JOB POSTING: Intake Worker/Legal Assistant, 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, directly to persons with disabilities from across BC, on certain disability-related areas of law. You can find more information about our services on our website, at https://disabilityalliancebc.org/program/disability-law-clinic/.

The DLC currently consists of two lawyers, an articling student, and a full-time legal assistant/advocate. This posting is for a new position, for a part-time intake worker/legal assistant.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Answering calls from clients, entering information into our database, determining clients’ legal issues, directing calls to the appropriate staff member and taking messages
  • Providing clients with referrals to other agencies, sending public legal education material and providing limited legal information
  • Answering other calls, taking messages, arranging couriers, sending and delivering mail
  • Maintaining accurate database and filing system
  • Providing advocacy and litigation support for advocates and lawyers
  • Assisting with IT and website
  • Other duties as required

Required

  • Completion of a legal assistant or paralegal program, or other comparable program
  • At least 2 years of experience in a similar role

Assets

  • Lived experience as a person with a disability
  • Fluency in a language other than English
  • Knowledge of legal and community resources in BC
  • Excellent judgment in matters of ethics and confidentiality
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to deal with distressed clients in a calm and respectful manner
  • Ability to prioritize and respond to shifting program needs
  • Ability to work under pressure, be flexible, and adapt to changing situations easily
  • Ability to work well with all types of personalities and levels of responsibility
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, and as part of a team

This position is for 3 days per week. The position will be located at DABC’s office in Vancouver. The successful candidate may be required to work at home one or two days per week.

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

Compensation: $27,000 per year, extended health and dental benefits after 3 months

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

Closing date: July 15, 2022

*This position is funded by the Law Foundation of BC*

Job Posting: Project Manager for the Accessible Organizations Project

The BC Government has contracted DABC to support public sector organizations in meeting their legal requirements in developing accessibility plans. We are now hiring for a Project Manager to lead this important initiative!
The job posting is available here: https://disabilityalliancebc.org/career/

CCD Seeks National Coordinator

We have received the following notice from CCD:

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) is seeking an individual to fill the position of National Coordinator.

The ideal candidate for this position must have an impressive track record of leadership through extensive experience in senior management positions within government or the not-for-profit sector; must be self-motivated with strong communication skills and be computer literate.  Ability to communicate in both official languages is an asset.

This position reports to the Council via the Chairperson of CCD with direction from the Executive and National Council.

The National Coordinator provides current background information to the Executive Committee, Board and Sub-Committees of CCD on a wide range of policies and issues impacting the lives of persons with disabilities, and is responsible for developing annual budgets and reporting to government and other funders as required.

The candidate for this position must also have had personal or professional experience with disability.

We encourage persons with disabilities to apply.

CCD’s National Office is located in Winnipeg, but through the use of technology, the successful applicant can reside outside of Winnipeg.

We thank all applicants, however, only those candidates considered for further assessment will be contacted.

Please apply by March 31. 2015 to this email address: ccdcoordinator@ccdonline.ca