Join us in making a difference in the lives of children. KidsVoice offers a unique opportunity to work in a team environment in which the education, experience and skills of attorneys and child advocacy specialists complement each other to provide nationally recognized, top-quality advocacy for children of abuse and neglect.

KidsVoice has an outstanding benefit package with generous cost-sharing on all health insurance, time off, and parking reimbursement.  We have a 403(b) match with quick vesting, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability, flexible spending plan, conference and training allowance, paid professional membership, agency provided cell phone and iPad, and a performance incentive bonus program. We are committed to diversity and an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

We have the following positions available:

 

  • Child Advocacy Specialist (CAS)

  • Education Attorney

  • Staff Attorney

  • Legal Intern

  • Child Advocacy Specialist (CAS) Intern

  • Pro Bono Opportunities

  • Volunteer Opportunities

Child Advocacy Specialist

We currently have a full-time Child Advocacy Specialist (CAS) position available. The CAS works on a regional multi-disciplinary team with attorneys to advocate for children of abuse and neglect. The schedule for this job is Monday through Friday, some evening work required, with the CAS managing their own schedule.

The Child Advocacy Specialist will:

  • Work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team to develop recommendations for court as well as recommendations and strategies for other forums of advocacy
  • Participate and advocate in relevant/appropriate client planning meetings and conferences
  • Assist in teaching clients regarding the role of KidsVoice, preparing them for court hearings and understanding and taking advantage of a variety of services
  • Visit and interview clients in their current living environment
  • Negotiate and advocate for resources to address clients' needs

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • At least one year of experience in a social services field with children
  • Ability to work well in a team

To apply, please visit our online portal.
 

Education Attorney

We currently have a Staff Attorney position available on our Education Unit.  The Education Attorney works with all of the regional teams in the office to address educational matters for clients, including school enrollment, discipline and special education issues.  This position primarily handles cases in which KidsVoice is appointed educational decision maker. 

The Education attorney will:

  • Act as educational decision maker for clients when KidsVoice is appointed
  • Advocate for clients in court and other forums to address educational needs of clients
  • Participate in education related and other client planning meetings
  • Visit clients as needed
  • Provide legal representation to clients in educational matters, including discipline and special education
  • Train and consult with KidsVoice staff and other stakeholders regarding education matters

Required qualifications include:

  • JD degree and license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Prior legal experience, preferably 1-2 years
  • Knowledge of education law, child development and child welfare preferred

Please apply by uploading both a cover letter indicating why you are interested in the position and a current resume here.
 

Staff Attorney

We currently have a Staff Attorney position available.  The Staff Attorney works on a regional multi-disciplinary team to advocate for children of abuse and neglect in their dependency proceedings in Allegheny County.  The attorneys team with Child Advocacy Specialists to advocate for the child in the community and at court. 

The Staff Attorney will:

  • Provide legal representation to KidsVoice clients
  • Advocate for the child in the court and other forums
  • Work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Counsel clients regarding the role of KidsVoice, court hearings and services
  • Visit and interview clients in their current living environment
  • Prepare cases and maintain case files in a shared caseload with other staff
  • Participate in on-going training and continuing education necessary for professional development

Required qualifications include:

  • JD degree and license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Prior legal experience, preferably 1-2 years of litigation and courtroom experience
  • Knowledge of child development and/or child welfare issues preferred.

Please apply by uploading a cover letter, indicating why you are interested in the position, and a resume to our online portal.

Internship Opportunities

KidsVoice has both a Legal Intern Program for law students and a Child Advocacy Specialist (CAS) Intern Program for graduate students in human services fields. Both programs are competitive and are designed for students who are seriously considering a career in child advocacy.

Legal Intern Program

The Legal Intern Program begins with a training program designed to ensure that interns have the tools, knowledge, and resources to successfully advocate on behalf of our clients. Upon completion of training, each intern will be paired with an experienced mentor attorney.  The mentor attorney will provide the intern with regular guidance and opportunities to shadow the mentor in court and in the field on visits and at meetings, help prepare cases for court, work with Child Advocacy Specialists, do legal research and writing, and handle hearings in court.  The mentor will gradually increase intern case responsibilities as the intern develops during the course of the internship.  

REQUIREMENTS: Students must meet the following requirements to apply for and remain in the program:

  1. Students should be considering a career in child advocacy.
  2. Time Commitment/Schedule Availability – To participate in the KidsVoice Legal Intern Program, students attending local law schools must commit either to a two-semester-long internship or to one semester and one summer.  This time commitment is necessary because the objective of the internship is to provide a comprehensive child advocacy experience with the potential for successful interns to be considered for future employment opportunities with KidsVoice. For the semester-long internship, students must commit to 16 hours per week, including having a schedule of one day per week with at least six consecutive hours of availability for court.  Any day of the week can be accommodated but the student must have the same day of the week available for court throughout the semester.
  3. The summer internship is a 10 to 12 week full-time commitment. Students who attend law schools outside of Pittsburgh may apply just for the summer internship as long as they meet the other requirements.  There may be funding sources that can provide payment to students in the KidsVoice summer internship program, including through the law schools, the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, and other sources.
  4. Student Practice Eligibility: To participate in the KidsVoice Legal Intern Program, students must be qualified for admission under the Pennsylvania student practice rule.  This means that students must successfully complete a class in Evidence before participating in the internship. For more information about admission under the Student Practice Act, also known as Pennsylvania Bar Admission Rule 321, click here

If you are interested in applying for our legal intern program, please email a letter of interest and resume to interns@kidsvoice.org or email any questions regarding our legal intern program to the same address.  Applications for summer internships are due by March 15th.  Fall internship applications are due by May 1st and spring internship applications are due by November 1st.

CAS Intern Program

The Child Advocacy Specialist (CAS) Intern Program also begins with a training program designed to ensure that interns have the tools, knowledge, and resources to successfully advocate on behalf of our clients. Upon completion of training, each intern will be paired with an experienced mentor CAS.  The mentor CAS will provide the intern with regular guidance and opportunities to work directly on cases, including attending client visits and meetings, helping prepare cases for court, working with attorneys, and observing cases in court.  The mentor will gradually increase intern case responsibilities as the intern develops during the course of the internship. 

REQUIREMENTS:  Students must meet the following requirements to apply for and remain in the program:

1. Students must be graduate students and should be considering a career in child advocacy.

2. Time Commitment/Schedule Availability – To participate in the KidsVoice CAS Intern Program, students must commit to a two-semester-long internship. This time commitment is necessary because the objective of the internship is to provide a comprehensive child advocacy experience with the potential for successful interns to be considered for future employment opportunities with KidsVoice. Students must commit to at least 16 hours per week.

If you are interested in applying for our CAS intern program, please send a letter of interest and resume to interns@kidsvoice.org or email any questions regarding our CAS intern program to the same address. Fall internship applications are due by August 5.

Pro Bono Opportunities

KidsVoice is a member organization of the Allegheny Bar Association’s Pro Bono Center. Attorneys interested in providing pro bono support to KidsVoice may contact the Pro Bono Center to register as a volunteer.

Volunteer Opportunities

Attorneys experienced in juvenile law occasionally are needed to assist us as volunteers. If you have a background in juvenile law and are interested in volunteering with KidsVoice, please contact us.

We are also always looking for help with our signature fundraising event, Kites for Kids! Learn more about this unique event here.

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