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.

The Post Release Accompaniment Project

The Post Release Accompaniment Project (PRAP) is a program and collaboration among Centro Legal and local community and faith-based groups to help ensure the safe release of asylum seekers and other individuals detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. PRAP is based at, administered and supervised by Centro Legal. The PRAP program coordinator will coordinate all aspects of this program that assists newly released individuals with transportation and housing, that provides for their immediate needs, and that allows them to be reunited with their families or friends.

Position Summary and Responsibilities

Centro Legal is seeking an individual to coordinate the PRAP program and the program’s volunteers. Duties include the following areas of responsibility:

  • Coordinating day-to-day operations of the project, including releases, communicating with family members and recruiting, training, and retaining volunteers who pick up and support newly released individuals;
  • Preparing parole requests for submission to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and bond requests for submission to the Immigration Court;
  • Developing efforts to sustain, expand and replicate the model and project. This includes exploration of how to meet increased housing, mental health and substance abuse treatment needs for newly released individuals, working in collaboration with community partners and
    identifying new partners;
  • Documenting data, stories, successes and challenges of the day to day operations of the project and communicating this work through Centro’s website and social media;
  • Outreach and public education for the project, including developing educational materials for
    clients and their families;
  • Coordinating release planning for detained individuals in need of post-release substance treatment programs, mental health services, and housing;
  • Facilitating biweekly know your rights presentations via video for detainees at the Mesa Verde
    Detention Facility;
  • Coordinating client referrals to attorneys for representation in removal proceedings;
  • Participating in monthly visits to the Mesa Verde Detention Facility in Bakersfield, CA to assist in consultations (overnight travel required); and
  • Grant reporting and grant application duties as needed.

Qualifications

First and foremost, the applicant must profoundly share Centro Legal’s mission and vision of social justice. Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; graduate degree in program management, non-profit or the equivalent preferred;
  • Fluency in Spanish required;
  • Experience in program management is strongly preferred;
  • Experience in community organizing is strongly preferred;
  • Experience and capability to train and supervise program interns and volunteers of differing backgrounds;
  • Experience and effectiveness at conducting training and outreach activities in the community;
  • Demonstrated comfort working within a fast paced, ever-evolving, and rapidly changing structure; and
  • Experience working with low-income, immigrant communities.

Position Summary and Responsibilities

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. Centro also participates in impact litigation efforts, legal rights education, and local and national advocacy. We specialize in detained and non-detained removal defense, the intersection of immigration and criminal law, affirmative asylum applications, and humanitarian visas. Centro Legal is seeking an experienced attorney to assist in the provision of immigration legal services. Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Recruiting and fostering relationships with volunteer law firms, attorneys, mental health providers, and interpreters to assist Centro 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 non-profit litigation partners; and
  • 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

The applicant must profoundly share Centro Legal’s mission and vision of racial, economic and 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; and
  • Willingness to conduct training and outreach activities in the community.

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.

* We have no openings at the moment, please check back in a few weeks.

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.

Position Summary

Our Tenants’ Rights Practice works to stop displacement and stabilize our communities through eviction defense, drop-in legal clinics, affirmative litigation, administrative hearings before rent boards, know-your-rights presentations and an array of community outreach, and policy initiatives. We are seeking an experienced attorney to provide leadership and innovation for our team of Tenants’ Rights advocates.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Directly representing low-income tenants in unlawful detainer trials and appeals;
  • Directly representing low-income tenants in administrative hearings;
  • Supervising and/or providing consultations at bi-weekly drop-in clinics;
  • Providing Know Your Rights presentations to community-based organizations; and
  • Representing Centro Legal de la Raza and its clients at community events, stakeholder meetings, City Council hearings, etc.

Qualifications

The applicant must profoundly share Centro Legal’s mission and vision of racial, economic and social justice. Qualifications include:

  • J.D; admitted and in good standing with the California bar;
  • Fluency in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, or Vietnamese preferred, but not required;
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in housing law or public interest litigation;
  • Knowledge and adherence to community lawyering principles;
  • Strong leadership skills;
  • Excellent writing, research, analytical, and verbal communication skills;
  • A demonstrated commitment to civil liberties, tenants’ rights, and public interest law;
  • 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 trauma survivors;
  • Willingness to conduct training and outreach activities in the community as needed;
  • Experience working with Bay Area law firms is desired but not required; and
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively on projects with lawyers, other staff members across organization, and diverse community organizations, stakeholders and policymakers.

