The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights invites applications for the position of Deputy Program Director-East. The Deputy Program Director will oversee two Young Center programs: the Washington, D.C. and New York City offices. The person hired for this position will be located in one of these two locations and travel regularly to the other site.
The Young Center is a children’s rights organization dedicated to bringing a holistic child welfare lens to children in the immigration system. Our mission is to promote the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied immigrant children in the United States. The immediate focus of our work is to serve as federally-appointed, independent Child Advocate (best interests guardian ad litem) for unaccompanied immigrant children. We are at the forefront of best interests advocacy for unaccompanied children and are the only organization in the country overseeing the work of Child Advocates pursuant to the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act. Young Center Child Advocates work directly with children to identify and advocate for their best interests with federal agencies including HHS, DHS, and DOJ. They do not act as the children’s immigration attorney but instead advocate for children’s best interests through written and oral recommendations on issues including the child’s care, conditions, and placement in custody; release to parents and sponsors; and permanency and repatriation.
The Deputy Program Director-East will join the Young Center’s two other Deputy Program Directors (one based in Texas and one based in Arizona.) Individually, each Deputy Program Director is responsible for overseeing two program sites, ensuring those sites meet contract obligations and program goals. Together, they work as a team to establish consistent practices across different program sites and to foster the growth and development of the Child Advocate program.
Duties and Responsibilities:
· Oversee the Washington, D.C. and New York City offices, including developing stakeholder relationships (with ORR Federal Field Specialists, facility directors, immigration judges, ICE officers, etc.), overseeing case work, and managing site budgets.
· Supervise the advocacy of Young Center attorneys and social workers in the Washington D.C. and New York offices, including: review and oversight of case strategy; development and editing of best interests recommendations; and oversight of the recruitment, training, and retention of volunteer Child Advocates, including twice-annual weekend trainings.
· Travel to the remotely-supervised office 6-8 times a year to meet with staff, visit facilities, engage with stakeholders, and give presentations on Young Center’s work. Travel once a year to meet with other Deputy Case Directors and/or Directors. Travel to Young Center’s program staff retreat.
· Serve as the first point of contact for senior stakeholder relationships and community engagement, including speaking about the Young Center’s program and mission at stakeholder and community events.
· Review and edit monthly reports to the Office of Refugee Resettlement regarding children served, case outcomes and trends observed.
· Oversee hiring for the Washington, D.C. and New York offices, orientations for new hires, and annual reviews for all attorneys and social workers supervised. Foster staff development through regular meetings each direct report and regular team meetings.
· Work closely with other Deputy Program Directors and the National Social Work Director to ensure consistency and high quality of work across offices. Assist in developing agency protocols and internal policy in consultation with other Deputy Program Directors. Plan and execute the Young Center’s program retreat and other organization-wide training in consultation with Young Center Directors.
· Stay apprised of developments in immigration, child welfare and international law that directly affect the Young Center’s work.
· Other duties as assigned.
· J.D. and appropriate authorization to practice law.
· Excellent written and oral advocacy skills.
· Ability to take initiative and work collaboratively.
· A valid driver’s license.
· Spanish preferred.
· The ideal candidate will have six years of experience practicing law and at least four years of practice in the area of child welfare, immigration, or a related field.
· The ideal candidate will have at least three years of experience supervising or managing staff in a professional setting.
· The ideal candidate will have prior experiencing reviewing and editing legal writing.
· Passion, tenacity and optimism for the issues affecting immigrant children and their families and an enthusiasm for working with volunteers.
The Young Center provides excellent benefits including health/dental/vision insurance at no cost to the employee, a retirement plan, vacation, and sick time.
Job offer is conditioned on clearance of fingerprint criminal background check, child abuse and neglect check (CANs), and tuberculosis test.
Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please email a cover letter, resume, three references and a writing sample and include the title “Deputy Program Director-East” in the subject line.
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