Careers at LAO

Community legal worker/licensed paralegal

Scarborough Community Legal Services

Scarborough Community Legal Services is a non-profit community based legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario. We provide free legal services to low income individuals in a culturally diverse community. We are looking for a Community Legal Worker /Licensed Paralegal to provide legal services in income maintenance law, including Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program matters. This position includes a range of other activities such as public legal education and outreach, community organizing, and participation in law reform initiatives.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to social justice and working for positive social change on issues that affect low income individuals and groups, particularly in the area of disability and poverty. Knowledge of ODSP and OW legislation and policy combined with strong advocacy skills and the ability to evaluate legal issues and exercise sound judgment are required. Good research, writing and computer skills are also needed. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to address the needs of clients from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds are a must together with experience in community development/outreach, law reform and public legal education. A collaborative work approach with the ability to work well in a busy team based environment is necessary.

Candidates who are not licensed paralegals will be required to become licensed.

Knowledge in other areas of clinic law practice and the ability to speak a second language are assets.

This is a permanent position. Salary is commensurate with experience based on funding from Legal Aid Ontario and includes a benefits plan.

The deadline for applications is March 28, 2017.

Applications should be sent to:

Hiring Committee
Scarborough Community Legal Services
695 Markham Road, Suite 9
Toronto, ON M1H 2A5

Email: kroutss@lao.on.ca

Please provide a cover letter, resume and contact information for two professional references.We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.