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Community Advocate for DABC

Who We Are

Since 1977, Disability Alliance BC (DABC) has been a provincial, cross-disability voice in British Columbia. We champion issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities through our direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research and publications.

We work to support people with all disabilities to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in the community.

Job Description

DABC is seeking a Community Advocate to join our Advocacy Access Team. The Advocate will be responsible for individual and community advocacy relating to provincial disability benefits.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist people with disabilities with applications and appeals relating to provincial disability (Persons with Disabilities and Persons with Persistent and Multiple Barriers)
  • Conduct workshops/webinars about provincial disability benefits for community organizations, people with disabilities, healthcare professionals, and other interested individuals and groups
  • Be a provincial resource for community advocates and individuals on policy and legislation governing PWD/PPMB

The position will be based out of DABC’s Vancouver office but may require occasional travel to other BC communities.

Working hours:

This position is for 4 days per week at 8 hours a day (including 1 hour as a paid lunch break).

The successful applicant must:

  • Have a minimum 2 years combined post-secondary education and/or applicable work experience
  • Have strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to communicate complex concepts in plain language
  • Be able to work effectively with people with disabilities from a client-centered approach
  • Be self-motivated, adaptable, and able to work effectively with a team
  • Have strong analytical and research skills
  • Have excellent organizational skills
  • Be computer literate and proficient with word-processing software including the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Maintain the integrity and confidentiality of sensitive client information

The following are strong assets for this position:

  • Experience with provincial disability benefits (PWD/PPMB)
  • Experience in the non-profit sector
  • Background in law, social work, or a related field
  • Experience with a disability and/or supporting people with disabilities
  • Experience with legal research
  • Understanding of anti-oppression principles

Salary: $34,400 annually for 4 days a week

DABC provides 3 weeks paid annual vacation, and 4 weeks paid vacation after 3 years; 15 paid sick days, and 100% of the cost of extended health care benefits after the 3-month probationary period.

DABC is an open and diverse organization that promotes inclusive hiring practices. We encourage applications from qualified applicants who identify as visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and of all sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Importantly, we are looking for people who want to make a long-term commitment to our organization and have a strong desire to assist people with disabilities.

100% of DABC’s staff and volunteers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Many of the clients that DABC serves have medical conditions which make them vulnerable and more susceptible to severe symptoms of COVID-19, and so it is vital that DABC strives to protect our clients from risk of transmission. It is DABC’s policy to request that all new employees be fully vaccinated and therefore the successful applicant for this position will be asked for proof of vaccination upon hiring.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and brief covering letter addressed to Sharareh Saremi, Program Manager of Advocacy Access at sharareh@disabilityalliancebc.org. No phone calls or faxes please.

Applications are due no later than midnight on December 12, 2021. DABC welcomes all applications, however, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview. Interviews will be conducted in December and the position start date will be in early January 2022.

Staff Lawyer for DABC’s Disability Law Clinic


Our Mission
For over 40 years, Disability Alliance BC (DABC) has been a provincial, cross-disability voice in British Columbia. Our mission is to support people with all disabilities to live with dignity, independence, and as equal and full participants in the community. We champion issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities through our direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research, and publications. We are a member organization of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities and the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition.


In 2020, DABC opened the Disability Law Clinic (DLC). Funded by the Law Foundation of BC, the DLC is the first non-profit legal clinic in BC that works exclusively in the area of disability rights. The DLC provides free legal advice and assistance to low-income people with disabilities, on issues including:
• Human rights and discrimination, including disability-related complaints to the BC Human Rights Tribunal (BCHRT) and federal human rights bodies.
• Housing disputes where a person faces a risk of losing their home for reasons related to their disabilities.
• Disputes about income support for people with disabilities, especially disability assistance from BC’s Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. The DLC works with DABC’s Advocacy Access program on appeals of Ministry decisions, at the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal (EAAT). The DLC also represents clients in applications for judicial review of EAAT decisions.
• Questions or disputes related to decision-making rights, especially in cases where BC’s Public Guardian and Trustee or a court-appointed committee make decisions on behalf of a person.
• Questions about private long-term disability insurance benefits.


The DLC currently consists of a staff lawyer, a legal assistant/advocate, and an articling student. This posting is for an additional staff lawyer.


Duties and Responsibilities
• Providing summary advice and representation services to the DLC’s clients
• Preparing and providing public legal education presentations
• Preparing and providing training for legal advocates
• Supervising law students and volunteers
• Supporting DABC’s systemic advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities, including organising advocacy campaigns and preparing written submissions to policy-makers. A particular focus will be the development of accessibility standards pursuant to the Accessible BC Act.


Required
• Membership in the Law Society of BC, or eligibility for immediate transfer
• At least 5 years experience as a practising lawyer
• Familiarity with human rights laws or other relevant areas of law
• Outstanding organizational skills
• Leadership or supervisory experience


Assets
• Familiarity with trauma-informed practice
• Experience supervising law students
• Experience organising public advocacy campaigns, particularly on law reform, and/or preparing formal submissions to policy-makers

We encourage applications from members of communities that experience structural discrimination and marginalization, especially people with disabilities.


The position is located in Vancouver, on the Unceded Territories of the Musqueam, TsleilWaututh, and Squamish Peoples. Subject to public health restrictions, the staff lawyer will work in person at DABC’s office at least two days per week, and remotely the rest of the time. Occasional travel to other parts of BC may be required.


Compensation: $90,000 per year, extended health and dental benefits, 5 weeks of annual vacation plus 2 weeks of paid time off during DABC’s annual holiday office closure.

How to Apply


To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Andrew Robb, Staff Lawyer, Disability Law Clinic, by email: andrew@disabilityalliancebc.org


Closing date: December 6, 2021


This position is funded by the Law Foundation of BC