Legal Advocate for the West Coast Domestic Workers' Association

Job Title: 
Legal Advocate
Organization: 
West Coast Domestic Workers' Association
Deadline: 
Sep 21 2015 - 12:00pm
Hours: 

Tuesday to Saturday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Remuneration: 

TBD

Job Description: 

The West Coast Domestic Workers' Association (WCDWA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides free legal assistance and legal education to live-in caregivers and other temporary foreign workers in British Columbia.

Skills and Qualities Required: 

• Knowledge of Canada's immigration laws and policies, especially with respect to the Live-in Caregiver Program and the low-skilled stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program;
• Knowledge and/or work experience in the field of employment rights;
• Experience in the non-profit sector (a minimum of two years is preferred);
• Excellent English writing skills;
• Ability to speak a second language is an asset, in particular Tagalog, Spanish, Punjabi or Mandarin preferred;
• Excellent time management skills;
• Ability to take initiative, to work well under pressure and to manage a heavy caseload efficiently;
• Compassionate attitude and sensitivity to cross-cultural issues.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

• Meeting with clients one on one and conducting client interviews;
• Providing legal advocacy services with a focus on employment and immigration issues;
• Providing information to employees and employers about their rights and responsibilities under the Employment Standards Act;
• Providing advocacy before the Employment Standards Branch and Employment Standards Tribunal;
• Reviewing caregiver clients' applications for work permits and applications for permanent residence;
• Helping to identify clients' immigration issues and provide legal information and referrals to clients in a compassionate, ethical and non-judgemental manner;
• Referring clients with more complex issues to WCDWA's Staff Lawyer;
• Drafting short submissions and correspondence to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, to be reviewed by the Staff Lawyer;
• Writing articles for WCDWA's monthly newsletter, the Caregivers' Voice;
• Giving Public Legal Education workshops and presentations in the Lower Mainland and occasionally in B.C. outside the Lower Mainland (some travel may be required);
• Assisting and cooperating with other staff (the other Legal Advocate, the Staff Lawyer and the Legal Support Coordinator) whenever necessary.

How to Apply: 

Natalie Drolet
Executive Director - Staff Lawyer
natalie [at] wcdwa [dot] ca

Additional Information: 

Applicants are encouraged to submit applications early, as interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis for the position to be filled by early October 2015. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Location

Vancouver, BC
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