JOB POSTING 2021-78-01
Legal Advocacy Program
Legal Advocate - Punjabi
Wage: Commensurate with education/experience
Location: 205-12725 80th Ave, Surrey
Part Time: 24 hr/wk.
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.
- 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 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.