Regional Director of Advocacy

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Organization information
Organization name: 
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA)
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

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

General Responsibilities:

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.

To apply: 


OR email resume and cover letter to [email protected]

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.
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