Centro Legal de la Raza is an equal opportunity employer.  We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.  We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction.

Centro Legal de la Raza Seeks Workers' Rights Staff Attorney

The Organization

Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Oakland, California, Centro Legal de la Raza (Centro Legal) is a comprehensive legal services and advocacy organization protecting and advancing the rights of immigrant, low-income, and Latino communities through bilingual representation, education, and advocacy. We combine quality legal services with know-your-rights education, affirmative litigation, and youth development, ensuring access to justice for thousands of individuals and families each year throughout Northern and Central California.

Centro Legal’s workers’ rights practice advances the rights of low-wage and immigrant workers through direct legal services, community education, and policy initiatives. The workers’ rights practice represents and assists workers in low-wage industries where wage theft, discrimination, retaliation, and other violations are widespread. Centro Legal also works closely with low-wage worker organizers and worker centers to offer legal services and legal rights education in support of collective efforts to improve working conditions.

Job Description

Centro Legal is seeking an experienced workers’ rights attorney to assist in the provision of workers’ rights legal services. Duties will include:

  • Directly representing low-wage workers in wage and hour, retaliation, and discrimination claims before state administrative agencies.
  • Working together with Centro Legal’s Litigation Director to advance affirmative litigation in state and federal court, including employment class actions, multi-plaintiff wage and hour cases, and discrimination lawsuits.  
  • Assisting workers at legal services clinics by providing advice and counsel and offering pro per support to help workers pursue remedies through state and federal agencies.
  • Developing and strengthening relationships with worker centers and other community partners to provide legal education, outreach, and direct legal services.
  • Supervising volunteer attorneys and law student interns in providing legal services.
  • Assisting in identifying and sharing case stories for use in reports, advocacy materials, public education, and media work.
  • Supporting Centro Legal’s workers’ rights policy advocacy at the state and local levels.

 

Qualifications

First and foremost, the applicant must profoundly share Centro Legal’s mission and vision of social justice in addition to the following qualifications:

  • Rising 3L or JD, admitted and in good standing with the California Bar, awaiting bar results, or planning to take the California bar exam upon graduation.
  • Excellent writing, research, analytical, and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively on projects with lawyers, other staff members, and with diverse community organizations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity within the office and a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences regarding race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, socio-economic circumstance, immigration status, and record of arrest or conviction.
  • Fluency in Spanish required.
  • Experience in plaintiff-side employment litigation preferred.

 

Compensations 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 are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Submit via email only: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) a list of three professional references to jobs@centrolegal.org. Place these words in the subject line “Workers’ Rights Staff Attorney.”

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 strongly encourages women, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ, persons with disabilities and veterans to apply.

POSITION OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Centro Legal de la Raza Seeks a Development Director

The Organization

Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Oakland, California, Centro Legal de la Raza (Centro Legal) is a comprehensive legal services and advocacy organization protecting and advancing the rights of immigrant, low-income, and Latino communities through bilingual representation, education, and advocacy. We combine quality legal services with know-your-rights education, affirmative litigation and youth development, ensuring access to justice for thousands of individuals and families each year throughout Northern and Central California. Centro Legal de la Raza creates opportunities to support an empowered and resilient future generation.

Job Description

In our 50th Anniversary year, it is a monumental time to join the leadership team of Centro Legal! Reporting to the Executive Director and being a new member of the Senior Leadership Team, The Development Director will be responsible for creating and overseeing the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising that includes increasing new investments over the next 3 years to approximately $2 million annually. This includes major gifts, corporate donations, grant funding, in-kind gifts and the ongoing cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors throughout the community and region. The Development Director will contribute to the overall strategic vision of Centro Legal, while holding multiple priorities to deliver in this domain of responsibility of fund development. In addition to building a major donor program and raising unrestricted support, the Development Director will provide leadership and structure to a growing development team and ensure a successful fundraising gala annually.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION

