Employment Opportunities

A career with CRLA is both inspiring and enriching. You have the opportunity to work towards positive social change by helping low-income individuals achieve justice. Below you will find current CRLA job openings and application instructions.

*CRLA is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates are chosen solely on merit without discrimination because of age, race, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, and mental or physical disability.*


CURRENT VACANCIES

Central (Oakland):

Administrative Legal Secretary

Job Number: 43044

The Administrative Legal Secretary handles all communications, correspondence, typing legal documents, filing, travel, calendar, and general organizational matters within the office. The ALS also manages legal expenditures, coordinating litigation with outside counsel and preparing discovery, and maintaining and organizing records of litigated and transactional matters, as well as vendor, supplier, and other contracts.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintains all duties of the Legal Secretary position
  • Serve as coordinator of the office, training and coordinating the office clerical staff
  • Delegate tasks to other clerical staff, coordinate clerical and litigation support responsibilities
  • Maintains statistical records as required, create and produces reports using Legal Server
  • Administer petty cash and clients' trust accounts
  • Assist in the interviewing and selection of clerical staff
  • Maintain office administrative and personnel files
  • Assure that legal deadlines are met in the processing of legal documents
  • Maintain the court and appointment calendar
  • Order and maintain office equipment and supplies
  • Disseminate information from ALS meetings
  • Maintain/archive confidential client files, arranges for confidential document destruction as directed
  • Coordinate building maintenance, process invoices, bills, statements and check requests
  • Assist off-site IT personnel with the local provision of tech support
  • Perform other office duties as assigned, including assisting with the new applicant and client intake process.
Qualification:
  • 3 years of experience as Legal Secretary or equivalent experience providing administrative support
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with all staff, clients and community organizations
  • Type 55-60 wpm, efficiently and correctly into case management system
  • Knowledgeable with Windows/Microsoft Office, Internet, Legal Server and web based programs
  • Knowledgeable of office equipment such as copiers, facsimile machines and scanners
  • Ability to maintain client confidentiality of personnel and administrative records
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Knowledge of law office management
  • Bilingual (English & Spanish) highly preferred

Compensation & Benefits: Compensation based upon work experience and calculated according to the requirements of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between LSWRC and CRLA. Generous benefits package includes Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance, Long Term Disability and 401K retirement plan.

CRLA is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All interested individuals, including women, people of color, people over forty, veterans, persons with disabilities and LGBT candidates are encouraged to apply.


Coachella:

Internship - Coachella AWP

Job Number: 43106

Qualifications:

We are interested in receiving internship inquiries from all individuals pursuing social justice and public interest in rural areas.  The following skills are particularly advantageous for a CRLA intern:

  • Bilingual (English & Spanish) Fluent preferred for Migrant Offices.
  • Passion in CRLA’s mission and vision.
  • Experience in researching state and federal issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide clear, concise written documents.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work comfortably in diverse employee and client populations.
  • Community service experience.
  • Sound technical experience with Microsoft Office Suite.

 

Internship Conditions:

  • Full or Part-Time internships are available for University credit (specific availability may differ per office and subject area).
  • Flexible start and end dates are available. 
  • This position is generally a non-paid position, thus legal interns are expected to provide funding to support themselves during the duration of the internship.

El Centro:

Staff Attorney - El Centro

Job Number: 42569

Reporting to the Directing Attorney, the Staff Attorney provides comprehensive legal services to eligible clients in CRLA priority areas in accordance with CRLA program guidelines, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services and the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Essential Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Provide legal services (advice, negotiation, litigation & administrative advocacy) to low income clients in accordance with the program priorities and case handling policies.
  • Review/supervise the work product of Community Workers and Support Staff relating to all clients being advised or represented.
  • Take on significant statewide impact activity, including institutional, group litigation and community economic development.
  • Develop leadership in working with the community, clients and other advocacy groups related to statewide impact issues.
  • Develop specialized knowledge in a substantive area of poverty law and acts as a resource for other CRLA staff through participation in at least one CRLA task force.
  • Coordinate advocacy in substantive areas through collaboration with other human services providers, non-profit organizations and community, client or other advocacy groups.
  • Participate in training programs, case reviews, staff meetings and other CRLA activities.
  • Prepare and provide community education regarding legal rights.
  • Collaborate with members of the private bar as necessary.
  • Maintain contemporaneous time records in case management system.
  • Maintain great working relationship with all staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.
 

Community Worker - El Centro

Job Number: 43016

WHO WE ARE: Founded in 1966, CRLA’s mission is to fight for justice and individual rights alongside the most exploited communities of our society. Through a network of regional offices and cross-cutting programs, CRLA provides legal services to over 43,000 low-income people annually. Our work impacts farmworkers, individuals with disabilities, immigrant populations, LGBT communities, women, children and families in rural areas.


  • Position: Community Worker
  • Experience: One year
  • Application Deadline: Open until filled
  • Location: El Centro, CA
  • Term of Employment: Regular, Full Time (37.5hrs/week)
  • Other: FLSA Non-Exempt, Union Position

Reporting to the Directing Attorney, the Community Worker will perform initial screenings for eligibility, interview to determine the nature of the legal problem/s and to identify the type of legal assistance being sought by the applicants.

