  • Advises Managing Attorney on issues and program ideas related to the LFI program.
  • Participates in internal CCYJ activities and work as needed.
  • Participates in fund raising efforts and budget discussions as needed.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND ABILITY

  • J.D. with active bar license in WA or the ability to become active shortly after commencing work.
  • Preference for 2-3 years of legal experience, particularly in representing low income clients and young people involved in the juvenile justice and/or child welfare systems.
  • Committed to CCYJ’s mission of system reform for Washington state’s juvenile justice and child welfare systems.
  • Possess a passion for and demonstrated commitment to social justice for children and youth.
  • Ability to be resourceful, identify potential partners and/ or volunteers, and foster relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Experience researching and writing grant applications and proposals is a plus.
  • Ability to interact with internal and external individuals and groups to achieve goals through negotiation, motivation, problem-solving, and feedback.
  • Preference for proven record of working effectively with state and federal officials, judicial court system, attorneys, law enforcement officials, school counselors, service providers, and other partnership executives.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing, orally, and through formal presentations and meeting facilitation.

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three professional references to the LFI Staff Attorney Search Committee at mghoward@ccyj.org. Questions may be directed to Maria Howard, Director of Operations/HR, mghoward@ccyj.org.

Major Gifts Manager

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POSITION SUMMARY

We are seeking a talented, experienced individual to join our team as a Major Gifts Manager.  The Major Gifts Manager works with and reports to the Founding President/CEO and collaborates with the Development team to ensure the highest standards of donor-centered fundraising as we identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gift donors in support of CCYJ.

An ideal candidate will have nonprofit fundraising experience, with the proven ability to initiate and manage long-term relationships that result in significant investment from donors.  We are looking for someone who is well-versed in fundraising best practices, as well as open to finding new, creative approaches to challenges and opportunities in the work.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Manage a portfolio of major donors and major donor prospects for qualification, stewardship, cultivation, and solicitation.
  • Work with Development team to qualify prospects, as well as develop and implement cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for all prospects.
  • Assist with developing and executing strategies to maximize major and planned giving.
  • Make personal cultivation/solicitation/stewardship visits to assess the interests and capacity of potential donors. As appropriate, identify individuals as major gift and/or planned giving prospects and determine follow-up strategies including stewardship and solicitation timelines.
  • Identify new leads for major gift ($2,500+) and planned gifts utilizing prospect research and donor database.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND ABILITY

  • 5+ years of relevant professional experience in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Familiarity with the philanthropic culture of Washington state and the Seattle-area community.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain positive relationships and to actively contribute as a leader and team member.
  • Demonstrated record of completing assignments in a timely manner.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, internally and externally, maintaining integrity and professionalism.
  • Experience with face-to-face cultivation and solicitation activities.
  • Intellectual quickness, curiosity, creativity, and resourcefulness.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills.
  • Expertise with eTapestry (or similar donor database)
  • Must be a self-starter, highly motivated, and detail oriented.
  • Ability to travel locally and occasionally work after hours and/or weekend hours.

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three professional references to the Major Gifts Officer Search Committee at mghoward@ccyj.org.  Questions may be directed to Maria Howard, Director of Operations/HR Manager at mghoward@ccyj.org.