We always need people to work on our busy front desk, welcoming clients to the office and answering the phone. This is a great way to “get your feet wet” as you soon get a comprehensive feel for the work that TAPS does. This is a demanding job, one that is vitally important and valuable to our organization. No reception experience necessary. We train. Must have good communication skills, an ability to manage in a busy work environment, crisis management skills and a non-judgmental attitude.
Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS) is hiring a staff lawyer to complement our established legal advocacy programs. This is a full-time (5 days a week) permanent position which includes extended health benefits and payment of all relevant Law Society insurance and practice fees. Start date is negotiable, but our preference is for the successful candidate to be available in September, 2018.
Primary Job Responsibilities
Practice as a lawyer in the field of poverty law, by:
- providing legal information, summary advice, and representation to clients in the areas of Residential Tenancy, Income Assistance and Disability, and Employment Standards;
- engaging in negotiations and mediations on administrative law matters;
- representing clients in judicial reviews and other administrative appeals;
- representing clients in various civil, human rights, and bylaw matters as they arise;
- providing public legal education presentations to community organizations concerning legal rights, responsibilities and entitlements;
- preparing activity reports to the funders of this position and TAPS Executive Director;
- working from an anti-oppressive practice perspective with individuals who are experiencing a high level of challenges.
- Be a practicing member in good standing with the Law Society of British Columbia.
- Have at least two years of previous experience practicing as a lawyer, policy reform experience, and a demonstrated interest in poverty law.
- Be able to demonstrate strong analytical and writing skills and the ability to work with other advocates and poverty lawyers across British Columbia to identify systemic barriers affecting low-income people.
Applicants Should Have:
- Knowledge and experience practicing administrative law.
- Strong communications skills, and be comfortable speaking to media and the public about poverty law issues. Candidates must also be able to write persuasive testimony and articles for newsletters and our website.
- Strong computer literacy.
- The ability to confidently research and write policy briefs, concise fact sheets, and summaries for different audiences.
- The ability to enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, sometimes under pressure, remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful, and efficient.
Salary range for position will be from $65,000 – $85,000, dependent on the level of call or comparable experience of the successful candidate.
To apply please send cover letter, CV, and writing sample (5 pages or less) to:
Or drop off at the TAPS office, #302 - 895 Fort St., Victoria, between 9:30 and 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday.
Deadline for applications is by end of day on August 30, 2018
TAPS encourages applications from a wide range of candidates including people of indigenous ancestry, people of color, LGBTQ2S+ people, and people with disabilities.
Volunteer disability advocates work one-on-one with clients applying for Person with a Disability status through the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation. Volunteer advocates may also work with their clients through the appeal process as their skills develop over time. There is an additional screening process for this position and volunteers must participate in a training program provided by TAPS.
*TAPS accepts ongoing applications for the position of Volunteer Disability Advocate. These application are collected though out the year and applicants will be contacted when the next training opportunity is scheduled. Training sessions typically take place 3 time per year. Please note that you will not receive an immediate response to your application.
Volunteer Disability Advocates must have organizational, writing, and analytical thinking skills.