Legal Advocate with the Ann Davis Transition Society

Organization: 
Ann Davis Transition Society
Deadline: 
Apr 25 2018 - 4:00pm
Hours: 

21-28 hours per week
Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Remuneration: 

To be negotiated

Job Description: 

Ann Davis Transition Society – Legal Advocate Position
Application Closing Date: Until Filled

Information about the position:
It cannot be emphasized enough how important access to justice, legal information and advocacy are for women’s long term safety and freedom from violence. Through accessing ADTS Legal Advocacy Services women are able to leave their abusive relationship, receive more fair custody and access orders increasing the safety for the children, able to have a voice in mediation proceedings and very importantly having access to legal representation in their legal cases.

ADTS is seeking a visionary, exceptional and energetic Legal Advocate. The Legal Advocacy Program provides legal information, advocacy, advice and support, mainly in the area of family law to women dealing with legal issues at the intersection of gender violence and family law recognizing that legal issues routinely extend into other areas of the law including immigration, criminal, and child welfare. The Legal Advocate reports to the Clinical Director and Executive Director.

Skills and Qualities Required: 

Minimum 2 years’ experience working with legal issues related to women who experience violence in relationships preferably within family law
Analysis, knowledge and training in working with trauma survivors
Excellent advocacy and problem-solving skills
Strong decolonizing and intersectional feminist analysis of violence against women
Demonstrated cultural competency including awareness of diverse marginalized communities and ability to work with women from various cultural communities
Ability to speak language(s) other than English an asset
Highly organized, able to motivate and provide strong leadership to staff, volunteers and colleagues
Have experience in women’s organizations and non-profit society environments
Have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
Be personable, flexible and self-directed
If you seek the opportunity to commit to an organization engaged in making a real difference in the lives of the most vulnerable in our community, please apply.

Must have valid Driver’s License
Must be able to pass a vulnerable sector criminal records check
Must be highly organized and able to work well with others in a fast paced environment
Must be able to work well under stress

Duties and Responsibilities: 

Provide legal information, legal advice, and summary of case law, legal research and general assistance to women in building strategies for their legal case
Work from a decolonizing and intersectional feminist analysis of violence against women
Interview women, assess/analyze legal problems, assist in resolving legal problems, assist women preparing for court, and preparing documents.
Provide consultation and support to ADTS staff related to legal advocacy issues
Maintain an excellent working knowledge of emergent legal-social issues related to violence against women and to seek solutions

How to Apply: 

Please respond with cover letter, resume and salary expectations to email with Legal Advocate in subject line.
Closing Date: Until filled
Email resume and cover letter with 2 references to info [at] anndavis [dot] org with Legal Advocate in the subject line of email.

Location

Chilliwack, BC
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