Careers

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.

Immigrants’ Rights

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.

Position Summary

The Immigrant Rights Directing Attorney will report to the Executive Director and will be responsible for the day-to-day management and development of the organization’s Immigrants’ Rights Practice. Our Immigrants’ Rights Team are leaders in the immigration legal field. Through our work, we have represented thousands of immigrants before state and federal courts and engaged in litigation and advocacy efforts. We have worked closely with local, regional, and statewide partners to collaboratively create new programs and promote legislation advancing the universal representation for immigrants in removal proceedings. Our team has received local and national awards for leading representation efforts for unaccompanied minors, families seeking asylum, detention legal services and pro bono programs. We represent clients in detained and non-detained removal defense, protection-based claims such as asylum, family-based visa petitions, U visas for victims of violent crimes, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), adjustment of status, and naturalization. Centro Legal’s immigration team has expertise in complex cases and our practice specializes in cases that are urgent and often involve unique legal issues. Our immigration practice is focused on serving the needs of diverse community members, including families living in poverty, long residing undocumented immigrants and families, youth, victims of violent crimes, asylum seekers, detained and non detained individuals in removal proceedings. Through our work representing individuals detained in immigration custody, we assist individuals from all over the globe in a host of different languages and life experiences.

Responsibilities

  1. Determine strategic direction and programmatic priorities of immigration practice to encourage growth and development based on the changing needs of the community
  2. Design, develop, implement program policies, procedures, initiatives to ensure success and growth
  3. Identify and pursue all funding for the immigration practice, including drafting, preparing, and submitting grant applications, manage public and private grant relationships, as well as program-funding-related contract negotiation
  4. Oversee and support the Fiscal Officer with tracking government contract and private funding deliverables, assess program progress, invoices and substantive reporting to funders
  5. Oversee budget of over $6 million in coordination with the Fiscal Officer and Executive Director
  6. Manage, support and build a high impact team of Managing and Supervising Attorneys
  7. Work closely with Litigation Director, Managing Attorneys and teams for each immigration area (Detention, Youth, Non-Detained, Litigation, Policy and Pro Bono) on continued development
  8. Develop and oversee immigration advocacy and litigation on a local, statewide and national level
  9. Engage in local, regional, and statewide advocacy to expand legal representation for detained and non-detained immigrants facing deportation and ending entanglement between law enforcement and immigration authorities, including testifying at public hearings and drafting model legislation and policies
  10. Lead Centro’s participation in local, regional and national coalitions for immigrants’ rights, including serving as a steering committee member on the Northern California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice, Northern California Rapid Response Immigrant Defense Network, California Coalition for Universal Representation and One California
  11. Be primary contact and liaison for the Alameda County Legal and Education Partnership (ACILEP)
  12. Foster and maintain critical community partnerships with nonprofit and government agencies providing legal services and additional holistic and culturally relevant client services
  13. Serve as point of contact and mentorship for pro bono partners with Pro Bono Managing Attorney
  14. Recruit new immigration staff as needed; work in conjunction with HR and diversity committee
  15. Manage, plan, coordinate, and integrate organization-wide policies and procedures to promote provision of holistic services, and ensure growth and development of the organizational vision
  16. Inform and strategize with the Executive Director and Director of Programs and Advocacy
  17. Managerially responsible for conducting new employee onboarding for Immigration staff
  18. Administratively responsible for conducting performance evaluations for all reporting staff
  19. Other tasks commensurate with experience, as assigned by Executive Director

Qualifications

  1. 1. Demonstrated commitment to the vision, mission and values of Centro Legal de la Raza
  2. J.D. and a licensed attorney, for a minimum of eight years
  3. Ability to supervise, train, motivate and provide leadership to a group of high impact attorneys
  4. Demonstrated expertise leading legal services and community centered and based programs
  5. Substantial direct services experience in removal defense and is reputable in the legal community
  6. Demonstrated management and supervision experience
  7. Strong legal and analytical skills
  8. Polished and professional with strong, clear and persuasive oral, written communication skills
  9. Collaborative, team-oriented, consensus based, maintaining a motivated team of legal professionals
  10. Values diversity of thought, backgrounds, perspectives and lived experiences
  11. Exceptional interpersonal and administrative skills, a positive attitude and work style, ability to balance multiple priorities in a dynamic, fast-paced, deadline-oriented legal environment
  12. Strategic thinker, who understands the needs of low-income and immigrant Californians; related social, political and legal trends; and the dynamics of the legal services and advocacy communities

To Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Your application must include: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) three professional references Include “Immigrant Rights Directing Attorney” in the subject line. Please email application materials directly to Centro Legal de la Raza’s Executive Director: Theresa L. Gonzales at: tgonzales@centrolegal.org

Job Description

  • 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
  • Fluency in Spanish required

Job Description

  • 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
  • Fluency in Spanish required

Job Type: Full-time

Experience: Immigration law: 3 years (Required)

Job Description

  • 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
  • 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
  • Fluency in Spanish required.

