Job Posting 76310

Legal Advocate - Punjabi
Archway Community Services
Vancouver & Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley
205-12725 80th Avenue, Surrey BC
closed 6 days ago (Mon, 18 Oct)
part time  •  Commensurate with education/experience

JOB POSTING 2021-78-01
INTERNAL/EXTERNAL

Legal Advocacy Program

Legal Advocate - Punjabi

Wage: Commensurate with education/experience

Location: 205-12725 80th Ave, Surrey

Part Time: 24 hr/wk.

Permanent

 

 

The Legal Advocate is responsible for providing legal information, referral, legal support, public legal education, and related services for the Fraser Valley/Lower Mainland farm workers. 

 

Responsibilities

  • Provide Fraser Valley/Lower Mainland farm workers with legal information about their rights and responsibilities while at work and when receiving assistance from any government program.
  • Plan, organize and implement legal educational activities and information sessions for farm workers.
  • Attend meetings, interviews, mediation sessions and hearings with clients.
  • Develop on-going updated materials for education sessions.
  • Consistently review the program website and make adjustments, when necessary.
  • Foster partnerships to bring all the relevant government, non-government stakeholders together to better the work and living conditions of farm workers.
  • Advocate for change on specific policies that will better the working and living conditions of farm workers.
  • Keep updated information on resources and different government programs such as: Employment Insurance, WorkSafe BC, Employment Standards of BC, Human Rights Code of BC and the Residential Tenancy Branch of BC.
  • Seek input from farmworkers through discussion or committees.
  • Perform administration duties such as: keeping client files up to date, gathering stats, preparing monthly/quarterly/year-end reports and assist in writing of proposals.
  • Work collaboratively with the advocates at Abbotsford Community Services, Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS) and the programs supervising lawyer.
  • Attend meetings and review files with the Supervising lawyer on monthly basis or as needed.
  • Attend staff meetings and trainings as required by program, agency and funder.
  • Provide one-on-one assistance and group education sessions to farm workers on: WorkSafe BC, Employment Standards, Employment Insurance, Residential Tenancy, Human Rights and Canada Pension Disability.
  • Advocates understand they are required to work outside of their regular hours such as evenings and weekends and not to go over their regular hours unless authorized.
  • Provide various types of support to Temporary Foreign Workers who are in Canada working in agriculture.

Requirements and Qualifications

 

Education and Certification:

  • Satisfactory Criminal Records Check.
  • Diploma in the human services field or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Experience:

  • Experience with advocacy and negotiation
  • Training or experience in representing parties in a mediation/alternate dispute resolution process
  • Experience giving presentations and facilitating meetings and conversations
  • Experience in writing reports, submissions, and proposals.

Knowledge and Skill Set

  • Strong knowledge of the legal system in BC and Canada (Workers Compensation Board, Employment Insurance, Employment Standards, Human Rights, Tax Court of Canada and others).
  • Strong understanding of issues of marginalization.
  • Working knowledge of BC’s small fruit and vegetable industry.
  • Strong planning, organizing, and time management skills, able to manage competing priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Strong verbal, written, and active listening skills, able to communicate effectively and respectfully with people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
  • Strong competency with computers, able to use Microsoft Office365 particularly Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Cultural competence; works well with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
  • Be a team player with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Must be fluent in English and Punjabi.

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