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Job Details
Company Name :
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.
Company Location :
Modesto, CA 95354
Job Position :
LGBTQ+ Program Coordinator
Job Category :
Jobs in California

Job Description :
About CRLA: Founded in 1966, CRLAs 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 tens of thousands of low-income people annually. Our work impacts farmworkers, individuals with disabilities, immigrant populations, LGBTQ+ communities, women, children, and families in rural areas.

About CRLA’s LGBTQ+ Program: In 2007, CRLA launched its statewide LGBTQ+ Program, which has been nationally recognized for its innovative approaches and positive impact. CRLA regularly represents LGBTQ+ clients in various legal cases, including education, immigration, employment discrimination, housing discrimination, healthcare, and name and gender marker correction petitions. CRLA’s LGBTQ+ Program also engages in statewide community legal education and leadership development opportunities; builds active, sustained partnerships with rural LGBTQ+ community centers, supporting organizations, and public agencies; and monitors and engages local public entities that directly impact LGBTQ+ communities.

Position: LGBTQ+ Program Coordinator
Experience: 3+ years of Legal Secretary, Paralegal, Administrative, Grants Oversight, or Other office management experience (or a combination of years of experience in these roles)
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Location: Hybrid, CRLA office location flexible (Salinas, Watsonville, Stockton, or Modesto preferred)
Term of Employment: Regular, Full-Time
Other: FLSA Non-Exempt, Union Position

Reporting to the LGBTQ+ Program Legal Director, the Program Coordinator will help increase access to justice for low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people in rural California, including LGBTQ+ agricultural workers and immigrants. The Program Coordinator manages the LGBTQ+ Program’s administrative operations and logistics, including office coordination, monitoring, and tracking program outcomes and grant obligations (and searching for new grant opportunities). The Coordinator will also perform initial screenings for eligibility and interviews to determine the nature of the legal problem/s and the type of legal assistance being sought by the applicants and will coordinate legal clinics, workshops, outreach, and trainings across the LGBTQ+ Program’s service areas.
Administrative Duties:

Oversee day-to-day operations of the LGBTQ+ Program
Development and maintenance of office and case management best practices for efficient operational workflows for LGBTQ+ Program staff
Monitoring and oversight of case management system to ensure compliance with LSC and other funder requirements
Monitoring and tracking of program outcomes, including the compiling and analyzing of data for grant reporting purposes
Coordination with other field offices or programs to ensure accurate, updated external referrals and internal case-transfer practices
Work with CRLA Language Justice Initiative staff to coordinate language justice needs
Assist proper clients in identifying helpful information for the presentation of their cases
Perform ministerial duties in connection with lawsuits, such as filing and the service of process
Maintains the Program’s physical and electronic client files, including opening, follow-up, and closing of cases with the supervision of the LGBTQ+ Program Legal Director

Applicant Intake:

Track, oversee, and follow up on referrals and applications for legal services coming into the Program
Perform initial screening for eligibility; interview applicants to determine their legal problem’s nature and identify the type of legal assistance being sought
Interview applicants to learn the underlying causes of their legal problem and how the legal assistance being sought would assist clients in meeting their short, mid-range, and longer-term goals
Provide applicants with appropriate legal information and referrals
Prepare and write up reports of applicant interviews, including facts pertinent to the issues raised by applicants, for Program staff and management review

Community Outreach and Education:

Provide legal information and skills training to individuals and groups to help our clients understand and assert their legal rights and responsibilities
Coordinate logistics for community outreach events, attending events as needed
Support efforts to increase and improve LGBTQ+ related services and training opportunities in the larger legal aid community
Cultivate critical relationships through outreach and collaboration, and work to increase awareness of the organization

Clinic Coordination:

Responsible for the operation, management, and functioning of the Program’s name and gender marker correction clinics and workshops.
Conduct interviews with potential clinic clients and ensures that legal clinic files contain all documentation required per LSC guidelines or program funding sources
Conduct follow-up needed after the clinics and workshops, including return phone calls to clients, data entry, and dissemination of appropriate resources.
Ensures compliance with LSC guidelines and regulations regarding private attorney involvement
Maintains quality control systems for clinic and workshop cases to ensure proper record keeping, case oversight, and timely disposition of cases

QUALIFICATIONS & QUALITIES of our ideal candidate: We intend to bring a candidate with as many of the following qualifications and qualities as possible.

At least three years of legal secretary, paralegal, office administration, project management, or other legal office experience
Oral and written fluency in Spanish and English is required.
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
Strong computer skills and experience with database and Microsoft programs
Experience with coordinating and organizing events or projects
Experience working with LGBTQ+, rural, immigrant, and/or low-income clients.
Good interpersonal skills, client interviewing skills, and ability to interact constructively with diverse populations and survivors of trauma.
Ability to engage in intersectional advocacy and to bring the lens of intersectionality to CRLA’s work with clients and community partners.
Knowledge of or ability to learn the techniques of conducting community outreach events, workshops and community education presentations.
Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekend days.
Applicants must have a car and car insurance.
Willingness to travel is required. Travel will be 10-20% on average, and travel costs, including mileage, are reimbursed.

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.
We offer a diverse, family-friendly environment, compensation based on competitive public interest salaries, and a generous benefits package. CRLA’s benefits package includes 100% employer-covered medical, dental, vision, life, and short & long-term disability insurance for employees and up to 50% for dependents coverage; CRLA’s student loan reimbursement program; employee assistance program; employer-paid CA Bar license; and 401k retirement plan with CRLA contribution effectively immediately. CRLA has a generous paid leave policy which includes; 15 days of sick leave, 15 holidays each year, and vacation (starting at 15 days and increasing to 20 days after one year of service at CRLA).

CRLA requires that all employees are Fully Vaccinated, defined as a CDC-approved COVID vaccination and one booster shot. This offer is contingent on meeting this requirement. The complete vaccination policy, including the process for reasonable allowable accommodations, is available for your review upon request.

CRLA invites all applicants to submit their resumes and, in their cover letter a statement about how their unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.

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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