  • Serve as an enthusiastic advocate for Centro and its programs; represent the organization with community partners, donors and potential institutional funders.
  • Create and manage a development plan to meet the organization’s goals and performance targets for contributed and diversified income.
  • Coordinate and facilitate the efforts of the Development Committee of the Board of Directors to ensure their engagement in the development plan and process.
  • Coordinate and facilitate the efforts of the Executive Director and Senior Leadership Team to ensure their engagement in the development plan and process.
  • Form, lead and grow a high performing Development Team, including the ongoing supervision of a Grant Writer/Manager, Development Coordinator and/or contractors.
  • Prepares performance evaluations for direct staff inclusive of duties and responsibilities.
  • Manages hiring, discipline, promotion, and other relevant employment transactions.
  • Work with outside consultants to manage various aspects of the development plan, including a major donor program, the 50th Anniversary Gala, and development systems.
  • Manage the donor acknowledgement process and ensure timely acknowledgement of donors; manage the tracking and documentation of donations and activity in Salesforce.
  • Create and monitor the budget for contributed income; coordinate and reconcile monthly with the Finance Department, and provide fundraising progress reports to the Executive Director and the Development Committee of the Board on an ongoing basis.
  • With the Communications Manager, create communication strategies to support the fund development plan; design and implement the year-end fundraising campaign, using mailings, email and social media, to maximize year-end giving from individuals, businesses, law firms and foundations.

INDIVIDUAL GIVING

  • Design, plan, and execute strategies to identify, cultivate and steward individual donors, with an emphasis on deepening current donor relationships and forging new ones.
  • Carry a portfolio of existing and potential individual major donors for ongoing cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Provide direction, research and strategic guidance to the Executive Director and Board members to facilitate and guide meetings with current and potential donors.

FOUNDATIONS AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

  • Provide direction to development team in researching and identifying prospective foundations, businesses and law firms for potential restricted and unrestricted support.
  • Working with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors and the Senior Leadership Team, review current and potential institutional donors to determine possible interests, linkages, networks and relationships that could be beneficial to Centro Legal.
  • With the Senior Leadership Team, identify law firms collaborating with Centro Legal, including firms who give pro bono assistance, co-counsel and donors to maximize giving.

DEVELOPMENT EVENTS (and 50th ANNIVERSARY GALA)

  • With the event consultant, lead the effort to plan and raise funds for the 50th Anniversary Gala in Fall 2019 and the annual fundraising gala held each year after.
  • Initiate cultivation and stewardship events and activities for donors and prospects.
  • Take advantage of Centro Legal’s visibility in its 50th Anniversary year to create and implement a strategy to capture new prospect names and attract new supporters.

 

Competencies and Qualifications

  • Commitment to Centro Legal’s mission of protecting and advancing the rights of immigrant, low-income, and Latino communities
    Bachelor’s degree in related field. Master’s degree preferred Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience in development and fundraising
  • A proven track record in successful revenue growth in the non-profit sector
  • Ability to recruit, train and supervise development staff, volunteers and teams
  • Experience in project planning and managing fundraising strategies and donor events
  • Broad understanding of non-profit and human rights philanthropic communities
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication for external public relations
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, ability to interact collegially with peers and all staff
  • Competency with various media platforms to engage diverse audiences and donors
  • Demonstrated ability to consistently meet deadlines in a fast paced environment
  • Strategic thinking with applied innovation, planning and operation/organization skills
  • Familiarity with Salesforce or similar donor database; Email marketing systems desirable
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Outlook/Exchange and other software

 

Compensations and benefits

Competitive salary and benefits. Centro Legal de la Raza provides a “no cost” medical, dental, vision benefits to all employees, FSA, 401(k) and a generous vacation and holiday package.

Applications

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Submit via email the following: 1) detailed cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) list of three professional references to jobs@centrolegal.org. Include
(“Development Director”) in the subject line. No calls please.

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 strongly encourages women, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ, persons with disabilities and veterans to apply.

POSITION OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Centro Legal de la Raza Seeks Senior Human Resources Coordinator

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 office in Oakland, CA and San Francisco, CA.

Job Description

The Senior Human Resources Coordinator provides exceptional administrative support to the Human Resources Director. This position plays a critical role in the organization’s key functions of administration and human resources. This position upholds a strict level of organization, communication, confidentiality and professionalism.

