Manager, Indigenous Services
Regular Full-Time Term position (to August 2021, or until the return of the incumbent)
This position is only open to persons of Indigenous ancestry pursuant to special program approval granted by the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal.
Legal Service Society provides legal aid to people with low incomes in BC. Legal aid includes legal representation, advice, information, and education services. The Society is funded by, but independent of, the provincial government.
The position is housed within the Society’s Indigenous Services division. This division was created in 2018 to allow Legal Services Society to better meet the needs of Indigenous people, and advance its commitment to United Nations Declaration on the Right of Indigenous Peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action and, most recently the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
The Indigenous Service division coordinates meaningful relationship and engagement between Indigenous Peoples and the Legal Services Society. Provides strategic direction and expertise on Indigenous issues, develops, implements and develops innovative legal aid services for Indigenous people, integrates Indigenous perspectives throughout the Legal Services Society team and all of the Society’s work. The division also supports changes in, and the operation of, Indigenous programs across the justice system.
Legal Services Society is seeking a Manager, Indigenous Services for a fourteen month maternity leave term. This position is located at our Vancouver Regional Centre. If you want to be part of a values-based organization and work with a group of energetic, individuals committed to making a positive difference for our clients, this is the role for you.
As the Manager, Indigenous Services this position is:
- Responsible for programs and services designed for Indigenous (Aboriginal, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) persons and communities in British Columbia.
- Accountable for developing and implementing strategy for the effective delivery of Indigenous services
- Building relationships with and among internal and external stakeholders
- Facilitating justice services improvements
- Negotiating contracts, recommending staffing models, preparing and managing budgets, policy development and oversight
- Providing input on LSS strategic direction, and is the LSS knowledge expert on Indigenous issues.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Practicing lawyer called to the Bar in British Columbia (without restrictions on area of practice).
- Minimum of 6 years related experience.
- Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Family and Child Protection legal experience is an asset.
- Must be able to travel.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Minimum of six (6) years’ experience working within the Indigenous community.
- Excellent knowledge of Indigenous social justice issues and Canada’s justice and legal system.
- Knowledge and experience with family and child protection issues.
- Strong knowledge of financial and resource management methodologies.
- Extensive project management skills and knowledge of project management methods, procedures and principles.
- Excellent supervisory, coaching, motivating, acknowledging, mentoring staff teams and conducting performance development plans.
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
- Demonstrated conflict resolution, facilitation and negotiating skills.
- Strong understanding of Indigenous issues, cultures as well as Indigenous community groups and agencies.
- Strong understanding of current issues affecting Indigenous communities.
- Extensive knowledge of traditional native justice concepts, alternative measures, mediation and diversion practices.
- Considerable knowledge of administrative principles, practices, techniques, policies and legislative development relevant to aboriginal programs, services and activities.
- Strong awareness of government laws and policies impacting Indigenous peoples.
- Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills and the ability to foster and work within a multi-discipline team environment.
- Excellent leadership, supervision, interpersonal, effective collaborative and mediation skills.
- Ability to assess needs of Indigenous communities and stakeholders and develop/implement new or modified services and programs with available resources.
- Ability to communicate and relate to Indigenous people and their communities, with sensitivity to cultural and Tribal/Nation differences.
- Ability to prepare business cases and project charters, complete risk analysis, measure performance, make decisions about staffing, prepare and monitor budgets, prepare reports and correspondence.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external contacts and to provide advice and assistance on matters related to the work.
- Ability to work effectively as a team member and independently.
- Excellent change management skills.
- Familiar with the structure and history of Indigenous communities within BC.
Please visit our website at www.legalaid.bc.ca for a full job description and information about us.