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Senior Training Attorney Position Open

Sunday, November 17, 2019  
Posted by: Kim Dvorchak
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Job Purpose and Location


NACC’s mission is to advance the rights, well-being, and opportunities of children impacted by the child welfare system through high-quality legal representation.  We believe the child welfare system works best when all parties have access to high-quality legal representation.  NACC recently launched a new Strategic Plan to accelerate the growth, experience, diversity, and leadership of a national community of children’s lawyers and other child welfare professionals.  


The Senior Training Attorney is a key member of our legal team who works to ensure legal professionals have the resources they need to provide excellent representation.  This includes providing training, technical assistance, resource materials, consulting, and other outreach engagement strategies.  NACC is based in Denver, Colorado with legal staff in Washington, DC.  Remote applicants in all locations will be considered, with a preference for Denver-based or DC-based candidates.


Duties and Responsibilities



  • Leads substantive coordination of NACC’s training program, including “Red Book” trainings, customized trainings, and other training developed as part of a grant or contract
  • Develops and delivers in-person and online training
  • Collaborates and consults with law office leaders, members, state CIP directors, state and national partners, and others to identify and respond to training needs
  • Develops training curriculum, new training products, and monitors developments in effective adult and professional education theory
  • Coordinates Red Book Consultants to serve as subcontract trainers in NACC’s national training program



  • Creates, organizes, and stores materials, tools, and other resource information for members
  • Coordinates content for The Guardian, NACC’s law journal (quarterly in 2020)
  • Coordinates content for NACC Member Webinars (monthly in 2020)
  • Builds and enhances relationships with individuals and organizations across the country in order to promote NACC’s mission and programs



  • Staffs legal components of NACC’s certification program
  • Serves as substantive resource for applicants in preparing for the CWLS examination, including reviewing practice essays and providing feedback
  • Engages with ABA Legal Specialization Committee



  • Leads abstract submission and review process, coordinates development of conference agenda and surveys
  • Reviews and evaluates abstracts submitted for presentation at the annual conference
  • Provides support to conference faculty on conference presentations and discussions


  • Supports NACC’s policy program and amicus program, and serves on coalitions and working groups




Minimum Qualifications include:

  • Law degree from an accredited law school
  • Active bar membership in at least one jurisdiction
  • Currently practicing or recent practice experience in the child welfare system
  • Ability to analyze and present complex legal issues
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and manage deadlines independently
  • Ability to work collaboratively with the NACC Team
  • Ability to deliver a full-day training and multi-day training
  • Comfortable presenting to large groups, small groups, and coaching one-on-one
  • Willing and able to travel (up to 30%)
  • Values and beliefs consistent with NACC’s Mission and Vision, Policy Agenda, and Strategic Plan


Preferred Qualifications include:

  • 5 or more year’s experience in either direct representation of children, parents or the agency
  • Child Welfare Law Specialist
  • Previous training experience, including developing trainings and presenting trainings
  • An understanding of adult learning theory and the ability to develop training curriculum that employs multiple learning modalities and strategies


Title and Salary


This is a senior attorney position.  The position title and salary are negotiable commensurate with skill and experience.  Benefits include health insurance (medical/dental/vision), SIMPLE IRA contribution, life insurance, and annual bar fees.  Remote staff provided office equipment and supplies as needed.


Application Instructions


Applicants should apply packet to  which includes:

1.     Resume/CV;

2.     Cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in advancing NACC’s mission and strategic plan, applicant’s experience in training, as well training philosophy, particularly as it relates to adult learners;

3.     List of three (3) professional references, at least one of which must be able to speak to applicant’s ability as a trainer/presenter; and

4.     A list of trainings conducted and the topics.


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply by December 2, 2019 for a January 2020 start date.


NACC Non-Discrimination Policy


It is the policy of the National Association of Counsel for Children not to discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of race, culture, ethnicity, national origin, religion or religious beliefs, physical or mental disability or handicap, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, or age.  The NACC embraces diversity among its Board, staff, members, volunteers, and consultants. Candidates adding diversity to NACC’s staff are strongly encouraged to apply.

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