  • Applicant Intake. Perform initial screening for eligibility; interview applicants to determine the nature of their legal problem and to identify the type of legal assistance being sought. Interview applicants to learn the underlying causes of their legal problem, and how the legal assistance being sought would assist clients in meeting their short, mid-range, and longer-term goals.
  • Provide applicants with appropriate legal information and referrals.
  • Prepare and deliver to attorneys and other staff verbal and written reports of applicant interviews, including: facts pertinent to the issues raised by applicants; assessments of applicants' capacities to represent themselves in the legal matter, and of the obstacles applicants face in meeting their stated goals.
  • Conducting Investigations. Gathering information though field inquiry and other research related to actual or potential cases and litigation.
  • Prepare simple documents from standard forms.
  • Assist pro-per clients in identifying useful information for presentation of their cases; provide appropriate advocacy and make referrals where appropriate.
  • Lay Advocacy. Represent client's interests in administrative hearings and other forums appropriate to a non-lawyer and engage in lay advocacy to the extent permissible under the law and the code of professional ethics; perform ministerial duties in connection with lawsuits such as filing and the service of process; and interpreting for non-English speaking clients in interview situations and before formal and informal tribunals.
  • Community Outreach and Education. Provide legal information and skills training to individuals and groups to help our client communities understand and assert their legal rights and responsibilities.
  • Collaboration with other agencies. Maintain CRLA liaison with community organizations and groups to ensure that CRLA resources address client community needs.
  • Community Workers may be required to work outside the office, for instance, to work on regional sweeps.
  • Perform other tasks assigned.
Desired Skills and Experience
  • Applicant must have the ability to perform all of the above duties.
  • Commitment to serving low income clients.
  • Ability to use internet, database and computer word processing programs.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Ability to interact productively with diverse community populations.
  • Spanish-English fluency required.
  • Applicants must have car and car insurance.
  • Knowledge of researching and investigation methods including computer research.
  • Knowledge of interviewing techniques
  • Ability to relate to the client community, ability to communicate with client community, ability to ascertain all necessary information of client's legal problem through oral interview in person or by phone, listening skills, ability to make client feel comfortable during interview, ability to take good notes, ability to evaluate, assess and analyze client's problems and make proper referrals.
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn the techniques of conducting community outreach events.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and negotiate with adverse parties, under the supervision of the attorney.

Preferred Education and Experience:

A highly qualified and desirable candidate would also have the following:

  • Experience working with low-income families and communities.
  • Experience in a non-profit legal services environment.
  • Prior experience in legal services.
  • Spanish fluency or additional language ability relevant to the primary communities.

This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Compensation & Benefits:

Based on a competitive public interest union salary scale; generous benefits package includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life Insurance, and 401K retirement plan contribution. Fourteen (14) paid Holidays, generous vacation and sick leave policy.


California Rural Legal Assistance thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.


Flexible to any CRLA office:

Internship

Job Number: 37178

Qualifications:

We are interested in receiving internship inquiries from all individuals pursuing social justice and public interest in rural areas.  The following skills are particularly advantageous for a CRLA intern:

  • Bilingual (English & Spanish) Fluent preferred for Migrant Offices.
  • Passion in CRLA’s mission and vision.
  • Experience in researching state and federal issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide clear, concise written documents.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work comfortably in diverse employee and client populations.
  • Community service experience.
  • Sound technical experience with Microsoft Office Suite.

 

Internship Conditions:

  • Full or Part-Time internships are available for University credit (specific availability may differ per office and subject area).
  • Flexible start and end dates are available. 
  • This position is generally a non-paid position, thus legal interns are expected to provide funding to support themselves during the duration of the internship.

VOCA Spring 2020 Student Intern

Job Number: 24147

 

CRLA offers current students (law students and all undergraduates) internship opportunities throughout the year.

 

Future attorneys and advocates committed to social justice or public interest will find diverse and exciting internship opportunities here!  Students will have the ability to enhance their legal training under the supervision of experienced litigators and community lawyers.  Experiences such as participating in client intake, developing cases, representing clients in administrative hearings, litigating, researching, and writing are among the hands-on experiences you may have during a CRLA internship.

 

CRLA’s areas of practice include Education, Employment & Labor, Housing, Leadership Development & Rural Housing. Additionally, CRLA has special programs focused on vulnerable rural communities including Indigenous populations, LGBT populations, youth, and residents of unincorporated communities.

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CRLA's Law Student Intern will assist in performing legal research, in drafting memos and legal documents, in designing handouts, and in preparation and scheduling of know-your-right presentation and other outreach events. 

Minimum of ONE YEAR of law school or equivalent legal experience

  • Interest in CRLA’s mission and vision
  • Ability to research state and federal issues and produce clear, concise written documents
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and ability to work with a diverse employee and client population
  • Some community service experience is preferred
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite

 

Internship Conditions:

 

  • The internship period is negotiable.
  • Full-time OR Part-time interships available. 
  • 600 hours, with negotiable start date, firm end date: two month-duration.

To Apply:

CRLA invites you to submit your resume, cover letter, writing sample (optional).  Please include in the cover letter the desired office/location as well as requested internship timing. At your discretion you may also include: statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.

*If you have already spoken to an advocate about an opportunity please add their name in the 'Referred by' item and your information will go directly to them.


California Rural Legal Assistance welcomes all participants who are interested in contributing to the community and learning more about rural legal services.  We thrive on our diversity and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.

 


Immigration Practice Legal Director

Job Number: 43480

WHO WE ARE: Founded in 1966, CRLA’s mission is to fight for justice and individual rights alongside the most exploited communities of our society. Through a network of regional offices and cross-cutting programs, CRLA provides legal services to over 43,000 low-income people annually. Our work impacts farmworkers, individuals with disabilities, immigrant populations, LGBT communities, women, children and families in rural areas.


