Director of Advocacy (Part-time)

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Sep 14, 2019
Part time Lawyer (Public Sector) Lawyer (Other) Litigator

Job Description

The Canadian Bar Association BC Branch (CBABC), a non-profit organization, is the essential ally and advocate of the legal profession. We are recognized as the voice of BC lawyers on matters of law and justice. Visit our website at cbabc.org to learn more about this influential professional association.

Come join our team of passionate and energetic individuals, committed to making life better for lawyers, judges and law students. If you like a fast-paced environment and a variety of projects, this could be the place for you.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Advocacy is accountable for ensuring that CBABC is a leading and influential voice on matters of law reform, policy and the legal profession within BC.

This position manages the CBABC Legislative and Law Reform Officer and external government relation consultants, and works closely with a variety of volunteer committees to advance CBABC’s advocacy initiatives. The key responsibilities of the position are:

Position Development (45%)

This position is responsible for developing CBABC positions and submissions on legislation and law reform, justice policy, and regulatory reform (collectively referred to as “policy”). Specific duties include:

  • Identify emerging policy issues, consultations and initiatives affecting the interests of members.
  • Enhance and implement processes for member engagement in policy development.
  • Identify the need for, establish and co-ordinate working groups to draft submissions responsive to practice and professionalism issues.
  • Foster relationships with volunteers and provide staff support to Policy & Advocacy, Access to Justice, Court Services, Indigenous Justice Advocacy, and other Committees as required or assigned.
  • Conduct legal and other research for the development of policy positions and submissions.
  • Write submissions reflecting CBABC policy positions.
  • Manager the Legislation & Law Reform Officer whose focus is the development of for legislation & law reform submissions;
  • Co-ordinate with the Executive Director to secure approval of CBABC submissions through Sections, Policy & Advocacy Committee and CBABC Executive
  • Monitor government and regulator changes related to CBABC submissions.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Advocacy Campaigns (55%)

This position is responsible for planning and implementing advocacy campaigns to advance CBABC positions with government, the Law Society of British Columbia and others. Specific duties include:

  • Prepare and implement advocacy campaigns designed to influence government, LSBC and others, including: direct meetings with government officials, stakeholders and influences; communications collateral (i.e., An Agenda for Justice, Legal Aid Matters); media relations; and other tactics.
  • Co-ordinate with other legal profession or community stakeholders where policy submissions align.
  • Work with the Communications team to communicate opportunities, positions, and progress to members.
  • Facilitate CBABC appearances at Standing Committee hearings, meetings with key decision makers, and accompany CBABC spokespersons to the appearance.
  • Foster relationships with policy and advocacy staff at the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Finance, Law Society of BC, BC Law Institute, Legal Services Society and other stakeholders.
  • Liaise with the CBA National Director of Advocacy and other pan-Canadian policy and advocacy staff.

Qualification and Skills

  • University graduate, preferably in law or political science.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in advocacy, policy development, or government relations.
  • Ability to build effective relationships with peers and stakeholders in the legal community.
  • Demonstrated research, decision-making, problem-solving, analytical and conceptual abilities.
  • Superior legal writing, business writing and editing skills with attention to detail.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to organize, establish and manage timelines under time-pressure.
  • Excellent facilitation, communication and conflict resolution skills.
  • Experience with volunteer and staff management.
  • Experience with public and media relations would be an asset.
  • Lawyer in good standing with the Law Society of British Columbia would be an asset

Extended health and dental benefits and RRSP matching are available upon successful conclusion of six months’ probation. Our office is located in Yaletown and readily accessible by transit with nearby Expo and Canada Line stops.

If you are someone who is passionate about law reform, advocacy and a great place to work – Submit your resume to personnel(at)cbabc.org. We thank all applicants for their interest, only qualified candidates will be contacted.

This posting closes on September 18, 2019.

Practice Area(s)

Advocacy

Experience

5 years