Legal Advocate

Organization: 
Seniors First BC Society
Deadline: 
May 30 2019 - 5:00pm
Hours: 

35 Hours per week

Remuneration: 

$26 to $29 per hour

Job Description: 

Seniors First BC Society (SFBC) is a not-profit organization dedicated to serve low income seniors in the province of British Columbia. The Legal Advocacy program is one of the programs of SFBC and it facilitates access to justice for older adults through the provision of legal information, summary advice and representation in areas such as pensions, residential tenancy issues and debt. Our Legal Advocate also assists seniors to assert their rights and find their way through governmental institutions. SFBC is looking for an energetic full time Legal Advocate.

Skills and Qualities Required: 

Required Qualifications

• Post-secondary education in law or social sciences, or other related field;
• Knowledge of programs and general benefits, including income assistance for persons with disabilities, residential tenancies, and debts owing to CRA and other billings related to service providers;
• Excellent advocacy and problem solving skills;
• Excellent English communication skills, both verbal and written;
• Highly organized and excellent time management skills;
• Ability to take initiative and also to work in a team environment;
• Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines;
• Understanding of trauma-informed approach and working with marginalized communities; and
• Cultural competency and ability to work with older adults from various cultural communities.

Preferred Qualifications

• Ability to speak a second language;
• Experience in the non-profit sector (a minimum of two years’ experience);
• Experience working in the areas of government benefits, residential tenancy and/or human rights and social services; and
• Prior experience working as a legal advocate.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

Key Duties and Responsibilities

• Conduct client interviews on the telephone and/or in person, and assess and analyze legal problems;
• Provide legal advice in pensions, housing and debt and other poverty law issues under the supervision of SFBC’s staff lawyer;
• Draft legal submissions and correspondence on behalf of clients;
• Represent clients in hearings before different federal and provincial tribunals;
• Maintain detailed client files as a hard copy and electronically in Clio and protect the confidentiality of all client information;
• Refer clients with more complex issues to SFBC’s staff lawyers or other agencies, as the case may be;
• Develop and conduct Public Legal Education workshops and presentations in the lower mainland (some travel may be required);
• Assist and cooperate with other SFBC’s staff as necessary;
• Provide regular reports to funders as required; and
• Assist the Executive Director in the preparation of funding applications as necessary.

How to Apply: 

To Apply

Please reply by May 30, 2019 including resume and cover letter to:

Seniors First BC Society
Attention: Executive Director
E-mail: blopera [at] seniorsfirstbc [dot] ca

We thank all applicants for taking interest and applying for this position. Only those offered an interview will be contacted.

Additional Information: 

Additional information

• Criminal record check required;
• Flexibility to work within varying locations if needed and required; and
• Work outside normal office hours may be required.

Location

Vancouver, BC