The Senior Human Resources Coordinator is a hands-on representative for the Human Resources department whose role is to help facilitate all fundamental Human Resources functions, while ensuring the successful implementation of aligned organizational goals. The Senior Human Resources Coordinator works in conjunction with the Human Resources Director. With diverse yet substantive responsibilities, the Senior Human Resources Coordinator works with both current employees and new hires, making this a key position within Centro Legal.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide employee support from all areas of HR including: recruitment, selection, hiring, compensation, benefits, trainings, performance reviews, onboarding, safety management etc.
  • Liaison between HR and Diversity Committee and Management Team
  • Serve as a point of contact for benefits vendors/administrators
  • HR File Management: including personnel files, I-9 and Paychex
  • Hiring and Selection Process management: including managing jobs postings and filing them
    appropriately
  • Familiar with relevant online recruiting sources ie. Indeed, Idealist, LinkedIn
  • Setting Appointments and arranging meetings
  • Data entry, scanning, copying, and filing
  • Managing HR and administrative credit card reconciliation
  • Compiling reports and spreadsheets using Google Suite/Microsoft Suite
  • Other administrative duties as needed on special projects and day-to-day operations
  • Participate in the recruitment process, analyzing employee turnover and retention, addressing
    employee matters and organizing work activities
  • Responsible for preparing and coordinating any functions pertaining to employment, compensation,
    labor negotiations and employee relations
  • Actively participate in formulating methods to improve employment policies, processes and practices as well as recommending changes to management
  • Research, analysis, reporting, training and presentations to staff
  • Serves in an adhoc role with the agency’s safety committee
  • Works with Executive Assistant to manage organizational calendar
  • Intranet Management

 

Competencies

  • Strong analytical skills and problem-solving ability based on data
  • Time management Skills
  • Salesforce
  • Project Management Skills and Software ie. Smartsheets or Asana, etc
  • Event Coordination
  • MS-Suite, Proficient Excel Skills
  • G-Suite
  • Paychex
  • Stratustime

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Three to five years administrative and/or human resources experience
  • Commitment to maintain the highest level of integrity for the organization
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage several projects at once
  • Ability to be flexible and deal with shifting priorities
  • Bilingual in Spanish required
  • Location: Oakland, California-East Bay

Compensations and Benefits

Competitive salary and benefits. Salary commensurate with background and experience plus medical, dental,
vision, FSA, and 401(k) benefits and a generous vacation and holiday package.
Applications: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Your application must
include: 1) detailed cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) a list of three professional references to jobs@centrolegal.org. Include (“Senior HR Coordinator ”) in the subject line. No calls please.

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 equal employment opportunity employer and strongly encourages women, people of color,
immigrants, LGBTQ, persons with disabilities and veterans to apply.

POSITION OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Centro Legal de la Raza Seeks Executive Asisstant

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 office in Oakland, CA and San Francisco, CA.

Job Description

The Executive Assistant provides exceptional strategic, organizational and administrative support to the Executive Director. This position plays a critical role in the organization’s domain of leadership and administration. This position upholds a strict level of organization, communication, confidentiality and professionalism. This position requires someone to be a master organizer, scheduler, trusted advisor, and
protector of time and resources for the Executive Director. Requires thorough knowledge of organizational operations, policies, and procedures and keen tact to uphold the core values, mission and vision of Centro Legal.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists Executive Director with administrative duties and tasks, includes managing an active calendar of appointments; completing expense reports; composing and preparing correspondence; arranging complex and detailed travel plans, itineraries and agendas and compiling documents for meetings
  • Attends Senior Leadership, Executive and Board of Director meetings
  • Provide meeting and event support: proactively prepare agendas and meeting materials, record meeting minutes, and coordinate meeting and event logistics
  • Coordinate both internal and external executive conference calls, meetings, trainings and events
  • Develop and/or maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Assist in executive communications with board and staff, including responding to calls and emails.
  • Drafts correspondence, reports, letters of solicitation, proposals, presentations; prepares and coordinates oral and written communication on behalf of the Executive Director
  • Works with Senior HR Coordinator to manage organizational calendar
  • Provide administrative and clerical support on special projects and day-to-day operations as needed
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with demanding and/or shifting deadlines
  • Handle confidential and non-routine information and facilitates efficient and meaningful communication between appropriate people and teams on an ongoing basis
  • Provide input for ways to improve structures, efficiency and overall progress of the organization
  • Coordinates with Senior Staff to ensure attendance at partner/funder events and conferences
  • Serve as Board of Directors Liaison, includes coordination, logistics, filing, and tracking goals

