LGBT Program Coordinator - Watsonville/ Office Still open for discussion

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Dependent on experience



Start Date


Application Deadline



21 Carr Street
United States


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. Through a network of regional offices and cross-cutting programs, CRLA provides legal services to over 40,000 low-income people annually in a broad range of priority areas, including housing, employment, education, health, leadership development and immigration. The impact of CRLA’s advocacy has touched the lives of literally millions of low-income individuals, improving conditions for farmworkers, low-wage workers, individuals with disabilities, immigrant populations, LGBT communities, women, children and families in rural areas.

Position: LGBT Program Coordinator

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Location: Negotiable (Prefer CRLA Watsonville or Salinas)

Term of Employment:

Though LGBTQ people are increasingly visible and active in rural California communities, discrimination, violence, and unwelcoming school and health care systems remain acute problems. CRLA’s LGBT Program addresses these problems by providing legal services, leadership and community advocacy.

The LGBT Program Coordinator supports the LGBT Program’s state-wide advocacy efforts. The LGBT program The Coordinator reports to the LGBT Program Director. Along with the Program Director, the Coordinator manages the program’s grant activities, builds and helps execute CRLA’s state-wide LGBT-related advocacy, leadership development and monitoring strategies, and cultivates key relationships inside and outside the organization. The Coordinator’s responsibilities include assisting with the management of LGBT Program staff and volunteers.


  • Coordination of Grant Activities

-Coordinate grant activities related to community education, training, capacity and leadership development.

-Oversee and improve systems for monitoring non-case LGBT advocacy across all field offices to ensure that we are tracking all relevant activities. This system might involve a periodic survey for all field offices, tools in Legal Server or other methods.

  • Strategic Planning

-Work with Program Director to implement a comprehensive strategy for advocacy that improves the educational experiences of rural, low-income LGBTQ Youth and other especially vulnerable sectors of the rural LGBT population.

-Help identify strategic opportunities for the provision of direct legal services and advocacy, as well as community leadership development that will generate positive impacts for rural LGBTQ communities, particularly rural and low-income LGBT individuals.

  • Capacity Building

-Support emerging leadership in targeted regions of rural California.

  • Investigations and Monitoring

-Work with the Program Director to implement a strategy for monitoring legal compliance and other indicia of the inclusion and experiences of LGBTQ students in public schools,

-Work with the Program Director to identify and execute strategic investigations related to trends facing LGBTQ immigrants and transgender communities in rural California.

  • Funder Relations

-Support the cultivation of key partnerships with foundations, government agencies and other potential supporters.

  • Internal Coordination with CRLA Taskforces, Directing Attorneys and other Field Office Staff

-As needed provide limited assistance for LGBT program’s legal case work.

-Maintain system for managing LGBT program outreach materials, including brochures, presentations and other tools for community education, including Pride Festival outreach. This system must be easily accessible to anyone in the organization.

-Maintain and update outreach materials, archiving older materials.

-Help ensure regular opportunities for CRLA staff to receive training on LGBT-related cultural competency and legal issues.

  • Partnership Development and Management:

-In multiple communities help build relationships with key leaders and cultivate collaborations with local stakeholders involved in LGBT-related advocacy that is particularly important in low-income communities.

-Provide community education and trainings as necessary to cultivate and support key stakeholder relationships and increase overall community support for low-income, rural LGBT communities.

-Represent and speak on behalf of CRLA’s LGBT Program in critical partnerships and collaborations that advance the organization’s LGBT advocacy.

  • Management Duties:

-Assist in the evaluation of LGBT program staff

-In coordination with LGBT Program Director, participate in hiring and termination decisions in connection with LGBT program staff


Compensation & Benefits:

Salary DOE; 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).

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual (English and Spanish) required

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree