Job Posting 77855

Staff Lawyer (Legal Content Developer)
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario)
Toronto Metro area
closed 4 days ago (Mon, 29 Nov)
full time  •  $75K to $85K, plus benefits, commensurate with experience

CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario) is seeking to hire a lawyer to develop and review legal information for the Steps to Justice website, Guided Pathways, and training materials for community workers. We are looking for a lawyer with legal practice experience, strong skills in clear writing, and experience working with communities that are socially disadvantaged.

Priority will be given to candidates who have experience in one or more of the legal areas noted below, and are also flexible to write across a number of legal areas. Candidates should also clearly demonstrate an interest in and experience using new technology to deliver legal information in new and innovative ways. The successful candidates will be responsible for managing the development of special projects, and managing the work of external contributors.

 

Job responsibilities include:

  • Applying legal knowledge and expertise to analyze and identify legal issues affecting low-income and socially disadvantaged communities
  • Undertaking background research and needs assessment to monitor changing legal information needs of the communities we serve
  • Writing, editing, updating, and coordinating legal information in a variety of formats (online, print, audio, video, and social media) on a range of legal topics
  • Managing the development of interactive tools, and other special projects
  • Coordinating external legal review and clear language editing of legal information content, ensuring legal accuracy
  •  Identifying and coordinating external content development partners and other freelance service providers
  • Reviewing CLEO’s Guided Pathways and training materials for community workers for legal accuracy
  • Networking with community legal clinics, community organizations, and other on-the-ground service providers to identify legal information needs

The successful candidate will have:

  • Bachelor of Laws / Juris Doctor from a Canadian province
  • Three to five years’ experience practising law in Ontario with a focus on poverty law issues, and experience in one or more of the following areas: social assistance, criminal law, human rights, or immigration and refugee law
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas an asset:
      Consumer law
      Education law
      Employment law
      Health & disability law
      Provincial offences
      Small Claims Court
      Substitute decision making
      Wills and powers of attorney
  • Experience working in written communications, such as publishing or journalism
  • Strong writing skills, including an ability to structure information in a clear, concise way
  • Strong project management skills and experience, including skills in managing multiple projects and coordinating external service providers
  • Proven record of producing creative and innovative ideas, projects, and solutions
  • Digital literacy skills, including an awareness of U/I U/X, legal information technology, and content management systems an asset
  • Fluency in French an asset

About CLEO
CLEO is a non-profit organization and specialty legal clinic that provides information and resources for a variety of audiences who face barriers to participating in the justice system (including low income, literacy, language, culture, disability, and accessibility). For 45 years, CLEO has built a strong reputation for producing and delivering high quality, effective public legal education materials in print, online, and other formats.

 

CLEO is committed to equitable employment and hiring practices, and embraces diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We encourage applications from people from racialized and Indigenous communities, and from other historically disadvantaged communities. We will provide accommodation during the hiring process upon request and all information is treated confidentially.

 

To apply
Please forward the following documents in PDF format:

  • your resume
  • a cover letter
  • a brief writing sample (no longer than 10 pages, an excerpt from a longer piece is acceptable) that demonstrates your ability to write legal     information for the public or link to interactive or digital tool that you have developed.

Please include the above documents in an email with “Legal Content Developer/Staff Lawyer” in the subject line by November 29, 2021 to:

 

Thank you to all applicants for their interest in the position. However, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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