JOB POSTING: Income Assistance Legal Advocate
Full-Time | Up to 12 Months with possibility of extension
The following is a job posting for a full-time position within our organization. The deadline for applications is Thursday, October 10, 2019. Interested applicants can apply by sending a cover letter and CV by email to our Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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, in conjunction with the other Income Assistance Legal Advocates, and under the supervision of the TAPS Supervising Lawyer, are as follows:
Provide information and referrals to clients with income assistance and disability related matters;
Provide summary legal advice to clients with income assistance and disability related matters;
Provide legal representation for clients who need assistance with reconsiderations and appeals of matters relating to income assistance and disability;
Work with, and support, our staff lawyer when cases progress to Judicial Review, and with regard to any strategic litigation initiatives relating to income assistance and disability;
Work on policy related initiatives pertaining to income assistance and disability, and participate in organizational strategic planning regarding the Income Assistance legal advocacy project;
Provide public legal education presentations through community organizations concerning income assistance rights and entitlements;
Prepare statistics and reports as required for the funder of the position, the Law Foundation of British Columbia;
On occasion draft literary pieces for our newsletter Taproot and our website, and in consultation with management help with the drafting of press releases and communications relating to your work;
On occasion and with consultation of management help with fundraising appeals and grant applications;
Assist the rest of staff with the general duties of the office, which are shared by all staff (for example: kitchen cleanliness, front desk cover, TAPS fundraising events).
Required Qualifications, Knowledge, Education, and Skills
There are no specific educational qualifications to work as a legal advocate, but heavy preference will be given to applicants who have previously worked with clients, and hold a law, social work, or comparable bachelors or masters degree. Preference will also be given to candidates who have previously worked as a legal advocate, or who are comfortable:
Providing information and referral services to clients;
Providing summary legal advocacy services to clients;
Providing legal representation for reconsiderations and at administrative hearings;
All applicants must have a positive and non-judgmental attitude towards people in poverty and those receiving income assistance and disability benefits, and understand the importance of confidentiality and professional ethics in representing clients.
Hours of Work and Compensation
This position is full-time, at 5 days/week (35 hours). The position pays $22.50/hr for the first three months during the probationary period, and $26.50 thereafter. TAPS is a member of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 374, and further increases are subject to the terms of our collective agreement. The start date for this position is flexible, but we desire a candidate who can join us as soon as possible.
How to Apply
Applications may also be dropped off at the TAPS office, 828 View Street in Victoria, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
The deadline for applications is Thursday, October 10th, and we anticipate interviews will be conducted during the week of October 14th – 18th.
TAPS encourages applications from a wide range of candidates including people of indigenous ancestry, people of color, LGBTQ2S+ people, and people with disabilities.