Job Posting: Staff Lawyer
Permanent | Full-Time
Together Against Poverty Society is hiring a full-time, permanent position for a staff lawyer to compliment our established legal advocacy programs. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 28, 2021. Located in Victoria on the territory of the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) peoples, TAPS is one of the largest anti-poverty organizations on Vancouver Island, specializing in face-to-face legal advocacy services. Through our work we seek to have a positive impact on people's lives in ways that honour and promote human rights, justice, and a healthy, sustainable community. Interested applicants can apply by sending a cover letter and CV by email to our Executive Director (email@example.com), or by delivering it in person to our office at 828 View St., Victoria.
Job Description (Nature of the Position)
The primary job responsibilities for this position are as follows:
assist the TAPS legal advocates to provide legal information, summary advice, and representation to clients primarily in the areas of Residential Tenancy, Income Assistance and Disability, Employment Standards, and Human Rights law;
engage in negotiations and mediations on administrative law matters;
represent clients in judicial reviews and other administrative appeals;
represent clients in various civil, human rights, and bylaw matters as they arise;
provide public legal education presentations to community organizations concerning legal rights, responsibilities and entitlements;
prepare activity reports to the funders of this position and TAPS Executive Director; and,
work from an anti-oppressive practice perspective with individuals who are experiencing a high level of challenges.
Required Qualifications, Knowledge, Education, and Skills
The successful candidate should:
Be a practicing member in good standing with the Law Society of British Columbia, or called to the bar in another province and be eligible for transfer to British Columbia;
Have experience in the practice of poverty law, policy reform, or a demonstrated interested in poverty law;
Be able to work with legal advocates and poverty lawyers across British Columbia to identify systemic barriers affecting low-income people;
Have strong computer literacy, and be comfortable speaking to media and the general public about poverty law issues.
Hours of Work and Salary
This position is full-time (5 days/week or 35 hours/week), although a 4-day work week would be considered. TAPS staff are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 374, and this position is covered by the TAPS Collective Agreement. Under the collective agreement position pays a minimum of $37/hr ($67,340 annually) for a 1st year call, with higher salary commensurate on years of call or experience up to a maximum of $120,000.
Applications and Interviews
To apply please send cover letter, CV, and writing sample (5 pages or less) to:
The deadline for applications is June 28, 2021.
TAPS encourages applications from a wide range of candidates including people of Indigenous ancestry, people of color, LGBTQ2S+ people, and people with disabilities. While years of call may be taken into consideration in hiring for this position we encourage all new lawyers and those nearing completion of articles to apply.