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Migrant Housing Community Worker

Description: 

WHO WE ARE: Founded in 1966, CRLA’s mission is to fight for justice and individual rights alongside the most exploited communities of our society. Through a network of regional offices and cross-cutting programs, CRLA provides legal services to over 42,000 low-income people annually. Our work impacts farm workers, individuals with disabilities, immigrant populations, LGBT communities, women, children and families in rural areas.

The Migrant Housing Community Worker will report to the Migrant Unit Directing Attorney and will promote awareness about housing rights agricultural workers living in farm worker public housing and/or in housing provided by their employers conducting community outreach and education targeted to agricultural workers and their families.

  • Position: Migrant Housing Community Worker
  • Experience:6+ months of work experience
  • Application Deadline: Open until filled
  • Location: Stockton 
  • Term of Employment: Temporary Long Term (Ending June 30, 2021), Full-Time
  • Other: FLSA Non-Exempt, Union Position

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Promote awareness about housing rights agricultural workers living in farmworker public housing and/or in housing provided by their employers.

• Provide Housing Rights outreach and education to agricultural workers through forums, workshops and other related events/activities.  The project focus is to educate agricultural workers about their Housing Rights. 

• Perform intakes through initial applicant screening for eligibility.

• Interview applicants to learn the underlying causes of their legal problem, and how the legal assistance being sought would assist clients in meeting their short, mid-range, and longer-term goals.

• Assist pro-per clients in identifying useful information for presentation of their cases and provide appropriate advocacy, provide applicants with appropriate legal information and referrals.

• Conduct investigations by gathering information through field inquiry and other research related to actual or potential cases and litigation.

• Prepare simple documents from standard forms, prepare/deliver verbal and written reports to Attorneys and other Staff of applicant interviews, including facts pertinent to the issues raised by applicants, assessments of applicants' capacities to represent themselves in the legal matter, and of the obstacles applicants face in meeting their stated goals.

• Lay Advocacy, represent client's interests in administrative hearings and other forums appropriate to a non-lawyer and engage in lay advocacy to the extent permissible under the law and the code of professional ethics, perform ministerial duties in connection with lawsuits such as filing and the service of process.

• Community workers may be required to travel to perform work throughout the State.

• Perform other tasks assigned.

 

Requirements: 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Applicant must have the ability to perform all of the above duties.
  • Commitment to serving low income clients.
  • Ability to use internet, database and computer word processing programs.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Ability to interact productively with diverse community populations.
  • Spanish-English fluency required.  Indigenous Languages preferred.
  • Applicants must have car and car insurance.
  • Knowledge of or the ability to learn the techniques of conducting community outreach events.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

  • A highly qualified and desirable candidate would also have the following:
  • Experience working with low-income families and communities.
  • Experience in a non-profit legal services environment.
  • Knowledge of researching and investigation methods including computer research.
  • Additional language ability relevant to the primary communities.

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.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

Competitive public interest union salary scale, generous healthcare benefits package (Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life Insurance) and 401K retirement plan contribution. Generous paid Holidays, paid vacation and paid sick days.

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.

Information

Submission Deadline: 
April 22, 2020
Organization Information: 
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA)
145 E Weber Ave
Stockton, CA 95202
United States