Poverty Law AdvocatePoverty Law Advocate

Organization: 
Poverty Law Advocate
Deadline: 
Aug 9 2019 - 4:00pm
Hours: 

Full time - schedule to be determined based on community need

Remuneration: 

$23.19 to $27.02 per hour plus benefits as per FAIR policy

Job Description: 

The Advocate will join a dynamic team of community driven staff and volunteers in a busy office environment with diverse clientele, to help individuals and families with income support related programs.

Skills and Qualities Required: 

*Minimum two years' post-secondary education in a social service field or equivalent preferred
*Minimum two years' experience in tenancy, disability, and income support programs; advocacy case management experience an asset
*Ability to read, understand and interpret legislation, regulations and policies
*ability to negotiate and mediate with landlords, government, and other agencies on behalf of clients
*Excellent interpersonal skills, including verbal and written skills, team orientated and exercises good judgment
*Self-motivated with well-developed case management and planning skills; organization, time management, problem solving and decision making skills essential
*Knowledge of local community resources and an awareness and understanding of poverty related issues
*Adequate computer skills and proficiency in Office products such as Excel, Word, and Outlook; as well as experience in working within a network
*Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and delegate in a fast-paced, diverse, community environment
*Understands the need for high professional ethical standards, discretion, flexibility and humour
*This position requires some travel. Valid Class 5 driver's license and access to reliable transportation required.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

The Advocate will:
*meet with and advise clients with respect to legal rights and options in the areas of income support programs both provincially and federally, residential tenancy, debt and other legal and rights related supports
*provide information and referrals to clients
*help clients to complete forms
*prepare written communications and submissions on behalf of clients and represent them at tribunal hearings
*assist with negotiation and mediation
*prepare and provide public legal education workshops on poverty law initiatives
*develop and maintain working relationships with the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, other government agencies, other service agencies and the community
*perform administrative practices including record keeping, file management and reporting
*promote the project's activities at public events

How to Apply: 

Applicants should submit a current resume and covering letter to Janet MacNeil, Executive Director, by e-mail at jmacneil [at] trailfair [dot] ca

Additional Information: 

All positions at Trail FAIR are subject to satisfactory clearance results from the Provincial Ministry of Justice Security Programs Division Criminal Records Review Program

Location

Trail, BC