Director, Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS) – Term

  • University of Toronto
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Jun 12, 2018
Full time Lawyer (Other) Law School Staff

Job Description

Established in 1887, the Faculty of Law is one of the oldest professional faculties at the University of Toronto. Today, it is one of the world's great law schools, a dynamic academic and social community with more than 50 full-time faculty members and up to a dozen distinguished short-term visiting professors from the world's leading law schools, as well as 600 undergraduate and graduate students.

The Faculty's rich academic programs are complemented by its many legal clinics and public interest programs, and its close links to the Faculty's more than 6,000 alumni, who enjoy rewarding careers in every sector of Canadian society and remain involved in many aspects of life at the law school. The Faculty of Law is housed in the elegant, state-of-the-art new Jackman Law Building, along with two beautiful historic buildings, Flavelle House and Falconer Hall.

Position Description:

LAWS is an innovative and collaborative law-themed high school program aimed at students, facing personal and systemic barriers to success, who are interested in the law. Started in 2005, LAWS offers a cross-curricular exposure to legal and justice issues and provides supportive programming designed to encourage students to access post-secondary studies. LAWS is a partnership between the Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, and is delivered in seven Toronto District School Board high schools.

Reporting to the Assistant Dean, J.D. Program, the Director oversees and manages all aspects of the program, including the following: fundraising; financial management and reporting; communications and program dissemination; staff and volunteer management; program design, delivery and governance; stakeholder and partnership development and management; and new program development.  The Director supervises all LAWS staff at both partner law schools, including LAWS Coordinators, LAWS Program Assistant, and contract staff.

The Director also manages the Faculty’s Youth Summer Program and March Youth Program, and supports other youth outreach activities at both law schools.

 Qualifications (MINIMUM):

Education: Undergraduate University degree. Law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) strongly preferred.

Experience: Minimum five years’ related experience in University, public interest, education or legal setting. Experience working with youth and the education sector. Experience working for a not-for-profit organization. Management experience. Volunteer coordination experience. Excellent knowledge and understanding of legal community and profession. Familiarity with and knowledge of current legal issues and trends in domestic and international law as well as the practice of law, legal education and law-related occupations. Demonstrated experience developing and facilitating appropriate training and educational workshops for youth and adult audiences. Familiarity with and knowledge of current educational and community development issues including issues relating to curriculum, pedagogy and capacity-building. Understanding and analysis of barriers to postsecondary education including barriers of race, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, language and family background and an understanding of personal and systemic barriers youth face. Demonstrated leadership experience and skills. Extensive writing and communication experience.

Skills: Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.

Other: Excellent problem-solving skills; commitment to community advocacy and/or outreach and public education; capacity to work with and motivate multiple stakeholders, including high school students, law students, teachers, faculty and alumni including senior members of the legal and educational communities and other social and business contacts; superior oral and written communication and diplomacy skills; excellent administrative, organizational and writing skills; excellent research skills; ability to work independently and in a team; discretion, tact, pleasant manner and an ability to positively represent the Faculty at all times; willingness to work some evenings and weekends and to be flexible with hours as the program and deadlines demand including by working overtime; willingness to spend a significant amount of time traveling to and from the schools to the two partner law schools, ability to split working week between two partner law schools.


  • This posting is for a full-time, term appointment (one year from the date of hire)
  • Broadband Salary Range: $86,594 - $144,324 -- Hiring Zone: $86,594 - $101,027


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Job posting closing date: June 25, 2018

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