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NACC Board of Directors Openings

The Nominating Committee of the National Association of Counsel for Children is accepting applications for open positions on NACC’s Board of Directors.


Deadline to Nominate: October 16, 2020

Deadline to Apply: October 30, 2020


About NACC

The National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization headquartered in Denver, CO, with staff and board members in multiple locations across the country.

NACC’s core programs Promote Excellence, Build Community, and Advance Justice.  NACC promotes excellence in legal representation through attorney training programs, publication of the seminal Child Welfare Law and Practice guide, and as the only national organization accredited by the American Bar Association to certify attorneys as Child Welfare Law Specialists (CWLS). NACC builds community through our professional membership association program, national conference, and affinity groups, such as the Children’s Law Office Project.  NACC advances justice for children and families through policy advocacy, systemic reform, technical assistance, and amicus curiae briefs.  NACC is a leading and influential voice on children’s law; the U.S. Children’s Bureau and National Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children have recognized NACC’s impact on improving legal representation in the child welfare system.

In 2018 NACC adopted a new strategic plan which calls for significant organizational growth and program impact: to provide more resources to attorneys, to build a community of support around zealous legal advocacy, and to engage practitioners in systemic policy reform to advance children’s rights, including children’s right to counsel.  In 2020 NACC added youth engagement and participated in racial equity training and analysis.  NACC is committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion within our membership and within the child welfare legal community and seeks leaders who will help advance these goals.


Board Recruitment

First and foremost, NACC seeks applications from individuals who bring racial and ethnic diversity to the board and have lived experience in the child welfare system.  

Specific categories of expertise also sought include:
•    Accounting/CPA/budget experience
•    Marketing/PR/Communications experience
•    Research and Evaluation
•    Corporate Counsel & Law Firm Partners who are in a position to leverage pro bono and in-kind assistance
•    Psychologists/Psychiatrists/Social Workers/Behavioral Health Professionals who are knowledgeable in child and adolescent development, trauma, and strengthening families

Board Responsibilities

NACC is governed by a national Board of Directors which meets four times a year, including at NACC's Annual Conference. Board service is currently a six (6) year renewable term.  All NACC board members are expected to give their time, talent, and treasure to the organization. Please review the Basic Elements of NACC Board of Director Service and the general roles and responsibilities of nonprofit board members.


Please note: for the time being, all board meetings are held via Zoom.  The Board will decide when it is safe to resume travel and attend meetings in person, and even then we will offer a virtual option to participate.

All NACC board members are expected to serve on two committees or work groups, which currently include Finance/Audit, Certification Oversight, Fundraising, Nominating, Personnel, Policy, Strategic Planning Implementation, Youth Engagement, Conference Workgroup, Abstract Workgroup, Amicus Workgroup, Certification Workgroup. Board committees meet via telephone/video on a monthly, bi-monthly, or other basis as determined by the committee chair.

Nomination/Application Process

Per NACC’s by-laws the nominating committee reviews applications, conducts interviews, and then submits Board candidates to the full NACC Board for review. Final candidates are presented to NACC membership for a vote in December. Board terms commence in January.

You may nominate another person or you may submit your own application. If you have questions about service or the process, please contact


Thank you for completing the form below as a Nominator or Applicant. 

Deadlines: October 16 for Nominations, October 30th for Applications.


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