JOB: Access to Justice Coordinator

 

Job Title Access to Justice Coordinator
Supervisor Full time permanent staff member (TBD)
Type of Position Full time (33 hours/week), 11 month contract (June 1, 2019 to May 15th, 2020

Schedule : (TBD)

Hourly Salary $18.00/hr
Benefits 3 weeks vacation/ 13 health days

As per Labour and Compensation Policy for contract staff members

Mission

Head & Hands envisions a society where all youth are participants and are inspired by the endless possibilities available to them. Our mission is to work with youth to promote their physical and mental well being. Our approach is preventative, non-judgmental, and holistic with a fundamental commitment to providing an environment that welcomes youth without discrimination. We facilitate social change and the empowerment of youth based on their current needs within our community and society at large.

 

About Head & Hands and the Legal Services

Since 1970, Head & Hands has been helping youth harness their potential to create healthy, vibrant, and caring communities.  We envision a society in which all young people are full participants, inspired by the endless possibilities available to them.

Head & Hands Legal Services are free for youth between the ages of 12 to 25, with  the exception of the legal clinic which is open to all ages, we ask for a suggested donation of 20$. The legal clinic is equipped with a team of dedicated volunteer lawyers who provides legal advice. We provide legal resources; explore options by building strategies to help people navigate the system, so they could make informed decision regarding their legal troubles.

The aim of the legal services is to maintain the community’s well-being by promoting access to justice for all, by making available free legal information and/or advice and referrals.  We cover a wide range of legal topic, from tenant’s rights, labour standards, family law, youth protection and criminal.

About the Access to Justice Coordinator position

Legal Services:

The access to coordinator must be able to provide legal information and not legal advice unless they are licensed to practice as a lawyer, make adequate legal research, establish concrete strategies, support youth in their steps to resolve their legal issues and/or guide them to make informed decision, refer youth to the appropriate place when needed. Provide legal resources; keep regular update on new laws and share with the team when deemed necessary; manage and compile stats on youth accessing the legal services and legal clinic; outreach, contact community organizations, schools and youth centers to insure our presence and promote head and hands legal services.

Legal Clinic:

The selected candidate will be responsible to coordinate and manage the legal clinic – book clients, do follow ups, calls, respond to emails, maintain good relations and communication with the volunteer lawyers. Head and Hands legal clinic is a service offered, every Wednesday and Thursday from 7 to 9: 30pm, by appointment only.

The coordinator would manage and supervise a small team of 2 to 3 employees, which are part of their legal team.

Legal Education

The coordinator will facilitate and offer educational workshop on various legal topics with the goal of promoting access to justice to youth. Coordinate the youth legal clinic.

 

Requirements & Assets

Requirements:

  • Bilingual French & English
  • A diploma in a legal field and/or the equivalent  in experience (minimum of 2 years)
  • A commitment to harm reductive and anti-oppression
  • Excellent time management skills, personal organization, and attention to detail
  • Excellent coordination skills
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Excellent skills in working with youth
  • Skills in supervision

Assets:

  • Experience in working with youth
  • Knowledge regarding youth’s legal needs and challenges
  • Active listening
  • Experience working with racialized communities
  • Understanding or lived experience of racial or social profiling
  • Experience in working in a collective
  • Experience in working in Non-profit sector

 

Application Process

Please apply by submitting your C.V and cover letter to legal@headandhands.ca, and including “Attn: Legal Coordinator” in the subject line. Applications can also be submitted by fax at 514-481-2336, or in person at 3465 Benny ave. Guidelines for preparing your CV and cover letter are available on our website, no incomplete applications will be accepted.

As an organization that works to facilitate social change and the empowerment of diverse communities of youth, Head & Hands recognizes that experiencing marginalization and oppression often brings both challenges and valuable skills and perspectives.

We recognize that these skills are often undervalued and unacknowledged in professional settings, despite being highly transferable to the work we do. If you have questions about representing non-traditional skills and experience within your application, please get in touch for support in framing what you have to offer in a way that’s identifiable within the Qualifications and Assets described above.

People of color, people with disabilities, women, two-spirited and queer people, trans people, and other candidates who experience marginalization are strongly encouraged to apply and to self-identify in your cover letter. We are committed to a creating a workplace as diverse as the communities we serve, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.
Applications are due at 10:00 am on Friday, May 24th. All candidates will be sent a confirmation that their application was received, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted further. We are aiming to hold interviews for this position during the week of May 27th, and the start date is June 1st, 2019