Employment & Internships

Employment Opportunities

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Development Director

TYPE: Full Time                              DEADLINE: Open until filled

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

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:

 

Grant Research, Writing and Development:

  • Preliminary research of new foundation funding opportunities;
  • Work with the Executive Director to generate, submit, and track applications for private foundations grants;
  • Prepare and submit reports for existing grants;
  • Maintain grants calendar and due dates.

 

Individual Giving:

  • Manage all strategies and activities for individual donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship;
  • Guide and engage in scheduling the Executive Director in timely meetings with donors for cultivation and stewardship;
  • Draft language for individual solicitations, including annual appeals and targeted campaigns;
  • Manage annual appeal mailings and follow-up;
  • Prepare donation acknowledgement letters and other correspondence;
  • Maintain donor files and lists.

 

Communications:

  • Assist in preparation and design of e-newsletters, annual reports, brochures, print outreach materials, etc.;
  • Assist in development and postings of CLC social media and website content.

 

Fundraising Events:

  • Help solicit event sponsors and auction items;
  • Prepare award descriptions and presentation scripts;
  • Track guest registrations;
  • Oversee all administrative logistics of the events.

 

Skills & Experience:

  1. Three to five years’ experience in a non-profit environment including grant writing, direct fundraising and event planning;
  2. Bachelor’s degree;
  3. 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 draft complex written materials to summarize the critical need for CLC’s programs and the means to implement them;
  4. Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, access) and fundraising software (preferably GiftWorks);
  5. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple deadlines;
  6. Ability to lift light to medium weight and feel comfortable with packing and moving items for events;
  7. Must have your own vehicle.

 

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 lpanteleeva @clcmn.org.  Position open until filled.

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Part-Time Social Worker Position

TYPE: Part time/20 hours                              DEADLINE: Open until filled

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

CLC seeks a social worker to be part of its multidisciplinary team to represent children in foster care. The social worker works with staff and volunteer lawyers to represent children in court. The social worker’s role in the representation includes meeting with the child clients and volunteer lawyers; gathering and reviewing new client files and forwarding them to lawyers; outlining placement, education, health and other issues and concerns for the lawyer’s attention. The social worker is responsible for ensuring client summaries and interim file reviews are performed and relevant issues flagged for the lawyers; responding to lawyers’ requests for information, assistance or advice on the issues noted above; working with lawyers on social work matters for their clients; and responding to telephone requests for assistance or information. In addition, the social worker will assist with CLC training and education programs, stay abreast of community programs and services relevant to foster children, and help CLC proactively address trends in child protection and social work issues.  Some evening hours required.

 

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • BSW required, MSW preferred.
  • At least 5 years of demonstrated experience working directly with children and adults in Minnesota’s child protection and public adoption system.
  • Demonstrated experience with permanency planning for foster children, including a solid understanding of the multiple paths to permanency available under Minnesota law, as well as best practices and trends in permanency planning nationally.
  • Demonstrated experience assessing the range of out-of-home placement options available for Minnesota children, and experience in effective individual placement and treatment planning.
  • Knowledge and experience with family finding, kinship searches, file mining, child specific recruitment, child engagement, and other strategies for achieving permanency for foster children.
  • Knowledge of and experience with child welfare issues under the Indian Child Welfare Act.
  • Comfortable with, and effective at, communicating with a diverse population of children, primarily ages 8-20, that have experienced disruption and trauma.
  • Effective at team-building with all players in the child welfare system, including foster parents, county social workers, guardians ad litem, parents and kin, therapists, educators, and others.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, researching and assessing options for foster children in the areas of placements, education, and medical and mental health care.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with all types of professionals.
  • Good organizational skills.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume, and references to: Lilia Panteleeva, 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.

Children’s Law Center is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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Undergrad Internships

This position has been filled for 2017.  It will re-open for Summer and Fall of 2018.

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 2018 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.

Law Student Internships

Part-Time Spring 2018, Full-Time Summer 2018, and Part-Time Fall 2018 internship positions available.

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.