Child Advocates seeks director for intake, pro bono projects

Child Advocates has an exciting opportunity for a highly engaged, articulate and persuasive communicator to lead our Pro Bono Attorney Program, Intake Process, and Team of Paralegals. He/she has strong networking skills, demonstrated commitment to child advocacy with connection to and understanding of the greater Philadelphia legal communities.

Position Summary:

The Director of Intake and Pro Bono maintains a cadre of trained volunteer attorneys and paralegals sufficient to serve the client children of the agency. Primary responsibility for recruiting, onboarding and supporting volunteers. Receives and processes all new cases. Assigns cases to staff member/volunteer attorney team. Serves as member of the Administrative Team in policy–level and day–to–day functioning of the Agency.

Major Duties: May perform any or all of the following duties:

Volunteer Management and Recruitment:

  • Lead volunteer recruitment efforts with law firms, corporate legal departments, bar associations and other venues.
  • Collaborate with Director of Development and Communications to prepare publicity to recruit volunteers.
  • Implement and enhance training for new and existing volunteers in collaboration with agency training staff.
  • Ensure proper management of information regarding volunteer attorneys.
  • Monitor, trouble-shoot and problem-solve volunteer attorney performance, providing support and education and implementing interventions that promote high-quality case practice.
  • Create and support Child Advocacy Practice Groups.
  • Act as staff liaison to and active member of the Board of Directors Volunteer Committee.


  • Act as liaison between Child Advocates and courts (Dependency/Criminal/DR), District Attorney’s Office and other sources of referral.
  • Receive and assess all case referrals for appropriateness of acceptance and assign cases to staff members and Pro Bono Attorneys.

Administrative, Database Management and Training:

  • Supervise Staff Paralegals.
  • Serve as member of agency leadership team, participate in the development and implementation of agency policy and procedure.
  • Participate in new staff orientation regarding Intake, Case Assignment and the court electronic filing system.


  • Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to, projects related to the management of Child Advocates as required by the Executive Director. 

Qualifications & Benefits:

  • Law degree preferred. Familiarity with child welfare law and practice. Familiarity with the Philadelphia area legal community. Database management and strong knowledge base of computer software, e-mail, and database programs.
  • Local travel and after-hours work for recruitment events, etc.
  • Experience working with legal community, child welfare law, database management, volunteer management and recruitment.
  • Strong networking, organizational, written and oral communication and advocacy skills.

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