Volunteer & Employment Opportunities

CANADA SUMMER JOBS:  Student Legal Advocate

 

Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS) is seeking candidates for the position of a full-time Student Legal Advocate. The period of the placement will begin in early June, 2018 and run until the beginning of the school year.

This position is funded by the Canada Summer Jobs plan for students, and applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age;
  • be registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to  return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or have official refugee protection status under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (foreign students are not eligible); and are legally entitled to work in Canada.

Primary Job Responsibilities

  1. Assist TAPS legal advocates to provide legal information and summary advice to applicants and recipients of income assistance, provincial disability benefits and tenants concerning their rights, responsibilities and entitlements under the relevant legislation.
  2. Assist TAPS legal advocates to provide legal advocacy for applicants and recipients of income assistance and/or those with tenancy concerns through negotiation with relevant staff and/or landlords, including the preparation of oral and written submissions.
  3. Assist TAPS legal advocates to provide Public Legal Education presentations to community organizations concerning income assistance and/or tenancy rights, responsibilities and entitlements.

Skills and Abilities

  • Be highly organized and able to manage a diverse and busy case load;
  • Knowledge of (or the ability to learn quickly) 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
  • 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, LGBTQ2S+ people and people with disabilities.

 

Salary:   $15.00/hr      

Application Deadline: May 25, 2018, Interviews held the week of May 28 – June 1, 2018

Please send cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to Together Against Poverty Society, ATTN: Douglas King to ed@tapsbc.ca. *Digital submissions should be contained within a single PDF document with “Canada Summer Jobs” in the subject line.

 

 

Hours:
Full Time - Temporary

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*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

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Hours:
one 3½-hour shift per week