The Organization: Founded in 1969 and located in Oakland, California, Centro Legal de la Raza (Centro Legal) is a comprehensive legal services agency focused on strengthening low-income, immigrant, and Latino families and individuals by providing bilingual and culturally competent legal representation, education, and advocacy. The mission of Centro Legal is to protect and expand the rights of low-income people, particularly monolingual Spanish-speaking immigrants.
Centro Legal’s Tenants’ Rights Program (Housing Program) serves the needs of our most vulnerable community members who are at risk of displacement due to the current Housing Crisis. We do this through the provision of limited scope consultations (advice and counsel, assistance with pleadings, discovery, etc.) and legal representation on issues ranging from illegal rent increases to unlawful evictions. Recently, Centro Legal is leading the Alameda County’s Anti-Displacement Crisis Intervention Program, which coordinates the legal services and emergency financial assistance provided to tenants and homeowners by multiple legal services providers.
The Position: The Program Director develops and manages the Tenants’ Rights Program (“Program”) in furtherance of Centro Legal’s mission to provide comprehensive legal services to strengthen low-income, immigrant, and Latino families. The Program Director is part of the senior management team and reports to the Executive Director.
The Program Director’s duties include:
- Supervise senior-level attorneys, grants manager, program assistant, cash aid assistant, fellows, and other staff, interns, volunteers, and clerks as needed in the provision of legal services to low-income tenants to ensure compliance with program deliverables and Centro Legal’s mission.
- Oversee the design and implementation of the Alameda County Anti-Displacement Crisis Intervention Program and be the primary contact between Centro Legal and Alameda County regarding the Program.
- Design, develop, and implement program policies, procedures, initiatives to ensure program success.
- Identify and pursue funding for the program, including drafting, preparing, and submitting grant applications, and negotiate contracts for such funding.
- As part of the senior management team, participate in developing and implementing organization-wide policies and procedures to promote the provision of holistic services and ensure the growth and development of the organization.
- Design program measures, ensure data collection on program measures, and generate reports as required.
- Represent Centro Legal de la Raza at community events.
- Work with finance staff to develop and manage the annual Program budget.
- As needed, manage independent caseload consisting of limited and extensive scope services and full legal representation to low-income tenants.
Qualifications: First, and foremost, the applicant must profoundly share Centro Legal’s mission and vision of social justice and manage stressful situations with empathy and calm. Below are additional qualifications.
- Excellent management and project management skills.
- Experience supervising five or more staff in the context of legal services and/or administrative responsibilities.
- Proficiency or fluency in Spanish (written and verbal).
- Understand and be familiar with the Bay Area Housing Crisis as well as anti-displacement efforts (existing and needed).
- Excellent communication skills (written and oral).
- Good Standing with the California Bar.
- Five or more years’ experience in landlord/tenant law and/or litigation.
- Experience with Salesforce.
- Grant writing and other fundraising experience.
- Nonprofit management experience.
Compensation and Benefits: Salary commensurate with background and experience plus medical, vision, dental, FSA, and 401(k) benefits. Generous vacation and holiday package.
Applications: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue on an ongoing basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Submit via email only: 1) detailed cover letter describing desire to work with low-income, monolingual Spanish-speaking community, 2) resume, and 3) a list of three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.orgHelp. Place these words in the subject line: “Tenants’ Rights Program Director.”
Centro Legal de la Raza is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate based on race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other prohibited category. Centro Legal de la Raza is an affirmative action employer and strongly encourages women, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ, older persons, persons with disabilities, and all qualified persons to apply.
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