Project Director-Pursuing Justice for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in Pennsylvania, SeniorLAW Center

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The SeniorLAW Center is seeking a Project Director for its Pursuing Justice for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in Pennsylvania program. 

Full-time position available immediately in Center City Philadelphia office. This is a leadership role and reports to the Executive Director. Reporting to and working closely with the Executive Director, the Project Director will have primary responsibility to lead this new project focused on enhancing legal assistance for diverse grandparents raising grandchildren and other kinship caregivers in Pennsylvania raising young children when birth parents cannot, particularly in response to the opioid crisis. Kinship care is an issue of local, regional and national urgency: at least 80,000 grandparents are raising well over 100,000 children in Pennsylvania alone. This project will expand legal assistance, knowledge, access to resources and partnerships to address key diverse legal needs for the intergenerational “grandfamilies.” The Project Director will work closely with partners in Philadelphia and the Southeastern Pennsylvania counties, Harrisburg/Dauphin County, and Pittsburgh/Allegheny County, as well as statewide partners, to assess and enhance existing legal  services of grandparents and other older people raising young relative children when birth parents cannot, and create new legal services and resources for these families, with emphasis on new pro bono partnerships. The Project Director will lead publicity, marketing and visibility efforts; recruit, train, guide and support pro bono partners; develop and implement new intake, outreach, and evaluation strategies; lead data and research efforts; and organize and execute special events, among other responsibilities.

Qualifications:

Juris Doctor, active member of the Pennsylvania Bar, with a minimum of five years’ relevant legal experience, including custody and other family court litigation, and other legal services and poverty law issues. Experience working with diverse, vulnerable and/or low-income communities in the nonprofit, pro bono or public interest arenas preferred. Strong relationships in the legal  community; ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines; excellent writing, public speaking, interpersonal and organizational skills are required. The ideal candidate will be highly flexible, professional, energetic, optimistic and passionate about access to justice, intergenerational, aging and poverty issues. Sensitivity to and respect and compassion for older people and families of  diverse backgrounds is essential. Flexibility to work and attend periodic evening and weekend events in Philadelphia and throughout the state required. Some travel required, primarily in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. This position is based in center city Philadelphia.

Responsibilities:

  1. With Executive Director and legal staff, enhance and strengthen services, pro bono resources and intake and outreach strategies for grandparents and other kinship caregivers, including through the Pennsylvania SeniorLAW HelpLine
  2. With Executive Director and partners, create marketing materials for project, including press releases, brochures, website and electronic content, social media, video, print and PowerPoints for in-person presentations, webinars and trainings. 
  3. Develop and implement project policies and procedures.
  4. Develop existing and cultivate new relationships with pro bono attorneys, law firms, corporate counsel, bar associations and law schools in diverse areas of Pennsylvania to participate in this project and provide extended and limited representation, education and training for client communities.
  5. With Executive Director and other leaders, develop and cultivate relationships with judicial legislative, and other leaders to publicize project and pursue project goal.
  6. Develop evaluation tools, track data and draft project reports for partners, funders and others.
  7. Maintain communication and regular follow-up with pro bono volunteers and partners.
  8. Attend legal staff, staff and related internal meetings.
  9. Lead and attend project meetings with Executive Director and partners.
  10. Represent SeniorLAW Center at outreach and speaking events, professional trainings, pro bono gatherings, and CLEs.
  11. Maintain excellent knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field of kinship care, custody and third-party custody, family law, housing, income supports, and other priority legal issues affecting older people and intergenerational families.
  12. Initiate and complete special projects and other tasks with Executive Director and legal staff.

Applicants should send resume and cover letter to Karen C. Buck, Executive Director at kbuck@seniorlawcenter.org with subject line “GRG PROJECT DIRECTOR APPLICATION.” Please include salary range requirements.

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