Job Description

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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 jobs@centrolegal.org with the subject line, “Immigration Legal Assistant.”

The Position

The immigration legal assistant will provide direct support to our immigration team, in particular the Immigration Pro Bono Project. Duties will include:

  • Assist immigration attorneys in all aspects of immigration legal representation for qualified individuals
  • Assist with clinics at law firms and in house clinics as well as assisting clients with post-clinic follow up
  • Coordinate DACA Renewal clinics, screen potential applicants and maintain wait list, compile documents in advance of clinic, file applications, monitor evidence collection in advance of clinic, work with Immigration Managing Attorney to prepare for clinic and ensure a successful clinic with pro bono partners
  • Provide Case Management and Assistance for cases from DACA Renewal clinic
  • Support Immigration Pro Bono Team functioning and furthering goal of utilizing the private bar to increase Centro Legal’s capacity to serve our community
  • Respond to intake calls, emails, and letters from individuals seeking assistance
  • Meet with clients to gather documents, complete immigration forms, interview clients, and draft client statements for attorney review
  • 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 paralegal may prepare various legal papers, such as pleading caption pages, list of exhibits, etc
  • Help attorneys conduct community outreach events as well as any other appropriate community education events
  • Manage and coordinate databases, case files, attorneys’ correspondence files, etc
  • Research and analyze issues where appropriate such as researching social and economic conditions and human rights conditions in the client’s home country
  • Perform other special projects and other duties as assigned by Immigration Managing Attorney and/or Immigration Program Director

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
  • 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

Applications

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the end of July. Candidate will be selected by mid-August. 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 Jobs@centrolegal.org. Place these words in the subject line “Immigration Pro
Bono Project Paralegal.”

Workers’ Rights

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

  • 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.  Below are additional 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

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 jobs@centrolegal.org with the subject line, “Workers’ Rights
Staff Attorney.”

Job Description

  • Assist workers’ rights attorneys in all aspects of legal representation, with a particular focus on providing support in civil litigation and in multi-plaintiff cases before California administrative agencies
  • Provide administrative support, including assistance with grants management, reporting, and data entry
  • Under attorney supervision, conduct intake interviews with clients at legal services clinics to investigate facts, collect evidence, and prepare cases for administrative claims or litigation
  • Conduct outreach and know-your-rights trainings in the area of workers’ rights
  • Serve as first point of contact and coordinator for priority referrals to the workers’ rights program from community partners
  • Manage client database and case files
  • Perform other special projects and duties as assigned by the Workers’ Rights Directing Attorney

Qualifications

Candidates must profoundly share Centro Legal’s mission and commitment to 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, adhere to deadlines, and take initiative
  • Must have outstanding writing, verbal and interpersonal skills, and superb attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team
  • Willingness to conduct training and outreach activities in the community
  • Experience and compassion working with low-income, immigrant, and monolingual Spanish-speaking communities
  • 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

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 jobs@centrolegal.org with the subject line, “Workers’ Rights
Advocate.”

Tenants’ Rights

Centro Legal’s Tenants’ Rights Program is leading the fight to stop the displacement of low-income tenants across Alameda County. Working in coalition with partner agencies advocating for racial equity and housing security, Centro has been awarded several grants that allow for a significant expansion in our legal representation of low-income tenants across Alameda County.

Centro Legal’s program is rooted in the holistic use of advocacy, popular education, unlawful detainer defense, and impact litigation. We provide three weekly walk-in clinics where tenants are provided advice, counsel, and referral to follow-up appointments, with the goal of preventing evictions. We also provide full-scope representation in rent board administrative hearings and unlawful detainers.

We seek an experienced lawyer who will join the fight to curtail the ongoing displacement of tenants from Oakland, South Alameda County, Hayward, and/or City of Alameda.

