Volunteer & Employment Opportunities

Volunteer disability advocates work one-on-one with clients applying for Person with a Disability status through the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation.  Volunteer advocates may also work with their clients through the appeal process as their skills develop over time. There is an additional screening process for this position and volunteers must participate in a training program provided by TAPS.

*TAPS accepts ongoing applications for the position of Volunteer Disability Advocate. These application are collected though out the year and applicants will be contacted when the next training opportunity is scheduled. Training sessions typically take place 3 time per year. Please note that you will not receive an immediate response to your application.

Volunteer Disability Advocates must have organizational, writing, and analytical thinking skills.

Hours:
Variable

Job Posting: Outreach Legal Advocate

Job Description

Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS) is seeking to fill a legal advocacy outreach position for an exciting new project entitled the Outreach Legal Advocacy Project. The position is a twelve month contract position beginning June 1, 2017 and ending May 31, 2018. There is an opportunity to extend the contract into a permanent position dependent on funding.

Primary Job Responsibilities

  1. Provide legal information and summary advice to applicants and recipients of income assistance and provincial disability benefits concerning their rights, responsibilities and entitlements under the relevant legislation.
  2. Provide legal advocacy for applicants and recipients of income assistance through negotiation with the staff of the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, the preparation of oral and written submissions, and appearances at hearings before the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal.
  3. Working from an anti-oppressive practice perspective, meet with individuals who are experiencing a high level of challenges to obtaining and maintaining housing resultant from complex societal factors including physical and mental health challenges.
  4. Provide public legal education presentations to community organizations concerning income assistance rights, responsibilities and entitlements.
  5. Prepare activity reports to the funders of this position and TAPS Executive Director.

Skills and Abilities

  • Be highly organized and able to manage a diverse and busy case load;
  • Knowledge of (or the ability to learn quickly) all legislation pertaining to income assistance and provincial disability benefits and the administrative process for resolving disputes under the relevant legislation.
  • Excellent negotiation and advocacy skills
  • Have a positive and non-judgmental attitude towards people in poverty
  • Work independently in a busy and, at times, stressful environment;
  • Well defined professional barriers in an outreach context
  • Analyze complex information and prioritize effectively;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills relating to submissions and other documents required for legal advocacy work;

*TAPS encourages applications from a wide range of candidates including people of indigenous ancestry, people of color, LGBTQ+ people and people with disabilities

Application Deadline: May 12, 2017

Please send cover letter, resume and writing sample (max. 3 pages) – one single pdf preferred -  to: TAPS - #302 – 895 Fort St., Victoria, BC V8W 1H7 or e-mail: ed@tapsbc.ca; ATTN: Kelly Newhook, Executive Director

Hours:
35 hours/per week

We always need people to work on our busy front desk, welcoming clients to the office and answering the phone. This is a great way to “get your feet wet” as you soon get a comprehensive feel for the work that TAPS does. This is a demanding job, one that is vitally important and valuable to our organization. No reception experience necessary. We train. Must have good communication skills, an ability to manage in a busy work environment, crisis management skills and a non-judgmental attitude.

Hours:
one 3½-hour shift per week