Job Posting: Tenant Legal Advocate
Permanent | Full-Time
Together Against Poverty Society is hiring a full-time, permanent position for a Tenant Legal Advocate. The deadline for applications is 4pm PST on Friday, January 21, 2022. Located in Victoria on the territory of the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) peoples, TAPS is one of the largest anti-poverty organizations on Vancouver Island. TAPS specializes 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).
Job Description (Nature of the Position)
The primary job responsibilities for this position are as follows:
1. Provide legal information and summary legal advice to low-income tenants who are in a residential tenancy contract governed by the Residential Tenancy Act;
2. Provide legal advocacy representation at the Residential Tenancy Branch for low-income tenants who are engaged in residential tenancy disputes;
3. Provide assistance to our legal advocates and lawyers with legal writing, research, and the preparation of our public policy initiatives;
4. Assist with public legal education presentations to community organizations and their clients concerning residential tenancy rights and responsibilities;
5. Help prepare activity reports and statistics for potential funders and for the TAPS annual report;
6. 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;
7. On occasion and with consultation of management help with fundraising appeals and grant applications relating to our tenant legal advocate work;
8. Assist the rest of staff with the general duties of the office (for example: kitchen cleanliness, front desk coverage, TAPS fundraising events).
Required Qualifications, Knowledge, Education, and Skills
There are no specific educational qualifications for this position, but prior experience in law or advocacy is preferred.
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 and Compensation
This position is full-time (5 days/week or 35 hours/week). TAPS staff are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 374, and this position is covered by the TAPS Collective Agreement. 4 days/week (28 hours) may also be possible if desired.
Under the TAPS collective agreement, this position pays $28.56/hr ($52,000 annual) with a 3 or 4 month probationary period. Employees work a 7-hour work day with an unpaid 1-hr lunch and paid breaks. TAPS is open from 9-4, and closed from 12-1 for lunch. Start and end time of the work day are flexibile provided the open office hours are covered.
Start Date and Duration of Position
The start date for the position is as soon as possible. This position is permanent and has no determined end date.
COVID-19 Protocols and Sick/Vacation
The TAPS office is open and this position is for in-office work. In-person interactions are presently minimized to the greatest extent possible. Full-time staff are given a 15 paid sick days and 20 paid vacation days annually. Questions about our work from home structure are welcome, as it will vary depending on the state of the pandemic.
Applications and Interviews
To apply please send cover letter and CV to:
The deadline for applications is 4pm PST on January 21, 2022.
TAPS encourages applications from a wide range of candidates including people of Indigenous ancestry, people of color, LGBTQ2S+ people, and people with disabilities.