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

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.
 

Flexible to any CRLA office:

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. 


LGBTQ+ Program:

LGBTQ+ Internship

Job Number: 41674

The CRLA LGBTQ+ Program offers current law students and undergraduate students internship opportunities throughout the year.

Future attorneys and advocates committed to LGBTQ+ rights, social justice, and 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. For full intership description and application please click below. 


Modesto:

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.

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.  


Community Worker - 2020 Census

Job Number: 40791

CRLA is seeking a Census Community Worker (Temporary, Non-Exempt, Full-Time) who will be responsible to promote awareness about the 2020 Census by conducting community outreach and education targeted to hard to count populations. The community worker will work wiht community partners to conduct outreach and education regarding the significance of the 2020 Census. Collaborate with other agencies on census related activities by maintaining CRLA liaison with local organizations and groups and attending Census-related community meetings. For full job description please click on the link on the left side. 


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.


Oxnard, Basic:

Staff Attorney (Migrant Unit) - 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. 


Santa Maria:

Community Worker

Job Number: 42512

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.

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 Basic:

Staff Attorney - Stockton Basic

Job Number: 41877

CRLA Stockton 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. 


Staff Attorney - Housing Specialist

Job Number: 41021

CRLA Stockton Basic office is seeking a Staff Attorney - Housing Specialist (Regular, 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 click on the link listed here.


Stockton Migrant:

Staff Attorney - Housing Specialist

Job Number: 41013

The Stockton Migrant office is seeking a Staff Attorney - Housing Specialist (Regular, 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 click on the link on the right. 


Community Worker - Housing

Job Number: 41015

The Stockton Migrant office is looking for a Community Worker - Housing (Regular, Non-Exempt, Full-Time),  to promote awareness about housing rights agricultural workers living in farm worker public housing and/or in housing provided by their employers conducting community outreach and education targeted to agricultural workers and their families. For full job description please see link on the right.



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