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Staff Attorney – Early Childhood Education

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Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. (AFC) seeks an attorney to join the Early Childhood Education Project to provide direct representation, community education, and policy advocacy to improve access to early childhood education for young children (ages 0-5) from low-income backgrounds so they can enter kindergarten prepared to succeed. 

AFC is a not-for-profit social justice organization that strives to ensure a high-quality education for New York students who face barriers to academic success, focusing on students from low-income backgrounds. AFC works on behalf of children and youth who are at greatest risk of academic failure due to poverty, race, ethnicity, disability, homelessness, immigration status/limited English proficiency, or involvement in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems. We use uniquely integrated strategies to advance systemic reform, empower families and communities, and advocate for the educational rights of individual students.  

Responsibilities

DIRECT REPRESENTATION: The majority of the attorney’s work will involve providing case assistance to help parents secure appropriate early intervention, preschool, and kindergarten services and placements for their young children. The attorney will provide families with information about their rights; participate in Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings for students with disabilities; advocate with the Department of Education to resolve problems; and represent parents in special education administrative hearings. The attorney will also provide technical assistance to other attorneys and professionals who are working to help connect young children with the early childhood education services they need.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION: The attorney will present know-your-rights workshops to parents and professionals to provide them with information about early childhood education programs and services. The attorney will also develop and update guides and other informational materials. 

POLICY ADVOCACY: The attorney will advocate to help strengthen and expand high-quality early childhood programs and services that prepare young children for kindergarten, with a particular focus on children with developmental delays or disabilities, students from immigrant families, and children who are homeless. This work may include participation in coalitions and work groups and analysis of proposed regulations and legislation.

Qualifications

We are looking for an attorney with up to three years of legal experience. Applicants should have a strong commitment to public interest law and public education; excellent oral and written advocacy skills, research and analytical skills, organizational skills, flexibility, and initiative; and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Experience and/or knowledge of education, disability, or general civil rights law is preferred. Direct representation experience is preferred. Fluency in a language other than English, especially Spanish, is strongly preferred.

Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. (AFC) seeks an attorney to join the Early Childhood Education Project to provide direct representation, community education, and policy advocacy to improve access to early childhood education for…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    J.D. Required

Benefits

The salary depends on experience and includes generous benefits. 

The salary depends on experience and includes generous benefits. 

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in a language other than English, especially Spanish, is strongly preferred.

Fluency in a language other than English, especially Spanish, is strongly preferred.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
151 West 30th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001, United States

How to Apply

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to ECEattorney@advocatesforchildren.org with “Early Childhood Education Staff Attorney” in the subject line. Candidates should highlight any personal or professional experience that demonstrates their connection to the populations that AFC serves. No phone calls, please. Only candidates being scheduled for interviews will be contacted. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. This position is available starting immediately, and candidates are encouraged to apply as quickly as possible. The position is currently remote, but starting October 18, the attorney will work in person from our New York City office some days a week and work remotely on other days.  At some point, more or less in-person work may be required, depending on the course of the pandemic. 

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to ECEattorney@advocatesforchildren.org with “Early Childhood Education Staff Attorney” in the subject line. Candidates should…

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