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Community Family Law Advocate

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Community Family Law Advocate

Nature of Position

The Family Law Advocate, provides family law advocacy services that provide a range of legal advocacy and assistance to individuals in the community, including:

Screening and identifying family legal issues according to program guidelines, under the direction of the supervising lawyer including: guardianship and parenting time, child support, spousal support, separation agreements, family court, Supreme Court, property and debts, and child protection.
Where appropriate, supporting clients through the civil court system, including court preparation and accompaniment, but not representation.
Providing support, legal resources, information and appropriate referrals.
Explaining orders or agreements, including how they impact the client’s rights and obligations.
Following up with lawyers/clients re: progress/outcome of case.
Maintaining contact with lawyers, Law Foundation of BC, and Legal Services Society to build and maintain rapport and keep up to date on client issues.
Preparing memoranda and other forms of correspondence for clients, and assisting clients with completing forms and preparing other documents
Researching current policies and procedures, laws, new bills and case law, etc. to keep current with various client issues.
Assessing client information and determining eligibility for referral to Legal Aid.
Facililtating public legal education workshops on key family law topics.

Qualifications (education and experience)

In accordance with the requirements of our funder, the successful applicant must have a minimum of:

Post-secondary education or equivalent education and training in Paralegal services and Family Law.
2 years hands on experience in direct program delivery in the Family Law advocacy sector.

Required Skills (knowledge and skills)

Ability to take initiative, identify urgent work items and set priorities.
Ability to maintain an open and direct communication between themselves, clients and colleagues.
Excellent demonstrated experience in Office 2013, Windows 10, and databases.
Ability to work effectively with clients who are experiencing a range of sensitive issues.
Knowledge of Legal Services policies and procedures.
Excellent knowledge and understanding of provincial and supreme court family law forms, statutes and concepts.
Knowledge of community resources and other social service agencies.

Other Information:
Valid Drivers Licence
Clean Criminal Record Check

This position requires use of personal vehicle

This position requires Union membership

Shift/Schedule/Hours per week: Temporary, casual position (filling in for a staff leave)

Hours per week: 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday

Expected Start Date: ASAP

Wage/Salary: starting at $33.17/hour

Grid Level: 14P

Application Deadline: February 19, 2021

Submit Applications to: jleginus@comservice.bc.ca

In your cover letter please indicate where you heard about this job posting.

Successful applicant will be informed and accepting of cultural diversity, and have the ability to work and support all people with dignity and respect. This position is open to all genders.

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