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 individuals, primarily detained but also including non-detained, in removal proceedings before the San Francisco Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals
  • Directly representing individuals, primarily detained and including serving as appointed counsel for detained individuals deemed incompetent to represent themselves due to mental health issues pursuant to Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder, but also including non-detained, in removal proceedings before the San Francisco Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals
  • Train, mentor, supervise, and support ongoing development of a diverse staff of attorneys, advocates, legal support, volunteers, and interns to provide follow-up services and case work
  • Assign and help manage supervisees caseloads at a rate that promotes self-care and wellbeing
  • Preparing and submitting applications, legal briefs, and supporting documents for cases involving asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, U visa, VAWA, adjustment of status with applicable waivers, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
  • Visiting and conducting intakes with detained individuals at Bay Area detention centers
  • Provide Know Your Rights presentations, legal intake interviews, legal referrals and follow-up assistance
  • Collaborate with local, regional, and national partners on policy initiatives, funding, and litigation efforts as needed
  • Presenting and working with law enforcement, prosecutorial offices, and community-based organizations on changes in immigration law
  • 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 nonprofit 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.  Qualifications include:

  • J.D; admitted and in good standing with a State bar
  • Fluency in Spanish required
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in removal defense, including 3 on behalf of detained individuals and/or individuals with criminal convictions
  • Strong leadership skills and experience managing other attorneys and staff
  • Experience working with individuals suffering from mental illness is helpful
  • 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 a heavy caseload
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively on projects with lawyers, other staff members, and 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
  • Familiarity in working with clients in crisis or who are recent trauma survivors
  • Willingness to conduct training and outreach activities in the community
  • Experience working with Bay Area law firms is desired but not required

Please email application materials directly to Executive Director Theresa Gonzales at tgonzales@centrolegal.org

Primary responsibilities

  • Provide direct representation to unnacompanied minors released from federal custody. This requires representation before the USCIS and EOIR in cases involving asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), Voluntary Departure, U visas, and other relief, and representation in California Sate courts to obtain orders necessary for SIJS
  • Train, mentor, suprevise, and support ongoing development of a diverse staff of attorneys, advocates, legal support, volunteers, and interns to provide follow-up services and case work
  • Assign and help manage supervisees caseloads at a rate that promotes self-care and wellbeing
  • Conduct and supervise regular legal clinics designed to serve local students, and maintain relationships with school districts officials in order to facilitate these clinics
  • Present to custodians of unaccompanied minors who have been released in the Bay Area, and provide social service, legal, and other referrals
  • Provide Know Your Rights presentations, legal intake interviews, legal referrals and follow-up assistance
  • Collaborate with local, regional, and national partners on policy initiatives, funding, and litigation efforts as needed
  • Presenting to and working with law enforcement, prosecutorial offices, and community-based organizations on changes in immigration law
  • 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 nonprofit 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

  • J.D.; admitted and in good standing with the California bar
  • Fluency in Spanish is required; fluency in other languages, particularly Indigenous Central American languages is highly valued
  • Minimum of 5 years of post-JD experience in removal defense, especially asylum
  • 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, excellent organizational skills, and demonstrated ability to build and manage a heavy 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 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
  • Familiarity in working with clients in crisis or who are recent trauma survivors
  • Willingness to conduct training and outreach activities in the community
  • Experience working with Bay Area law firms is desired but not required

Please email application materials directly to Executive Director: Theresa Gonzales at tgonzales@centrolegal.org

POSITION OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Job Description

  • Recruiting and fostering relationships with volunteer law firms, attorneys, mental health providers, and interpreters to assist Centro Legal’s attorneys with in-house representation
  • Placing asylum and U Visa cases with and mentoring pro bono attorneys at local law firms
  • Appearing in Immigration Court and at the Asylum Office as needed to represent clients in conjunction with pro bono attorneys
  • Developing materials and conducting trainings on substantive and procedural immigration law topics at law firms
  • Developing materials and conducting trainings to mental health providers on the role of mental health evaluations in asylum and U visa cases
  • Supervising pro bono clinics for asylee adjustment of status, DACA, asylum applications, and work authorization
  • Supervising the pro bono mental health project and volunteer interpreter programs, train mental health providers
  • Train, mentor, supervise and support ongoing development of a diverse staff of attorneys advocates, legal support, volunteers, and interns to provide follow-up services and case work
  • Assign and help supervisees caseloads at a rate that promotes self-care and wellbeing
  • 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 nonprofit 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. Qualifications include:

