Full Time LGBT Program Director with California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. seeks a full time LGBT Program Director. This management position starts as soon as possible. It is an ideal job for an experienced program manager/attorney who wants to lead a dynamic team committed to community lawyering that provides direct legal aid, systemic advocacy, and leadership development opportunities to rural LGBT communities.


In 2007 CRLA launched its LGBT program, which has been nationally recognized for its innovative approaches and positive impact. CRLA regularly represents LGBT clients in a variety of types of legal cases, including immigration, employment discrimination, education matters, as well as name and gender change petitions. The LGBT program also engages in sustained partnerships with rural community leaders, LGBT community centers, and other supportive organizations and agencies committed to breaking down barriers that under and cause entrenched poverty. 

The LGBT Program Director coordinates CRLA’s statewide advocacy for LGBT people and leads the implementation of its goal to increase access to justice for low-income LGBT people in rural California, particularly LGBT farm workers. The LGBT Program Director position reports to the Deputy Director, and manages a team of four staff members, including one LGBT immigration fellow.



  • Supervise, support and evaluate program employees
  • Recruit, orient, supervise, train and recognize volunteers/interns
  • Maintain statistics and metrics related to statewide efforts and program impact
  • Collaborate with CRLA Development & Communication department to increase program resources, identify funding needs and priorities
  • Motivate staff/volunteers/interns and board members in accomplishing responsibilities and goals though empowerment and teamwork


  • Coordinate the LGBT Program in the provision of legal assistance and support to the LGBT client population and community-based organizations in CRLA’s service areas.
  • In strategically selected cases, provide direct legal services to LGBTQ clients

       Organizational Capacity Building

  • Work with LGBT Program Team to design, package and deliver training to CRLA staff regarding LGBT cultural competency and LGBT-related legal issues.
  • Connect CRLA staff to professional development opportunities that will improve the CRLA’s provision of legal services and advocacy on behalf of LGBT clients.
  • Build CRLA’s library of resources on LGBT-related legal services and advocacy.
  • Conduct workshops and write articles regarding the provision of legal services to low-income LGBT communities to enhance access to quality LGBT-related legal assistance nationally.
  • Support efforts to increase and improve LGBT-related services and training opportunities in the larger legal aid community.
  • Cultivate key relationships through outreach and collaboration, and work to increase awareness of the organization.
  • Build processes that help CRLA adapt to growth and change and enable staff to evaluate program opportunities and requests against alignment with mission, vision, values and resources.

       Community Education

  • Train the LGBT Program Staff to educate communities regarding LGBT-related issues and law.
  • Design outreach efforts that reach LGBT and non-LGBT audiences.
  • Support leadership development among local low-income LGBT residents.
  • Engage in media outreach that increases the awareness of LGBT rights and support for LGBT people in rural California.

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

  • Admission to the California Bar
  • Direct personal, educational, or professional experience with rural, immigrant, low-income or LGBT communities
  • Minimum one year of management experience, preferably in a legal services environment
  • Legal experience involving LGBT, poverty, or immigration law
  • Understanding and experience in meeting the needs of the LGBT communities, low-income, immigrant or rural communities and ability to empathize with the client community.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Media relations experience
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to interact constructively with diverse populations and staff members
  • Demonstrated experience in tracking and monitoring program outcomes
  • Mediation, negotiation, communication and listening skills
  • Computer and data analysis skills
  • Willingness to travel frequently

 Preferred Education and Experience

  • Bilingual (English and Spanish or other Second Language) preferred
  • Experience in non-profit or public service

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.

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.