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 Thursday, October 31st, 2019. Located in Victoria, TAPS is the largest anti-poverty organization 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 $22.50/hour for the three-month probationary period, then $26.50 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: October 31, 2019
TAPS encourages applications from a wide range of candidates including people of indigenous ancestry, people of color, LGBTQ2S+ people, and people with disabilities.