Advocate (Part-Time, 30 hours per week)
First United is seeking applications for the position of Legal Advocate. This part-time position is 30 hours per week and works 4 x 7.5 hours days per week. This opportunity is available starting February 2023.
Date last approved:
November 5, 2019
Each job within the First United Church Community Ministry Society should promote our accomplishment of our vision, mission, and values.
Provide advocacy assistance and representation to the Downtown Eastside community and others on a variety of issues generally encountered by low income individuals and families.
SPECIFIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Provide one-to-one advocacy services including referrals, information, summary advice and/or full representation regarding the following legal issues: welfare (including disability), tenancy, employment insurance, WCB, Old Age Security, Canada Pension Plan (including CPP Disability), immigration, debt, employment-related issues (e.g. employment standards), human rights and others similar matters.
· Assist with forms (facilitating access to benefits): old age security, victim assistance, birth certificate applications, guaranteed income supplement, etc.
· connect clients to appropriate resources within our cultivated network of service providers and legal aid as required if we are unable to assist them
· Provide full representation at hearings, written submission of appeals and reconsideration of decision, written and spoken interventions at an administrative level with a number of government programs, interviews and investigations and basic assistance with a wide variety of applications.
· Contact numerous government agencies, social service agencies, housing providers, other community legal assistance organizations and individual lawyers in particular
· Assist in the delivery of public legal education workshops where appropriate.
· Engage in research that is directly related to the casework.
· Participate in weekly case review conferencing with other First United advocates
· Meet monthly and quarterly reporting requirements for Law Foundation or First United
· Engage in monthly legal supervision and file review (Law Foundation-funded advocates only)
· Other duties, as required.
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:
· Good communication skills both oral and written.
· Up-to-date computer skills with Microsoft Office.
· Knowledge of the difficulties encountered by people living in the Downtown Eastside is an asset.
· Knowledge of statutes such as Residential Tenancy and Employment and Assistance Acts.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
· Law Degree or depending upon experience, a university undergraduate degree, para-legal training diploma or continuing education training in poverty law.
· Up to one year experience would be an asset
SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY:
Supervisory Responsibility: None
Latitude: The incumbent works fairly independently. If clarification is required, it is expected that the incumbent will request further direction from the Manager of Advocacy Services
Regular communication is maintained with all levels of staff and management. Communication is also maintained with management and co-workers as work is assigned and completed, and information exchanged on an ongoing basis.
JOB CLASSIFICATION & WAGES:
□ Exempt □ Management
x Bargaining Unit
Wage Range: As per Collective Agreement
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