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La Raza Centro Legal, San Francisco is an equal opportunity employer. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

La Raza Centro Legal, San Francisco (LRCL), is an award-winning non-profit, community-based legal aid agency, and San Francisco Legacy Business in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District. Founded in 1973 by Chicano law students, we proudly build upon the legacy of our founders. Our licensed attorneys provide excellent legal services to Spanish-speaking, immigrant, and low-income community members in the counties of San Francisco and San Mateo, as well as the wider Bay Area. Each year, La Raza Centro Legal serves over 4,000 individuals.

A renowned anchor agency community law office, we offer trusted and reliable no-cost legal services, to vulnerable and low-income individuals and families  across the Bay. Our dedicated staff advocates for our clients’ civil and human rights across four primary program areas: Immigration Law, Asylum and Deportation Defense, Elder and Disability Law, and Workers’ Rights. Our attorneys are experts in their legal specialties and are sought after to provide continuing Legal Education (CLE) and other trainings to attorneys and legal aid workers across California. 

LRCL is a reliable community resource that families have depended on for generations. Our mission is to be the most trusted provider of free legal services in California. To see our mission in action view a brief video highlighting the passion of our staff and impact on our clients. 

La Raza Centro Legal (LRCL) seeks a highly collaborative, diplomatic leader with deep commitment to serving Spanish-speaking, immigrant, and low-income communities to build upon our over 50-year legacy of community impact. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for LRCL’s staff, programs, and execution of its mission. With an operating budget of approximately $2 million; a positive culturally and linguistically competent staff team of around 18; and a dedicated and experienced 5-member Board; LRCL is experiencing steady growth, allowing for the development of this and other leadership positions that will help shape the next stage in LRCL’s essential, community-based legal representation work. At LRCL, our team of capable attorneys advocate for our clients’ civil and human rights. Read our latest Annual Report for more information on our client-centered approach.

The Board seeks a bold and visionary leader to build our agency’s future, predicated upon our commitment to core social justice and human rights ideals. The leadership of a new ED will help lay the foundation for LRCL’s next 50 years.


The ED will be a proven leader, coach, and relationship manager who has demonstrated values-aligned commitment to LRCL’s mission. Although a California licensed attorney in good standing is strongly preferred, attorneys licensed and in good standing in another state(s) will be considered. Additional qualifications are described below and interested leaders are encouraged to apply even if you may not meet all the desired qualifications. Your lived and professional experiences may be relevant beyond what a list of qualifications would suggest. 

Desired Experience & Skills:

  • Demonstrated integrity and commitment to the organization’s mission as evidenced by professional and personal experiences and impact.
  • At least 5 years of management experience, ideally inclusive of attorneys/legal staff and of a team of 15 or more, with the ability to recruit and coach staff; manage and develop high-performing teams; and set and achieve strategic goals and objectives.
  • Track record of effectively leading and scaling nonprofit organizations and/or programs including having developed and operationalized growth strategies; managed budgets of at least $1.5 million; and reported to and/or worked with or on Boards of Directors.
  • Clear written and verbal communication skills; open, persuasive, and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a diverse range of stakeholders and cultures around promotion of the mission.
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) proficiency required.
  • Advanced degree (Law) required.
  • Must live in the San Francisco Bay Area or be willing to move to the Bay Area with the ability to work in our San Francisco office 4 days per week with remote work one day per week.​

Desired Leadership Qualities:

  • Self-directed, action-oriented, entrepreneurial, and adaptable with a collaborative approach to organizational growth and planning.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people.
  • Ability to convey diplomacy, patience, and humor through equally rewarding and challenging work.
  • A humble presence with receptivity to constructive suggestions for improvement.
  • Passionate, idealistic, and positive with demonstrated integrity and commitment to the organization and our mission.
  • Consistent track record of ethical and honest professionalism, adept at balancing the need for transparency and collaborating.
  • Timely decision-making and follow-through in accomplishing key objectives.

The anticipated annual compensation range for this role is $130,000 - $150,000, commensurate with experience. A generous benefits package with health insurance, retirement plan, paid time off, and holidays is also offered.

For more information, read the full Position Announcement.​​

About the Application Process

La Raza Centro Legal, San Francisco (LRCL), seeks a highly collaborative, diplomatic Executive Director with deep commitment to serving Spanish-speaking, immigrant, and low-income communities to build upon an over 50-year legacy of community impact towards their mission to be the most trusted provider of free legal services in California.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume and list of three references to by Friday, April 26, 2024 at 5:00 pm PT: 

  • Email applications are required – use the Subject Line: ED Application.
  • Documents must be Microsoft Word or PDF files only (one combined PDF file is preferred).
  • References will not be contacted without advance notice and the reference list should include at least one (1) individual who, in a prior employment context, was a direct report.
  • Resume review begins immediately.

Questions or Nominations? Contact Jeannine N. Walker at

About The Opportunity

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