Competencies

  • Strong analytical skills and problem-solving ability
  • Time management Skills
  • Salesforce preferred
  • Project Management Skills and Software ie. Smartsheets or Asana, etc
  • Event and Training Coordination
  • MS-Suite, Proficient Excel Skills
  • G-Suite

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Three to five years of executive level support experience preferred
  • Commitment to maintain the highest level of integrity for the organization
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage several projects at once
  • Ability to be flexible and deal with shifting priorities
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred
  • Location: Oakland, California-East Bay

 

Compensations and Benefits

Competitive salary and benefits. Salary commensurate with background and experience plus medical, dental,
vision, FSA, and 401(k) benefits and a generous vacation and holiday package.

Applications
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Your application mustinclude: 1) detailed cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) a list of three professional references to jobs@centrolegal.org. Include (“Executive Assistant ”) in the subject line. No calls please.

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 equal employment opportunity employer and strongly encourages women, people of color,
immigrants, LGBTQ, persons with disabilities and veterans to apply.

POSITION OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Centro Legal de la Raza Seeks Immigration Legal Asisstant

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 office in Oakland, CA and San Francisco, CA.

Centro Legal’s immigration practice focuses 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.

Job Description

  • The immigration legal assistant will provide direct support to our immigration team. Duties will include:
  • Assist immigration attorneys in all aspects of immigration legal representation for qualified individuals;
  • Respond to calls, emails, and letters as needed;
  • Translate letters and other documents;
  • File legal documents to various courts and government agencies in San Francisco;
  • Write letters to companies, institutions, and government agencies to assist the client in obtaining police reports, court records, medical records, and school records;
  • After training, the legal assistant may prepare various legal papers, such as pleading caption pages, list of exhibits, etc;
  • Manage and coordinate databases, case files, attorneys’ correspondence files, etc; and
  • Perform other special projects and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • First and foremost, the applicant must profoundly share Centro Legal’s mission and vision of social justice. Below are additional qualifications.
  • A Bachelor’s degree required;
  • Fluency in Spanish required;
  • Excellent word-processing and computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel;
  • Must be well organized, efficient, highly motivated, able to handle multiple tasks at once, work well under pressure, and take initiative;
  • Must have outstanding written, verbal and interpersonal skills, superb attention to detail, and excellent phone manner;
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team;
  • Willingness to conduct training and outreach activities in the community.;
  • Experience working with low-income, immigrant, and monolingual Spanish-speaking communities; and
  • Strong commitment to serving low-income and underserved communities, with an ability to relate to and communicate with a broad range of clients and colleagues.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary commensurate with background and experience, plus medical, dental, vision, 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 are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Submit via email only: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) a list of three professional references to jobs@centrolegal.org. Place these words in the subject line “Immigration Legal Assistant.”

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.

POSITION OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Centro Legal de la Raza Seeks Grants Contract Manager

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 office in Oakland, CA and San Francisco, CA.

Centro Legal’s immigration practice focuses 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.

Job Description

The Grants Contract Manager is responsible for the administration of the government grant contracts within Tenants’ Rights Program. The Grants Contract Manager’s primary responsibility is to ensure compliance with funder requirements as outlined in the grant contracts. The main duties of this position include the creation of data reports, data tracking, processing and analysis, as well as coordinating with the Finance Department the invoicing process related to these cost reimbursable grants. The Grants Contract Manager will prepare all Housing Secure (HS) reports for all HS partners. Additionally, they will assist the Tenants’ Rights Program Directing Attorney with reporting on Program-wide grants and will provide support in the pursuit of additional funding.

