Manager, Legal Services and Advocacy, BWSS

  • McLaughlin and Associates
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Feb 02, 2019
Part time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector) Lawyer (Other)

Job Description

The Opportunity:

Here is your chance to give back and make a real change in the lives of vulnerable self-identified women in your community. Bring your legal knowledge, your vision and energy, to leading legal services and advocacy on behalf of and in support of women who are experiencing gender-based violence. Reporting to the Executive Director, the new Manager of Legal Services and Advocacy for Battered Women’s Support Services will oversee a team advocating for law reform and development of initiatives on behalf of women experiencing violence, provide support and advice for women prior to court proceedings, develop and manage programs and services, supervise staff and volunteers, consult with local organizations, and assist with media interface, funding submissions and reports. This is a part-time position (32 hours/week) for a lawyer in good standing with the Law Society of BC.

The Organization:

Since 1979, Battered Women’s Support Services has been leading the movement to end gender-based violence through service delivery, training, systemic advocacy and social enterprise. Each year their committed staff respond to over 12,000 requests for services and provide training to 2,000 professionals each year. BWSS services include a crisis line, legal advocacy and representation, support groups, counselling, employment programming and specialized support for Indigenous, Refugee and Immigrant women affected by gender-based violence.

The Ideal Candidate:

Visionary and confident, you are a leader and bring your excellent communications skills, legal background, and your passion for ending violence against women to this role. Your 5+ years of as a lawyer has involved the law relating to family, immigration criminal, Indigenous and administrative matters, preferably with some experience in gender-based violence.

Highly collaborative, a true team player, you are a skillful negotiator, mediator and facilitator. Analytical and strategic, you are a problem-solver and love to rise to a challenge. You are committed to advocating for law-reform in the realm of gender-based violence and to removing barriers to women’s independence and well-being. You want your work to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable women experiencing violence.

The Role:

As Manager, Legal and Advocacy for BWSS you will further the expansion of our legal advocacy work, through your commitment to the organization.

Responsibilities:

  • Advocate for law reform and participate on external stakeholder Advisory Committees and Boards of Directors on behalf women experiencing violence
  • Oversee legal staff development of law reform, and advocacy of initiatives on behalf of women experiencing violence
  • Provide legal advice in areas of family, immigration, child welfare, Indigenous, criminal and administrative law
  • Interview clients, analyze and assist in resolution of legal issues, prepare clients for court, prepare documents, represent at hearings, consult with legal supervisor
  • Deliver legal clinics at BWSS in collaboration with legal community partners
  • Research and consult on legal precedents with relation to active case work
  • Manage staff, students and volunteers
  • Manage daily operations of policy and procedures, funding applications
  • Oversee programs, services and legal training, development, delivery and assessment
  • Prepare timely reports for funders

Qualifications:

  • Member in good standing of the Law Society of BC
  • Minimum 5 years experience as a lawyer, 3 years specific to violence against women and the law preferred
  • Strong consultation, facilitation, mediation and negotiation skills
  • Knowledge of the law relating to family, immigration, criminal, Indigenous and administrative matters
  • Strategic, analytical thinker
  • Proven management experience
  • Innovative, takes the initiative
  • Strong communicator, oral, written and presentation
  • Highly organized
  • Problem solver
  • Additional language(s) an asset
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, Power Point

How to apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter to: opportunities@kmclaughlin.com.

We truly appreciate all applicants; however, we will be in contact with only those selected for an interview. 

 

Practice Area(s)

criminal, family, child custody

Experience

5+ years practicing law with experience in some or all of criminal, family, child custody, immigration, administrative, indegenous