WHO WE ARE: California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) is a nonprofit legal services program founded in 1966 to assist low-income individuals in rural communities.  Over 50 years later, CRLA is one of the largest legal aid organizations in California, utilizing its 19 field offices and a nearly $15 million annual budget to provide more than 41,000 low-income Californians with free legal assistance, community education, and outreach programs. CRLA’s mission, “To fight for justice and individual rights alongside the most exploited communities in our society,” has driven the development of innovative programming for vulnerable communities, including farmworkers, children, migrants, indigenous communities, and the LGBT community.


Position:                            Directing Attorney

Experience:                        3 plus years active civil legal practice

Application Deadline:         Open until filled

Available Location(s):         Coachella Offices

Term of Employment:         Regular, Full-Time

Other:                                 FLSA Exempt, Non-Union Position



Reporting to the Executive Director and the Deputy Director, the CRLA Directing Attorney is responsible for the overall provision of legal services to the low-income client community in the service area and the day to day operations of the local field office. This includes supervising, training and motivating local office staff to provide the highest quality legal services in accordance with CRLA program guidelines, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services and the Code of Professional Responsibility.



  • Maintain an active caseload which consists of State, Federal trial and appellate work.
  • Supervise the activities of local office Staff Attorneys, Community Workers and Support Staff in providing legal services to low income clients and groups. Including advice, negotiation, litigation and administrative advocacy in accordance with the CRLA priorities and case handling policies.
  • Ensure that staff have accurate, timely, and complete information about the legal issues within the local office’s scope of responsibility, including training in the basic office responsibilities.
  • Evaluate staff on an annual basis including the identification of training needs to be incorporated into the office’s six (6) month work plan.
  • Cooperate with the Regional Director or the Directors of Litigation, Advocacy and Training in the implementation of CRLA’s Core Expectations.
  • Encourage advocates to develop specialized knowledge in a substantive area of poverty law and to act as a resource for other CRLA staff through participation in at least one CRLA task force.
  • Conduct weekly case review meetings to ensure that legal services provided are consistent with CRLA priorities, policies, procedures, and that they maximize CRLA’s resources to provide the highest quality in services.
  • Ensure that legal services provided are in compliance with LSC regulations, IOLTA requirements and the requirements of other CRLA grants.
  • Supervise staff in setting up local community education opportunities relating to legal rights and the preparation of materials for such presentations.
  • Act as liaison with the local community advisory board including setting up meetings, sending reports to the CRLA Board of Directors and working with the local board to identify annual office priorities.
  • Collaborate and cooperate with Program Directors to advance Program goals and develop special initiatives.
  • Cooperate with the Development Department and participate in development efforts as necessary or required.
  • Coordinate with the Human Resources Department to ensure staff is effectively hired, managed, and developed.
  • Collaborate with the Human Resources Department to ensure that all staff are recruited, hired, managed, and developed in order to maximize both performance and retention.
  • Cooperate with the Accounting Department in enforcing fiscally sound office procedures and ensuring a clean annual audit.


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

Required Education and Experience

  • Admitted to practice law before the court of any state.
  • Admitted to practice law in the State of California or willingness to take the next California Bar Exam.
  • Three (3) years minimum experience managing law office and staff
  • Three (3) years minimum litigation experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with low-income clients.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Excellent demonstrated people skills and the ability to maintain positive relations with a diverse population.


 Preferred Education and Experience

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

  • Experience in a non-profit legal services environment.
  • Spanish fluency or additional language ability relevant to the primary communities.
  • Prior experience managing a multi-location organization.

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.

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