Duties and Responsibilities

First and foremost, the Grants Contract Manager ensures compliance with the HS grant for all areas of the contract. The scope of duties will also include:

  1. Maintain a portfolio of grants and contracts, including complex cost reimbursable grants.
  2. Ensure successful maintenance and growth of our grant portfolio by calendaring proposal and grant deadlines and coordinating with program staff and HS sub-grantees to track grant goals, activities, outcomes and impact. Draft grant proposals and reports.
  3. Coordinate the timely preparation and submission of Letters of Inquiry, grant proposals, agreements, reports and other documents requested by funders.
  4. Work with staff and sub-grantees to facilitate interim and final reporting requirements for HS; track communication history with funders, and maintain contact information for funding staff.
  5. Send timely acknowledgements and maintain all institutional funder records. 
  6. Work with the finance team and Tenants’ Rights Program Directing Attorney to prepare financial reports and budgets as needed.
  7. Under the supervision of the Tenants’ Rights Program Directing Attorney, write and edit content for grant proposals, reports and other communications with funders.
  8. Assist the Tenants’ Rights Program Directing Attorney with projects related to the strategic development of institutional funding support.

 

Qualifications

The employee must share a profound commitment to Centro Legal’s mission and vision of social justice. Below are additional qualifications.

  1. Bachelor’s degree required.
  2. Minimum of two years of experience prospecting, submitting grant applications, invoicing, and managing a portfolio of grants, including government (federal, state and/or local) cost reimbursement grants or contracts.
  3. Commitment to serving low-income and under-served communities.
  4. Prior experience in non-profit development, marketing or communications a plus.
  5. Demonstrates the ability to be entrusted with sensitive information and conduct daily activities with the utmost professionalism and integrity.
  6. Ability to consistently meet deadlines.
  7. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  8. Superb organizational and time-management skills.
  9. Meticulous attention to detail.
  10. Excellent computer skills; proficient or advanced skills in Microsoft Suite, specifically Excel; proficient or advanced skills with database applications, specifically Salesforce.
  11. Ability to relate to and communicate with a broad range of colleagues and stakeholders.
  12. Experience in website and social media management a plus.
  13. Ability to work independently as well as within a team.
  14. Ability to work within a fast-paced environment; capacity for flexibility in weekly and daily tasks.

Working conditions

Some evening and weekend work may be required.

Physical requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Prolonged sitting/standing
  • Extensive typing/data entry
  • Periodic lifting/carrying/transporting of materials in excess of 40 lbs.
  • Some evening and weekend work may be required

 

Direct reports

This position does not currently have any direct reports.

 

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation is TBD plus medical and dental benefits and a generous vacation and holiday package.  

 

Applications

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Submit via email only: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) a list of three references to jobs@centrolegal.org.  Place these words in the subject line “Grants Contract Manager

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.

 

POSITION OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Centro Legal de la Raza Seeks Emergency Financial Assistance Specialist

The Organization:

Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Oakland, California, Centro Legal de la Raza (Centro Legal) is a comprehensive legal services agency protecting and advancing the rights of immigrant, low-income and Latino communities through bilingual legal representation, education, and advocacy. By combining quality legal services and know-your-rights education and youth development, Centro Legal promotes access to justice for thousands of individuals and families each year through Central and Northern California.  

Job Description:

The employee will provide administrative support to the Tenants’ Rights Program (“Program”) in disbursing emergency financial assistance to qualifying low-income tenants and homeowners throughout Alameda County. The employee will provide direct support to the Program Grants/Contracts Manager and the Program Director to ensure success in the context of the financial assistance application process and data collection. The employee will also work closely with attorneys and advocates from Centro Legal as well as our partner agencies to facilitate timely processing of financial assistance applications.

Duties and Responsibilities:

First and foremost, the employee will be tasked with processing applications for emergency cash assistance submitted by subcontracting agencies and other staff at Centro Legal. Below is a more detailed explanation of these requirements. The scope of duties will include:

  1.      Process applications for emergency financial assistance
  2.      Ensure compliance with emergency financial assistance guidelines
  3.      Ensure emergency financial assistance applications are complete with proper documentation
  4.      Ensure compliance with government grant documentation requirements for emergency financial assistance program
  5.      Coordinate the provision of emergency financial assistance with subcontracting partners
  6.      Assist Finance Team on government invoices pertaining to emergency financial assistance
  7.      Assist Centro Legal staff with preparing emergency financial assistance application
  8.      Assist Contracts/Grants Manager with other administrative tasks related to the emergency financial assistance application electronic web page
  9.     Other duties as requested by Grants Manager and/or Program Director.

