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 42,000 low-income people annually. Our work impacts farm workers, individuals with disabilities, immigrant populations, LGBTQ communities, women, children and families in rural areas.
Position: Regional Director of Advocacy - Basic Oﬃce
Experience: 3+ Years Active Civil Legal Practice
Application Deadline: Open until ﬁlled
Location: Any CRLA Basic Oﬃce
Term of Employment: Regular, Full-Time
Other: FLSA Exempt, Non-Union Position
Working with the Basic Unit Director on statewide planning development and coordination of advocacy efforts, the Regional Director of Advocacy’s duties include:
- Supervision and mentoring of staﬀ advocacy eﬀorts Delivering and supporting litigation
- Supporting other advocacy, including legislative, administrative advocacy and community education
Staﬀ Supervision Responsibilities:
- The Regional Director of Advocacy shall supervise and evaluate the Directing Attorneys (DA), as assigned, to ensure implementation and monitoring of approved ﬁeld oﬃce work plans and advocacy. The Regional Director of Advocacy shall be responsible for:
- Litigating impact cases as a lead counsel or co-counsel;
- Establishing and enforcing program policies
- Evaluation of advocacy and managerial skills of program attorneys (as assigned) Exercising independent judgment in resolving client needs and other oﬃce/case complaints
- Evaluating staﬀ members' (as assigned) training needs and approving training expenses Approving or denying requests for legal services, training and directing CRLA staﬀ members (as assigned) in carrying out CRLA policies and procedures
- Conducts regional or local oﬃce case review, reviews LAPs and proposals for litigation originating in their region. (The RDA role in review of the LAPs is limited to review from an oﬃce coordination and resource allocation standpoint.)
- Co-counsels and second chairs litigation, as necessary
- Reviews and supports development of work plans, coordinates local oﬃce resource allocation with PDs, DAs, and DLAT
- Ensures advocacy eﬀorts are appropriately staﬀed by evaluating resources needed and resources available, local oﬃce expertise, and opportunities to arrange for external resources
- Identiﬁes and provides training and mentoring opportunities
- Assists in coordination of local oﬃce advocacy, supervises, monitors and supports implementation of Core Expectations
- Conducts regional or local oﬃce case review, and supports development of annual needs assessments
- Reviews and supports development of work plans, identiﬁes regional oﬃce training needs, coordinates local oﬃce resource allocation.
- Assists in identifying outcomes and evaluates progress
- Identiﬁes and creates opportunities for oﬃces to support regional and statewide advocacy eﬀorts (e.g. co-counseling, regional outreach)
- Identiﬁes and creates opportunities for cross-training between oﬃces Serves as communication conduit between local oﬃces and senior management, if necessary
- Supports development eﬀorts, assists in development of regional proposals Supports maintaining local oﬃce and regional grants
- Supports DAs with local oﬃce management
- Supervise and support DAs’ performance of administrative functions, as needed Supervises compliance of LSC regulations
- Ensures DAs receive information regarding CRLA policies
- Monitors grants, including LSC, and impact advocacy deadlines,
- Fills in for DAs in DA absence or DA vacancies
- Maintaining a professional working relationship with Directing Attorneys, Project Directors, support staﬀ, and with all other coordinators performing such other duties as may be assigned
- 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.
- Admitted to practice law before the court of any state.
- Admitted to practice law in the State of California or willingness to take the next California Bar Exam.
- Three (3) years minimum experience managing law oﬃce and staﬀ Three (3) years minimum litigation experience
- Demonstrated commitment to working with low-income clients. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail.
- Excellent demonstrated people skills and the ability to maintain positive relations with a diverse population.
Preferred Education and Experience:
- A highly qualiﬁed and desirable candidate would also have the following: Experience in a non-proﬁt legal services environment.
- Spanish ﬂuency or additional language ability relevant to the primary communities. Prior experience managing a multi-location organization.
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).
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.