Job Openings

Staff Attorney – Child Welfare Program

Organization Profile

Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all. Appleseed takes a systemic approach to complex issues – such as children’s welfare, immigration policy, affordable health care, and poverty – and takes its work wherever it can do the most good, whether that’s at the courthouse, at the statehouse, or in the community. For more information visit neappleseed.org.

Nebraska Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer; people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, individuals with personal experience in the child welfare system, and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Nebraska Appleseed does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

Position Summary

The Staff Attorney will be responsible for working with the Child Welfare team to identify and develop legal and policy solutions to issues impacting Nebraska’s child welfare system. The focus of the work will be on reforming the state’s child welfare system to make sure it supports children and families who need its intervention, and that intervention does not contribute to problems. The Staff Attorney will engage in legal research and litigation, policy research and analysis, and resource development. This position will report to the Child Welfare Program Director, and will work closely with staff attorneys in other programs and the Child Welfare Program Associate. This is a full-time position based in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Responsibilities:

The Staff Attorney will work to carry out the objectives of the program. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Identifying laws and policies that negatively affect the welfare of Nebraska children and working with the Child Welfare Program Director, Legal Director, and other staff attorneys to develop and conduct impact or class action litigation to remedy problems.
  • Conducting policy research and analysis focused on the legal aspects of key issues affecting Nebraska’s child welfare system, as well as drafting and providing testimony to the Legislature and administrative agencies.
  • Developing legal resources and providing technical assistance, including amicus curiae briefs, for a network of “on the ground” juvenile court attorneys.
  • Developing educational materials (e.g., reports, fact sheets, presentations, policy briefs) for key stakeholders.
  • Learning from community members and community partners about issues and potential systemic solutions.
  • Supervising law clerks and interns, and advising intake coordinator on child welfare intakes.
  • Participating, as needed, in administrative tasks and program teams.

Qualifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in Nebraska or be willing to take necessary steps to be licensed.
  • Excellent legal research, analytic, and writing skills.
  • Creative thinking. The ability to develop novel legal theories and strategies to address complex problems.
  • Ability to work independently, be organized and detail oriented.
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented and collaborative environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively build and maintain community relationships.
  • Experience in or demonstrated commitment to public interest law and advocacy on behalf of children.
  • Knowledge of local, regional, and national issues facing child welfare preferred.
  • Legal experience in litigation and the areas of child welfare and juvenile law, administrative law, civil rights, and/or appellate practice preferred.
  • Experience with legislative and administrative advocacy preferred.
  • Three years experience practicing law strongly preferred but exceptional recent graduates will be considered.

Salary and Benefits

Competitive nonprofit salary based on experience and benefits including health, vision, dental, 401(k), and vacation.

To Apply

Target start date is March 1, 2018. Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of three references to Nicholette Seigfreid at nseigfreid@neappleseed.org or mail to: Nebraska Appleseed Child Welfare Staff Attorney search, Nebraska Appleseed, 941 “O” Street, Suite 920, Lincoln, NE 68508 by Monday, January 22. If you have any questions or need additional time to submit materials, please contact Nicholette Seigfreid at 402-438-8853, ext. 122.


Staff Attorney – Immigrants & Communities Program

Position Summary

The Staff Attorney will work with the Immigrants & Communities team, Appleseed legal team, community members, and a wide variety of local and national community partners to carry out the objectives of the program. Key program areas include: federal immigration policy reform, meatpacking worker health and safety, state and local integration policy, civic engagement, quality jobs policies, human rights and immigrant detention, equal opportunity/race equity, and community building/Welcoming initiatives. This is a full-time position based in our office in Lincoln, Nebraska, and we work with community partners statewide. Work with us to create positive social change together with Nebraska community members of all backgrounds.

Organization Profile

Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. Appleseed takes a systemic approach to complex issues – such as children’s welfare, immigration policy, affordable health care, and poverty – by advocating at the courthouse, at the Capitol, and with the community. Nebraska Appleseed’s Immigrants & Communities Program seeks to build strong, vibrant, inclusive, and engaged communities. For more information: neappleseed.org.