Position Summary

  1. Representing tenants in unlawful detainer jury trials
  2. Representing tenants in administrative proceedings (e.g. Oakland Rent Adjustment Program, Hayward Rent Stabilization Board)
  3. Providing and/or supervising consultations at various weekly Tenants’ Rights clinics
  4. Conducting Know Your Rights trainings
  5. Providing policy analysis to community partners who are advocating for anti-displacement measures
  6. Representing Centro Legal de la Raza and its clients at community events, stakeholder meetings, City Council hearings, etc

Qualifications

  1. California Bar membership. Minimum 4 years or more work experience in litigation or housing law
  2. Excellent written and oral advocacy skills
  3. Commitment to providing culturally sensitive support to low-income populations and persons of color
  4. Ability to attend evening meetings, clinics, and hearings with a flexible schedule
  5. Proficiency or fluency in Spanish, Cantonese and Vietnamese highly preferred
  6. Ability to explain complex legal issues to a diverse audience
  7. Ability to thrive in a high-volume, high-paced environment
  8. Desire to represent low-income tenants at trial with little supervision
  9. Ability to work independently and as part of a team

To Apply

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 “Tenants’ Rights Senior Staff Attorney” in the subject line. No calls please.

Job purpose
The employee will be primarily tasked with administrative and clerical duties in support of the
Tenants’ Rights Practice to include: legal file maintenance, data entry, and document creation for
legal clinics. Additionally this position will support outreach efforts, coordinating the creation of
printed outreach materials and the distribution of these materials. The Administrative Assistant will
also coordinate the Know Your Rights Workshops for the program in partnership with program
staff, and assist with client satisfaction phone surveys.

Duties and responsibilities
The scope of duties will include:
1. Maintenance of legal files for Tenants’ Rights Practice
2. Data entry into Salesforce and other data entry needed for reporting
3. Creation of documents on an as needed basis for legal clinics
4. Coordinate the creation, updating and distribution of outreach and marketing materials with
vendors for printing and with partners for distribution. Conduct direct mailings for the
Tenants’ Rights Program.
5. Coordinate the Know Your Rights Workshops with program staff and partners
6. Assist with the creation of quarterly, mid-year and annual reports to funders.
7. Assist with client satisfaction phone survey making calls and recording results in English and
Spanish.
8. Assist with one off projects as needed.
9. Assist with reception for all on site and off site legal clinics.

Qualifications
First and foremost, the applicant must profoundly share Centro Legal’s mission and vision of social
justice. In addition, the applicant must have:
1. Excellent analytical and writing skills.
2. Fluency in Microsoft Office.
3. Proficient in Salesforce and database management.
4. Ability to consistently meet hard deadlines.
5. Commitment to providing culturally informed support to low-income populations and
persons of color.
6. Proficiency or fluency in Spanish (written and verbal).

7. Knowledge/understanding of tenants’ rights and eviction process preferred.
8. Ability to thrive in a high-volume, high-stress environment.
9. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Working conditions
The position also requires the provision of culturally informed 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.
• Evening and weekend work may be required

Compensation Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. We provide a generous benefits package, including 401K, life insurance, leave policies, vacation, and December holiday office closure at full pay.
To Apply Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Your
application must include: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) three professional references. Include “Tenant’s Rights Practice, Administrative Assistant” in the subject line. Please email application materials directly to Steve Martinez at: smartinez@centrolegal.org

POSITION OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Diversity Statement
Centro Legal’s mission includes advancing social, economic and racial justice. We are committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion within and ensuring a workplace where all staff can flourish and grow professionally and well beyond. Our staff are the most important part of our ability to achieve our mission. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation, sustainability and our organization’s success.
Centro Legal de la Raza is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, pregnancy), gender, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age,
medical condition including genetic characteristics, mental or physical disability, military or veteran status, marital status, family responsibilities, caregiver status, sexual orientation, gender identity (including transgender status), gender expression, weight, height, linguistic characteristics (such as accent and limited English proficiency where not substantially job-related), citizenship status, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, HIV/AIDs status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Centro Legal also prohibits discrimination based on a perception that an individual has any of the characteristics of the protected classes listed above, and further prohibits discrimination against an individual who is associated with a person who has, or is perceived to have, any of those characteristics.

