Now Hiring: Child Welfare Program Associate
This position will report to the Director of the Child Welfare Program but will work closely with the Child Welfare Staff Attorney and in a collaborative team environment. This is a full-time position and will be based in our office in Lincoln, Nebraska
- Provide support to Program Director and Staff Attorney in the identification and development of policy solutions and monitoring efforts to improve Nebraska’s child welfare system. Issues of focus will include:
- Ensuring access to mental and behavioral health services through Medicaid for high needs children.
- Maximizing public programs to best support children and families at risk of entering foster care.
- Ensuring adequate services and supports to older youth exiting foster care, including access to Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to age 26 and the implementation of the new Bridge to Independence program for youth aging out of foster care to age 21.
- Protecting the rights of Native children and families within the child welfare system.
- Creating educational resources (e.g., fact sheets, policy briefs, reports, etc.) for policymakers, attorneys, and other stakeholders and to raise awareness in the community of key issues.
- Working with Communications Director to develop and coordinate child welfare communications, such as writing blog postings and other communications and social media content.
- Drafting other written materials as necessary (e.g., legislative testimony, client letters, presentations, etc.)
- Conducting policy research and analysis focused on key issues and opportunities to improve Nebraska’s child welfare system.
- Coordinating community events and activities, including collaborating in advocacy trainings for youth currently and formerly in foster care and facilitating opportunities for youth to engage in advocacy efforts.
- Work with Program Director and Grant Coordinator to identify and secure funding for key initiatives and assist with grant tracking and reporting.
- Provide administrative, program and legal support as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Excellent writing skills. Writing should be clear, concise, organized, and accessible to a wide audience.
- Strong research and analytic skills.
- Ability to manage multiple projects, follow timelines, and meet deadlines.
- Ability to work independently and be organized and detail oriented.
- Ability to work in a team-oriented and collaborative environment.
- Knowledge and awareness of local, regional, and national issues facing children in foster care.
- Experience in or demonstrated commitment to child advocacy.
- Experience with legal, legislative and/or administrative advocacy preferred.
Salary and Benefits
Competitive nonprofit salary based on experience and benefits including health, vision, dental, retirement and vacation.
Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, please contact Cynthia Davis at 402.438.8853.
Nebraska Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Nebraska Appleseed does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or handicap.
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