  • J.D.; admitted and in good standing with a State bar
  • Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in removal defense, especially asylum
  • Excellent writing, research, analytical, and verbal communication skills
  • A demonstrated commitment to civil liberties, immigrant justice, and public interest law
  • Experience working with Bay Area law firms is highly desired but not required
  • A record of moving legal cases forward and demonstrated ability to build and manage a heavy caseload
  • Strong leadership skills, preferably with experience supervising other attorneys and legal assistants
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively on projects with lawyers, other staff members, and 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
  • Familiarity in working with clients in crisis or who are recent trauma survivors
  • Willingness to conduct training and outreach activities in the community

Please email application materials directly to Executive Director: Theresa Gonzales at tgonzales@centrolegal.org

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.

Tenants’ Rights

Centro Legal’s tenants’ rights practice 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. 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.

Youth Law Academy

Centro Legal’s Youth Law Academy provides guidance and mentorship to the next generation of attorneys and judges of color. Is a three-year program for Oakland high school students designed to building confidence and understanding of the path to college. Recognizing the need for more diversity in the legal profession we ultimately hope to inspire our students to seek a career in law for the betterment of our community.

Job Description

Centro Legal seeks an experienced, creative, knowledgeable and dynamic Program Assistant who thrives working independently and in team settings. The Program Assistant is responsible for providing support to the YLA Program Director and Program Coordinator, as well as part time coordination with Centro Legal’s Immigrants’ Rights Legal Practice Director and team to ensure program success. The Program Assistant will also have the opportunity to provide material support to the immigration program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Youth Law Academy (.50 FTE)

  • Help manage communications to parents, students, clients, diverse stakeholders, funders, partners and the community; including sending emails, making phone calls, preparing and sending mailings, updating online materials, etc.
  • Assist with the entry/tabulation/organization/preparation of data and the compiling of program reports, including financial reports and grant reports.
  • Assist with program design and evaluation, including the development of evaluation 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/client and program file management and organization, 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
  • Provide scheduling assistance, including for individual client/student meetings, program events, and related activities.
  • Assist with logistical arrangements for program-related meetings, convenings, panels, college and other site visits, parent-student conferences, etc.
  • Provide logistical support during YLA high school classes (5-7:00 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays).
  • 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
  • Provide administrative support and assistance to the immigration team, two-three days a week, as assigned. Administrative support to immigration includes duties consistent with what is outlined above for the Youth Law Academy.
  • Other duties as assigned

Immigrants’ Rights Legal Practice (.50 FTE)

  • Assist Directing Attorney and immigration leadership team in all aspects of immigration legal representation for qualified individuals, as appropriate and needed for administrative support;
  • Client, community and staff correspondence, scheduling and coordinating meetings and events;
  • Manage and coordinate databases, case files, attorneys’ correspondence files, etc;
  • Record-Keeping and reporting related to diverse projects within the immigration legal team;
  • Assist with organizational and case management systems used by immigration program;
  • Perform other special projects and other duties as assigned and directed by supervisor.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to cultural humility
  • Administrative experience in legal or non profit sector (preferred)
  • Bilingual – Spanish and English (Oral and Written)
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and within teams
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to multitask and meet multiple deadlines, with efficiency and excellence
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Data analysis and presentation skills highly desirable
  • Ability to work occasional evening hours, weekends, for program related meetings and events

To Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  The anticipated start date for this position is August 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 / Immig. Program Assistant.

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

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.

To apply

Submit via email a cover letter, your resume and three professional references. Include in the email subject the position you are applying to. Please email application materials directly to jobs@centrolegal.org

POSITIONS OPEN UNTIL FILLED

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