Youth Law Academy

The Youth Law Academy (YLA) Program Coordinator reports to the YLA Program Director and provides administrative support for the YLA, primarily in the areas of student data tracking, financial aid education, teaching of curriculum, coordination of activities, and mentorship to high school and college-age students.

Major Responsibilities:

    • Coordinating and executing after-school programming for high school students. Topics include Foundations in Law course, Mock Trial exercises, Ethnic Studies, financial aid education, leadership development, and presenting on the A-G course requirements
    • Assist with the planning and coordination of various events, including Mock Trial, Swear-in Ceremony, YLA Retreat, SAT Test Prep course, mentor mixers, courthouse visits, law office visits, and professional development series
    • Assist with curriculum development and program strategy design
    • Work with Program Director to recruit students to the YLA by conducting outreach to local high school freshmen
    • Assist with the mentorship program including working with Program Director to cultivate working relationships and manage mentors who include judges, attorneys, and college students
  • Assist with college information nights, parent nights, and student financial aide workshops
  • Track and manage student information, including community service hours, personal profile, financial aid application progress, academic progress, and mentorship activities
  • Provide feedback and assistance with grant and other reports, including data compilation, data entry, narrative development and technical writing
  • Support the Program Director to cultivate relationships and partnerships within community, including educational institutions, internship sites, community organizations, and court staff
  • Coordinate and supervise volunteers and interns
  • Engage parents through phone calls and parent meetings
  • Create culturally sensitive and responsive Individual Action Plans with students and parents
  • Assist students with problem solving and crisis management
  • Provide planning and logistical support for the Diversity Legal Pipeline

Skills and Qualifications:

  • BA degree required
    • J.D. or Advanced degree in Ethnic Studies, Legal Studies, History, Sociology, or related field preferred
    • Oral and written fluency in Spanish
    • Demonstrated minimum 1-year experience in classroom management, teaching and/or counseling experience strongly preferred
    • Experience in pre-college academic advising and/or financial aid advising is preferred
    • At least 1-year experience working with youth from low-income / urban backgrounds
    • Familiarity with legal concepts and/or ethnic studies preferred
    • Familiarity with Oakland district, charter, and private high schools preferred
  • Experience working with a diverse client and staff population
    • Ability to bring strong, sustained energy and creativity to working with youth
  • Passion to work in nonprofit, youth development and social justice sector
  • Ability to work independently with minimal to moderate supervision
  • Ability to work until the end of YLA classes which vary by programming but can be until 8:00pm during the weekday
  • Ability to occasionally work late evenings, on weekends and a once a year overnight retreat
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor with great interpersonal and communication skills
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Google docs, web-based tools, and social networking sites

Compensation
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. We provide a generous benefits package, including 401K, life insurance, leave policies, vacation, and December holiday office closure at full pay.

To Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.  The anticipated start date for this position is June 16, 2019. 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 “YLA Program Coordinator.”

Contact Information:

Raymundo Jacquez, Youth Law Academy Program Director

Centro Legal de la Raza   

3400 E. 12th Street

POSITION OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Diversity Statement

Centro Legal’s mission includes advancing social, economic and racial justice. We are committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion within and ensuring a workplace where all staff can flourish and grow professionally and well beyond. Our staff are the most important part of our ability to achieve our mission. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation, sustainability and our organization’s success.

Centro Legal de la Raza is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, pregnancy), gender, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, medical condition including genetic characteristics, mental or physical disability, military or veteran status, marital status, family responsibilities, caregiver status, sexual orientation, gender identity (including transgender status), gender expression, weight, height, linguistic characteristics (such as accent and limited English proficiency where not substantially job-related), citizenship status, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, HIV/AIDs status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Centro Legal also prohibits discrimination based on a perception that an individual has any of the characteristics of the protected classes listed above, and further prohibits discrimination against an individual who is associated with a person who has, or is perceived to have, any of those characteristics.

