The Organization: Founded in 1969 Centro Legal de la Raza (Centro Legal) is a comprehensive legal services agency focused on strengthening low-income, immigrant, and Latino individuals and families by providing bilingual and culturally competent legal representation, education, and advocacy. The mission of Centro Legal is to protect and expand the rights of low-income people, particularly monolingual Spanish-speaking immigrants. Centro Legal has offices in Oakland, CA and San Francisco, CA.
Centro Legal’s immigration practice is focused on serving the needs of our most vulnerable community members, including families living in poverty, women, children, victims of violent crimes, survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and detained individuals in removal proceedings. We offer comprehensive, full-service direct representation to our clients as well as legal rights education and client intake through our various immigration clinics. We specialize in detained and non-detained removal defense, affirmative asylum applications, family-based visa petitions, U visas for victims of violent crime, and naturalization.
The Position: Are you fired up about organizing with and supporting organizations that serve Immigrants and Refugees? Are you savvy about the connections between immigrant rights, racial equity and barriers to accessing services? Are you committed to building a more fair and inclusive culture by engaging authors and the media to tell the truth and uplift immigrant and refugee stories? Are you good at building alliances and working in collaboration? Centro Legal is seeking a Know Your Rights Coordinator to assist our efforts to inform immigrant communities of their rights and help them be connected to trustworthy legal services. Duties will include:
- Conducting Know-Your-Rights presentations to individuals in the community on their rights, current immigration law and policy topics;
- Holding regular meetings with community partners, community-based organizations, school-based health centers and school districts to coordinate KYR education and the provision of legal services;
- Collaborating with other legal or non-legal service providers in the community to share information and organize trainings;
- Presenting to and working with law enforcement, prosecutorial offices, and community based organizations on changes in immigration law;
- Preparing written materials on for widespread distribution;
- Supporting efforts to connect immigrant rights initiatives with other social justice movements that advance racial equity and call for an end to racial profiling, detention, and deportation;
- Cultivating relationships with the media and other partners to preserve client narratives and uplift client voices and experiences; and
- Working closely with immigration staff in all aspects of immigration legal representation for qualified individuals.
Qualifications: First and foremost, the applicant must profoundly share Centro Legal’s mission and vision of social justice. Below are additional qualifications.
- BA required;
- Fluency in Spanish required;
- Willingness to conduct training and outreach activities in the community;
- Experience working with low-income, immigrant, and monolingual Spanish-speaking communities;
- Well organized, efficient, highly motivated, able to handle multiple tasks at once, work well under pressure, and take initiative;
- Possess outstanding written, verbal and interpersonal skills, superb attention to detail, and excellent phone manner; and
- Ability to work independently as well as within a team.
Compensation and Benefits: Competitive fellowship salary plus medical, dental, 401(K), and FSA benefits.
Duration of Position: This is currently a one-year position with the possibility of extension.
Applications: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filed. Candidate will be selected by mid-December. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Submit via email only: 1) detailed cover letter describing desire to work with low-income, monolingual Spanish-speaking community, 2) resume, and 3) a list of three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Place these words in the subject line “Know Your Rights 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.