POSITION: Program Director – Rural Education Equity Program
About California Rural Legal Assisstance:
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.
The Rural Education Equity Program (REEP) is focused on targeted, outcome-oriented advocacy
to reduce education disparities for low-income, immigrant, communities of color living, and other
vulnerable communities in rural areas of California by engaging in direct representation of
individuals and groups, developing and implementing outreach and education strategies, and
responding to legislative requests and participating in public rulemaking that has an impact on
education in rural communities. The PD will provide oversight, direction, coordination, support and
monitoring of CRLA education advocacy focusing on reducing education disparities and ensuring
that priority area outcomes are met. The PD will also provide oversight, direction, management,
and monitoring of local advocacy efforts.
- Develop and implement the program goals, objectives and outcomes and annual work
plan designed to reduce and ultimately eliminate education disparities for vulnerable
populations in rural areas with special emphasis on limited English proficient students,
students of color, immigrants, migrant students and the educational rights of students
referred to the juvenile justice system.
- Coordinate, monitor and evaluate advocacy strategies and projects, including litigation, that
advance CRLA advocacy towards reaching identified the program outcomes related to
eliminating education disparities in rural communities.
- Collaborate with the Deputy Directors, Regional Directors, and Directors of Litigation,
Advocacy and Training (DLATs), to ensure new substantive legal knowledge, advocacy
strategies and grant supported projects are successfully executed, completed and
implemented throughout the organization.
- Conduct trainings and professional development activities for CRLA advocates related to
skills, legal knowledge and related advocacy strategies that will advance work towards
- Oversee and develop related outreach and education for action materials in collaboration
with the Director of Community Workers.
- Lead or provide oversight as appropriate for select advocacy projects and co-counsel legal
case work in CRLA offices that have potential for replication, organizational learning and
significant impact on client communities and client groups.
- Assist with fundraising efforts for the program growth and development.
- Coordinate and support CRLA partnerships with statewide or national education advocacy
- Attend state and national conferences and convenings to elevate CRLA program efforts.
- Supervise project staff as assigned.
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.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
As an equal opportunity employer, CRLA is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace
and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with
disabilities, and persons from other minorities to apply.
Required Education & Experience
- JD with Bar Admission in California required.
- Working knowledge of Federal, State laws regarding school discipline, language access,
migrant education, juvenile justice and funding of special needs in public schools.
- Experience working in community-based settings with low-income families, plus
experience with Limited English proficient and migrant populations.
- Demonstrated ability to manage, supervise, coordinate professional teams and legal work.
- Ability to establish rapport, trust with a diverse set of teams, partners, and leaders.
- Ability to manage multiple tasks, projects, demands in a timely and professional manne
Preferred Education & Experience
- Bilingual (English and Spanish)
- Experience in non-profit or public service
- Education/training related to education theory and practice
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Salary is commensurate with experience. CRLA offers generous benefits package, including
employer-paid health insurance, Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, and 401K retirement plan
contribution. As well generous paid vacation, sick time, holidays and professional development
We invite you to submit your application HERE, include your cover letter and resume. Alternative,
you may apply by sending your letter of interest and a resume to email@example.com. Include ‘Program
Director – REEP’ in the subject line of email. This position will remain open until the right candidate
has been identified.