LEGAL ORGANIZER/ADVOCATE
ALAMEDA COUNTY LANGUAGE ACCESS COALITION
Deadline: Open until filled

THE OPPORTUNITY

Law Center for Families (LCFF) seeks a dynamic legal organizer/advocate to work with our Alameda County Language Access Collaborative (ACLAI). ACLAI uses a combination of legal and legislative advocacy, public education and organizing strategies to advance the cause of civil rights for community members who are immigrant/limited English speakers (LEP). While LCFF has designed and carried out groundbreaking campaigns to improve access for LEP persons and fought systemic discrimination on this ground, The Alameda County Language Access Collaborative is being established to continue to develop, spearhead and expand LCFF’s and other partners’ work in this area.

This position provides a unique opportunity for experienced or motivated candidates who are passionate about racial and or economic justice in particular the promoting and defending the civil rights of LEP communities. The position represents a timely opportunity, working with other key partners, to set and pursue an ambitious racial justice agenda on behalf of this significant segment of the Alameda County Population.

THE POSITION
The successful candidate will help develop and co-lead ACLAI’s efforts in collaboration with several key community partners, including agencies or groups that work to organize immigrant communities. The Advocate will also work with a Staff Attorney/Director who will also be hired to implement the program. The Advocate will report directly to LCFF’s Executive Director, but will also work closely with the Program Director of the Legal Language Access Project, our primary partner in this collaborative.

The Advocate is expected to help spearhead multi-dimensional efforts focused on litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, media and grassroots public education, public speaking, and program development to improve language access for and remove language barriers faced by immigrants. The Director is expected to work with community organizing agencies and community based organizations that either work with or provide services to the immigrant communities, and with immigrants who are themselves affected by agencies failures to remove language barriers. In particular, the Advocate is expected to educate immigrants about their civil rights to language access, work with immigrants to develop strategies for improving language access, work with community organizing groups and community based organizations to develop and implement strategies on language access, and build relationships with policy or other progressive coalitions that will help further the civil rights of immigrants.

QUALIFICATIONS

Essential

- Experience with community organizing, in particular diverse immigrant groups

- Strong leadership skills

- Ability to work collaboratively to form and articulate a strategic vision for effective racial justice advocacy on behalf of LEP immigrants

- Substantial professional experience in racial justice or civil rights advocacy (legal, political, public education and/or community-based)

- Demonstrated ability to take initiative, think creatively, and work both collaboratively and independently

- Excellent communication skills, both oral (as a public spokesperson) and written

- Good interpersonal skills, including ability to motivate and interact effectively with people from different immigrant, social and economic backgrounds

- A demonstrated and deep commitment to racial and economic justice and civil rights

- Ability to communicate with, work well with, and take direction from community organizing groups or community based organizations that work with or provide services to immigrants;

- Ability to work with very diverse, multicultural and growing immigrant communities;

- Ability and willingness to occasionally travel to distant parts of the County;

- Ability to work some nights and weekends

Preferred

- Experience with occasionally representing clients at administrative hearings

- Experience as public and media spokesperson

- A track-record of success and achievement as an advocate

- Political and community sophistication

- Prior experience in legal office

- Bilingual capacity in Spanish, Asian language such as Cantonese, Mandarin or Vietnamese, or other language a plus.

COMPENSATION

Salary based on experience. Generous benefits.

ORGANIZATION
Law Center for Families (“LCFF”) was created in 1999 by the merger of two lead providers of legal services to low-income people in Alameda County (one of the largest and most diverse counties in California): Legal Aid Society of Alameda County and Community Law Center. LCFF provides a broad range of legal services to Alameda County low-income residents through direct representation, consultation, advice, community education, and broader systemic advocacy and litigation. LCFF’s core legal services programs are: housing, family and consumer law, and work involving Self-sufficiency issues (Economic Support and Public Benefits law). The office’s environment is collegial; the work is challenging, varied and rewarding.

To Apply:

Applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in the position to Luz Buitrago, Executive Director, Law Center for Families, 510-16th Street, #300, Oakland, CA 94617. LCFF is an equal opportunity employer. All interested individuals, (no exceptions) are urged to apply.