  • Position: Immigration Practice Legal Director
  • Experience: At least 5 years' experience practicing immigration law
  • Application Deadline: Open until filled
  • Location: Any CRLA Office
  • Term of Employment: Regular, Full-Time
  • Other: FLSA Exempt, Non-Union Position

 

The Immigration Practice Legal Director will be responsible for shaping and growing the organization’s Immigration practice and its’ vision, direction, and initiatives throughout California.  This includes the delivery of high-quality legal services and, as a subject matter expert, the development of immigration expertise throughout the organization.  This role will work in close collaboration with CRLA’s leadership team members and designated advocates throughout the state.

 

Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement CRLA’s Five Year Immigration strategic plan with the primary objective of strengthening delivery of the current immigration services and assessing the feasibility of expansion.
  • Oversee and coordinate the delivery of high-quality immigration legal services.
  • Develop criteria for all aspects of case management to ensure uniform management of immigration matters
  • As needed, develop the necessary infrastructure to support local and coordinated immigration advocacy
  • Conduct immigration legal services case review to allow for continual monitoring and supervision of immigration cases throughout the organization
  • Develop and/or provide resources and professional development opportunities that strengthen immigration knowledge for all team members
  • Mentor and support team members providing immigration legal services
  • Orient, develop and supervise pro-bono attorneys, volunteers, and interns in support of immigration matters.
  • Collaborate with CRLA’s Development & Communication Department to define priorities, identify funding needs, and create media efforts in support of outreach and/or immigration rights
  • Maintain statistics and metrics related to CRLA’s statewide immigration efforts and impact
  • Collaborate with community, legal, education and government agencies to advance CRLA’s immigration advocacy and community leadership development efforts
  • Work on advocacy efforts to further CRLA’s immigration work
  • Carry a small immigration caseload to directly engage in and lead systemic advocacy
  • Ensure that CRLA’s Immigration Practice work complies with Legal Services Corporation regulations        

 

Qualifications & Requirements
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience practicing immigration law with experiences processing U- and T-Visas, VAWA applications, Notices to Appear, and/or Removal/Deportation Proceedings
  • Bilingual abilities in Spanish and English
  • Proven ability to organize and supervise the case work and advocacy of team members
  • Demonstrated ability to interact constructively with diverse populations and team members
  • Willingness to participate and support development/funding efforts to support immigration practice
  • Demonstration or commitment to working with low-income, marginalized and diverse populations
  • Adept at tracking, maintaining and reporting statistics to funders
  • Willingness and ability to travel approximately 35% of the time

Preferred Education and Experience:

A highly qualified and desirable candidate would also have the following:

  • Admitted to the California Bar
  • Experience in supervising others, preferably in a legal services environment
  • Ability to develop and implement innovative service delivery models with limited resources
  • Experience in the non-profit or public sectors
  • Fluency in an additional language

This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Compensation & Benefits:

Salary DOE; Generous benefits package includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life Insurance, and 401K retirement plan contribution. Fourteen (14) paid Holidays, generous vacation and sick leave policy, some professional dues paid by CRLA and if qualified - participation in the School Loan Reimbursement Assistance Program (LRAP).

California Rural Legal Assistance thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.


Staff Attorney - CRLA Rural Justice Fellowship

Job Number: 40923

CRLA Rural Justice Fellowship, the Fellow (Temporary, Exempt, Full-Time) will provide comprehensive legal services to eligible clients in CRLA priority areas in accordance with CRLA program guidelines, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services and the Code of Professional Responsibility. The Fellow will be reponsible for providing legal services (advice, negotiation, litigation & administrative advocacy), Community Workers and Support Staff relating to all clients being advised or represented. Take on significant statewide impact activity, including institutional, group litigation and community economic development and develop leadership in working with the community, clients and other advocacy groups related to statewide impact issues. For a full job description and requirement please click on the link on the left side. 


Modesto:

Staff Attorney - Housing Specialist

Job Number: 41023

CRLA Modesto office is seeking a Staff Attorney (Temporary, Exempt, Full-Time) to provide legal services (advise, negotiation, litigation & admin advocacy) to low-income clients in housing matters, including but not limited to; unlawful detainers, landlord/tenant disputes, public housing admin matters. The Attorney will review/supervise the work product of Community Workers and Support Staff relating to all clients being advised or represented in housing matters and develop leadership in working with the community, clients and other advocacy groups related to housing impact issues. To view full job description and application please click on the link below.


Staff Attorney

Job Number: 42382

Position Description:

Reporting to the Directing Attorney, the Staff Attorney provides comprehensive legal services to eligible clients in CRLA priority areas in accordance with CRLA program guidelines, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services and the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Essential Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Provide legal services (advice, negotiation, litigation & administrative advocacy) to low income clients in accordance with the program priorities and case handling policies.
  • Review/supervise the work product of Community Workers and Support Staff relating to all clients being advised or represented.
  • Take on significant statewide impact activity, including institutional, group litigation and community economic development.
  • Develop leadership in working with the community, clients and other advocacy groups related to statewide impact issues.
  • Develop specialized knowledge in a substantive area of poverty law and acts as a resource for other CRLA staff through participation in at least one CRLA task force.
  • Coordinate advocacy in substantive areas through collaboration with other human services providers, non-profit organizations and community, client or other advocacy groups.
  • Participate in training programs, case reviews, staff meetings and other CRLA activities.
  • Prepare and provide community education regarding legal rights.
  • Collaborate with members of the private bar as necessary.
  • Maintain contemporaneous time records in case management system.
  • Maintain great working relationship with all staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Internship - Modesto

Job Number: 43194

Qualifications:

We are interested in receiving internship inquiries from all individuals pursuing social justice and public interest in rural areas.  The following skills are particularly advantageous for a CRLA intern:

  • Bilingual (English & Spanish) Fluent preferred for the Agriculture Work Program.
  • Passion in CRLA’s mission and vision.
  • Experience in researching state and federal issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide clear, concise written documents.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work comfortably in diverse employee and client populations.
  • Community service experience.
  • Sound technical experience with Microsoft Office Suite.

