Paralegal Position Available

Children’s Rights

New York, New York

Application Deadline: February 10, 2020

Children’s Rights is a leading national children’s advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable children. Every day, children are harmed by America’s broken child welfare, juvenile justice, education, and health care systems. Through relentless strategic advocacy and legal action, Children’s Rights holds governments accountable for keeping kids safe and healthy. We use civil rights impact litigation, policy expertise, and public education to create lasting systemic change.

The core strength of our national advocacy program has been the grassroots development and highly skilled litigation of reform campaigns to address dangerous systemic failings in child welfare systems across the country. We have built on this core strength to expand the populations of the vulnerable children we fight to protect, leverage change across multiple sectors that service children, create deep partnerships with other non-profits and the private bar in our work, and sharpen out reform strategies.

Additional areas of reform include attacking the pervasive practice of administering powerful and dangerous psychotropic drugs to children in foster care without adequate controls and oversight, the systemic discrimination against LGBTQ youth in custodial settings, the failure to provide adequate mental health and physical health services to vulnerable children, the unjust treatment of unaccompanied minors, and the inhumane treatment of incarcerated youth.

We are seeking a full-time, entry-level paralegal to join our active litigation program and support our commitment to government accountability and social justice for children. Applicants should be able to start in the summer or sooner and must be prepared to make a two-year commitment to the position. Applicants with prior personal involvement in the systems we fight to improve and/or with other diverse life experiences and perspectives are especially encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit our website: www.childrensrights.org.

Qualifications: Candidates must

  • Have outstanding organizational, writing, interpersonal, and communication skills;
  • Be proactive in their approach to professional duties;
  • Have a team-oriented mindset and strong work ethic, along with a healthy sense of humor;
  • Be flexible and willing to work simultaneously on a wide range of tasks and projects;
  • Have the ability to work well under pressure, including some evenings and weekends;
  • Be able to manage time and tasks independently, problem-solve, and multi-task;
  • Be able to build and maintain relationships externally with a wide array of stakeholders, partners, and allies with diverse backgrounds, and with staff internally at all levels; and
  • Have exceptional computer and technical skills (including Microsoft Office).

In addition to the above qualifications, candidates must have a B.A. or a B.S. We will not consider applicants who hold a Master’s or J.D.

Knowledge of children’s issues, social services, social justice, civil rights, LGBTQ issues, juvenile justice and/or other areas of our work is a plus. A commitment to reform on behalf of children is essential.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and execute filings of a variety of legal documents, including briefs, motions, court forms, petitions, subpoenas, and discovery documents;
  • Maintain electronic and paper case files, including pleadings, correspondence, discovery, and other materials;
  • Communicate/coordinate with court personnel, co-counsel, partner organizations, etc.;
  • Draft correspondence, declarations, notices, and various court/legal documents;
  • Manage logistics for depositions, oral arguments, court hearings, and other events;
  • Assist attorneys with research, including cite-checking and Internet searches;
  • Support various investigatory, research, advocacy, and case-related projects as needed;
  • Take meeting minutes, assist with scheduling, update website case pages, help with word processing, and carry out other general clerical and administrative duties.


Salary for this position is $45,000. A full benefits package is provided.

To Apply:

Please submit the following: a cover letter, résumé, official or unofficial transcript and contact information for two professional or academic references via email to hr.paralegal@childrensrights.org by February 10, 2020.

While emailed applications are preferred, you may also submit your application by postal mail or fax to Rebecca Magid, Children’s Rights, 88 Pine Street, Suite 800, New York, NY 10005; fax to 212-683-4015.

We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled and plan to conduct interviews beginning immediately.

Due to the high volume of submissions, only applicants of interest will be contacted.

Children’s Rights is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and we encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people.