Family Law Advocate

Organization: 
North Shore Community Resources
Deadline: 
Mar 4 2019 - 5:00pm
Hours: 

35 hours/week; 5 days/week with rare weekends/evenings

Remuneration: 

$28-29/hour

Job Description: 

Founded in 1976, North Shore Community Resources’ (NSCR) mission is to enhance well-being, social connections, empowerment and community participation by designing and delivering programs and services to create a thriving North Shore. To achieve this mission, we provide community programs and services in four areas: Parent and Child programs, Seniors programs, Community Engagement, and Community Legal Services and Housing Advocacy. To learn more about NSCR, see our Annual Report and visit our website at http://www.nscr.bc.ca.

NSCR seeks a full time (35 hours/week) Family Law Advocate to provide legal information and referral, legal advice, legal representation, public legal education and related support and other services to the North Shore community in the areas of family law and child protection.

Skills and Qualities Required: 

As primary responsibilities, the Family Law Advocate will:
• Provide information, triage and referral via client interviews to identify and summarize legal issues, prioritize legal needs, and offer realistic and fair legal solutions including appropriate referrals to duty counsel, pro bono or low bono lawyers and other legal non-legal resources
• Provide legal information, summary and full representation advice to clients as appropriate to promote early resolution of legal problems
• Attend court on list days to assist unrepresented litigants
• As appropriate, supports consensual dispute resolution (“CDR”)
• Identify documentation and evidence the client needs to support positions, provide coaching and interpreting substantial and procedural law
• Provide tips for legal research and self-advocacy by assisting the client to draft documents
• Assist with the completion of forms
• Communicate with the other party, or other party’s representative as appropriate
• Accompany the client to court to orient, assist and organize the client
• With permission of the court (judge) and when it is in the interests of the client, speak to the judge regarding the matter as appropriate
• Explain orders or agreements, including how they impact the client’s rights and obligations
• In cases of violence, provide safety-planning, risk-assessment and crisis intervention, where needed, and refer client to appropriate resources (transition houses, trauma counselling, victim services, police etc.)

As additional responsibilities, the Family Law Advocate will:
• Provide public legal education workshops and develop materials for distribution to the public
• Assist with the development of and maintenance of high professional standards with respect to policy, file management, client communication and professional ethics
• Maintain client files and reporting systems and other administrative responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities: 

• A law degree or paralegal training with knowledge and experience in the areas of family law and child protection
• Maturity and capacity to manage a demanding case load while maintaining work/life balance when working with a diverse client base who often face difficult life circumstances
• Aptitude for working effectively with clients with diverse backgrounds
• Excellent communication (written and oral) and analytical skills
• Strong conflict resolution and problem-solving skills
• Ability to work independently as well as seek assistance/advice/direction as appropriate
• Superior file management and experience with client and professional ethics
• Appropriate computer and other technological literacy
• Good knowledge of legal community and social services available to clients on the North Shore and one or more additional languages will be assets

How to Apply: 

Please send electronic applications (letter + CV) to Murray Mollard, Executive Director: murray [dot] mollard [at] nscr [dot] bc [dot] ca

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. We thank all individuals who have submitted an application for their interest.

Additional Information: 

Note: For a full job description and list of qualifications, please visit:
http://www.nscr.bc.ca/pdf/NSCR_Family_Law_Advocate.Feb2019.pdf
Salary is dependent upon experience and qualifications. The successful applicant is eligible for a full benefits package. This position is subject to funding from the Law Foundation of BC and is scheduled to commence April 1, 2019.

Location

North Vancouver, BC