JOB POSTING: Tenant Legal Advocate
Full Time | Permanent
Together Against Poverty Society is hiring a full-time, permanent position for a tenant legal advocate. The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday, August 9th, 2020. 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 (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 are as follows:
Provide legal information and summary legal advice to low-income tenants who are in a residential tenancy contract governed by the Residential Tenancy Act;
Provide legal advocacy representation at the Residential Tenancy Branch for low-income tenants who are engaged in residential tenancy disputes;
Provide assistance to our legal advocates and lawyers with legal writing, research, and the preparation of our public policy initiatives;
Assist with public legal education presentations to community organizations and their clients concerning residential tenancy rights and responsibilities;
Help prepare activity reports and statistics for potential funders and for the TAPS annual report;
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 our work;
On occasion and with consultation of management help with fundraising appeals and grant applications relating to our tenant legal advocate work;
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).
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.
The following are also assets for the job:
Experience in providing assistance with residential tenancy matters, or organizing people around renter’s rights;
Comfortability with administrative proceedings and other legal matters concerning residential tenancy;
Experience working with people in crisis and with tight deadlines.
All applicants must have a positive and non-judgmental attitude towards low-income clients, and understand the importance of confidentiality and professional ethics in representing clients.
Hours of Work:
This position is full-time (35 hours/week) and pays $23/hour for the three-month probationary period, then $28.00/hour ($50,960) after conclusion of the probationary period. TAPS is a member of CUPE Local 374 and further increases to salary are subject to the TAPS collective agreement.
To apply please send a resume and cover letter to:
Douglas King, Executive Director: email@example.com Deadline: August 9, 2020
TAPS encourages applications from a wide range of candidates including people of indigenous ancestry, people of colour, LGBTQ2S+ people, and people with disabilities.