PROGRAM: Legal Advocacy Program
DEPARTMENT: Settlement Services
POSITION The Legal Advocacy Program provides information, summary advice,
FUNCTION: referrals, and representation to low-income immigrants and refugees.
Specializing in immigration and poverty law (employment standards, EI,
social services, MSP…), the program aims to help newcomers deal more
effectively with the Canadian legal system, ensuring they are informed of
their legal rights and responsibilities. Program services are provided in a
linguistically and culturally sensitive environment.
Under the general supervision of the Legal Advocate, the Paralegal will pre-
screen, intake, interview and provide direct poverty law advocacy to clients.
The candidate will also be responsible for the effective maintenance of our
computerized case management system and conflicts checks,
administrative duties, and preparation of forms and documents for legal
In addition to the above, this position assists in facilitating the Front Line
Advocacy Workers’ Coordination Project (FLAW) in the Lower Mainland
and distributing minutes of the meetings to advocates throughout British
The ideal candidate should have an understanding and interest in poverty
law and other legal issues which face low income people, immigrants and
1. Pre-screens, and interviews clients.
2. Under the guidance of the Legal Advocate, provides direct social
3. Drafts correspondences, including statutory declarations, letters, and
fills out government forms.
4. Conducts human rights and legal research on the internet or library, as
5. Maintains computerized case management system.
6. Attends and takes an active role in staff and committee meetings.
7. Schedule and facilitates monthly FLAW meetings in Vancouver;
prepares and distribute the agenda before each meeting.
8. Determines information needs of front line advocates and best methods
of obtaining the information
9. Arranges for guest speakers on various topics.
10. Write detailed minutes of monthly meetings and distribute to all
interested front line workers in British Colombia.
11. Assists in the accurate preparation of reports, budgets, cash flows,
financial statements and expense records.
12. Performs routine office tasks.
QUALIFICATIONS: College or University degree - Paralegal Training Certificate or
Familiarity with legal terminology and procedures in various aspects
of administrative law.
Note: specific immigration law experience not necessary, however
familiarity with other areas of administrative and poverty law essential.
3 yrs relevant work experience
Working knowledge of community service agencies in Metro
Sensitive to cultural diversity, mental health and disability issues.
Excellent English writing, computer and communication skills.
Fluency in a second language preferential.
Ability to type/keyboard at an above average rate, use email and the
Internet. Word, Excel, Power Point and data entry.
Exemplary attention to detail.
Highly organized, diligent, reliable and punctual.
Able to identify urgent work and prioritize accordingly.
Able to work independently and as part of a team, and manage time
Tactful and friendly outgoing manner.
WORKING HOURS 21 hrs/ week – 3 days per week or 2 full days & 2 half days
AND SALARY: (preferably Tues.-Fri. – must be available Tuesday afternoons)
Salary: $ 20.05 per hour
MOSAIC Legal Advocacy Program
1720 Grant Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 2Y7
Email: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Job Posting
PLEASE, NO TELEPHONE OR EMAIL ENQUIRIES. Only those
selected for an interview will be contacted.
PLEASE ALSO NOTE: this is a permanent part-time position (funding
dependant) and not temporary summer employment.
DEADLINE: May 15th
Posting date: April 29, 2009