Position Summary

Our Tenants’ Rights Practice works to stop displacement and stabilize our communities through eviction defense, drop-in legal clinics, affirmative litigation, administrative hearings before rent boards, know-your-rights presentations and an array of community outreach, and policy initiatives. We are seeking an experienced attorney to provide leadership and innovation for our team of Tenants’ Rights advocates.

Primary Responsibilities

● Providing case supervision and informing legal strategy for attorneys;
● Training, mentoring, and supporting the ongoing development of a diverse staff of attorneys and advocates, volunteers, and interns – including conducting performance evaluations;
● Assigning and helping to manage supervisees caseloads at a rate that promotes self-care and wellbeing;
● Supervising drop-in clinics;
● Providing Know Your Rights presentations to community-based organizations;
● Assisting in determining appropriate case stories for use in reports, advocacy materials, and public education and providing expert testimony to media on current tenants’ rights law and policy topics;
● Collaborating with Directing Attorney to administer and manage projects and programs within practice;
● Collaborating with Directing Attorney to monitor, track, analyze and report data and case deliverables for projects and programs within practice;
● Presenting to and working with key stakeholders on changes in law, policy and practice; and
● Collaborating with local, regional, and national partners on policy initiatives, funding, and litigation efforts, as needed.

Qualifications

The applicant must profoundly share Centro Legal’s mission and vision of racial, economic and social justice. Qualifications include:

  • J.D; admitted and in good standing with the California bar;
  • Fluency in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, or Vietnamese preferred;
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in housing law or public interest litigation;
  • Trial experience;
  • Strong leadership skills and experience managing attorneys, fellows, or interns;
  • Knowledge and adherence to community lawyering principles;
  • Excellent writing, research, analytical, and verbal communication skills;
  • A demonstrated commitment to civil liberties, tenants’ rights, and public interest law;
  • 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 trauma survivors;
  • Willingness to conduct training and outreach activities in the community as needed;
  • Experience working with Bay Area law firms is desired but not required; and
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively on projects with lawyers, other staff members across organization, and diverse community organizations, stakeholders and policymakers.

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.

* We have no openings at the moment, please check back in a few weeks.

Administrative

Position Summary

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.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assists Executive Director with administrative duties and tasks, includes managing an active calendar of appointments; completing expense reports; composing and preparing correspondence with the goal to advance program and organizational level goals;
  • Creating and arranging complex and detailed travel plans, itineraries and agendas; management and coordination of conferences, events and meetings; compiling documents for meetings;
  • Attends Senior Leadership, Executive, Board of Director and Union meetings;
  • Provide meeting and event support: proactively prepare agendas and meeting materials, record meeting minutes, and coordinate meeting and event logistics;
  • Coordinate internal and external executive conference calls, meetings, trainings and events;
  • Develop and maintain strong, professional relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Assist in executive communications with board and staff, incl. 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 HR staff and Program/Practice Directors to manage the organizational calendar;
  • Provide administrative and management support on special projects and day-to-day operations;
  • Work effectively in a fast-paced environment with demanding and/or shifting deadlines;
  • Handles confidential and non-routine information and facilitates efficient and meaningful communication between appropriate people and organizational teams on an ongoing basis;
  • Provide input on ways to improve structures, efficiency and overall progress of organization;
  • Coordinates with Senior Staff and Directors to ensure attendance at partner/funder events; and
  • Serves as Board of Directors Liaison, incl. coordination, logistics, recordkeeping, and tracking of
    board and executive level goals.

Competencies and Qualifications

  • Strong analytical skills and problem-solving ability• Strong analytical skills, problem-solving ability and keen attention to detail
  • Time management and organizational skills
  • Positive, professional, respectful and effective communication skills
  • Excellent writing, research, analytical, and verbal communication skills
  • Project Management Skills and Software
  • Coordination of events and trainings
  • MS-Suite, Proficient Excel Skills, G-Suite, C-Suite
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Three to five years of executive level support experience preferred
  • Commitment to maintain the highest level of integrity and trust for the organization
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage several projects at once
  • Ability to be flexible, adaptive and responsive with constant need and shifting priorities
  • 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 and/or who are trauma survivors
  • Bilingual in Spanish and bi/multi-cultural preferred
  • Willingness to represent Centro and coordinate training and community outreach activities
  • Must be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends in support of an active ED calendar

Compensations and benefits

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

To apply

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Submit via email only 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 [email protected]

POSITIONS OPEN UNTIL FILLED

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