- James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
The Moran Center for Youth Advocacy seeks an individual to join our Education Advocacy Project. Beginning in 2008, the Moran Center established the Project to advocate for appropriate school-based supports and services for our clients involved within the criminal justice system. The Project has since expanded to include children without involvement in the criminal justice system and now also serves as an integral part of the Moran Center’s prevention work to disrupt the school-to-prison/poverty-to-prison pipelines. The Moran Center represents children in Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and Evanston Township High School District 202 ranging in age from 0 – 22 years old. The Project has served families transitioning from early intervention programming to pre-school programming, to children with autism struggling to make yearly progress in middle school, to high school students facing expulsion because their learning disabilities had never been addressed.
- Provide advocacy to clients in school-related issues including special education and disciplinary proceedings;
- Collaborate with mental health, educational, and medical experts in determining appropriate school-based supports and services for clients; and
- Work collaboratively with the Moran Center social work team to provide integrated legal and social work services.
Community Outreach & Education
- Provide trainings and/or informational sessions on education topics to a variety of audiences; and
- Represent the Moran Center at various community meetings, functions etc. as needed.
- Conduct new client intakes and screenings;
- Perform student records reviews and related legal research;
- Advocate at IEP, 504, school discipline, and other school-related meetings;
- Maintain current case files using LegalServer;
- Perform individual clerical and office duties including, but not limited to, maintaining case files, voicemail box, email, calendar, answering phones when available, etc.;
- Maintain an accurate monthly timekeeping record;
- Attend monthly staff meetings; and
- Participate in other activities to further the organization’s mission.
- Applicants will be considered for either a part-time position of 30 hours/week or a full-time position. Compensation commensurate with experience, in the range of $35 – 50,000;
- Benefits include health insurance (medical and dental coverage), generous paid leave (vacation, sick, and holidays – including a full week off during the winter holidays), and a flexible spending account for qualified expenditures, including child care; and
- Supportive, team-based environment and commitment to ongoing professional development.
- Must be bilingual in English and Spanish OR Haitian Creole, with strong speaking and writing abilities in both English and Spanish OR Haitian Creole;
- Advanced degree(s) in law, social work, psychology, education, or related academic fields required;
- 3+ years of experience in school-based advocacy or practice within a related discipline;
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice;
- Strong organizational and time management skills for balancing competing priorities, and for directing a complex, multi-faceted caseload;
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with exceptional attention to details;
- Demonstrated cross-cultural competence and an ability to work with individuals from a wide range of diverse backgrounds;
- Strong technology skills including proficiency in using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access), media (Facebook, Twitter) and a willingness to learn new applications;
- Understanding of and commitment to the Moran Center’s work and mission;
- Familiarity with the Evanston community is a plus;
- Ability to work well in fast-paced, highly collaborative and interactive office;
- Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends; and
- Comfort with ambiguity and a good sense of humor
About the organization
The Moran Center operates as a public/private partnership providing youth law and social work advocacy to the low-income community. The organization’s legal practice involves juvenile and adult court as well as administrative advocacy in special education and school discipline matters. We also help people clear their criminal histories through expungement, if possible.