Atira Women's Resource Society is an award-winning nonprofit organization known for its inclusionary hiring practices and where a job is so much more than a pay cheque. We offer a chance to work alongside a diverse and remarkable group of women working to make the world a more just place, one woman, one child, one home, one job at a time.
Reporting directly to the Director, Non- Residential Programs, the Staff Lawyer/Legal Advocate will lead Atira’s celebrated Legal Advocacy Program in providing legal services to women. Current practice areas for the role include but are not limited to: human rights, police accountability, income and housing security, information and privacy law, access to justice, and gender-based violence. The Program also offers basic support and referrals to women with family law issues, or issues related to the State removal of children. The Staff Lawyer/Legal Advocate will also have the opportunity to participate in and contribute to broader systemic change through litigation, calls for law reform, legal education and community advocacy, as well as lead and support students and volunteers who are drawn to participate in Atira’s Legal Advocacy Program based on its reputation for excellence in gender, race, and poverty-based activism.
You have an inclusive/intersectional feminist analysis of violence against women and powerful alignment with Atira’s mission, vision, values and philosophy. You thrive on a passion for social justice and systemic change. You are a team player who strives for excellence but loves to have a good laugh, is able to think quickly, be critical, and make sound decisions without agonizing, all while working in an incredibly dynamic and fast-paced environment. You reflect the women we serve. Lived expertise is an asset, as is living in the community in which you work. Atira strives to hire staff who reflect the women we serve.
If you are a lawyer, you are eligible to practice law in BC with demonstrated experience in at least one of the current practice areas noted above. Other relevant practice areas combined with lived expertise may be considered.
If you are a legal advocate, you have relevant education (a law degree or paralegal training, as examples) and at minimum five years of demonstrated experience in at least one of the current practice areas noted above. Other relevant practice areas combined with lived expertise may be considered.
New lawyers and legal advocates will receive legal support and supervision from a supervising lawyer.
You must be authorized to work in Canada. All positions are subject to a criminal record review.
Resumes from qualified First Nations, Métis and or Inuit women are encouraged, as are resumes from Black women, women of colour, trans women, women who are disabled and women from other equity seeking groups. Fluency in a language(s) other than English is an asset.
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