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Job Posting: Supervising Lawyer 

Contract | Part-Time

Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS) is hiring a supervising lawyer to provide oversight of our legal advocacy programs. This is a contract position requiring approximately 15 hours of work weekly. The start date is negotiable, but an immediate start date is preferred.

Job Description

The primary job responsibilities for this position are as follows:

  • Prepare legal opinions and advice in the areas of Residential Tenancy, Income Assistance and Disability, Employment Standards, and Human Rights law;

  • Be reasonably accessible to advocates for the purpose of providing legal advice, discussing strategic issues relating to advocates’ cases, reviewing draft documents, and assisting in identifying clients’ legal issues to determine if they fall within TAPS mandate;

  • Provide advocates with guidance regarding practice concerns such as ethical conflicts, boundary-setting, anti-oppressive legal practices;

  • In consultation with TAPS Management, and each individual advocate, develop and implement a supervision plan for each advocate;

  • Provide TAPS Management with reports regarding the advocate’s caseload, competence and skill; 

  • Provide periodic reports for the Law Foundation and any other reports requested by TAPS Management and the TAPS board;

  • Attend any Law Foundation training or conferences for Legal Supervisors;

  • Attend staff or board meetings as requested; and

  • Remain current on law relating to the TAPS areas of advocacy.
     

Qualifications, Knowledge, Education, and Skills
 

The successful candidate will have:

  • Practicing membership in good standing with the Law Society of British Columbia

  • Experience in the practice of poverty law, policy reform, or a demonstrated interested in poverty law 

  • 5+ years of experience actively practicing as a research and writing lawyer

  • Experience supervising the work of legal advocates, articling students, and/or junior lawyers

  • Experience working with colleagues and clients virtually (over email, telephone, and videoconferencing platforms such as Zoom)

  • Demonstrated commitment to serving the legal needs of economically marginalized people

  • Knowledge of trauma-informed and culturally competent legal practice

  • Excellent oral and written advocacy skills

  • Strong record-keeping skills, including utilizing legal case management and reporting software

  • Strong commitment to legal ethics, demonstrated through knowledge, practice and professional responsibility
     

Hours of Work and Salary
 

This is a contract position. The initial contract term will be 1 year with a high likelihood renewal. Hours of work are variable, with an average of 15 hours per week. Compensation will be commensurate to the number of advocates requiring legal supervision, with a range of $1500 - $2500 monthly.

Applications and Interviews
 

To apply please send cover letter and resume to:

Douglas King

Executive Director

ed@tapsbc.ca

 

The deadline for applications is July 25, 2022.

 

TAPS encourages applications from a wide range of candidates including Indigenous people, people of color/racialized people, 2SLGBTQI+ people, people with disabilities, and people living in poverty.