California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation seeks a Tenants’ Rights Staff Attorney

to join our Labor & Civil Rights Litigation Unit


Location: Sacramento, California Position

Start Date: Immediately


California’s rural populations experience a dramatic justice gap. The COVID-19 pandemic further aggravated the precarious economic and housing situation of mixed-status families. Unique among legal aid organizations, CRLAF represents clients regardless of their immigration status, and focuses on class action cases that assist hundreds of tenants at a time.


CRLAF represents farmworkers and other low-wage rural workers and their families in landlord tenant disputes such as: issues around habitability, wrongful evictions, employer-owned housing matters, labor camps, and mobile park related matters, including park conversions.



The Staff Attorney will play a critical role in the continued development and implementation of the housing project, including advocacy and litigation on behalf of low-income tenants in rural California, community education and leadership development, as well as collaboration with other governmental and nonprofit agencies.


The Staff Attorney will be responsible for working with CRLAF’s Litigation Unit to develop new cases and represent clients in existing cases ranging from class action and impact litigation, to individual representation and other duties as assigned. Although CRLAF represents clients throughout California, this position will focus on housing cases and issues in the Sacramento Valley.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Identifying and handling housing cases for impact litigation.

  • Directly representing low-income tenants in unlawful detainer trials.

  • Supervising and/or providing consultations at virtual clinics.

  • Providing Know Your Rights presentations to community-based organizations and tenants.

  • Creating and maintaining relationships with local community-based organizations.



  • California State Bar Licensed attorney in good standing (preferred) or an attorney licensed to practice in another state.

  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in housing law or public interest litigation.

  • Demonstrated knowledge or interest in issues relating to low-wage or agricultural workers.

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a dynamic team.

  • Strong community outreach and training skills.

  • Culturally sensitive and works well with diverse, low-income populations.

  • Self-starter, able to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks with attention to detail.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Prior advocacy and/or litigation experience preferred.

  • Willingness to conduct training and outreach activities in the community as needed.

  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed for case work and client meetings.

  • Spanish/English fluency strongly preferred.



Compensation is based on a public interest salary scale. Generous benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave; law school loan repayment.


Temporary COVID-19 Remote Work:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CRLAF team members are primarily working remotely and under detailed health and safety protocols to minimize risk of exposure. Though reopening our local offices is an evolving plan, we anticipate remaining mostly remote throughout much of 2021. All employees are expected to be available to travel to CRLAF offices and service locations as needed and in compliance with public health advisories.


Application Information: Please email resume and cover letter to Claudia Guzman at For questions, please call (916) 446-7904 ext. 2014. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We believe everyone has something important to contribute. Respecting individual differences is an integral part of our culture and we endeavor to make our differences work for us to achieve our mission.


California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation seeks a Full-Time Program Manager

to join our Immigration Team

Location: Sacramento, California Position

Start Date: Immediately

Responsibilities: Program Manager will be responsible for increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the Immigration Team’s service delivery, community organizing, and coalition building work. This position is remote until CRLAF’s Sacramento office reopens to the public.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Regularly track deliverables for the organization’s immigration-related grants through data entry and compiling reports for funders

  • Monitor budgets, invoices, and other financial records to ensure compliance with immigration grant expenditure requirements and restrictions

  • Assist with updating and maintaining records in client management database

  • Manage communications with clients and partner organizations

  • Update social media platforms including website, Facebook, and Twitter

  • Coordinate media requests on behalf of the immigration department as they arise

  • Perform administrative duties such as responding to intake inquiries, scheduling appointments, and making appropriate referrals to other nonprofit organizations

  • Assist with on-boarding and other staff administrative needs of immigration team employees, interns, and volunteers

  • Work collaboratively with CRLA Foundation employees, interns, and volunteers

  • Assist with other administrative and development work of the organization



  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and the empowerment of immigrant communities

  • Fluency in Spanish

  • Experience working with low-income, non-English speaking families

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Drive (Docs, Spreadsheets), electronic spreadsheets, and basic computer file management skills

  • Previous experience working with sensitive, private, or confidential customer/client information or documents highly preferred

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Attention to detail and problem-solving skills

  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task or prioritize assignments

  • Ability to work in a team-focused and multicultural work environment

  • Previous experience or training in accounting skills highly preferred


Application Information: Please email cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 professional references to Please address cover letter to “Hiring Committee” and write “Program Manager” in the email subject line. Applications will be reviewed and accepted until November 22, 2021 or until the position is filled.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

CRLA Foundation is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, color, religion, gender identity and/or expression, physical or mental disability, nationality, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

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