Employment & Internships

Employment Opportunities



The Development Director effectively manages and executes all tasks concerning CLC’s development activities, to help build a diversified, sustainable contributed income stream that supports CLC’s programs and services. He/she is responsible for managing and retaining an existing group of corporate, foundation and individual contributors, as well as for building a larger portfolio of donors with the capacity to give substantially to CLC. The incumbent is responsible for meeting fundraising goals for the fiscal year in alignment with board approved financial targets, and helps ensure that the organization’s mission remains focused on CLC’s commitment to improving the lives of at-risk and foster care youth in the child protection system.


All duties are completed under the supervision and direction of the Executive Director and with the guidance of the board Development Committee. Evening and weekend hours may occasionally be required.


Primary Responsibilities:


  • Establish annual goals for private philanthropic support by working in partnership with the Executive Director and the board’s Development Committee.
  • Develop and manage CLC’s annual development fundraising plan, and prepare regular status updates, reports and other documentation as needed.
  • Provide management, leadership, and strategic direction for all giving efforts, including prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gifts for annual giving campaigns and other specialty campaigns (e.g.,  capital).
  • Research, cultivate, solicit and secure new donors at both the local and national level within individual, corporate and foundation giving sectors.
  • Manage the yearly cycle of grant submissions, and develop grant proposals for foundation, corporate and government sources within required deadlines.
  • Manage and maintain the Gift Works software stem to steward, support and track all cultivation and solicitation assignments/ results for the Executive Director, board of directors, and Development Committee.
  • Develop and execute “friend-raising” activities to increase CLC’s visibility within the community.
  • Organize and be responsible for the execution of all tasks associated with the annual Benefit, working with volunteers and staff to ensure its success.
  • Integrate other external relations activities, including marketing, communication and event planning to achieve advancement goals.
  • Collaborate on designing and producing marketing materials, including annual reports, e-newsletters, press releases, events invitations and other targeted external communications.
  • Provide staff support for the Development Committee and its affiliated sub-committees.
  • Oversee the activities and training of board and other volunteers to support fundraising and communications activities, including any special events committees.
  • Develop and implement donor retention strategies through donor recognition and stewardship programs in alignment with the Development Committee’s recommendations.
  • Manage other related responsibilities as appropriate or as assigned by the Executive Director.

Desired Skills & Experience

  1. Five to eight years of relevant professional, external fundraising experience in human services, legal services or advocacy organizations, with a demonstrated track record of developing and advancing significant contributions through sophisticated relationship building.
  2. Bachelor’s degree required.
  3. Documented success personally implementing effective cultivation strategies, leading to successful closure of foundation, corporate and individual solicitations.
  4. Superb written (including editing and proofreading) skills are essential to this position, including the ability to understand and translate CLC’s mission and interests for donors and prospects with clarity and effectiveness. The incumbent is required to develop complex written materials to summarize the critical need for CLC’s programs and the means to implement them.
  5. Excellent verbal communication skills, including ease in briefly summarizing the core of an issue, CLC’s approach to it, and the ability to make a persuasive case for support.
  6. Creative and strategic thinker. Able to address multiple viewpoints and try new approaches.
  7. Strong relationship and partnership orientation. A team player with an institution-wide view. Respect for teamwork and appropriate communication and coordination with colleagues.
  8. Demonstrated strong research and analytical skills.  Ability to investigate an issue, ask thoughtful questions and recommend possible solutions.  Able to build a logical approach to addressing problems by drawing on own knowledge and experience or by seeking other references or resources as appropriate.
  9. Maintains a donor-focused demeanor at all times. Able to build rapport and provide assistance to board volunteers as well as internal staff.
  10. A commitment to working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, collaborative environment with shared goals.
  11. Sound judgment and integrity and a high level of energy, enthusiasm, and dedication to CLC’s mission and objectives.
  12. Able to set short-and long-term planning goals in line with program priorities.
  13. A task-oriented style, with focus on achieving clear and ambitious goals.
  14. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.  Able to develop and move projects forward with independence and autonomy.
  15. Attention to detail and thoroughness in completing assigned duties.
  16. Excellent organization and project management capabilities; able to identify and maximize resources to ensure the success of projects.
  17. Discretion in handling and securing confidential information, as well as the ability to conduct oneself in a highly professional manner.
  18. Knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency in the use of software (e.g., Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and GiftWorks).


TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and references to: Lilia Panteleeva, Executive Director, Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, 450 N. Syndicate St., Suite 315, St. Paul, MN 55104 or via e-mail to info@clcmn.org.  Position open until filled.






CLC seeks a part-time (20-25 hours per week, 4-5 hours per day M-F) legal assistant to assist its staff attorneys and paralegal with overseeing and handling CLC’s Direct Representation Program. Specific work may include:

  • Receive and route incoming client case reports, pleadings and other case information;
  • Locate, compile and copy documents and records as needed for legal matters;
  • Assist with all facets of client file management including case opening procedures, Interim Case Reviews, court hearing date reminders, data entry on court hearings, client and volunteer attorney contact information and other matters, case closing procedures;
  • Maintain and manage client files, both paper and electronic;
  • Manage file archive project.




Required: high school graduation; work experience involving the court and legal system; computer and technology proficiency; ability to work independently and to interface with players in the legal system in a professional manner.


Preferred: Associate’s or bachelor’s degree, excellent communication (both oral and written) skills; strong organizational skills; ability to handle multiple tasks and meet timelines; excellent teamwork skills; ability to elicit cooperation from others in a positive, constructive manner.


TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume, and references to: Anne Gueinzius, Esq., Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, 450 N. Syndicate St., Suite 315, St. Paul, MN 55104 or via e-mail to info@clcmn.org.


DEADLINE: Open until position is filled.



Description: CLC will be accepts applications from law students, graduate students, and undergraduate students to fill several unpaid intern positions for five to twenty hours a week. Intern tasks will primarily focus on assisting with marketing/social media, fundraising, and other necessary projects for CLC’s 2017 Benefit, which will take place in early October. After the month of October, tasks will also include administrative projects and social media development. Reduced hours can be negotiated for the months of October, November, and December.

Qualifications: – Ability to assist with special events – Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite – Strong problem solving skills – Willingness to be a team player – Strong written and verbal communication skills – Social media proficiency.

Interns are needed immediately so please send your cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to info@clcmn.org. Please include a description of the length of time for which you would like to intern/volunteer, along with the number of hours per week you are available. If you need internship credit or credit for volunteer hours, be sure to include any requirements from your class or instructor. Applications are reviewed and selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Student Internships

CLC has many internship and volunteer opportunities available for students throughout the year. Internship/volunteer positions are unpaid. Summer internships and summer law clerk positions may be paid through work-study or fellowships if funding is available. Internships for class credit, or volunteer hours for class credit can be arranged if needed. CLC also accepts Student Law Clerks through the Minnesota Justice Foundation Volunteer Program. If you are a law student in Minnesota interested in volunteering at CLC during the school year, please visit the MJF Website to learn about available opportunities.

  • SUMMER INTERNSHIPS: CLC accepts between 1-5 law student, graduate and undergraduate students for 10-12 week internships in the summer. Summer internships require a commitment of 30-40 hours per week. Applications for these positions are due March 1st of each year. CLC also will help selected intern candidates apply for fellowships and other funding such as P.I.C. or P.I.L.F. funding. Interviews for Summer candidates will take place every year in March and April.
  • FALL & SPRING SEMESTER INTERNSHIPS: CLC typically accepts between 1-5 students (law, undergraduate or graduate students), during both the Fall and Spring Semesters. Typically students volunteer for a minimum of 8-15 hours a week for a semester. Interviews for school semester positions usually take place in August and December each year. 

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to info@clcmn.org. Please include a description of the length of time for which you would like to intern/volunteer, along with the number of hours per week you are available. If you need internship credit or credit for volunteer hours, be sure to include any requirements from your class or instructor. Applications are reviewed and selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Paralegal Internships/Externships

Paralegals, or paralegal students who need to complete an internship or externship as part of their degree are also encouraged to apply for internships or volunteer hours at CLC. For a full internship description please click here. To apply, please follow application instructions and deadlines as outlined under Student Internships.