Careers

 

Development Director (Chicago, Illinois)

The Young Center seeks to hire a Development Director who is creative, outgoing and has experience in development and marketing; he or she must be an excellent writer. The Development Director will focus on two primary responsibilities: building the individual donor portfolio and grant writing. He or she will oversee the Development & Executive Assistant, who will develop and implement the special events strategy. (Note, the Young Center does not host galas, but does organize smaller events.) The Development Director will report to and work in partnership with the Executive Director.

 

Staff Attorney (Washington, D.C.)

The Young Center seeks to hire a Staff Attorney. The Staff Attorney position is a unique opportunity to engage in written and oral advocacy on behalf of unaccompanied immigrant children, applying federal law, domestic child welfare law, and international human rights law. The Staff Attorney will be appointed as Child Advocate, and will also supervise volunteers— social workers, teachers, law students, community members—appointed as Child Advocate. In this role, the Staff Attorney will gather information from the child and stakeholders and will then draft and submit best interests recommendations to the federal agencies with authority over children’s care, custody and immigration status, as well as to state court judges, as applicable.

The children served by the Young Center have all been apprehended by immigration authorities and placed in federal detention for children. Some of the children are still in detention, while others may be released to sponsors in the community. In addition, most of the children are in removal (deportation) proceedings and must, therefore, appear in immigration court. Young Center Child Advocates do not act in the capacity of immigration attorney; when a child has an immigration attorney, that attorney represents the child’s legal (stated) interests while the Child Advocate submits recommendations as to the child’s best interests.  

 

Staff Attorney (Houston, Texas)

The Young Center seeks to hire a Staff Attorney. The Staff Attorney position is a unique opportunity to engage in written and oral advocacy on behalf of unaccompanied immigrant children, applying federal law, domestic child welfare law, and international human rights law. The Staff Attorney will be appointed as Child Advocate, and will also supervise volunteers— social workers, teachers, law students, community members—appointed as Child Advocate. In this role, the Staff Attorney will gather information from the child and stakeholders and will then draft and submit best interests recommendations to the federal agencies with authority over children’s care, custody and immigration status, as well as to state court judges, as applicable.

 

Staff Attorney (New York, New York)

The Young Center seeks to hire a Staff Attorney. The position is a unique opportunity for an attorney to engage in written and oral advocacy on behalf of children in removal proceedings. The Staff Attorney will draft and submit best interests recommendations in immigration court, before asylum offices, to public interest attorneys, to the pro bono bar, and to the three federal agencies (DHS, HHS and DOJ) with responsibility for unaccompanied children in the United States. The Staff Attorney will work directly with detained children and children released to families or sponsors in New York and New Jersey, to advocate for their best interests with respect to their custody, conditions of release, and their immigration proceedings. The Staff Attorney will help recruit, train and supervise bilingual and bicultural volunteer Child Advocates—teachers, law students, social workers, community members—who will work one-on-one with children. 

 

Staff Attorney (Harlingen, TX)

The Young Center seeks to hire a Staff Attorney. The position is a unique opportunity to engage in written and oral advocacy on behalf of unaccompanied immigrant children, applying federal law, domestic child welfare law, and international human rights law. The Staff Attorney will be appointed as Child Advocate, and will also supervise volunteers— social workers, teachers, law students, community members—appointed as Child Advocate. In this role, the Staff Attorney will gather information from the child and stakeholders and will then draft and submit best interests recommendations to the federal agencies with authority over children’s care, custody and immigration status, as well as to state court judges, as applicable.

 

Operations Associate (Chicago, Illinois)

The Administrative Department of the Young Center supports an organization of 40 employees in six states. The Department manages the administrative function of the organization, including finance, compliance, IT, human resources, vendor management, and facilities. Administrative Department staff work closely with both program staff and the Development Department. The Operations Associate will play an essential role on the team, working primarily and closely with the Managing Director on personnel management, including payroll, hiring, onboarding, offboarding, and training. This position is an outstanding opportunity for someone with a genuine enthusiasm for and talent in systems creation, improvement, and administration.

 

Board of Directors

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago seeks two new Board members. Our Board is comprised of a dedicated group of people who are active in the governance of the organization. We are looking for candidates who share our passion for advocating for immigrant children who come to the U.S. on their own. We have a specific need for a Board member with Human Resources experience.