Los Angeles Managing Attorney
Los Angeles, CA 
Posted 9 months ago
Position No Longer Available
Position No Longer Available
Job Description
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights invites applications for the position of full- time Managing Attorney to be based in Los Angeles.
The Managing Attorney will handle case work and supervise the Los Angeles-based Staff Attorney, Social Worker, Case Support Associate, and Volunteer Coordinator. The Child Advocate case work done by the Staff Attorney and Social Worker will be supervised by the Managing Attorney. In that capacity, the Managing Attorney will work with program staff to develop advocacy strategy on cases to which the Young Center is appointed as Child Advocate and will review all work product. This position will work closely with the assigned Deputy Program Director and/or Child Advocate Program Director to ensure that the office is meeting its case goals and producing high quality work, and that advocacy strategies align with and are consistent with the Child Advocate program’s approach and protocols. This position will be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with local stakeholders, including ORR Federal Field Specialists, facility staff, legal service providers and immigration judges. In addition, this position will coordinate hiring and training new staff in Los Angeles.

The Young Center is dedicated to promoting the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. The immediate focus of the Young Center’s work is to serve as Child Advocate (guardian ad litem for children in immigration proceedings) for unaccompanied and separated children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. Our role is to identify and advocate for the best interests of children in federal custody, applying federal and state law and long-recognized principles of the best interests of the child. The Young Center also advocates with legislators, federal agencies and other stakeholders to promote consideration of best interests of the child in all decisions concerning immigrant children and to create a dedicated juvenile immigrant justice system that treats children as children. Young Center is headquartered in Chicago and has programs in Houston, San Antonio, Harlingen, Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Phoenix, and Los Angeles.

• Handle case work necessary for active cases and for meeting new case goals.
• Supervise the case work of Staff Attorney and Social Worker, including assigning cases, facilitating case rounds and work with staff in developing advocacy strategies.
• Supervise the Case Support Associate and Volunteer Coordinator; lead office meetings.
• Review and consult on case strategy on all work product, including oral and written best interests recommendations for submission to stakeholders (immigration judges, USCIS, ORR, ICE, etc.).
• Work with Deputy Director for Written Advocacy on developing written best interest recommendations.
• Ensure staff meet all case goals under Young Center’s government contract and private grants for the Child Advocate program.
• Supervise performance, workflow, and professional development of individual supervisees, including conducting weekly meetings with each report; performing 90-day and annual reviews; and providing feedback and support.
• Assist as needed with site or program grant proposals and drafting of reports to funders, including putting together the first draft of the ORR monthly narrative report.
• With the Deputy Program Director, coordinate hiring and training of positions in the office.
• In collaboration with the Deputy Program Director, develop strategic partnerships in the Los Angeles area to support the work of Child Advocates, and meet regularly with local stakeholders (ORR Federal Field Specialists, facility directors and other staff, legal service providers).
• Oversee program staff communication and engagement with local stakeholders (e.g., ensure regular meetings to review cases, ongoing presentations to foster referrals).
• Foster a supportive, collaborative work culture, leading and motivating staff to engage in creative, thoughtful, high-quality, and effective advocacy.
• Other duties as assigned.

• Generally, has 5+ years of relevant experience in the field, including 2+ years of experience at the Young Center (no prior management experience required), or 2+ years of experience managing others with a proven track record of success outside the Young Center.
• Excellent case management skills and critical thinking skills (proactive, creative, operates with a sense of urgency, meets deadlines, obtains outcomes)
• Subject matter expertise
• Leadership and team-building skills
• Strong organizational skills
• Collaborative
• Strong writing and editing skills
• Aptitude and thoughtfulness in working with children
• Ability to effectively coach and influence others
• Effective at navigating complex personnel issues and working with senior management as needed
• Proficient with Microsoft Office
• Tech savvy
• Proficiency in Spanish required
• Valid license and access to car (site specific)
• J.D. and authorization to practice law

• Experience working with immigrant and refugee children or survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other traumatic experiences.
• A commitment to public interest work.
• Ability to take initiative, to work collaboratively, and an enthusiasm for working with volunteers.
• Passion, tenacity and optimism for the issues affecting immigrant children and their families.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Physical demands include regular attendance; keyboarding; sitting for long periods (at least 5 hours a day); driving. Ability to use computer, telephone, and copy machine. Ability to travel by plane, car and other conveyances within U.S. Occasional lifting for event setup/preparation.

For roles working directly with children, clearance of a fingerprint-based criminal background check, child abuse and neglect check (CANS), and tuberculosis test is a condition of employment.
The Young Center is an "at-will" and equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in and affirmatively factors diversity into its hiring practices. Young Center encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, ancestry, marital or parental status, pregnancy, citizenship, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, genetic information, or veterans’ status. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process; no application will be penalized for requesting an accommodation. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.


Special Notes/Instructions
Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, visit us at theyoungcenter.org/careers and submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and a list of references.
Contact Information
For inquiries regarding the status of your application, please write to jobs@theyoungcenter.org; no information will be provided by phone. For more information about the Young Center, visit us at theyoungcenter.org.
Position No Longer Available
Job Summary
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Salary and Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience. For this role, salaries will start at $78,000. The position includes excellent health insurance coverage and coverage for any dependents at no cost to the employee, a 401k plan with employer match, paid vacation time, and paid sick time, among other benefits.
Required Education
Required Experience
2+ years
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