 

Internship Conditions:

  • Full or Part-Time internships are available for University credit (specific availability may differ per office and subject area).
  • Flexible start and end dates are available. 
  • This position is generally a non-paid position, thus legal interns are expected to provide funding to support themselves during the duration of the internship.

Staff Attorney - CEI Program

Job Number: 36301

CRLA Community Equity Initiative (CEI) is seeking a Staff Attorney (Regular, Exempt, Full-Time)  to work with the Legal Program Director and staff to develop and implement a comprehensive legal advocacy strategy to ensure equitable access to infrastructure and services in the Northern San Joaquin Central Valley, particularly in Disadvantage Unincorporated Communities. Primary responsible for legal advocacy/litigation, factual research, communityoutreach and education, leadership development and permissible advocacy in local and stategovernmental forums. The Staff Attorney will develop and maintain an interdisciplinary knowledge of local government, land use, civil rights, environmental and housing law as well as familiarity with local and regional planning processes and agencies. To view full job description and application please click on the link below.  


Oxnard, Basic:

Community Worker - Oxnard

Job Number: 43476

The Community Worker will report to the Directing Attorney and will be supporting the Rural Justice Unit through initial screenings for eligibility, interview to determine the nature of the legal problem/s and to identify the type of legal assistance being sought by the applicants. They will also engage in field inspections and conducting regular community education and outreach.


Oxnard, Migrant:

Staff Attorney (Agricultural Worker Program) - Oxnard

Job Number: 42235

Reporting to the Directing Attorney, the Staff Attorney provides comprehensive legal services to eligible clients in CRLA priority areas in accordance with CRLA program guidelines, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services and the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Essential Responsibilities/Duties:

Responsibilities:

  • Provides legal service to low income clients and client groups including advice, negotiation, litigation and administrative advocacy in accordance with program priorities and case handling policies.
  • Reviews and supervises the work product of Community Workers and Clerical support staff relating to all clients being advised or represented by him/her.
  • Undertakes significant statewide impact activity, including institutional and group litigation or community economic development beneficial to the low-income community.
  • Develops leadership in working with community, client and other advocacy groups related to statewide impact issues.
  • Works to develop specialized knowledge in a substantive area of poverty law and acts as a resource for other staff through participation in at least one CRLA task force.
  • Coordinates advocacy in substantive areas through collaboration with other human services providers, non-profit organizations and community, client or other advocacy groups.
  • Participates in CRLA training programs, local office case review or staff meetings or other CRLA activities as required.
  • Provides community education regarding legal rights and prepares materials relating to these presentations.
  • Works with members of the private bar as necessary in accordance with CRLA Private Bar Involvement.
  • Maintains contemporaneous time records in the CRLA case handling system.
  • Maintains a good working relationship with all members of the office staff.
  • Utilizes basic capabilities of word processing program.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Salinas, Basic:

Internship - Medical Legal Partnership

Job Number: 41954

CRLA offers current students (law students and all undergraduates) internship opportunities throughout the year.

Future attorneys and advocates committed to social justice or public interest will find diverse and exciting internship opportunities here! Students will have the ability to enhance their legal training under the supervision of experienced litigators and community lawyers. Experiences such as participating in client intake, developing cases, representing clients in administrative hearings, litigating, researching, and writing are among the hands-on experiences you may have during a CRLA internship.

CRLA's areas of practice include Education, Employment & Labor, Housing, Leadership Development & Rural Housing. Additionally, CRLA has special programs focused on vulnerable rural communities including Indigenous populations, LGBT populations, youth, and residents of unincorporated communities.


Salinas, Migrant:

Staff Attorney

Job Number: 40485

CRLA Salinas Migrant office is seeking a Staff Attorney (Regular, Exempt, Full-Time) who will be responsible to provide legal services (advice, negotiation, litigation & administrative advocacy) to low income clients in accordance with the program priorities and case handling policies. The Staff Attorney will review/supervise the work product of Community Workers and Support Staff relating to all clients being advised or represented. Take on significant statewide impact activity, including institutional, group litigation and community economic development and develop leadership in working with the community, clients and other advocacy groups related to statewide impact issues. For full job description please click on the link below. 


San Luis Obispo:

Staff Attorney - Housing Specialist

Job Number: 43038

WHO WE ARE: California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) is a nonprofit legal services program founded in 1966 to assist low-income individuals in rural communities.  Over 50 years later, CRLA is one of the largest legal aid organizations in California, utilizing its 19 field offices and a nearly $15 million annual budget to provide more than 43,000 low-income Californians with free legal assistance, community education, and outreach programs. CRLA’s mission, “To fight for justice and individual rights alongside the most exploited communities in our society,” has driven the development of innovative programming for vulnerable communities, including farmworkers, children, migrants, indigenous communities, and the LGBT community.