 

Qualifications:

First and foremost, the employee must profoundly share Centro Legal’s mission and vision of social justice.  Below are additional qualifications.

  1. Minimum 2 years’ experience in a legal services environment.
  2. Bachelor’s degree or Paralegal Certificate may substitute for experience requirement.
  3. Demonstrates the ability to be entrusted with sensitive information and conduct daily activities with the utmost professionalism and integrity.
  4. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  5. Superb organizational and time-management skills. Strong computer skills; proficient or advanced skills in Microsoft Suite, familiarity with database applications and the Internet..
  6. Ability to work independently as well as within a team.
  7. Experience working with low-income, immigrant, and monolingual Spanish-speaking communities.  
  8. Strong commitment to serving low-income and underserved communities, with an ability to relate to and communicate with a broad range of clients and colleagues.
  9. Knowledge of salesforce, word, other basic computer programs.

 

Working Conditions:

The position also requires the provision of culturally-sensitive and empathetic services. Some evening and weekend work may be required.

 

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Prolonged sitting/standing
  • Extensive typing/data entry
  • Periodic lifting/carrying/transporting of materials in excess of 40 lbs
  • Some evening and weekend work may be required

 

Compensations and Benefits:

Salary commensurate with background and experience plus medical, dental, vision, FSA, and 401(k) benefits. Generous vacation and holiday package.

 

Applications:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filed. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Submit via email only a 1) a cover letter, 2) resume and 3) a list of three professional references to jobs@centrolegal.org. Place the words “Emergency Financial Assistance Specialist” in the subject line. No calls please.

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.

Centro Legal de la Raza Seeks Immigration Senior Attorney

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, immigrant, and Latino families and individuals 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 and promote access to justice for thousands of individuals and families each year throughout Northern and Central California.

Centro Legal’s immigration practice includes comprehensive, full-service direct representation before USCIS and the immigration courts (EOIR), district court and federal court of appeals litigation, legal rights education, local and national advocacy.  We specialize in detained and non-detained removal defense, the intersection of immigration and criminal law, affirmative asylum applications, and U visas for victims of violent crime.

The Position:  Centro Legal is seeking an experienced attorney to assist in the provision of immigration legal services.  Duties will include:

  • Directly representing non-detained and detained individuals in removal proceedings before the San Francisco Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals;
  • Preparing and submitting applications, legal briefs, and supporting documentation for cases involving asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, U visa, VAWA, and adjustment of status with applicable waivers, refugee waivers, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status;
  • Visiting and conducing intake with detained individuals at Bay Area detention centers;
  • Conducting Know-Your-Rights presentations to community members;
  • Assist in identifying potential federal litigation cases arising from direct services work and leading impact litigation efforts in federal district and circuit courts: for in house representation and/or placement with pro bono attorneys and with other non-profit litigation partners;
  • Assisting in determining appropriate case stories for use in reports, advocacy materials, and public education and providing expert testimony to media on current immigration law and policy topics.

 

Qualifications: First and foremost, the applicant must profoundly share Centro Legal’s mission and vision of social justice.  Below are additional qualifications.

  • J.D; admitted and in good standing with a State bar;
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in immigration law;
  • Excellent writing, research, analytical, and verbal communication skills;
  • A demonstrated commitment to civil liberties, immigrant justice, and public interest law;
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively on projects with lawyers, other staff members, and with diverse community organizations;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity within the office and a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences regarding race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, socio-economic circumstance, immigration status, and record of arrest or conviction and;
  • Fluency in Spanish required.

 

Compensation and Benefits: Salary commensurate with background and experience, plus medical, dental, vision, 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 are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Submit via email only: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) a list of three professional references to jobs@centrolegal.org.  Place these words in the subject line “Immigration Senior Attorney.”

 

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.

POSITION OPEN UNTIL FILLED

 

Centro Legal de la Raza Seeks Immigration Senior Attorney with Litigation Background

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, immigrant, and Latino families and individuals 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 and promote access to justice for thousands of individuals and families each year throughout Northern and Central California.

