Youth, Rights & Justice Seeks Executive Director

Apply by Feb. 1, 2019

Youth, Rights & Justice is seeking its next Executive Director. YRJ is widely recognized as a leader in juvenile law in Oregon. Our ideal Executive Director candidate will have a passion for defending the rights of vulnerable children and families, experience with organizational management and leadership, deep knowledge of the legislative process, familiarity with juvenile law, a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, political acumen, and life experience and/or work experience with communities that rely on YRJ’s services.

How to Apply       Executive Director Job Description       About YRJ

YRJ provides court-appointed representation of children, youth, and parents involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems—in both the trial and appellate courts. We also represent individual children and youth in school-related special education and discipline matters. On a larger scale, we work to improve the systems impacting our clients through legislative and administrative advocacy, class action litigation, publications, and training other lawyers and community partners.

The youth we serve are racially and culturally diverse and from low-income families. Many are experiencing abuse and neglect, living with disabilities, and recovering from trauma. The parents we serve include those who are former foster youth and are struggling to keep their families together.

YRJ is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt nonprofit organization with an annual budget of $2.8 million. Approximately 80% of our budget is from contracted services, with 20% from philanthropic sources.  A dedicated 13-member Board of Directors governs YRJ. Board members bring diverse knowledge and connections within Oregon’s legal, business, nonprofit, and education communities.

We are committed to achieving a diverse workforce. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status, such as race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or age.


Youth, Rights & Justice: What We Do

  • We are appointed by the court to represent children in foster care, parents in the child dependency system, and youth in the juvenile court system.
  • We created the SchoolWorks Program to advocate for vulnerable children struggling in school.
  • We publish the Juvenile Law Reader quarterly to provide practice tips, case law developments, and other resources to Oregon Juvenile Court practitioners.
  • Through the Juvenile Law Resource Center, we provide immediate, strategic advice to lawyers practicing juvenile law throughout the state.
  • We leverage our experience with individual cases to promote systemic change through legislative advocacy.




Our experienced attorneys, legal assistants, and other professional staff are making Oregon a better place for children and families through zealous legal representation and advocacy in the courts, legislature, schools, and community.


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