Position:                          Staff Attorney

Experience:                    0-3 Years Experience

Application Deadline:     Open until filled

Available Location(s):     San Luis Obispo, CA

Term of Employment:    Temporary (Long Term ending June 30, 2021), Full-Time

Other:                             FLSA Exempt, Union Position


Reporting to the Directing Attorney, the Staff Attorney provides comprehensive legal services to eligible clients in CRLA priority areas in accordance with CRLA program guidelines, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services and the Code of Professional Responsibility.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide legal services (advice, negotiation, litigation & administrative advocacy) to low-income clients in housing matters, including but not limited to:
    • Unlawful detainers;
    • Landlord/Tenant disputes;
    • Public Housing administrative matters;
  • Assist callers with housing matters via a multi-office legal advice hotline.
  • Review/supervise the work product of Community Workers and Support Staff relating to all clients being advised or represented in housing matters.
  • Develop leadership in working with the community, clients and other advocacy groups related to housing impact issues.
  • Participate in training, case reviews, staff meetings and other CRLA activities.
  • Prepare and provide community education regarding housing legal rights.
  • Collaborate with members of the private bar as necessary.
  • Maintain contemporaneous time records in case management system.
  • Enter and maintain client records in an electronic case management system.
  • Maintain great working relationship with all staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.
 

QUALIFICATIONS & QUALITIES of our ideal candidate: We intend to bring a candidate with as many of the following qualifications and qualities as possible: 

Required Education and Experience

  • Admitted to practice law before the court of any state.
  • Admitted to practice law in the State of CA or willingness to take the next CA Bar Exam.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with low income clients.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Able to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Good people skills, empathy, patience, and the ability to maintain positive relations with a diverse population.
  • Bilingual Fluency preferred

 Preferred Education and Experience

A highly qualified and desirable candidate would also have the following:

  • Experience working with low-income families and communities.
  • Experience in a non-profit legal services environment.
  • Prior experience in legal services and additional language ability relevant.

This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

Competitive public interest union salary scale, generous healthcare benefits package (Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life Insurance) and 401K retirement plan with employer contribution, loan reimbursement, sick and vacation pay, and 13 employer-paid holidays. 


California Rural Legal Assistance thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.


Housing Community Worker - SLO

Job Number: 43036

WHO WE ARE: Founded in 1966, CRLA’s mission is to fight for justice and individual rights alongside the most exploited communities of our society. Through a network of regional offices and cross-cutting programs, CRLA provides legal services to over 43,000 low-income people annually. Our work impacts farm workers, individuals with disabilities, immigrant populations, LGBT communities, women, children and families in rural areas.


Position:  Community Worker - Housing 
Experience:  0-3 Years Experience
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Location:  San Luis Obispo, CA
Term of Employment
  Temporary (Long Term ending June 30, 2021), Full-Time
Other:  FLSA Non-Exempt, Union Position


The Housing Community Worker joins an innovative undertaking for CRLA and contributes to a -CRLA’s efforts to address rural California’s housing crisis. Housing Community Worker will assist CRLA’s housing teams to prevent and alleviate homelessness, prevent and prosecute wrongful and discriminatory evictions, improve the quality of substandard housing, and be integral players in CRLA’s state-wide housing advocacy.

 

The hotline will provide a creative opportunity to improve and expand the high-quality legal services that attracts legal advocates to CRLA and marks a first-of-its kind regional effort for the organization. We seek team-players who are willing to critically assess and perfect this model that we believe may be further developed and applied in other CRLA service areas.


The Housing Community Workerwill report to the Directing Attorney and will engage in community outreach and lay-advocacy related to tenant rights and assist in staffing a multi-office Housing legal advice hotline.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Answer phones, screen callers, and assist callers with housing matters via a multi-office legal advice hotline.
  • Provide Housing Rights outreach and education to low-income tenants in rural California through forums, workshops and other related events/activities. 
  • Perform intakes through initial applicant screening for eligibility.
  • Interview applicants to learn the underlying causes of their legal problem, and how the legal assistance being sought would assist clients in meeting their short, mid-range, and longer-term goals.
  • Assist pro-per clients in identifying useful information for presentation of their cases and provide appropriate advocacy, provide applicants with appropriate legal information and referrals.
  • Conduct investigations by gathering information through field inquiry and other research related to actual or potential cases and litigation.
  • Prepare simple documents from standard forms, prepare/deliver verbal and written reports to Attorneys and other Staff of applicant interviews, including facts pertinent to the issues raised by applicants, assessments of applicants' capacities to represent themselves in the legal matter, and of the obstacles applicants face in meeting their stated goals.
  • Lay Advocacy, represent client's interests in administrative hearings and other forums appropriate to a non-lawyer and engage in lay advocacy to the extent permissible under the law and the code of professional ethics, perform ministerial duties in connection with lawsuits such as filing and the service of process.
  • Community workers may be required to travel to perform work throughout the State.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Applicant must have the ability to perform all of the above duties.
  • Commitment to serving low income clients.
  • Ability to use internet, database and computer word processing programs.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Ability to interact productively with diverse community populations.
  • Spanish-English fluency, or other Bilingual fluency is preferred.
  • Applicants must have a car and car insurance.
  • Knowledge of or the ability to learn the techniques of conducting community outreach events.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

A highly qualified and desirable candidate would also have the following:

  • Experience working with low-income families and communities.
  • Experience in a non-profit legal services environment.
  • Knowledge of researching and investigation methods including computer research.
  • Additional language ability relevant to the primary communities.

