Part-time Legal Advocate at West Coast Domestic Workers' Association

Job Title: 
Part-time Legal Advocate
West Coast Domestic Workers' Association
Aug 3 2017 - 3:00pm

20 hours per week

Job Description: 

The West Coast Domestic Workers' Association (WCDWA) is a non-profit organization that serves the legal needs of caregivers and other migrant workers in British Columbia. WCDWA staff provide legal information, summary advice and representation, and engage in public legal education, law and policy reform, and community development initiatives. WCDWA is seeking a part-time Legal Advocate to work in its downtown Vancouver office. The Legal Advocate will primarily provide information, referrals, summary advice, and representation services with a focus on immigration law. The Legal Advocate will have the opportunity to participate in WCDWA’s public legal education, law reform and community development activities.

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 streams of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program;
• Experience working with marginalized communities;
• Experience in the non-profit sector (a minimum of two years is preferred);
• Excellent English writing skills;
• Excellent time management skills;
• Ability to take initiative, to work well under pressure, and to manage a heavy caseload efficiently;
• Sensitivity to cross-cultural issues.

Preferred qualifications
• Ability to speak a second language is an asset, in particular Tagalog or Spanish preferred;
• Experience working in the field of immigration law;
• Experience working as a Legal Advocate for a non-profit organization.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

• Conduct client interviews in a compassionate, ethical and non-judgmental manner;
• Provide legal advocacy services in immigration law, under the supervision of WCDWA’s Staff Lawyer;
• Draft submissions and correspondence to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada;
• Maintain detailed client files and protect the confidentiality of all client information;
• Refer clients with more complex issues to WCDWA's Staff Lawyer;
• Write articles for WCDWA's monthly newsletter, the Caregivers' Voice;
• Give Public Legal Education workshops and presentations in the Lower Mainland and occasionally in B.C. outside the Lower Mainland (some travel may be required);
• Assist and cooperate with other staff (the other Legal Advocate, the Staff Lawyer and the Legal Support Coordinator) whenever necessary.

How to Apply: 

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and references to natalie [at] wcdwa [dot] ca, Attn: Executive Director-Staff Lawyer.

Candidates from equity-seeking groups are encouraged to apply.

Applicants are encouraged to submit applications early, as interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis for the position to be filled by early September 2017.

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those offered an interview will be contacted.


Vancouver, BC