Guardian ad litem Training Coordinator [internal applicants only] | Children's Law Center

Guardian ad litem Training Coordinator [internal applicants only]

Description: 

Who We Are

At the Children’s Law Center, everything we do is focused on one thing – delivering better client outcomes for kids and families in DC. Our staff are empowered to open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual curiosity, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect.

Our greatest assets are our people. We strive to attract and cultivate a vibrant, creative, and diverse community.  We recognize that people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives fuel our ability to provide the best outcomes for our clients. Our staff drive the Children’s Law Center’s mission with their leadership, result-orientated mindset, and commitment to cultural humility and centering the needs of our clients.   We are looking for an individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment, likes to be challenged, and values the opportunity to make a difference.

Children Law Center’s success depends on recruiting and retaining individuals who possess and value these attributes.

*The Children’s Law Center is currently operating remotely. This position will work from home until the organization returns to the office.

Job Summary

The position of GAL Training Coordinator requires strong analytic skills, project management, commitment to adult learning principles, learning design, time management and organization.  The Training Coordinator is responsible for all internal training for the GAL Program. Internal training includes onboarding for new GALs and ongoing trainings for all attorneys. The Training Coordinator will also be responsible for the coordination of external trainings, including CCAN trainings under the court contract when required. The Training Coordinator is also responsible for managing the budget for GAL professional development and maintaining the trainings resources. The Training Coordinator will also work to identify internal CLC trainings that are appropriate to open up to CCAN attendance, as well as assist in other GAL contract deliverables as assigned by the Director. The Training Coordinator will manage the law clerk program, for both summer and school year law clerks and interns. If the Training Coordinator is a Senior Attorney, they will carry a case load of approximately twelve to eighteen cases. If the Training Coordinator is a Supervising Attorney, they will supervise two or three current CLC GALs, and may handle a caseload of approximately five cases.  

The Training Coordinator works closely with the Senior Supervisors to develop a cohesive vision for the trainings, design individual trainings, and collect and prepare all materials, and reports directly to a Senior Supervisor.

To apply, you must be a current Senior or Supervising Attorney in the GAL Program at CLC.

Duties/Responsibilities

Program Leadership

  • Innovate and create processes to effectively develop and execute the ongoing training curriculum for the GAL Program, including the onboarding training to prepare new staff to handle cases.  There should be a focus on minimizing duplication of trainings program and organization wide.  
  • Track changes in law, agency policy/practice, and relevant social science research/resources and ensure that they are widely shared across CLC, within the GAL Program, so that they may be integrated into GAL practice.
  • Communicate relevant and interesting internal and external training opportunities to staff.
  • Sit on the Family Court Training subcommittee.
  • Liase with community organizations and the court and conduct outreach to build relationships with potential partners and resources.
  • Lead/assist program efforts or initiatives around actively applying a race equity lens to our work.  
  • Draft and manage the training budget for the GAL Program in consultation with GAL Director.
  • Be available for special projects at the direction of the Program director and senior supervisors.
  • Work with HIRED team to complete hiring of law clerks throughout the year, as needed, and ensure clerks receive comprehensive supervision during their time at CLC.
  • Maintain and update the trainings folder on the L drive and/or SharePoint.

 

Personnel and Case Management

  • If Training Coordinator is a Senior Attorney: carry a case load of twelve to eighteen cases and meet all of the requirements and responsibilities for a staff attorneys including but not limited to the following:
    • Attend all court dates and timely file appropriate pleadings.
    • Ensure timely and accurate input of case information into case management system and adhere to applicable policies and protocols, including case planning notes, litigation protocol, timekeeping policy, client visitation and contact protocol, and supervision standards.
    • Attend and actively participate in regular supervision with their supervisor to brainstorm case strategies, keep the supervisor informed, and ensure quality of representation.
    • Training Coordinator may be required to go on pick up to build their own caseload or support program needs.
    • Participate in all required trainings, meetings, and other CLC events including but not limited to:
      • Litigation Meetings
      • Supervision
      • Case Rounds
      • Attorney Meetings
      • Thursday Training
      • GAL Staff Meetings
  • If Training Coordinator is a Supervising Attorney: supervise two or three current CLC GALs and may handle a caseload of approximately five cases and meet all of the requirements and responsibilities for Supervising Attorney position. See the Supervising Attorney job description for supervisor responsibilities.

 

Skills/Abilities

  • Cultural humility as shown through demonstrated openness to self-reflection and commitment to understanding and respecting other cultural experiences and points of view, and viewing individuals as the experts on their own culture and experience.
  • A combination of strong legal skills (i.e. strong litigation, legal analysis, research, writing, and oral advocacy skills), self-reflection, and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and relationship-building skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, and demonstration of work/life balance.
  • Ability to spot trends, maintain a firm grasp of legal and social issues relevant to abuse and neglect cases, and understand changing needs of clients and staff.

 

Education and Experience

  • To apply, you must be a current Senior or Supervising Attorney in the GAL Program at CLC.

 

Salary and Benefits

The salary for this position is contingent on the candidate's current level within CLC's attorney compensation scale.  Children’s Law Center offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, and short- and long-term disability insurance; employer-provided retirement contributions; flexible spending plans; and vacation, sick, holiday, family and medical leave. Children’s Law Center is a 501(c)(3) organization.  Employees with federal student loan debt can apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.  For more information, go to https://myfedloan.org/borrowers/special-programs/pslf

Additionally, the DC Bar Foundation’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program provides renewable one-year, interest-free, forgivable loans up to $12,000 per year for qualified Children’s Law Center attorneys.  For more information, see https:/dcbarfoundation.org/lrap/.

Application Instructions: 

Current Senior or Supervising Attorneys in the GAL Program at CLC can apply by sending an interest email to Jen Morris, Jess Zagoren and Jessie Forsythe for consideration and next steps.

The Children’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and existing employees.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to ancestry, age, color, disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law, ordinance, or regulation. We invite you to visit us here to learn more about our company and our career opportunities (www.childrenslawcenter.org/join-us).

The Children’s Law Center is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. If you believe that you need accommodation to search for, or apply for, one of our positions please send an email to Jobs@ChildrensLawCenter.org. In your email, please include the accommodation you are requesting and the job title you are applying for. It may take up to three business days to receive a response to your request.