Advocate

Vancouver, BC Full-time $28.39/hour

JOB DESCRIPTION

Position Title:

Advocate

 

Department:

Advocacy

 

Reports To:

Advocacy Manager

 

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.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

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


INTERNAL/EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS:

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

Job Classification:

Wage Range: As per Collective Agreement

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