Employment and Internship Opportunities2018-03-06T16:16:17+00:00

Employment and Internship Opportunities

Respondent Parent Counsel

Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel 2018 Application Period

Be part of the next social justice movement!  Family defense attorneys, commonly known as Respondent Parent Counsel or RPC, under the Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel represent indigent parents in court proceedings brought against them by the county child protection services agency.  RPCs work on behalf of adults threatened by state intervention with the temporary and/or permanent loss of the custody and rights to their children.  RPCs are dedicated to protecting the fundamental right to parent by advocating for parents’ due process rights, access to appropriate services, and constitutional right to parent their children.

The Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel (ORPC), a Colorado state agency, is accepting applications from attorneys across the state of Colorado to represent indigent parents in dependency and neglect proceedings. The ORPC’s mission is to protect the fundamental right to parent by providing effective legal advocates for indigent parents in child welfare proceedings. This right is protected when a parent has a dedicated advocate, knowledgeable about child welfare laws and willing to hold the state to its burden.   The ORPC offers comprehensive training and litigation support; mentoring; access to Westlaw, paralegals, investigators and experts; a motions bank, and a listserv.  Start your own law firm and let the ORPC support your practice!   The ORPC pays RPCs $75 per hour on an independent contractor basis.

The application requires the online submission of a resume, writing sample consisting of a substantive motion written in the last three years, references, disciplinary history, and essay questions.


Getting Started on Your Application

Use this link to apply, renew or verify your contract.  The application deadline is March 31, 2018 at 5pm. 

You must have a Colorado Attorney Registration Number to apply.

Required Attachments to Prepare in Advance

You will be required to upload electronic documents to the online application form.  Required documents for new applicants are listed below.  The ORPC recommends that you upload all documents in PDF format.  You will be required to upload your documents when prompted on the online form—you may not e-mail or mail documents separately.

All new applicants must be prepared to provide:

  • A resume describing your legal experience and any related child welfare experience;
  • A list of two professional references. Please notify your references that the ORPC may be contacting them;
  • A redacted writing sample such as one substantive motion, preferably from a dependency case;
  • A brief or petition if interested in appellate representation.


For any questions regarding completing the online application or the application process, please contact Mario Gjurekovec, the ORPC IT and Administrative Specialist, at mgjurekovec@coloradoorpc.org.

For any other questions regarding RPC practice or working as an independent contractor through the ORPC, please contact Ashlee Arcilla, the ORPC Deputy Director, at aarcilla@coloradoorpc.org.


Position:         ACCOUNTANT I

Type:               Full Time

Job Location: Denver, Colorado

Salary Range: $3,862 – $5,175 per month/$46,344 – $62,100 per year

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Release Date: February 23, 2018

Apply By:        March 19, 2018


The Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel (ORPC) provides legal representation for indigent parents in child welfare cases in Colorado.

Respondent Parents’ Counsel play a critical role in achieving the best outcomes for children in child welfare cases by protecting the legal and due process rights of parents, presenting balanced information to courts, and promoting the preservation of family relationships. To learn more, visit https://www.coloradoorpc.org/.


The Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel invites qualified applicants to apply for the position of Accountant I.   The Accountant I is responsible for reconciling, maintaining, and reporting on financial records; managing financial activities in accordance with legal, fiscal, and agency rules and regulations, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, and all other applicable rules and guidance; and providing administrative support for the ORPC.  The Accountant I will work collaboratively with the ORPC team in all aspects of the office’s mission.  This is a full-time non-classified position reporting to the CFO and the Executive Director.