This jobdescriptionis not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

Competitive public interest union salary scale, generous healthcare benefits package (Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life Insurance) and 401K retirement plan with employer contribution, sick and vacation pay, and 13 employer-paid holidays. 


CaliforniaRural Legal Assistance thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.


Santa Maria:

Legal Secretary/Receptionist - Housing

Job Number: 43030

WHO WE ARE: Founded in 1966, CRLA’s mission is to fight for justice and individual rights alongside the most exploited communities of our society. Through a network of regional offices and cross-cutting programs, CRLA provides legal services to over 43,000 low-income people annually. Our work impacts farmworkers, individuals with disabilities, immigrant populations, LGBT communities, women, children and families in rural areas.

 

The Legal Secretary/Receptionist - Housing joins an innovative undertaking for CRLA and contributes to a -CRLA’s efforts to address rural California’s housing crisis. The CRLA Legal Secretary/Receptionist will assist CRLA’s housing teams to prevent and alleviate homelessness, prevent and prosecute wrongful and discriminatory evictions, improve the quality of substandard housing, and be integral players in CRLA’s state-wide housing advocacy.

The hotline will provide a creative opportunity to improve and expand the high-quality legal services that attracts legal advocates to CRLA and marks a first-of-its kind regional effort for the organization. We seek team-players who are willing to critically assess and perfect this model that we believe may be further developed and applied in other CRLA service areas. 

 

Position:                            Legal Secretary
Experience:                        1+ years of experience as a Legal Secretary or equivalent
Application Deadline:         Open until filled
Location:                             San Luis Obispo, CA or Santa Maria, CA           

Term of Employment:         Temporary (long term ending June 30, 2021, Full-Time
Other:                                 FLSA Non-Exempt, Union Position

 

Job Description:

The Legal Secretary/Receptionist (LS/R) manages all communications, correspondence, typing legal documents, filing, travel, calendar, and general organizational matters within the local office as they relate to Housing matters. 

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Answer phones, screen callers, and assist callers with housing matters, and coordinate interns assisting with these tasks.
  • Support the work of advocates staffing a multi-office Housing Hotline.
  • Perform other office duties as assigned, including assisting with the new applicant and client intake process for housing matters.
  • Enter case information into Case Management System (CMS), including but not limited to case notes and other internally required information. 
  • Conduct administrative tasks to review and close cases in the Case Management System.
  • Assure that legal deadlines are met in the processing of legal documents
  • Maintain the court and appointment calendar
  • Maintain/archive confidential client files, arranges for confidential document destruction as directed.
  • Draft a variety of legal correspondence, forms, petitions, pleadings, motions and discovery and informational materials.
  • File documents with the court, stay up to date with local court rules and procedural requirements for litigation.
  • Maintain follow-up records relating to housing legal matters in process and ensure that deadlines are met.
  • Perform other law office duties as assigned. 
Qualifications
  • One (1) year of experience as Legal Secretary or equivalent experience providing administrative support
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with all staff, clients and community organizations
  • Type 55-60 wpm, efficiently and correctly into case management system
  • Knowledgeable with Windows/Microsoft Office, Internet, Legal Server and web based programs
  • Knowledgeable of office equipment such as copiers, facsimile machines and scanners
  • Ability to maintain client confidentiality of personnel and administrative records
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Knowledge of law office management
  • Bilingual (English & Spanish) highly preferred

Preferred Education and Experience:

A highly qualified and desirable candidate would also have the following:

  • Experience working with low-income families and communities.
  • Experience in a non-profit legal services environment.
  • Prior experience in legal services.

This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

Based on work experience and qualifications; generous benefits package includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life Insurance, and 401K retirement plan contribution. Fourteen (14) paid Holidays, generous vacation and sick leave policy.


California Rural Legal Assistance thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.


Staff Attorney - Housing Specialist

Job Number: 43032

WHO WE ARE: California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) is a nonprofit legal services program founded in 1966 to assist low-income individuals in rural communities.  Over 50 years later, CRLA is one of the largest legal aid organizations in California, utilizing its 19 field offices and a nearly $15 million annual budget to provide more than 43,000 low-income Californians with free legal assistance, community education, and outreach programs. CRLA’s mission, “To fight for justice and individual rights alongside the most exploited communities in our society,” has driven the development of innovative programming for vulnerable communities, including farmworkers, children, migrants, indigenous communities, and the LGBT community.


Position:                          Staff Attorney

Experience:                    0-3 Years Experience

Application Deadline:     Open until filled

Available Location(s):     Santa Maria, CA

Term of Employment:    Temporary (Long Term ending June 30, 2021), Full-Time

Other:                             FLSA Exempt, Union Position


Reporting to the Directing Attorney, the Staff Attorney provides comprehensive legal services to eligible clients in CRLA priority areas in accordance with CRLA program guidelines, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services and the Code of Professional Responsibility.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide legal services (advice, negotiation, litigation & administrative advocacy) to low-income clients in housing matters, including but not limited to:
    • Unlawful detainers;
    • Landlord/Tenant disputes;
    • Public Housing administrative matters;
  • Assist callers with housing matters via a multi-office legal advice hotline.
  • Review/supervise the work product of Community Workers and Support Staff relating to all clients being advised or represented in housing matters.
  • Develop leadership in working with the community, clients and other advocacy groups related to housing impact issues.
  • Participate in training, case reviews, staff meetings and other CRLA activities.
  • Prepare and provide community education regarding housing legal rights.
  • Collaborate with members of the private bar as necessary.
  • Maintain contemporaneous time records in case management system.
  • Enter and maintain client records in an electronic case management system.
  • Maintain great working relationship with all staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.
 

