Job Details

Staff Attorney, Early Childhood

Company name

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


Chicago, IL

Date Last Verified

Feb 11,2018

Posted on

Feb 10,2018
Practice Area
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
Family Law >> Family Law
Government and Government Relations >> Government and Government Relations
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Staff Attorney, Early Childhood Responsibilities: Develop an agenda in Illinois to promote the interests, quality of life, and life chances of the youngest children, with an emphasis on the 0-3 age group and underserved populations and communities; Devise and pursue strategies and tactics to achieve success with the agenda including, if and where appropriate, litigation, legislative advocacy, media, and organizing; Examine the racial justice aspects of early childhood policies and implementation and deploy this analysis in the advocacy; Collaborate with other Center experts on the early childhood agenda and bring the early childhood lens to their work across a range of issues; Develop relationships with community leaders and early childhood practitioners, advocates, experts and policymakers; Provide expertise for the Center’s multi-state networks, sharing success stories and strategies with advocates in other states, consulting with them, and helping to build a national movement for progress on early childhood policy and systems; Participate in or lead advocacy on early childhood issues in all branches of the national government where appropriate and useful, including amicus briefs, alliances in Washington DC, relationships with the Illinois delegation to Congress and within the federal bureaucracy, including conducting lobbying when appropriate; Work with the Center’s communications team to advance media and message efforts; Collect data and information as needed to evaluate program success and implement appropriate program adjustments; Contribute to the strategic thinking of all of the Center’s anti-poverty efforts, and produce articles for the Center’s publications, blogs and other communications; Provide support in raising funds for advocacy activities, including assisting with grant proposals, attending site-visits, and identifying new funding sources; Work with development staff to complete progress reports and financial reports required by funders; Participate as needed in various administrative tasks and committees of the Center; Travel to Springfield, Illinois and national conferences and meetings as needed; Tracks time and expenses and provides reports on program performance and accomplishments and assists in program evaluation and modification as needed to organizational goals; and Other duties as assigned.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: JD Degree, licensed to practice law in Illinois; 5+ years of experience in policy advocacy, organizing and litigation; Track record of success in ambitious advocacy projects on behalf of people living in poverty; Strong interest or experience in the area of early childhood advocacy; Ability to motivate diverse groups of people and work well as a team member; Self-direction and self-motivation, creative in problem solving, and the ability to work collaboratively and independently; Demonstrated commitment to social justice and advancing racial equity; Experience working across lines of differences and working with and in communities of color on advocacy issues preferred; Excellent research, analysis, and writing skills; Strong public speaking skills; Ability to develop and lead new and existing projects; Ability to participate in evening and weekend community and client meetings; Ability to travel for work-related meeting and conferences; and Multilingual skills are a plus.

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Company info

Kate Walz
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
50 East Washington Street
Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60602

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