Employment

Professional Opportunities

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Staff Opportunities:

Social Worker, Family Defense Practice

CFR has an opening for a Master’s Level Social Worker in both our Queens and Manhattan office. Social Workers at CFR can expect intensive, interdisciplinary training on CFR’s Cornerstone Advocacy model, child welfare, family court, client interviewing and other critical skills. Professional development opportunities for Social Workers may include building skills to eventually supervise MSW interns, conduct trainings and participate in CFR’s policy initiatives. Objectives of the teams include shortening lengths of stay for children in foster care, promoting quality visiting arrangements and ensuring families receive services that are well-tailored to expediting safe and lasting reunification.

Candidates must have an LMSW or have an MSW degree and be eligible and willing to become licensed within three months of hire. Prior experience working in or with the NYC child welfare system or family court is preferred. Fluency in Spanish or other languages and experience with public benefits, education, housing or immigration is all desirable. Individuals who apply should be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills, a commitment to interdisciplinary representation of parents and a desire to share in both the exhilaration and challenges of a growing endeavor.

Applicants should send or email a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references (including phone and email contacts) to Payal Dalal at pdalal@cfrny.org with “Social Work Applicant” in the subject line. No phone inquiries please. Please note we are not able to respond directly to each applicant to acknowledge receipt of materials. Click Here for Complete Position Description.

Poverty Justice Solutions Fellowships

CFR is seeking to host two Poverty Justice Solutions Fellows to provide housing advocacy to our clients in Queens and Manhattan. Since 2015, CFR has been expanding its practice to address collateral legal needs of our clients.  Our goal is to provide clients with an efficient, one-stop solution to address a range of issues that are distinct from but related to their child welfare case, in venues beyond family court; we now have a Housing Attorney Fellow, a Housing Specialist, an Immigration Specialist and a Supervising Criminal Defense Attorney on staff.

A fellowship at CFR offers interested candidates the opportunity to work with families impacted by child welfare investigations, family court proceedings, and criminal court proceedings and to ensure that the lack of safe and stable housing neither contributes to children being placed in foster care nor delays their safe reunification with their families.  While the majority of the fellows’ work will be in housing court and in pertinent administrative hearings, the fellows will also pursue housing remedies available through family court (i.e. housing subsidies) and entitlements advocacy related to housing.  Responsibilities will include conducting intake, motion practice, litigation, negotiation with opposing counsel and/or landlords and administrative officials, client counseling and interviewing, advice and consultation on housing issues for other CFR staff, and assisting clients with necessary paperwork and applications. The Fellow will also be required to regularly and accurately enter data related to their cases and participate in discussions about how to improve data collection.

Applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample and 3 references to Rebecca Horwitz, Manager of Government & Community Affairs at rhorwitz@cfrny.org by Friday, March 10th.   Please write “Poverty Justice Solutions Fellow” in the subject line. The cover letter should include a statement of why the applicant is interested in providing housing –related legal services and what qualifies him/her for the position.  No phone inquiries please. Please note we are not able to respond directly to each applicant to acknowledge receipt of materials. Click Here for Complete Position Description.

Senior Staff Social Worker, Family Defense Practice

CFR’s mission is to ensure that every family that can remain safely together has the opportunity to do so: we provide legal representation and social work assistance to parents whose children are at risk of foster care placement. CFR has been the primary provider of legal services to indigent parents in Manhattan Family Court since 2007 and in Queens Family Court since 2011 and we serve more than 2000 families each year in New York City.  CFR employs an interdisciplinary model of representation and teams are comprised of attorneys, social work staff, paralegals and parent advocates—parents who have successful reunified with their children.  Objectives of the teams include shortening the lengths of stay for children in foster care, promoting quality visiting arrangements and ensuring that families receive services that are well-tailored to expediting safe and lasting reunification.

Candidates for the Senior Staff Social Worker must have obtained an LMSW and have three years of experience working in or with the NYC child welfare system or family court.  Fluency in Spanish or other languages and experience with public benefits, education, housing or immigration is all desirable.  Individuals who apply should be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills, a commitment to interdisciplinary representation of parents and a desire to share in both the exhilaration and challenges of a growing endeavor. SIFI certification is preferred.  Salary is commensurate with experience; excellent benefits package. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply; CFR is an EOE.

Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references (including phone and email contacts) to Payal Dalal at pdalal@cfrny.org with “Senior Social Worker Family Defense” in the subject. No phone inquiries please. Please note we are not able to respond directly to each applicant to acknowledge receipt of materials. Click Here for Complete Position Description.

Senior Staff Social Worker, Home for Good

In 2015, CFR expanded its practice under the Home for Good initiative to address the collateral legal needs of our clients.  Our goal is to provide clients with an efficient, one-stop solution to address a range of issues that are distinct from, but related to their child welfare case to reduce instances when children enter foster care or to reduce re-entry into care.  Home for Good provides new legal and social work services to our clients in the areas of housing and public benefits, immigration and criminal defense; in the next phase of this work, we hope to provide enhanced support for families impacted by mental health or who are in a period of transition, such as when children first come home, or when the family must relocate.

Candidates for the Senior Staff Social Worker must have obtained an LMSW and have three years of experience working in or with the NYC child welfare system or family court. Fluency in Spanish or other languages and experience with public benefits, education, housing or immigration is all desirable.  Individuals who apply should be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills, a commitment to interdisciplinary representation of parents and a desire to share in both the exhilaration and challenges of a growing endeavor. SIFI certification is preferred.  Salary is commensurate with experience; excellent benefits package. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply; CFR is an EOE.

Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references (including phone and email contacts) to Payal Dalal at pdalal@cfrny.org with “HFG Senior Social Worker” in the subject line. No phone inquiries please. Please note we are not able to respond directly to each applicant to acknowledge receipt of materials. Click Here for Complete Position Description.

Senior Civil Legal Services Attorney

Since 2015, CFR has been expanding its practice to address collateral legal needs of our clients.  Our goal is to provide clients with an efficient, one-stop solution to address a range of issues that are distinct from but related to their child welfare case, in venues beyond family court; we now have a Housing Attorney, a Housing Specialist, an Immigration Specialist and a Supervising Criminal Defense Attorney on staff. We are seeking a Senior Civil Legal Services attorney to help us further expand our interdisciplinary work and assist our clients in a wide variety of matters, including preventing eviction, securing repairs and otherwise maintaining safe housing, and obtaining and maintaining public benefits (including SSI and SSD).

Candidates must be admitted to practice law in the State of New York and should have at least 4 years of experience representing indigent clients in a range of civil legal issues, including litigation in housing court and administrative fair hearings and experience with Article 78 proceedings.  The ideal candidate will have excellent written and oral advocacy skills, an ability to work collaboratively in teams and excellent interpersonal skills. As senior staff are responsible for direct supervision of less-experienced attorneys, prior supervisory experience, even if informal, is preferred. Experience with Family Court Article 10 proceedings or the Child Welfare System is a plus.

Applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample and 3 references to Rebecca Horwitz, Manager of Government & Community Affairs, at rhorwitz@cfrny.org.   Please write “Senior Civil Legal Services Attorney” in the subject line. No phone inquiries please. Please note we are not able to respond directly to each applicant to acknowledge receipt of materials. Click Here for Complete Position Description.

Senior Social Worker, Criminal Defense Practice

In May 2016, we hired a Litigation Supervisor to represent our clients in their concurrent cases in criminal court, many of which stem from the same events that led them to be accused in family court.  We now seek a Senior Social Worker to help us further expand our interdisciplinary work in the criminal context.

Candidates for the position must have an MSW with NYS Licensure in Social Work (LMSW or LCSW), with at least 3 years of experience working in the criminal justice system and knowledge of alternative to incarceration programs and related service providers.  The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate excellent written and oral advocacy skills, an ability to work collaboratively in teams and excellent interpersonal skills. Experience with Family Court Article 10 proceedings, Treatment Court, Mental Health Court and/or IDV parts is a plus. Fluency in Spanish or a foreign language and SIFI certification is preferred.  This is the ideal position for a professional who enjoys taking initiative and developing best practices in a new program and who enjoys the exhilaration and challenges of a growing endeavor.

Applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample and 3 references to Payal Dalal, Human Resources Manager, at pdalal@cfrny.org. Please write “Senior Social Worker Criminal Defense” in the subject line. No phone inquiries please. Please note we are not able to respond directly to each applicant to acknowledge receipt of materials. Click Here for Complete Position Description.

Staff Attorney Family Defense Practice

The Staff Attorney’s primary responsibility will be to represent parents in Family Court who are respondents in Article 10 and Termination of Parental Rights proceedings, as part of CFR’s interdisciplinary legal teams. Attorneys will also pursue interim appeals on behalf of CFR’s clients. CFR’s teams are comprised of attorneys, social work staff, paralegals and parent advocates (parents who have successfully reunified with their children). In addition to providing our clients with high quality legal defense, objectives of the teams include keeping children out of foster care, shortening lengths of stay for children in foster care, promoting quality visiting arrangements and insuring that families receive services that are well-tailored to expediting safe and lasting reunification. Attorneys receive supervision from Litigation Supervisors and are expected to keep case data and client legal notes and files up to date. Staff Attorneys may also participate in CFR’s policy initiatives, supervise law school interns, present to community-based agencies about our model and write final appeals. Attorneys joining CFR can expect intensive, interdisciplinary training on CFR’s Cornerstone Advocacy model, child welfare, family court, client interviewing, and other critical skills. CFR is dedicated to providing ongoing professional development in best practices in all these areas in a variety of training forums for all staff.

Applicants should send or e-mail a cover letter, résumé, writing sample and three references (including phone and email contacts) to Payal Dalal, Human Resources Manager, at pdalal@cfrny.org. Please write “Staff Attorney Applicant” in the subject line. No phone inquiries please. Please note we are not able to respond directly to each applicant to acknowledge receipt of materials. Click Here for Complete Position Description.

Internship Opportunities:

CFR offers full-time summer internships to law students interested in working with our interdisciplinary advocacy teams in Family Court and Housing Court proceedings. A legal internship at CFR is an opportunity to receive an in depth education in child welfare law, social services, and policy through direct hands on experience with clients. The program is competitive and positions are limited. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and at least 3 references to Tehra Coles at tcoles@cfrny.org. Kindly put “CFR Summer Internship” in the subject line.

In addition to summer internships, there are limited opportunities for legal internships during the school year. Law students interested in pursuing an internship during the school year should also contact Tehra Coles at tcoles@cfrny.org. Kindly put “CFR Semester Internship” in the subject line.

All internships are volunteer positions. However, CFR will work with students and their schools to secure funding from outsides sources or class credits where available.

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Volunteer Opportunities:

You can make a difference in the lives of New York families by volunteering with CFR! Activities range from a few hours a month to serving on a committee year-round. For more information, please contact Rebecca Horwitz at 212-691-0950 x275 or rhorwitz@cfrny.org.