QUALIFICATIONS & QUALITIES of our ideal candidate: We intend to bring a candidate with as many of the following qualifications and qualities as possible: 

Required Education and Experience

  • Admitted to practice law before the court of any state.
  • Admitted to practice law in the State of CA or willingness to take the next CA Bar Exam.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with low income clients.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Able to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Good people skills, empathy, patience, and the ability to maintain positive relations with a diverse population.
  • Bilingual Fluency preferred

 Preferred Education and Experience

A highly qualified and desirable candidate would also have the following:

  • Experience working with low-income families and communities.
  • Experience in a non-profit legal services environment.
  • Prior experience in legal services and additional language ability relevant.

This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

Competitive public interest union salary scale, generous healthcare benefits package (Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life Insurance) and 401K retirement plan with employer contribution, loan reimbursement, sick and vacation pay, and 13 employer-paid holidays. 


California Rural Legal Assistance thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.


Santa Rosa:

Staff Attorney Housing Specialist

Job Number: 42354

Reporting to the Fair Housing and Foreclosure Program Director, the Staff Attorney provides comprehensive legal services to eligible clients in CRLA priority areas in accordance with CRLA program guidelines, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services and the Code of Professional Responsibility.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide legal services (advice, negotiation, litigation & administrative advocacy) to low-income clients in housing matters, including but not limited to:
    • Unlawful detainers;
    • Landlord/Tenant disputes;
    • Public Housing administrative matters.
  • Provide advice and counsel on a legal advice hotline;
    • Provide limited representation in housings matters;
    • Identify systemic problems that affect our clients’ rights.
  • Provide foreclosure prevention assistance:
    • Intake and process individual foreclosure cases with a special emphasis on homeowners over the age of 50 and low-income heirs to family homes seeking to assume mortgage loans;
    • File administrative complaints or litigate individual cases in collaboration with grant partner, Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA).
  • Review/supervise the work product of Community Workers and Support Staff relating to all clients being advised or represented in housing matters.
  • Develop leadership in working with the community, clients and other advocacy groups related to housing impact issues.
  • Participate in training programs, case reviews, staff meetings and other CRLA activities.
  • Prepare and provide community education regarding housing legal rights.
  • Collaborate with members of the private bar and other community benefit organizations as necessary.
  • Maintain contemporaneous time records in case management system.
  • Maintain great working relationship with all staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.

2020 Census Community Worker

Job Number: 42515

The 2020 Census Community Worker will report to the 2020 Census Coordinator and will promote awareness about the 2020 Census by hosting booths at resource fairs, performing train-the-trainer education, distributing census informational flyers, and conducting door-to-door canvassing all in an effort to educate targeted to Hard To Count populations about the Census to obtain complete count.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Promote awareness about the 2020 Census.
  • Provide 2020 Census community outreach and education to Hard To Count (HTC) populations through forums, workshops, canvassing, train-the-trainer events to partnering nonprofits, hosting canopy booths, and other related events/activities.  
  • Work with community partners to conduct outreach and education regarding the significance of the 2020 Census. 
  • Identify HTC populations that are least likely to respond to the census and ensure that such populations understand the importance of participating in the census.
  • Collaborate with other agencies on census related activities by maintaining CRLA liaison with local organizations and groups and attending Census-related community meetings. 
  • Prepare monthly reports summarizing outreach efforts and project progress.
  • Community workers will be required to travel throughout Stanislaus County to perform census related work
  • Coordinate and manage a group of volunteer canvassers and flyer distributers
  • Perform other tasks assigned.

Stockton:

Housing Community Worker - Stockton

Job Number: 43040

WHO WE ARE: Founded in 1966, CRLA’s mission is to fight for justice and individual rights alongside the most exploited communities of our society. Through a network of regional offices and cross-cutting programs, CRLA provides legal services to over 43,000 low-income people annually. Our work impacts farm workers, individuals with disabilities, immigrant populations, LGBT communities, women, children and families in rural areas.


Position:  Community Worker - Housing 
Experience:  0-3 Years Experience
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Location:  Stockton, CA
Term of Employment:  Temporary (
Long Term ending June 30, 2021), Full-Time
Other:  FLSA Non-Exempt, Union Position


The Housing Community Worker joins an innovative undertaking for CRLA and contributes to a -CRLA’s efforts to address rural California’s housing crisis. Housing Community Worker will assist CRLA’s housing teams to prevent and alleviate homelessness, prevent and prosecute wrongful and discriminatory evictions, improve the quality of substandard housing, and be integral players in CRLA’s state-wide housing advocacy.

 

The hotline will provide a creative opportunity to improve and expand the high-quality legal services that attracts legal advocates to CRLA and marks a first-of-its kind regional effort for the organization. We seek team-players who are willing to critically assess and perfect this model that we believe may be further developed and applied in other CRLA service areas.


