Board Member

Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto

Posted: 4/30/2019

Position Type: Board (Unpaid)

Function: General Management

Primary domain: Crime/Legal

City: East Palo Alto

Postal code: 94303

State: California

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$3M - $10M


Mission statement:

To provide transformative legal services that enable diverse communities in East Palo Alto and beyond to achieve a secure and thriving future. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA), a non-profit organization, offers transformative legal services that improve the lives of low-income families in East Palo Alto and beyond. We have six offices throughout the Peninsula, including in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City, Mountain View, Burlingame and San Francisco. We specialize in immigration, housing, workers’ rights, and criminal records clearance. We achieve our mission through multiple innovative strategies, including community education, advice and representation, legal support for community groups, policy advocacy, and impact litigation. Our impact is magnified by the support we receive from hundreds of impassioned volunteers at law firms, corporations, and law schools, who donate millions of dollars in legal services annually.   


Essential Duties and Responsibilities of CLSEPA’s Board Members

1. Organizational Mission & Strategic Decisions
  • Ensure clarity of CLSEPA’s mission and vision
  • Guide and approve major policies, program changes, and strategic decisions
  • Guide and approve strategic plan
2. Leadership
  • Seek opportunities to promote CLSEPA and harness personal networks
  • Provide direction, support, evaluation and accountability to the Executive Director
  • Plan for leadership succession at the staff and Board level
3. Resources
  • Actively engage in fundraising for the organization
  • Provide expertise and/or access to expertise (functional and programmatic)
  • Ensure CLSEPA has resources for its current needs and long-range strategy
4. Organizational Performance
  • Review the results achieved by management as compared with CLSEPA’s mission and strategic plan
  • Oversee financial and risk management
  • Perform an annual self-evaluation of own performance, as well as the Board as a whole, and take initiative to improve performance constantly


Position Requirements

  1. Commitment to serving low-income and under-served communities
  2. Willingness to contribute meaningfully to CLSEPA’s resources, including committing time, financial resources, access to networks and social capital, and hands-on support 
  3. Commitment to attending CLSEPA’s five Board meetings per year (meetings are typically held on Thursday evenings in East Palo Alto) and participating on a committee (executive, fundraising, finance, or audit committee)
  4. Commitment to serving a three-year term


Preferred Qualifications (one or more of the areas below)

  1. Strong ties to the East Palo Alto, East Menlo Park, Mountain View, or other communities served by CLSEPA in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties
  2. Experience with nonprofit governance (e.g., through a past leadership role as a board member or staff member at a nonprofit)
  3. Strong fundraising connections and/or fundraising experience
  4. Substantive knowledge and/or expertise in CLSEPA’s practice areas, particularly immigration or re-entry services/criminal records clearance


Not Specified


Unpaid Board Position

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Please send a resume and a brief statement of your interest in being a Board member to [email protected] with the subject heading “Board Member.”


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