Poverty Law Advocate

Job Title: 
Poverty Law Advocate
Organization: 
Burnaby Community Services
Deadline: 
Feb 4 2019 - 5:00pm
Hours: 

35 hours a week

Remuneration: 

$26/hr

Job Description: 

We are looking for a passionate, knowledgeable, initiative-taking Poverty Law Advocate to lead the development of a Poverty Law Advocacy program within an organization with extensive front-line services to low income families and seniors. This person will be joining a dynamic team of community-driven staff and volunteers in a busy office environment with diverse clientele.

Overview of Burnaby Community Services
Founded in 1971, Burnaby Community Services is a charitable society providing people who need support with a voice, resources and opportunities.

Purpose of the position
The Poverty Law Advocate (Advocate) provides comprehensive advocacy services to marginalized individuals and families for income assistance, disability assistance; to maintain tenancy, Canada Pension Plan Disability, Employment and Insurance, debt, and other income support related programs.

Skills and Qualities Required: 

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Job Title: Poverty Law Advocate
Organization: Burnaby Community Services
Location: Burnaby, BC
Deadline: February 4, 2019
Deadline Time: 11:59 pm
Hours: 35 hours a week
Pay Rate: $26/hr
Job Description:
We are looking for a passionate, knowledgeable, initiative-taking Poverty Law
Advocate to lead the development of a Poverty Law Advocacy program within an
organization with extensive front-line services to low income families and
seniors. This person will be joining a dynamic team of community-driven staff
and volunteers in a busy office environment with diverse clientele.

Overview of Burnaby Community Services
Founded in 1971, Burnaby Community Services is a charitable society providing
people who need support with a voice, resources and opportunities.

Skills and Qualities Required:
We are looking for equal parts education and experience that demonstrate:
a) Minimum two years post-secondary education. Alternatively, lived experience with poverty may be considered.
b) Minimum two years experience in tenancy, disability, and income support programs; advocacy and case management experience an asset
c) Ability to read, understand, and interpret legislation, regulations, and policies
d) Ability to negotiate and mediate with landlords, government, and other agencies on behalf of clients
e) Ability to work with and supervise volunteers
f) Excellent interpersonal skills, including verbal and written skills, team oriented and exercises good judgment
g) Self-motivated with well-developed case management and planning skills; organization, time management, problem solving and decision making skills essential
h) Knowledge of local community resources and an awareness and understanding of poverty related issues
i) Adequate computer skills and proficiency in Office products such as Excel, Word, and Outlook; as well as experience in working with databases
j) Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and delegate in a fast-paced, diverse, community environment
k) Understands the need for high professional ethical standards, discretion, flexibility and humour
l) Additional languages would be an asset
m) May be required to work the occasional weekend or evening

Duties and Responsibilities: 

The Advocate will perform the following duties:
1. Provide a full continuum of services in the areas of income support
programs both provincially and federally and residential tenancy, debt, and
other legal and rights related supports. This includes providing support information, referral, completion of forms, written communications on behalf of the client, negotiation and mediation, written appeals, and assistance and representation at tribunal hearings, arbitration, and other related processes.
2. Preparation and provision of public legal education workshops on poverty law initiatives.
3. Supporting and supervising Program volunteers.
4. Develops and maintains working relationships with the Ministry of Social
Development, other government agencies, other service agencies and the community
5. Maintains complete and accurate statistics and records for all program activities
6. Perform administrative practices including record keeping, file management and reporting to accredited standards
7. Promotes the project’s activities at public events.

How to Apply: 

Stephen D’Souza
Burnaby Community Services
2055 Rosser Avenue, BC, V5C 0H1
E-mail: Stephen [at] BbyServices [dot] ca

Additional Information: 

Thank you to all those who apply. However, due to limited capacity, only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Burnaby Community Services acknowledges that we operate on the ancestral, traditional and unceded indigenous land including territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, and in particular of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Stó:lō, səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations.

Burnaby Community Services respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity and is dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the community in which we live and serve. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including Inuit, First Nations and Métis people; refugees and newcomers; those from a minority race, cultural or religious community; persons with a (dis)ability; persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities; persons with socio-economic disadvantages; and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of the Burnaby Community Services’ team.

Burnaby Community Services is committed to a candidate selection process and work environment that is inclusive and barrier free. In order to ensure candidates are assessed in a fair and equitable manner, accommodations will be provided to prospective employees as appropriate.

Location

Burnaby, BC