The Housing Community Workerwill report to the Directing Attorney and will engage in community outreach and lay-advocacy related to tenant rights and assist in staffing a multi-office Housing legal advice hotline.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Answer phones, screen callers, and assist callers with housing matters via a multi-office legal advice hotline.
  • Provide Housing Rights outreach and education to low-income tenants in rural California through forums, workshops and other related events/activities. 
  • Perform intakes through initial applicant screening for eligibility.
  • Interview applicants to learn the underlying causes of their legal problem, and how the legal assistance being sought would assist clients in meeting their short, mid-range, and longer-term goals.
  • Assist pro-per clients in identifying useful information for presentation of their cases and provide appropriate advocacy, provide applicants with appropriate legal information and referrals.
  • Conduct investigations by gathering information through field inquiry and other research related to actual or potential cases and litigation.
  • Prepare simple documents from standard forms, prepare/deliver verbal and written reports to Attorneys and other Staff of applicant interviews, including facts pertinent to the issues raised by applicants, assessments of applicants' capacities to represent themselves in the legal matter, and of the obstacles applicants face in meeting their stated goals.
  • Lay Advocacy, represent client's interests in administrative hearings and other forums appropriate to a non-lawyer and engage in lay advocacy to the extent permissible under the law and the code of professional ethics, perform ministerial duties in connection with lawsuits such as filing and the service of process.
  • Community workers may be required to travel to perform work throughout the State.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Applicant must have the ability to perform all of the above duties.
  • Commitment to serving low income clients.
  • Ability to use internet, database and computer word processing programs.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Ability to interact productively with diverse community populations.
  • Spanish-English fluency, or other Bilingual fluency is preferred.
  • Applicants must have a car and car insurance.
  • Knowledge of or the ability to learn the techniques of conducting community outreach events.

 

This jobdescriptionis not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

Competitive public interest union salary scale, generous healthcare benefits package (Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life Insurance) and 401K retirement plan with employer contribution, sick and vacation pay, and 13 employer-paid holidays. 


CaliforniaRural Legal Assistance thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

A highly qualified and desirable candidate would also have the following:

Experience working with low-income families and communities. Experience in a non-profit legal services environment. Knowledge of researching and investigation methods including computer research. Additional language ability relevant to the primary communities.


Stockton Migrant:

Community Worker - Housing

Job Number: 41015

WHO WE ARE: Founded in 1966, CRLA’s mission is to fight for justice and individual rights alongside the most exploited communities of our society. Through a network of regional offices and cross-cutting programs, CRLA provides legal services to over 43,000 low-income people annually. Our work impacts farm workers, individuals with disabilities, immigrant populations, LGBT communities, women, children and families in rural areas.


Position:  Community Worker - Housing 
Experience:  0-3 Years Experience
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Location:  Stockton, CA
Term of Employment:  Temporary (
Long Term ending June 30, 2021), Full-Time
Other:  FLSA Non-Exempt, Union Position


The Housing Community Worker joins an innovative undertaking for CRLA and contributes to a -CRLA’s efforts to address rural California’s housing crisis. Housing Community Worker will assist CRLA’s housing teams to prevent and alleviate homelessness, prevent and prosecute wrongful and discriminatory evictions, improve the quality of substandard housing, and be integral players in CRLA’s state-wide housing advocacy.

 

The hotline will provide a creative opportunity to improve and expand the high-quality legal services that attracts legal advocates to CRLA and marks a first-of-its kind regional effort for the organization. We seek team-players who are willing to critically assess and perfect this model that we believe may be further developed and applied in other CRLA service areas.


The Housing Community Workerwill report to the Directing Attorney and will engage in community outreach and lay-advocacy related to tenant rights and assist in staffing a multi-office Housing legal advice hotline.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Answer phones, screen callers, and assist callers with housing matters via a multi-office legal advice hotline.
  • Provide Housing Rights outreach and education to low-income tenants in rural California through forums, workshops and other related events/activities. 
  • Perform intakes through initial applicant screening for eligibility.
  • Interview applicants to learn the underlying causes of their legal problem, and how the legal assistance being sought would assist clients in meeting their short, mid-range, and longer-term goals.
  • Assist pro-per clients in identifying useful information for presentation of their cases and provide appropriate advocacy, provide applicants with appropriate legal information and referrals.
  • Conduct investigations by gathering information through field inquiry and other research related to actual or potential cases and litigation.
  • Prepare simple documents from standard forms, prepare/deliver verbal and written reports to Attorneys and other Staff of applicant interviews, including facts pertinent to the issues raised by applicants, assessments of applicants' capacities to represent themselves in the legal matter, and of the obstacles applicants face in meeting their stated goals.
  • Lay Advocacy, represent client's interests in administrative hearings and other forums appropriate to a non-lawyer and engage in lay advocacy to the extent permissible under the law and the code of professional ethics, perform ministerial duties in connection with lawsuits such as filing and the service of process.
  • Community workers may be required to travel to perform work throughout the State.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Applicant must have the ability to perform all of the above duties.
  • Commitment to serving low income clients.
  • Ability to use internet, database and computer word processing programs.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Ability to interact productively with diverse community populations.
  • Spanish-English fluency, or other Bilingual fluency is preferred.
  • Applicants must have a car and car insurance.
  • Knowledge of or the ability to learn the techniques of conducting community outreach events.

 

This jobdescriptionis not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

Competitive public interest union salary scale, generous healthcare benefits package (Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life Insurance) and 401K retirement plan with employer contribution, sick and vacation pay, and 13 employer-paid holidays. 


CaliforniaRural Legal Assistance thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

A highly qualified and desirable candidate would also have the following:

Experience working with low-income families and communities. Experience in a non-profit legal services environment. Knowledge of researching and investigation methods including computer research. Additional language ability relevant to the primary communities.



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