PROJECT ATTORNEY

PROJECT ATTORNEY, ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL REFORM PROJECT CENTER FOR CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY

Position Description:
The Center for Children’s Advocacy, a non-profit organization dedicated to enforcing the legal rights of poor children, seeks a dynamic attorney for its new Alternative School Reform Project.  This innovative Project will advocate for systemic reform of alternative schools in Connecticut, which impact thousands of students, have extremely low graduation rates and are often used to remove from regular schools students who are low achieving, have special needs, or have poor school attendance.  The Project Attorney will work both in Hartford and with a coalition of community and government agencies in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to advocate for alternative school reform.

Responsibilities include:
Researching and analyzing information regarding alternative schools in four Connecticut cities; collecting case studies; advocating for changes at individual schools found to be violating children’s education rights; representing individual children impacted by inadequate alternative schools; conducting media outreach; developing advocacy products regarding alternative school issues; educating parents about alternative school rights; providing presentations to stakeholders regarding alternative school issues; involving impacted families in advocating for systemic reform; and advocating with state administrative agencies and legislators for alternative school reform.

This is a two-year position funded by a grant from a national foundation.

For a complete description of CCA, please visit CCA’s website: www.kidscounsel.org

Qualifications:
Minimum of four years related legal experience is required.  Experience in education law is preferred.

Initiative, vision, cultural competence and commitment to education reform required.  Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills necessary.  Member of CT Bar or ability to waive in required.

Bilingual (Spanish) applicants are encouraged to apply. Compensation:  Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience.  Application Process: Please send or email a cover letter and resume no later than November 30, 2012 to:  Martha Stone, Executive Director, Center for Children’s Advocacy, Inc., University of Connecticut School of Law, 65 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT  06105; mstone@kidscounsel.org.

CCA is an equal opportunity employer