Senior Policy Associate/Attorney

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The Alliance for Children’s Rights is seeking a Senior Policy Associate or Senior Policy Attorney to engage in legislative and regulatory advocacy, litigation, and communication to promote successful implementation of state and local policy reforms for children and youth living in foster care and in poverty in Los Angeles County. The Senior Policy Associate/Attorney is a member of the Alliance’s Policy team, focusing on local and state government and systemic reform advocacy across the Alliance’s areas of focus, to ensure our child welfare system is child-and-family-centered. This is an 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 that those we serve have the tools to overcome barriers to stability and success, and access to the education, healthcare, and financial supports that they need. Since 1992, we have helped over 150,000 children.

  • Collaborate with Policy and Program Staff and the broader child welfare advocacy community to identify and track child welfare practices and policies that adversely impact our clients within Los Angeles County and help to establish organizational priorities and responses to those practices and policies
  • Conduct research and analysis on policy issues related to child welfare and poverty and synthesize complex legislative and policy proposals for audiences including legal services, agency, legislative, and court staff, and the public
  • Review, draft, and provide written comments and/or testimony on pending legislation, regulations, and other state and county policies (such as county motions, ordinances, and All County Letters)
  • Develop position papers, policy briefs, fact sheets, training materials, and other communications materials
  • Work closely and develop partnerships with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the Department of Children and Family Services, Los Angeles County Probation, the Office of Child Protection, Office of Equity, the courts, and other agencies
  • Lead and participate in task forces and meetings to engage other stakeholders in our priority issues
  • Recruit allies at the state, regional, and local level to contribute to policy advocacy activities
  • Develop and present trainings to legal and social service providers, legislative staff, and community-based organizations, and represent the Alliance at meetings and conferences
  • Assist in media relations
  • Work with the Development Team to develop funding prospects and proposals to advance the policy and program agenda
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Bachelor of Arts required, Master of Public Policy Administration or J.D., preferred
  • Excellent communication, public speaking, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Ability and willingness to facilitate and build collaborative working relationships with elected officials, community groups, and policy makers
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and county government systems
  • Ability to multi-task and effectively manage competing priorities
  • Ability to work independently and strategically
  • Comprehensive knowledge of child welfare laws and mastery of the laws in one or more of the Alliance’s core program areas preferred
  • Experience with local government, advocacy, campaigns, outreach, public communications, and media preferred

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



This position will temporarily work remotely due to Covid-19. You may be asked to return to work at the Los Angeles office at any time at the Alliance’s discretion.


To be considered, please send a resume and a cover letter that outlines your interest in joining the Alliance, relevant work experience, and how you heard of the position to Ines Rosales at (e-mail submissions only/no phone inquiries). Responses will be sent only to individuals meeting the outlined qualifications of the position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include vacation and sick leave policies, and health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans.

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