Children and the Law - Senior Attorney/Chief Counsel
The Senior Attorney/Chief Counsel will work with our team to facilitate child welfare system change as
part of our Permanency Barriers Project. Help manage a
grant funded project and provide substantive legal guidance and support on
other Center projects. Conduct legal research and writing, facilitate meetings
with multiple child welfare stakeholders, speak and provide training and
technical assistance on substantive child welfare topics including safety, permanency and well-being, legal representation, education, and kinship. Also work on grant
development for new project areas. Supervised by the Center Director and may supervise more
junior attorneys and/or other staff.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
-Guide legal system reforms and collaborative approaches to improving child welfare outcomes within states and counties.
-Analyze laws, regulations, court rules and policies/policy proposals.
-Develop policy and practice recommendations based on local engagement with child welfare legal system stakeholders.
-Serve as principal ABA expert on a substantive area of law or public policy. Includes contacts with government entities.
-Give presentations and trainings on legal and public policy issues.
-Design substantive content of events, develop model documents, and conduct trainings.
-Conduct research and prepare trainings, write memoranda and articles, frequently for publication.
-Manage substantive legal projects.
-Oversee research, report-writing, and publication. Coordinate or support sub-groups and coordinate with external constituencies.
-Manage consultants, attorneys and interns on staff.
-Research, draft, write and review legislative and regulatory texts.
-Assist with ABA policy adoption and dissemination process.
-Support Center efforts to secure outside funding; write grants; work collaboratively with funders.
JD and admission to the bar in at least one jurisdiction required. At least 8 years working in relevant specialized area of law. High level of skills at legal writing and research, oral and written communications, and organizational skills. Substantial experience in child welfare law and policy analysis. Grant administration and supplemental subject matter experience may be required. Some travel required up to 50%.
Applicants are encouraged to describe applicable experience in a cover letter.
Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with the American Bar Association please call 312-988-5188.
- Pay Type Salary
- Min Hiring Rate $85,900.00
- Max Hiring Rate $97,660.00
- Travel Required Yes
- Travel % 50
- Required Education Doctorate
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