Children’s Law Center fights so every District child can grow up with a loving family, good health and a quality education. Judges, pediatricians and families turn to us to advocate for children who are abused or neglected, who aren’t learning in school, or who have health problems that can’t be solved by medicine alone. With more than 90 staff and hundreds of pro bono lawyers, we reach 1 out of every 9 children in DC’s poorest neighborhoods – more than 5,000 children and families each year. And, we multiply this impact by advocating for city-wide solutions that benefit all children. Learn more at childrenslawcenter.org.
CLC’s Healthy Together is a medical-legal partnership for DC’s children. CLC partners with Children’s National Health System, Mary’s Center and Unity Health Care to help children and their families overcome barriers to good health by holding agencies, landlords, and schools accountable for inappropriate school programs, the failure to provide medically necessary services, and illegal, unhealthy housing conditions.
CLC invites applications for a full-time investigator to work with Healthy Together to begin in June 2020.
The investigator will work with lawyers who represent parents and caretakers in special education, health care access and housing matters. The position involves assisting lawyers with all aspects of their representation including gathering school and medical records, performing document review, providing observations and reports on schools and classrooms, conducting intake interviews with potential clients, interviewing clients, caretakers, teachers, medical professionals and witnesses, accompanying and transporting clients and their children to appointments, attending school and other meetings and testifying in hearings or trials. The position is appropriate for someone considering a legal, counseling, or social work career.
Requirements and Qualifications
The position requires considerable resourcefulness, creativity, initiative and tenacity, as well as tact and discretion. An ideal candidate will have strong communication and organizational skills, be culturally competent, and have an ability to prioritize and complete many tasks simultaneously. Driver's license required and, if utilizing personal vehicle, auto insurance is also required. Two-year commitment required. Previous experience working with low-income persons and government agencies a plus. College degree and Spanish language (oral and written) proficiency preferred, but not required.
Children’s Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. We provide equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, matriculation, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, medication, status as a veteran, tobacco use, or other classification protected by law.
Children’s Law Center has a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency. Our aim is to maintain an inclusive, respectful and equitable workplace and ensure all employees are culturally competent in order to most effectively achieve our mission and secure the best possible outcomes for our clients.
Position is open until filled.
Start date is on or before June 29, 2020.
No telephone calls please. Send resume, cover letter, references and two-page writing sample via email, fax or U.S. mail to:
Healthy Together Investigator Search Committee
Children’s Law Center
501 3rd Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20001