WHO WE ARE: Founded in 1966, CRLA’s mission is to fight for justice and individual rights alongside the most exploited communities of our society. CRLA provides legal services to over 42,000 low-income people annually through a network of regional offices and cross-cutting programs. The Community Equity Initiative (CEI) program addresses environmental justice issues in some of California’s most underinvested communities.
CEI utilizes a community lawyering model to address environmental justice issues in disadvantaged communities. The model calls for creative, innovative advocacy that uses a multipronged approach to address the issues and their systemic roots. Approaches such as community leadership development and advocacy around policies are important to the work as traditional legal advocacy. The CEI EJ Fellow should be creative and willing to partner with community residents to address the issues and their underlying causes.
The CEI program covers a wide array of legal areas ranging from access to services such as water and broadband to the inequitable distribution of resources and citing of hazardous land uses. CEI’s client communities are Disadvantaged Unincorporated Communities (DUCs) that suffer the consequences of historic underinvestment and discriminatory policies. They bear the burden of unjust and inequitable conditions and decisions.
The CEI Fellow will work with the Legal Program Director and staff to develop and implement creative advocacy strategies to address community-identified environmental justice issues in the San Joaquin Valley, particularly in DUCs. Primary responsibilities include legal advocacy/litigation support, factual research, community outreach, education, community leadership development, and analysis of pending policies.
Required Education and Experience:
Preferred Education and Experience:
A highly qualified and desirable candidate would also have the following:
This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Compensation & Benefits:
Based on a competitive public interest union salary scale; generous benefits package includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life Insurance, and 401K retirement plan contribution. Fourteen (14) paid Holidays, generous vacation and sick leave policy, some professional dues paid by CRLA, and if qualified - participation in the School Loan Reimbursement Assistance Program (LRAP).
CRLA invites all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how their unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.
California Rural Legal Assistance thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.
WHO WE ARE: Founded in 1966, CRLA’s mission is to fight for justice and individual rights alongside the most exploited communities of our society. CRLA provides legal services to over 42,000 low-income people annually through a network of…