**POSITION FILLED** Centro Legal de la Raza Seeks Hate Free Rapid Response Coordinator
The Organization: Founded in 1969 and located in Oakland, California, Centro Legal de la Raza (Centro Legal) is a comprehensive legal services agency focused on strengthening low-income and Latino individuals and families by providing free and low-cost, bilingual, and culturally competent legal representation, education, and advocacy. Centro Legal’s mission is to protect and expand the rights of low-income people, particularly Spanish-speaking immigrants.
Centro Legal de la Raza’s Workers’ Rights and Tenants’ Rights Programs advocate for low-wage and immigrant workers and tenants through direct legal services, community education, and policy initiatives. In recent months, we have witnessed an increased climate of discriminatory hate as unscrupulous employers and landlords have taken the Trump campaign and election as license to repress the workplace and housing rights of low-income immigrants, the LGBTQ community, and people of color. Workers trying to claim their unpaid wages have faced threats from their employers to report them to immigration. Landlords with discriminatory motives are using hate and fear to unlawfully evict tenants in the East Bay’s rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods. Threats like these are increasingly common and terrifying.
The Position: Centro Legal seeks a Hate Free Rapid Response Coordinator to work with our Workers’ Rights and Tenants’ Rights Programs, and Litigation Project, in responding to such incidents of discrimination and hate. This is a one-year position that may be extended if additional funding is secured. Duties will include:
• Responding to intake calls and drop-ins from individuals seeking legal assistance related to incidents of discrimination or hate;
• Meeting with clients to investigate facts, collect evidence, and prepare cases for possible administrative claims or litigation;
• Assisting clients in preparing complaints to file with administrative agencies, including the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement;
• Coordinating with law enforcement, where appropriate, to facilitate criminal investigations of incidents of discrimination or hate;
• Conducting general intake interviews at workers’ rights and tenants’ rights legal services clinics;
• Assisting tenants’ rights and workers’ rights attorneys in all aspects of legal representation;
• Managing client database and case files;
• Conducting outreach and know-your-rights trainings in the areas of tenants’ rights and workers’ rights, with a particular focus on legal protections against discrimination and other incidents of hate; and
• Performing other special projects and duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Candidates must share Centro Legal’s mission and commitment to social justice. Below are additional qualifications.
• A Bachelor’s degree is required;
• Fluency in Spanish is required;
• Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to relate to and communicate with a broad range of clients and colleagues;
• Excellent word-processing and computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel; and
• A demonstrated commitment to working with low-income, immigrant, and Spanish-speaking communities.
Compensation and Benefits: Salary commensurate with background and experience plus medical, dental, FSA, and 401(k) benefits. Generous vacation and holiday package.
Applications: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply as soon as possible. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line, “Hate Free Rapid Response Coordinator.”
Centro Legal de la Raza is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other prohibited category. Centro Legal de la Raza is an affirmative action employer and strongly encourages women, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ, older persons, persons with disabilities, and all qualified persons to apply.