Join Our Team

CCA is on the cutting edge of social justice. As a 27-year old, award winning organization, CCA continues to be a growing family, dedicated to healthy living conditions and a healthier community in the Salinas and Pajaro Valleys. The success stories of CCA are many, but the overarching success is that leadership skills are generated from the bottom up, farmworkers work side-by-side with experienced professionals and both benefit from the exchange. CCA’s organizing model is considered one of the best in the State of California.

The real story of CCA is people: people that are willing to spend their time, their energy, their money and their devotion to a cause bigger than themselves. The vision of a healthy community binds us together, and continues to be our focus as grow into our next 27 years.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/ATTORNEY

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director/Attorney oversees legal support and the programs and services provided to over 2,000 people annually. The Executive Director/Attorney manages a 5-person full-time staff and partners with a twenty-member Board of Directors whose membership is equally divided between CCA-trained farmworker volunteer leaders and non-farmworker (professional) community stakeholders. Over 130 volunteer leaders are actively engaged with the work of CCA today. CCA’s annual budget is $900,000. Specific responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

Program Strategy

  • Lead the vision, strategic planning, implementation and evaluation of all CCA programs and services and ensure their quality, effectiveness and impact

 

Legal Support

  • Oversee all necessary legal support that is provided to the tenant organizing efforts of CCA
  • Undertake direct representation of CCA clients in connection with tenant organizing efforts
  • Assist clients and together with CCA staff prepare for negotiations with housing site owner and represent clients at negotiations

Fundraising and External Relations

  • Lead the development, implementation and evaluation of our fundraising strategy, ensuring alignment with CCA’s mission and priorities. CCA’s funding comes from major foundations, local foundations, county service contracts, an annual dinner and individual donor campaigns
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with the farmworker community, funders, key stakeholders, collaborators and institutions to grow and sustain support and funding for CCA

Finance and Administration

  • Lead all efforts in support of CCA’s financial stability and sustainability including annual budgets as approved by the Board of Directors, regular and timely financial reporting, plan for adequate cash flow and develop and maintain cash reserves
  • Engage the Board of Directors in fiscal stewardship and planning
  • Recruit, onboard and maintain positive relationships with board members
  • Hire and supervise staff members; ensure an effective workplace and promote a positive culture, built on clear expectations of roles, responsibilities, reporting relationships, processes and systems
  • Follow the highest ethical standards, comply with the law and human resource requirements and ensure accountability

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND ATTRIBUTES

We seek a candidate with the following:

Professional Qualifications

  • Skilled attorney licensed in California with a passion and energy for social justice and desire to give back to the community is required
  • Minimum of 2 years of nonprofit experience; organizing, social justice and/or fundraising experience highly desired
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English is required
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, speaking one-on-one, presenting to small and large groups and working with the media
  • Excellent English writing skills, especially with proposals and reports
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Personal Qualities

  • Engage people from all walks of life quickly and naturally; ability to build trust, maintain positive relationships and make people feel safe especially if they disagree or think differently
  • Excellent listener
  • Open, strong, respectful and fair in decision making and dealing with all people, internally and externally
  • Patient, calm, steady and nice
  • Motivated to share, learn, grow and be challenged
  • Well organized in maintaining data, records and files
  • Available to work outside in the field to meet farmworkers or clients
  • Available to work flexible hours, evenings and some time on weekends as needed

BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION

CCA offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance, life insurance, vacation, paid holidays, sick leave, California Bar Association dues, malpractice insurance and continuing education. The salary is commensurate with education and related work experience. The position is located in Salinas, CA.

To apply, please submit the following to CCA:

1. Cover letter describing your interest in being CCA’s Executive Director
2. Resume
3. One English writing sample (e.g., legal memoranda, motion, proposal, report)