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 hr@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. See Full Job Description Here.

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 hr@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. See Full Job Description Here.

Paralegal

The Paralegal’s primary responsibility will be to work collaboratively with attorneys representing parents in Family Court who are respondents in Article 10 and Termination of Parental Rights proceedings, and to support attorneys in CFR’s Housing and Criminal Practices. Teams are comprised of attorneys, social work staff, paralegals and parent advocates (parents who have successfully reunified with their children). Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree, preferably with some prior experience, including internships, with the NYC child welfare, education, housing or public benefits’ systems or other social justice experience. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong undergraduate academic record, strong interpersonal and communication skills, a commitment to supporting families, and a desire to share in both the exhilaration and challenges of a growing endeavor. Applicants who are bilingual in Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should send or e-mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references (including phone and email contacts) to hr@cfrny.org. Please write “Paralegal 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. See Full Job Description Here.

Internship Opportunities:

CFR offers full-time summer internships to law students interested in working with our interdisciplinary advocacy teams in Family Court, Criminal 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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