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 47,000 low-income people annually. Our work impacts farmworkers, individuals with disabilities, immigrant populations, LGBT communities, women, children and families in rural areas.


Position:                            Administrative Legal Secretary

Experience:                        3+ years of experience as a Legal Secretary or equivalent

Application Deadline:         Open until filled

Location:                             CRLA Watsonville Office

Term of Employment:         Regular, Full-Time

Other:                                 FLSA Non-Exempt, Union Position


Job Description:

The Administrative Legal Secretary (ALS) manages all communications, correspondence, typing legal documents, filing, travel, calendar, and general organizational matters within the local office. Also, responsible for managing legal expenditures, coordinating litigation with outside counsel and preparing discovery, and maintaining/organizing records of litigated and transaction matters, as well as vendor, supplier, and other office contracts.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintains all duties of the Legal Secretary position
  • Serve as coordinator of the office, training and coordinating the office clerical staff
  • Delegate tasks to other clerical staff, coordinate clerical and litigation support responsibilities
  • Maintains statistical records as required, create and produces reports using Legal Server
  • Administer petty cash and clients’ trust accounts
  • Assist in the interviewing and selection of clerical staff
  • Maintain office administrative and personnel files
  • Assure that legal deadlines are met in the processing of legal documents
  • Maintain the court and appointment calendar
  • Order and maintain office equipment and supplies
  • Disseminate information from ALS meetings
  • Maintain/archive confidential client files, arranges for confidential document destruction as directed
  • Coordinate building maintenance, process invoices, bills, statements and check requests
  • Assist off-site IT personnel with the local provision of tech support
  • Perform other office duties as assigned, including assisting with the new applicant and client intake process.



  • Three (3) years of experience as Legal Secretary or equivalent experience providing administrative support
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with all staff, clients and community organizations
  • Type 55-60 wpm, efficiently and correctly into case management system
  • Knowledgeable with Windows/Microsoft Office, Internet, Legal Server and web based programs
  • Knowledgeable of office equipment such as copiers, facsimile machines and scanners
  • Ability to maintain client confidentiality of personnel and administrative records
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Knowledge of law office management
  • Bilingual (English & Spanish) highly preferred


Preferred Education and Experience:

A highly qualified and desirable candidate would also have the following:

  • Experience working with low-income families and communities.
  • Experience in a non-profit legal services environment.
  • Prior experience in legal services.

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.



Based on work experience and qualifications; generous benefits package includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life Insurance, and 401K retirement plan contribution. Fourteen (14) paid Holidays, generous vacation and sick leave policy.



We invite you to submit your application HERE, include your cover letter and resume. Alternative, you may apply by sending your cover letter and resume to jobs@crla.org. Include ‘Job Title’ in the subject line of email.


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.

Administrative Legal Secretary – Watsonville