Position Summary

Centro Legal seeks an experienced, creative, knowledgeable and dynamic Youth Law Academy Program Assistant who thrives working independently and in team settings. The Youth Law Academy Program Assistant is responsible for providing support to the YLA Program Director and Program Coordinator, as well as coordination with Centro Legal’s communications team to ensure program success and visibility.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Help develop and manage communications to parents, students, diverse stakeholders, funders, partners and the community, including emails, phone calls, and online materials
  • Assist with the entry/tabulation/organization of data and the compiling of program reports
  • Assist with the design of program design and evaluation, including the development of materials
  • Assist in the development of social media, website, and video communications
  • Help draft forms and compile information using google forms or equivalent for internal evaluations, grant reports, student progress reports, event planning, and other programming
  • Responsible for student and program file management, including audit and shared repository
  • Help prepare and present information about the YLA to community partners, school sites, and other key internal and external stakeholders
  • Scheduling assistance for the YLA Program Director, program events and related activities
  • Assist with logistical arrangements for program-related meetings, convenings, panels, college site visits, parent-student conferences, etc.
  • Provide logistical support during YLA high school classes
  • Provide logistical support to YLA programming such as field-trips, the youth leadership retreat, and the mock trial
  • Provide logistical support to the Diversity Legal Pipeline
  • Consistently develop content for Centro’s social media platforms
  • Identify stories and storytellers within their communities and community organizations
  • Collect and maintain Centro’s student photo galleries and story banks to raise program visibility
  • Update Centro’s website, including content management and updates for YLA program
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to cultural humility
  • Bilingual – Spanish and English (Oral and Written)
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Proficiency with social media platforms
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and consistently meet multiple deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Graphic design, web design, or video development skills highly desirable
  • Data analysis and presentation skills highly desirable
  • Familiarity with WordPress highly desirable
  • Ability to work occasional evening hours and weekends, for program related classes and events

Compensation
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. We provide a generous benefits package, including 401K, life insurance, leave policies, vacation, and December holiday office closure at full pay.

To Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.  The anticipated start date for this position is June 16, 2019. 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 “YLA Program Assistant.”

Contact Information:

Raymundo Jacquez, Youth Law Academy Program Director

Centro Legal de la Raza   

3400 E. 12th Street

POSITION OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Diversity Statement

Centro Legal’s mission includes advancing social, economic and racial justice. We are committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion within and ensuring a workplace where all staff can flourish and grow professionally and well beyond. Our staff are the most important part of our ability to achieve our mission. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation, sustainability and our organization’s success.

Centro Legal de la Raza is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, pregnancy), gender, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, medical condition including genetic characteristics, mental or physical disability, military or veteran status, marital status, family responsibilities, caregiver status, sexual orientation, gender identity (including transgender status), gender expression, weight, height, linguistic characteristics (such as accent and limited English proficiency where not substantially job-related), citizenship status, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, HIV/AIDs status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Centro Legal also prohibits discrimination based on a perception that an individual has any of the characteristics of the protected classes listed above, and further prohibits discrimination against an individual who is associated with a person who has, or is perceived to have, any of those characteristics.

Administrative

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

To Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Your application must include: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) three professional references Include “Senior HR Coordinator” in the subject line. Please email application materials directly to Centro Legal de la Raza’s Executive Director: Theresa L. Gonzales at: tgonzales@centrolegal.org

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

To Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Your application must include: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) three professional references Include “Executive Assistant” in the subject line. Please email application materials directly to Centro Legal de la Raza’s Executive Director: Theresa L. Gonzales at: tgonzales@centrolegal.org

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.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain a portfolio of grants and contracts, including complex cost reimbursable grants.
  • 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.
  • Coordinate the timely preparation and submission of Letters of Inquiry, grant proposals, agreements, reports and other documents requested by funders.
  • 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.
  • Send timely acknowledgements and maintain all institutional funder records.
  • Work with the finance team and Tenants’ Rights Program Directing Attorney to prepare financial reports and budgets as needed.
  • Under the supervision of the Tenants’ Rights Program Directing Attorney, write and edit content for grant proposals, reports and other communications with funders.
  • Assist the Tenants’ Rights Program Directing Attorney with projects related to the strategic development of institutional funding support.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 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
  • Commitment to serving low-income and under-served communities
  • Prior experience in non-profit development, marketing or communications a plus
  • Demonstrates the ability to be entrusted with sensitive information and conduct daily activities with the utmost professionalism and integrity
  • Ability to consistently meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Superb organizational and time-management skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent computer skills; proficient or advanced skills in Microsoft Suite, specifically Excel; proficient or advanced skills with database applications, specifically Salesforce
  • Ability to relate to and communicate with a broad range of colleagues and stakeholders
  • Experience in website and social media management a plus
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team
  • 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. 

Compensations and benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. We provide a generous benefits package, including 401K, life insurance, leave policies, vacation, and December holiday office closure at full pay.

POSITIONS OPEN UNTIL FILLED

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