Job Posting 71557

Community Legal Worker/Paralegal or Junior Lawyer
Scarborough Community Legal Services
Toronto Metro area
Scarborough, Ontario
closed 13 days ago (Fri, 11 Jun)
full time  •  CLW/Paralegal - (3 to 5 yrs exp) $63,000-$65,000; Junior Lawyer - (1 to 3 yrs exp) $73,000-$75,000

COMMUNITY LEGAL WORKER/PARALEGAL or JUNIOR LAWYER

Scarborough Community Legal Services (SCLS) is a non-profit community based legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario.  We provide clinic law services to low income individuals in a culturally diverse community.  Our work includes individual case work, public legal education, law reform, and community development activities mainly in the areas of housing, income maintenance, immigration, and employment law.

We are looking for an enthusiastic community legal worker to join our team.

Duties and Responsibilities 

Please Note: The percentage of time spent on legal work vs. law reform, community organizing, and public education activities will vary depending on the clinic’s needs. This determination will be made by the Executive Director after consulting with the social assistance team. 

Legal Work

  • Provide summary advice, brief services, and casework in all aspects of income maintenance matters
  • Provide summary advice, brief services and casework in other areas of clinic law as required, including housing law
  • Collaborate with  teams on the management and conduct of cases through informal discussions and/or formal case conferences

Law Reform, Community Organizing, and Public Legal Education 

  • Lead the law reform and community organizing efforts of the income maintenance team
  • Steward existing community relationships and build new community connections through creative outreach and organizing strategies
  • Identify and carry out law reform initiatives on income maintenance issues
  • Represent the clinic to community groups by providing resources and expertise in income maintenance issues
  • Write and present briefs to various levels of government on income maintenance related issues
  • Lead the public legal education activities of the income maintenance team
  • Write, edit, review clinic produced PLE materials on income maintenance issues

 Given the nature of this role, it may require work to occasionally be performed outside regular work hours, including on evenings and weekends.

Qualifications and Experience

  • You are a paralegal with 3 - 5 years of experience or a junior lawyer with 1 - 3 years of experience in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.
  • You have a sound knowledge of the legislative scheme governing social assistance in Ontario, including the Ontario Works Act and ODSP Act.
  • You have experience appearing before administrative tribunals or courts (experience before the Social Benefits Tribunal is an asset).
  • You have strong advocacy skills and the ability to evaluate legal issues and exercise sound judgment.
  • You have experience leading/managing community outreach initiatives.
  • You have experience managing activities among interdisciplinary/diverse community groups.
  • You have a demonstrated commitment to social justice and working for positive social change on issues that affect low income individuals and groups (experience in this regard in the area of social assistance specifically is an asset).
  • You have the strong communication and interpersonal skills that are needed to address the needs of people from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds.
  • You have a collaborative work approach and the ability to work well in a team based environment.

Assets:

  • Experience leading law reform and public legal education initiatives.
  • Knowledge in other areas of clinic law, including housing.
  • The ability to speak a second language. 

Terms of Employment

This is a permanent full-time position and is part of OPSEU’s bargaining unit. The salary range is as follows:

CLW/paralegal (3 – 5 years’ experience) – $63,000 - $65,000

Junior Lawyer (1 – 3 years’ experience): $73,000 - $75,000 

How to Apply

All applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two professional references to Barb Millar by email at millerb@lao.on.ca, or by regular mail to:

Attn: Hiring Committee, Scarborough Community Legal Services, 695 Markham Rd., Suite 9 Toronto, ON M1H 2A5

 Please use the subject line “CLW or Junior Lawyer Application” when submitting your application by email.

The deadline for applications is Friday, June 11, 2021

We thank all applicants for their interest however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

SCLS welcomes applications from diverse individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code. Lived experience and intersectional identities are merit factors for hiring for this position.

 We are committed to full compliance with the Human Rights Code, the Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation. We will provide accommodation during the hiring process upon request. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

 

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