  1. Critically analyze accounting records.
    1. Develop an expectation of accounting balances based on known information, expected trends, communications from others, etc.
    2. Determine and prepare the detailed and/or summary reports needed to test hypotheses/expectation.
    3. Identify discrepancies between the hypothesis and the accounting records.
    4. Determine the source of all discrepancies and make corrections as needed.
    5. Develop and communicate processes to prevent the error from recurring.
    6. Prepare and present reports on payment trends and discrepancies.
  1. Provide budget monitoring, analysis, and preparation.
    1. Compile statistical data for planning and analysis purposes.
    2. Present findings, provide input, and participate in projects to forecast and monitor budgets.
    3. Assist in the preparation of the annual budget request, including writing narratives and preparing tables and analyses.
  1. Prepare and document accounting adjustment transactions.
    1. Review and analyze detailed accounting ledgers to identify transactions that have been incorrectly posted, e.g., revenues or expenditures posted to balance sheet accounts; assets, liabilities, or capital posted to revenue or expenditure accounts; and transactions posted to incorrect balance sheet, appropriation, object code, department object code, or revenue accounts.
    2. Analyze and document the needed correcting entry.
    3. Enter the correcting entry in the State’s online accounting system (CORE).
    4. Provide the accounting transaction number and supporting documentation to the CFO for review.
    5. Respond to questions and requests for additional information regarding the adjusting transaction.
  1. Add, change, and delete vendors in CORE.
    1. Critically review vendor documentation for compliance with Federal and State rules.
    2. Return inadequate, incorrect, and or incomplete documentation to the vendor with clear and concise instructions on correcting the documentation.
    3. Prepare documents in CORE in accordance with State rules and requirements for the desired change.
    4. Respond to questions and requests for additional information from the State and/or the CFO regarding the requested vendor addition, change, or deletion.
  1. Provide attorney payment support and vendor payment support.
    1. Critically review and, if appropriate, process disbursement of funds to vendors, contractors and employees in accordance with all applicable principles, rules, laws and guidance.
  1. Critically review, analyze, and when appropriate, approve accounting transactions prepared by others, including Journal Voucher, Cash Receipt, General Accounting Transaction (GAX), Expense Budget, Vendor set-up, and Security and Workflow documents in accordance with all applicable principles, rules, laws and guidance.
    1. Review the entry and determine if it is in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and all other rules, requirements, etc.
    2. Review and evaluate the adequacy of the supporting documentation for the entry.
    3. Determine if the transaction accomplishes the stated purpose in accordance with the supporting documentation.
    4. Obtain additional information from the preparer of the entry if needed.
    5. If appropriate, approve the entry in accordance with State rules.
  1. Manage all aspects of the purchase of office supplies, equipment, and materials.
    1. Research and select office supplies vendors based on account terms, price, reputation, reliability, credit terms, price and all other relevant factors.
    2. Establish vendor accounts for the ORPC.
    3. Determine the need and timing of specific purchases to meet ORPC needs.
    4. Order needed supplies and equipment.
    5. Monitor the receipt of orders and review and approve shipping advices and invoices.
    6. Process payments in accordance with all applicable rules and regulations.
    7. Review the entry and determine if it is in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and all other rules, requirements, etc.
  1. Provide training support functions.
    1. Organize and schedule meetings and special events in collaboration with the Training Director.
    2. Handle assigned presenter coordination, book travel arrangements, and track training budget expenses in collaboration with the Training Director.
    3. Develop and monitor training budgets and grant funding expenses in collaboration with the Training Director.
  1. Miscellaneous duties.
    1. Compile, organize, and analyze support for grant reimbursement requests as required by the terms of the applicable Federal, State, local, and/or private agency grants.
    2. Identify, research, and prepare and present reports on payment trends and discrepancies.
    3. Provide clear and effective written and verbal communications with staff, contract attorneys and other stakeholders.
    4. Provide high level administrative support to the Executive Director, Deputy Director, and CFO.
    5. Perform other duties as assigned.
  1. Work collaboratively with staff to assist in all aspects of ORPC’s mission.
    1. Manage, conduct or participate in special projects and on committees as requested.
    2. Attend meetings and trainings as required.
    3. Be helpful and supportive to staff by helping others as needed to efficiently complete agency tasks and meet important deadlines.
    4. Perform other duties as assigned.


This position is distinguished from other positions by the focus on performing accounting, analytical and administrative tasks at a high professional level.  The applicant must have good technical, communication, and people skills, knowledge of the State’s online accounting system and processes, and knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, ORPC Fiscal Rules, State and Federal rules, regulations, processes and laws.


The applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, or a related field.  Two or more years of directly related experience is preferred.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the essential functions satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Faxed or mailed applications will NOT Be Accepted. Be sure to follow the directions to apply.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms and perform repetitive motions with wrists, hands, and fingers. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

This position is subject to many interruptions and may require handling multiple calls, inquiries, and job priorities at once. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


NOTICE! Each person employed must present identity and employment eligibility verification.

NOTICE! Employees hired after March 1, 1988, must be on the payroll direct deposit program.

NOTICE! Disabled applicants: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the hiring authority.

NOTICE! All prospective employees of the Colorado Judicial Branch are subject to background investigation prior to hiring.


Submit a cover letter detailing qualifications and experience for this position, a resume, and a list of three professional references by 5 p.m. on March 19, 2018 by filling out the application at the following link:


You may submit the required information through the online application only. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Please note application materials will not be returned. Successful applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview. This position is eligible for benefits, including participation in retirement, health, dental, life/AD&D, and short-term disability plans and paid leave.

For questions, please contact Melissa Michaelis Thompson at 303-731-8744.


The ORPC also accepts applications from law student interns, and social work interns.  If you are interested in a law internship, please email Carrie Ann Lucas at clucas@coloradoorpc.org.  If you are interested in a social work internship, please email Amy Kelso at akelso@coloradoorpc.org.