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 42,000 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:  Regional Director of Advocacy – Basic Office
Experience: 3+ Years Active Civil Legal Practice
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Available Location(s): Any CRLA Basic Office

Term of Employment: Regular, Full-Time
Other: FLSA Exempt, Non-Union Position


Working with the Basic Unit Director on statewide planning development and coordination of advocacy efforts, the Regional Director of Advocacy’s duties include:

  • Supervision and mentoring of staff advocacy efforts Delivering and supporting litigation
  • Supporting other advocacy, including legislative, administrative advocacy and community education


  • The Regional Director of Advocacy shall supervise and evaluate the Directing Attorneys (DA), as assigned, to ensure implementation and monitoring of approved field office work plans and advocacy. The Regional Director of Advocacy shall be responsible for:
  • Litigating impact cases as a lead counsel or co-counsel;
  • Establishing and enforcing program policies
  • Evaluation of advocacy and managerial skills of program attorneys (as assigned) Exercising independent judgment in resolving client needs and other office/case complaints
  • Evaluating staff members’ (as assigned) training needs and approving training expenses Approving or denying requests for legal services, training and directing CRLA staff members (as assigned) in carrying out CRLA policies and procedures
  • Conducts regional or local office case review, reviews LAPs and proposals for litigation originating in their region. (The RDA role in review of the LAPs is limited to review from an office coordination and resource allocation standpoint.)
  • Co-counsels and second chairs litigation, as necessary
  • Reviews and supports development of work plans, coordinates local office resource allocation with PDs, DAs, and DLAT
  • Ensures advocacy efforts are appropriately staffed by evaluating resources needed and resources available, local office expertise, and opportunities to arrange for external resources
  • Identifies and provides training and mentoring opportunities
  • Assists in coordination of local office advocacy, supervises, monitors and supports implementation of Core Expectations
  • Conducts regional or local office case review, and supports development of annual needs assessments
  • Reviews and supports development of work plans, identifies regional office training needs, coordinates local office resource allocation.
  • Assists in identifying outcomes and evaluates progress
  • Identifies and creates opportunities for offices to support regional and statewide advocacy efforts (e.g. co-counseling, regional outreach)
  • Identifies and creates opportunities for cross-training between offices Serves as communication conduit between local offices and senior management, if necessary
  • Supports development efforts, assists in development of regional proposals Supports maintaining local office and regional grants
  • Supports DAs with local office management
  • Supervise and support DAs’ performance of administrative functions, as needed Supervises compliance of LSC regulations
  • Ensures DAs receive information regarding CRLA policies
  • Monitors grants, including LSC, and impact advocacy deadlines,
  • Fills in for DAs in DA absence or DA vacancies
  • Maintaining a professional working relationship with Directing Attorneys, Project Directors, support staff, and with all other coordinators performing such other duties as may be 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.

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.


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.

Regional Director of Advocacy