Advocate and Trainer, Education Program


The Alliance for Children’s Rights is seeking a dedicated individual to join our Education Program as an Advocate and Trainer. This is a non-exempt, full-time paid position.


The Alliance for Children’s Rights is a nonprofit organization that provides free, holistic legal services and advocacy to youth and families impacted by child welfare and juvenile justice systems in Los Angeles County and works to enact policy changes statewide. Our lawyers, advocates, and social workers, together with hundreds of pro bono attorneys and community volunteers, work to ensure young people in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, and those living in guardianships or who have been adopted can overcome barriers to stability and success and access the education, healthcare, and financial supports they need. Since 1992, we have helped over 150,000 children and young adults. 


The Education Program prides itself on providing its team members with the support and resources necessary to be successful. We believe that education (including early intervention) services are essential in creating opportunity for youth, especially those facing systemic barriers to success, including those who face multiple barriers such as children of color and children with disabilities – both of whom are disproportionately overrepresented in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. We ground our advocacy in our clients’ goals and our vision for creating education equity from an intersectional perspective.

The Advocate and Trainer will work with youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice system, focusing on enforcing their general education rights to help them access a quality education, remain stable in school, and work towards high school graduation. Advocacy will include working with transition age youth, education rights holders, and schools to enforce education rights including collecting and analyzing education records and conducting oral and written advocacy with school districts and the state department of education. The advocate will also work directly with youth, training them on their education rights and empowering them to be their own advocates.

  • Conduct client interviews, maintain case files, gather documentation for case advocacy from multiple sources, and communicating with education rights holders and youth regarding the status of the case.

  • Requesting, compiling, and analyzing education records.

  • Provide oral and written advocacy to enforce the education rights of youth in foster care and on probation including attending school meetings to advocate for student enrollment and graduation rights.

  • Provide community “Know Your Education Rights” trainings to systems involved youth.

  • Administrative duties including data entry, electronic file management, and drafting letters and complaints on behalf of your clients.

  • BA Degree in a related field
  • At least one-year relevant experience working with youth
  • Experience working within the education, foster care, or juvenile justice system
  • One-year of previous experience with public speaking and/or training 
  • One-year of previous experience in an office or other professional environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build rapport and communicate effectively with youth, attorneys, education and child welfare/probation professionals
  • A desire to help people and give back to our community
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to work independently and manage competing tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication, active listening, and presentation skills
  • Strong preference for bilingual (Spanish/English)

This job description is of a general nature and is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties of the position.


Before the COVID-19 pandemic, this position worked full time from our Los Angeles office. However, since the pandemic, this position has worked remotely from home with travel into the office or to schools for advocacy meetings as needed. This position may be asked to return to work in the office at any time and at the employer’s discretion.

Vaccination Requirement 
The Alliance is committed to prioritizing and safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our employees, their families, our clients, and members of our community against the COVID-19 coronavirus. In response to COVID-19 and the increased transmissibility with recent variants, and to support a safe environment for everyone, all new Alliance employees must provide original documentation confirming they are fully vaccinated, and or evidence of an approved qualifying medical exemption or religious held belief exemption at the time of hire.


This is a non-exempt, full-time paid position, target starting salary range is $23.08/hr up to $28.21/hr or an approximate annualized equivalent of $45,000 – $55,000 and is set commensurate with experience. Benefits include generous vacation and paid holidays; comprehensive health plans covering 100% of the employee cost of medical, dental and vision insurance; life insurance; flexible spending accounts for childcare and health expenses; generous retirement savings plan with company contributions to your 403(b) after one year of employment, and discounts on fitness memberships and other activities.


To be considered, please send a cover letter and resume to our Program Director, Jill Rowland, at Please include in your cover letter any relevant experiences, background, or perspective, professional or otherwise, you have in working with diverse populations and/or towards goals of equity and racial justice.

The Alliance for Children’s Rights is committed to building and supporting a culturally diverse and inclusive environment that values all staff members’ backgrounds and perspectives in our work. We strongly encourage individuals from all traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, and prohibit discrimination against employees or applicants because of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, veteran status, or any other unlawful basis.