Staff Lawyer (Victoria)

Victoria, BC

Staff Lawyer 


Temporary (6 months) | Full-Time | Victoria Office 


Together Against Poverty Society is hiring a full-time, temporary position for a staff lawyer to cover a maternity/parental leave in our Victoria office. The deadline for applications is 6 pm on Thursday, January 25, 2024.  


Located in Victoria on the territory of the Ləkʷəŋən (Lekwungen) peoples, TAPS is one of the largest anti-poverty organizations on Vancouver Island. TAPS specializes in face-to-face legal advocacy services. Through our work, we seek to have a positive impact on people's lives in ways that honour and promote human rights, justice, and a healthy, sustainable community.  


Job Description (Nature of the Position) 


The primary job responsibilities for this position are as follows: 


• Supervise the TAPS Legal Advocates to provide legal information, summary advice, and representation to clients primarily in the areas of Residential Tenancy, Income Assistance and Disability, Employment Standards, and Human Rights law; 


• engage in negotiations and mediations on administrative law matters; 


• represent clients in judicial reviews and other administrative appeals; 


• represent clients in various civil, human rights, and bylaw matters as they arise; 


• provide public legal education presentations to community organizations concerning legal rights, responsibilities and entitlements;


• prepare activity reports to the funders of this position and TAPS Executive Director; and,


• work from an anti-oppressive practice perspective with individuals who are experiencing a high level of challenges. 


Required Qualifications, Knowledge, Education, and Skills 


Candidates must be a practicing member in good standing with the Law Society of British Columbia, a non-practicing member eligible for reinstatement, or called to  the bar in another province and be eligible for immediate transfer to British Columbia. TAPS will pay all applicable Law Society Membership and Insurance dues for the successful candidate.  


While years of call and experience in poverty law practice is an asset and will be considered, TAPS is open to all candidates from any background or year of call. New or recent law graduates are encouraged to apply.  


Wage Rate and Hours of Work (Shifts) 


This position is full-time (5 days/week or 35 hours/week) but is also eligible for 4 days/week or 28 hours/week if preferred. While preference will be given to candidates located in Victoria who can attend in person remote work is possible and candidates located in other places are encouraged to also apply.  


The wage rate is based on years of call and experience and is set at a minimum of $38.96/hr under the TAPS Collective Agreement for new calls, up to $60/hr for those with greater experience ($70,907 - $109,200 annual).  


Start Date and Duration of Position 


The start date for the position is on our around February 15th or earlier, and runs until at least August 15th, with the possibility of an extension depending on a requested change to the return to work date for the employee on maternity/parental leave. 


Applications and Interviews


To apply please send Cover Letter, Resume, and if desired an optional short writing sample (3 pages or less) to:


Douglas King

Executive Director

dking@tapsbc.ca 


Writing samples may be of any type and applicants are encouraged to submit any sample which would help show the ability to advocate on someone's behalf or provides analysis/opinion.  


Some examples could be:  


 • letter on behalf of yourself or another advocating for a change or a specific outcome

• academic piece from any level of study

• journalistic piece like a letter to the editor or review 

• legal documents or legal argument


TAPS is committed to employment equity. We encourage qualified applicants from members of visible minority groups, Indigenous Peoples, people with diverse cultural backgrounds, people with disabilities, LGBTQQIP2SAA+ people, people with lived experiences of poverty and homelessness, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. While not required, applicants are encouraged to self-identify in their cover letter as lived expertise is a valued skillset.


TAPS recognizes that experience comes in many forms, many skills are transferable, and passion goes a long way. If your experience is close to what we’re looking for, please apply. We know that diversity of thought makes for the best problem-solving and creative thinking, which is why we’re dedicated to adding new perspectives to the team.


If your application is impacted by systemic barriers such as ableism, by your language background being other than English, or by any other factors that make applying less accessible to you, please let us know as we are happy to accommodate.


If you have any questions about the position before applying please contact the Executive Director directly at dking@tapsbc.ca


The deadline for applications is 6 pm on Thursday, January 25, 2024.  

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