Legal Advocate

Vancouver, BC Full-time $28.39/hour

Legal Advocate

Full-Time (37.5 hrs per week, 5 days per week) effective February 2023


The wage is presently $28.39/hour, as per the collective agreement, but is presently under review and under re-negotiation through collective bargaining.


First United offers an exceptional health and welfare benefits program that includes extended health, dental and vision care, generous vacation time, and other time off package along with professional development opportunities.



First United is able to offer articling opportunities from time to time based on organizational capacity and candidate qualification.   Offers of articles are based on candidate application and selection following First United’s Articling Policy, and are not offered or guaranteed as part of the Advocate position.


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.


 ·        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)


·        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.


·        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


This is a bargaining unit position under UFCW 1518.  Presently the wage is $28.39 under the collective agreement but is in negotiations.  This position provides generous time off provisions and excellent health and welfare benefits.

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