Managing Lawyer, Parents Legal Centers, Term

  • Legal Aid BC
  • Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
  • Nov 18, 2023
Hybrid Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector) Litigator

Job Description

Location: Surrey, BC (with hybrid opportunity)

Status: Full-time, Term (until January 17, 2025, or return of the incumbent)

Affiliation: Professional Employees Association (PEA)

Salary range: Based on year of call -$70,931.93 (Yr1) to $141,376.75 (Yr16) + 10% Staff Lawyer Benefit Plan

Competition #: P050-23

Application Deadline: Open until filled

We are seeking an experienced lawyer to join our amazing team in Surrey, BC as the Managing Lawyer. This term position presents an excellent opportunity for a lawyer who is passionate about family and child protection law.

The Opportunity

The Parents Legal Centre (PLC) takes a holistic approach to family and child protection law. As the Managing Lawyer, you will oversee an office and lead a team comprising a paralegal/advocate, and administrative legal assistant. Together, you will work to provide advice and representation to PLC clients on family and child protection matters and strive to reach early collaborative resolutions when appropriate. We believe that better outcomes can be achieved when parents receive legal advice and support during the early stages of their family and child protection matters.

The paralegal/advocate helps resolve a parent’s underlying non-legal issues, and the administrative assistant oversees client intake and office administration.

Key responsibilities of the Managing Lawyer include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Providing advice and representation to PLC clients on family law and child protection matters.
  • Assessing cases for their suitability to the PLC.
  • Familiarizing yourself with the non-legal issues clients face and the available resources to address those issues.
  • Collaborating with director's counsel, social workers, family support workers, family lawyers and other frontline service providers.
  • Attending collaborative processes, including mediations with clients.
  • Representing clients in case conferences and court appearances.
  • Working closely with the PLC team, including managing, supervising, and mentoring staff (paralegal/advocate, and administrative legal assistant).
  • Overseeing and supporting outreach activities and building relationships with surrounding communities and other service providers.
  • Ensuring compliance with policies, procedures, and performance metrics, and preparing reports.
  • Traveling as required to provide services in satellite locations.
  • Familiarity with practices and procedures at the local Provincial Court is desirable.
  • Familiarity with local support resources for parents is desirable.

Who We Are

Legal Aid BC (LABC) is a non-profit organization established by the Legal Services Society Act in 1979. Our mission is to provide legal information, advice, and representation services to BC's most vulnerable and marginalized citizens who lack the necessary resources to effectively access the justice system when their families, freedom, or safety are at risk. Our vision is to see BC’s legal system transformed, by the way LABC represents our clients, into one more equitable and inclusive with a mission to strengthen client-centred legal help for British Columbians experiencing barriers accessing the legal system.

At LABC, we know that our continued ability to help the people who need us is due to the hardworking individuals who make up our team, dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people in need. We foster a positive culture of open communication for our team to thrive within, underpinned by our values of client focus, advancing Truth & Reconciliation, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and change through leadership.

Legal Aid BC is dedicated to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work. We welcome individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences to contribute to the future of legal aid. We care deeply about the culture we are building and are looking for staff members who not only excel in their respective areas but are also passionate about supporting the people we serve and each other. If this resonates with you, we encourage you to apply.

The Ideal Candidate

  • You must have a minimum of five (5) years of experience at the Bar in British Columbia or an equivalent level of experience in another Canadian jurisdiction.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of management/supervisory experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
  • Membership or eligibility for membership in the Law Society of British Columbia is necessary.
  • Experience in relevant areas of law, including family, child protection, poverty law, and criminal law, is preferred.

We Offer

A competitive annual salary, as well as a comprehensive benefits package (based on your employment status and affiliation) including:

  • Four weeks paid vacation to start that grows the longer you are with LABC
  • An excellent employee benefits package, where premiums are 100% paid by LABC
  • A generous pension plan
  • Support for training and development
  • An Employee and Family Assistance program
  • The opportunity to participate in various Employee programs (Employee Wellness, etc.)
  • A healthy work/life balance
  • Generous leave provisions Location: Surrey, BC (with hybrid opportunity)

Status: Full-time, Term (until January 17, 2025, or return of the incumbent)

Affiliation: Professional Employees Association (PEA)

Salary range: Based on year of call -$70,931.93 (Yr1) to $141,376.75 (Yr16) + 10% Staff Lawyer Benefit Plan