Centro Legal’s immigration practice includes comprehensive, full-service direct representation before USCIS and the immigration courts (EOIR), district court and federal court of appeals litigation, legal rights education, local and national advocacy. We specialize in detained and non-detained removal defense, the intersection of immigration and criminal law, affirmative asylum applications, and U visas for victims of violent crime.

The Position: Centro Legal is seeking an experienced attorney to assist in the provision of immigration legal services. Duties will include:

  • Assist in identifying potential federal litigation cases arising from direct services work and leading impact litigation efforts in federal district and circuit courts: for in house representation and/or placement with pro bono attorneys and with other non-profit litigation partners;
  • Investigate and litigate appellate, district court cases and class action cases: includes fact-finding, legal research, drafting pleadings and briefs, discovery and motion practice, hearings and trials, and appearing in in both state and federal courts;
  • Reviewing, commenting on, and drafting amicus briefs;
  • Directly represent non-detained and detained individuals in removal proceedings before the San Francisco Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals;
  • Visiting and conducing intake with detained individuals at Bay Area detention centers;
  • Assisting in determining appropriate case stories for use in reports, advocacy materials, and public education and providing expert testimony to media on current immigration law and policy topics.

Qualifications: First and foremost, the applicant must profoundly share Centro Legal’s mission and vision of social justice. Below are additional qualifications.

  • Admitted and in good standing with a State bar;
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in immigration law;
  • Excellent writing, research, analytical, and verbal communication skills;
  • A demonstrated commitment to civil liberties, immigrant justice, and public interest law;
  • A record of moving legal cases forward and demonstrated ability to build and manage an extensive caseload;
  • Strong leadership skills, preferably with experience managing other attorneys and staff;
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively on projects with lawyers, other staff members, and with diverse community organizations;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity within the office and a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences regarding race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, socio-economic circumstance, immigration status, and record of arrest or conviction and;
  • Fluency in Spanish required.

Compensation and Benefits: Salary commensurate with background and experience, plus medical, dental, vision, 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 are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Submit via email only: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) a list of three professional references to jobsatcentrolegal.org. Place these words in the subject line “Immigration Senior Attorney.”

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.

POSITION OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Job Type: Full-time

Experience:

  • Immigration law: 3 years (Required)
Centro Legal de la Raza Seeks Immigration Staff Attorney

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, 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’s immigration practice is focused on serving the needs of our most vulnerable community members, including families living in poverty, women, children, and victims of violent crimes including domestic violence and detained individuals in removal proceedings. We offer comprehensive, full-service direct representation to our clients, and we also provide 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: Centro Legal is seeking an experienced immigration attorney to assist in the provision of immigration legal services. Duties will include:

• Directly representing non-detained and detained individuals in removal proceedings before the San Francisco Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals;
• Preparing and submitting applications, legal briefs, and supporting documentation for cases involving asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, U visa, VAWA, and adjustment of status with applicable waivers, refugee waivers, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status;
• Visiting detained individuals at Bay Area detention centers;
• Conducting Know-Your-Rights presentations to community members;
• Assisting in identifying potential federal litigation cases arising from direct services work and assisting in impact litigation efforts in federal district and circuit courts for placement with pro bono attorney or other non-profit litigation partners; and
• Assisting in determining appropriate case stories for use in reports, advocacy materials, and public education and providing expert testimony to media on current immigration law and policy topics.

Qualifications: First and foremost, the applicant must profoundly share Centro Legal’s mission and vision of social justice. Below are additional qualifications.

• Rising 3L or JD; admitted and in good standing with a State car or planning to take CA bar exam upon graduation or currently awaiting bar results;
• Fluency in Spanish required;
• Excellent writing, research, analytical, and verbal communication skills;
• A demonstrated commitment to civil liberties, immigrant justice, and public interest law;
• Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively on projects with lawyers, other staff members, and with diverse community organizations;
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity within the office and a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences regarding race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, socio-economic circumstance, immigration status, and record of arrest or conviction and;
• Fluency in Spanish required.

Compensation and Benefits: Salary commensurate with background and experience plus medical and dental benefits and a generous vacation and holiday package.

Applications: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Submit via email only: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) a list of three professional references to jobs@centrolegal.org. Place these words in the subject line “Immigration Staff Attorney.”

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.

POSITION OPEN UNTIL FILLED