Staff Attorney

Community Family Life Services

Washington, District of Columbia


Community Family Life Services


Since 1969, Community Family Life Services(CFLS) has provided children, families, and adults with the tools and resources needed to move beyond poverty and homelessness. CFLS supports survivors of domestic violence and women who are returning home following a period of incarceration by assisting them as they move into permanent self-sufficiency.


Position Description


CFLS is delighted to announce an inaugural Staff Attorney position. The incumbent will have the distinct honor of building a Legal Department that will expand the organization’s ability to offer a complete complement of robust services to its clients. The Staff Attorney will work in conjunction with the CFLS Public Ally, which is part of AmeriCorps, to support all aspects of legal, policy, and advocacy efforts to ensure CFLS clients have the necessary resources to thrive.


Key Duties

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for all legal related inquiries including criminal matters, employment and housing discrimination, custody issues, orders of protection, and family-related matters.

  • Provide timely and accurate legal advice to CFLS clients, with a particular focus on women returning home following a period of incarceration

  • Provide direct legal representation to CFLS clients

  • Conduct legal research and strategic analysis to support litigation

  • Draft legal memoranda, pleadings, briefs, and other written documents as required

  • Coordinate services with relevant criminal justice agencies such as the Department of Corrections, READY Center, Fairview Halfway House, and Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, among other

  • Support all aspects of CFLS legal, policy, and advocacy efforts

  • Perform other duties as assigned








Required Qualifications


  • Juris Doctorate from an American Bar Association accredited law school

  • License to practice law in the District of Columbia or have the ability to waive in

  • Expertise in criminal law and the District of Columbia justice system

  • Demonstrated litigation experience

  • Knowledge and comfort with a nonprofit work environment


Application Instructions


To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to with "Staff Attorney" in the subject line.If applicable, a Certificate of Good Standing will be required to be submitted upon hire.


This is a full-time position. The selected candidate will receive a salary commensurate with experience. CFLS offers employees a competitive, comprehensive benefits package.


Equal Employment Opportunity


CFLS is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. CFLS does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,

Job Announcement – Director of Community Initiatives

CFLS is recruiting for an experienced Director of Community Initiatives


Position Title:

Director of Community Initiatives


305 E Street, NW, Washington DC

Reports to:

Executive Director

Expected Start:


Application Deadline:



About Community Family Life Services

CFLS was founded in 1969 as an emergency services center to support citizens returning home from prison or jail. CFLS has grown and evolved to meet the changing needs of homeless and low-income families and individuals and has operated a housing program since 1980.  Since January 2015, CFLS has built a one-stop continuum of care providing gender and trauma informed case management to women re-integrating into the D.C. community from three institutions: BOP prison, DOC jail and the city’s only women-focused halfway house.



Reporting directly to the Executive Director and the primary role will be to develop and manage community initiatives as well as to support our virtual services. Excellent opportunity for dynamic, self-starter who thrives in fast-paced, team-oriented environment.  



  • Oversee and manage the development and implementation of the Computer Kiosk Initiative 

  • Oversee our virtual services and virtual clothing closet

  • Build new community partnerships and manage existing partnerships

  • Work as a team with other directors

  • Produce program reports and manage program outcomes

  • Communicate with funding agencies and submit reports as needed

  • Other duties as assigned



Candidate Qualifications

  • Masters degree in social work or computer science with 3 years experience in project management or Bachelors Degree in computer science or social work with five years experience in project management or a combination of both

  • Strong understanding of Information Technology

  • Understanding of basic program evaluation

  • Skill in community organizing

  • Ability to work collaboratively, build teams and able to work under stress within defined time constraints.

  • Exceptional organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to multi-task

  • Strong writing and interpersonal and communication skills

  • Strong time management skills

  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy

  • Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision

  • Ability to treat confidential information with appropriate discretion



  • Masters Degree with three years’ previous experience working within a nonprofit

  • Experience with community organizing, community building or advocacy

  • IT background and skills

  • Strong communication and written skills


Benefits and Compensation

CFLS offer a competitive benefit package that includes: Health, dental, vision, 403B, generous annual leave, and competitive wages.   


To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit their resume and cover letter to 


Community Family Life Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.