STAFF ATTORNEY
ALAMEDA COUNTY LANGUAGE ACCESS COALITION
Deadline: Open until filled

THE OPPORTUNITY

Law Center for Families (LCFF) seeks a dynamic leader to serve as Staff Attorney of 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 limited English speakers (LEP) because they are immigrants. 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 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 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 Director will also work with a legal/community advocate. The Language Access Attorney 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 the collaborative.

The Language Access Project Director is expected to lead multi-dimensional efforts focused on litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, media and grassroots public education, public speaking, and program development. The Director will be 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.

QUALIFICATIONS

Essential
s Strong leadership skills

- Ability 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 develop and implement litigation strategies, while also working with affected communities

- California State Bar Membership

Preferred

- Legal or litigation experience developing civil rights cases, with a particular focus on immigrants

- Experience with administrative and agency advocacy

- Experience as public and media spokesperson

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

- Political and community sophistication

- Bilingual capacity in Spanish or Asian language such as Cantonese, Mandarin or Vietnamese 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. More recently, LCFF incorporated the self-sufficiency/economic (public benefits) support work of The Center on Poverty Law & Economic Opportunity. 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.