Staff Attorney - Modesto

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Job location
1111 Street, Suite 310
Modesto, CA 95354
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
California Rural Legal Assistance
Street address: 
1430 Franklin St. Suite 103
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Community Education/Outreach: The Community Worker (CW) will work with the LGBT Program Director and the Delano Basic Office Directing Attorney to educate rural communities about their rights with a specific emphasis on educating the LGBT community about their rights. This work includes developing and revising outreach and community education material and training curriculum, planning outreach and trainings, and conducting the outreach and trainings, including making community presentations and media appearances as required.
• Leadership Building and Community Support: The CW will be responsible for identifying and
cultivating rural, low-income LGBT leaders, including current and former CRLA clients. The CW will use a CRLA leadership curriculum to train LGBT leaders, and contribute to improving the curriculum. These leaders will be equipped to
(1) participate in community education efforts, (2) support efforts to expand resources for rural low-income LGBT people, and (3) take leadership roles within existing community committees at CRLA and within CRLA’s board structure. In addition, the CW will support local groups engaged in advocacy on behalf of low-income and LGBT communities. The CW will foster leadership that is able to effectively engage in intersectional advocacy.
• Investigative Support: The CW will provide investigative support as necessary for CRLA’s LGBT-related cases and for Delano CRLA Office cases. This support will include, but not be limited to interviewing clients and witnesses, and preparing written reports.
• Non-Lawyer Advocacy: The CW will carry out paralegal activity, and other non-lawyer advocacy. The CW perform ministerial duties in connection with lawsuits and other legal matters such as assisting with filings and the service of process; and interpreting for non-English speaking clients in interviews and before formal and informal tribunals. The CW will engage in lay advocacy on behalf of CRLA clients to the extent permissible under the law and the code of professional ethics before the Welfare department, Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, local education
agencies, public housing authority, and other government agencies and forums.
• Internal Resource: Provide technical and outreach support to other CRLA offices. Assist other CRLA offices in the development of outreach materials and community events.
• Other duties as assigned by Directing Attorney of the Delano Basic Office and LGBT Program Director.


Demonstrated experience in conducting leadership development with diverse communities.
• Knowledge of and experience with LGBT issues, community dynamics and needs.
• Experience working in low-income, rural communities of color.
• Understanding and confidence necessary to engage in intersectional advocacy and to bring the lens of intersectionality to CRLA’s work with clients and community partners.
• Demonstrated ability to talk about LGBT issues with national media, local community leaders and diverse community audiences.
• Demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
• Experience developing, delivering and facilitating educational workshops or community
education sessions.
• Experience conducting client interviews to elicit facts and address related client concerns.
• Willingness and ability to learn new information quickly.
• Demonstrated ability to utilize a work plan to manage daily work and provide periodic reports to
supervisors and funders.
• Willingness to travel is required. Must have access to a reliable car. Travel costs, including
mileage, are reimbursed.
• Willingness to work some evenings and weekend days as necessitated by scheduling of
community events.
• Language skills: Oral and written fluency in Spanish and English, excellent written
communications in Spanish and English.
• Computer skills: Must know how to operate a computer and use the internet. Experience with
the Microsoft Office suite of programs preferred.

To apply: 

Application: Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. CRLA is an equal opportunity
employer. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Please send cover letter and resume to HR Department at: [email protected]. Please be sure to
reference “LGBT – Community Worker ” in the subject line of e-mail.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
25,232 to 49,000
Expiration date: 
Tuesday, December 26, 2017