Nebraska Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer; people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Nebraska Appleseed does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Working with community members and partners to identify areas of needed law and policy reform, and together, developing and implementing strategies to accomplish positive community change. Strategies can include litigation, administrative advocacy, and public policy advocacy to bring about policy change at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Legislative research and advocacy to develop and promote policies that facilitate community inclusion, civic participation by immigrant community members and people of color, worker health and safety, and quality jobs in Nebraska communities, including drafting and providing testimony to federal, state and local legislative bodies and administrative agencies.
  • Working with regional and national partners on state and federal level advocacy efforts.
  • Conducting legal research, analysis, and impact litigation together with the Legal Director, other staff attorneys, and community members.
  • Identifying best-practice policy solutions adopted in other states and cities and research their applicability in Nebraska.
  • Developing educational materials (e.g., reports, fact sheets, presentations, policy briefs) for key stakeholders.
  • Supervising law clerks, and advising intake coordinator and community organizers on intakes relating to immigrant and workers’ rights issues.
  • Participating, as needed, in administrative tasks, fundraising/grant writing, and program team meetings.

Qualifications

  • Licensed to practice law in Nebraska or willing to take necessary steps to be licensed.
  • Legal experience in the areas of civil rights law, employment, and/or immigration law preferred.
  • Experience with legislative and administrative advocacy preferred.
  • Excellent legal research, analytic, and writing skills.
  • Knowledge and awareness of local, regional, and national issues facing immigrant communities.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively build and maintain community relationships.
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented and collaborative environment, including numerous coalition efforts.
  • Ability to take initiative in developing creative legal and policy strategy together with community stakeholders.
  • Experience in or demonstrated commitment to public interest law, worker safety and health, and immigrant community issues.
  • Must have a car, appropriate car insurance, and a valid driver’s license.

Salary and Benefits

Competitive nonprofit salary based on experience plus benefits including health, vision, dental, 401(k), paid sick days and paid vacation.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references via email to Nicholette Seigfreid at nseigfreid@neappleseed.org or via mail to Nebraska Appleseed, Attn: Nicholette Seigfreid, 941 O Street, Suite 920, Lincoln, NE 68508. If you have any questions, please contact Nicholette at 402-438-8853 x122.


Get Involved With Nebraska Appleseed

There are many ways to get involved with Appleseed, and we welcome all passionate individuals who are interested in learning more about and becoming engaged in our work.

Fill out our volunteer form below or apply for an internship or clerkship and a staff member will be in touch with you about next steps towards joining us in the fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans.


Internships & Clerkships

Nebraska Appleseed routinely has positions for interns and law clerks to help support our work. If you are interested in being a law clerk or intern please complete our electronic application form and attach a cover letter and resume. Apply below for Law Clerk and Intern positions.

 

Internships

The Nebraska Appleseed Internship Program is a hands on way to learn about nonprofit and advocacy work in Nebraska.

Our internships are part time, unpaid positions (8-12 hours per week). Interns work within our programs to conduct research projects, assist with advocacy and public policy work, help with community outreach and education, and provide general office support.

Interns work directly under the supervision of a Nebraska Appleseed staff member in one of our four program areas (Immigrants and Communities, Economic Justice, Health Care Access, and Child Welfare).

Our internship program is currently full. We will accept applications for Summer 2018 positions starting March 5th until April 6th, so please check back at that time if you are interested in applying.

If you have any questions in the meantime, you can email our Field Director, Rachel, at rachelgw@neappleseed.org.


Law Clerks

Nebraska Appleseed clerkships are full or part time positions open to current law students that provide opportunities to experience a wide variety of public interest law. Law clerks will do research, legal writing, litigation support, assist with administrative appeals and advocacy and conduct public policy research and analysis. Law clerks work directly under the supervision of Nebraska Appleseed Staff Attorneys allowing them to get one on one attention and direction.

Available Positions

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