JOB: Legal Assistant

 

Job Title Legal Assistant Coordinator
Type of Position Part-Time (25 hours/week – negotiable)

Contract (ASAP to March 2020)

Must be available to work on either Wednesday or Thursday evenings

Hourly Salary $18.00/hr
Benefits 1.5 weeks vacation

 6.5 health days

 

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 Team

 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 support people in Montreal, and youth in particular, by providing them with the information and tools to make empowering decisions about their own situation. Our legal team holds legal clinics twice a week at which clients may consult a lawyer at no charge. We also provide workshops on topics like tenancy rights, age of consent, bullying & cyberbullying, cannabis legalization and employment law. Another initiative is Project X, which documents the experiences of youth with racial profiling.

 

About the Legal Assistant Coordinator Position

Under the supervision of the Legal Coordinator, the Legal Assistant Coordinator researches legal questions in areas of the law such as immigration law, refugee law, trans rights, criminal law, tenancy law, labour law, civil law and family law. In addition, they are in charge of updating workshops and creating new material on these topics. 

They also establish and maintain partnerships and promote legal services in the community. They help plan, coordinate and implement workshops, including training for volunteer animators. They monitor the delivery of legal services.

 

Requirements & Assets

Requirements:

  • Bilingual French & English
  • A commitment to harm reduction and anti-oppression
  • Two years of post-secondary education and/or experience in law
  • Excellent time management skills, personal organization and attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Active listening skills
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Experience working in a collaborative team setting

Assets:

  • Experience with youth or marginalized groups
  • Experience in the non-profit sector or in a community organization
  • Program coordination or administrative experience
  • Connections to or background with NDG and its communities
  • Experience in facilitation
  • Experience working in a collective structure
  • Experience in peer supervision
  • Experience in training of interns and volunteers

 

Application Process

Please apply by submitting your CV and cover letter to legal@headandhands.ca, and including “Attn: Legal Assistant Coordinator” in the subject line. Applications can also be submitted in person at 3465 Benny Avenue. 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 creating a workplace as diverse as the communities we serve, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.

Applications are due before 10:00 am on September 20th. 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 September 23rd with an ideal start date either September 30th or October 7th.