Executive director

Durham Community Legal Clinic (DCLC)

The Durham Community Legal Clinic is a community based legal clinic providing legal services to low income individuals and families in Durham Region and is co-located with the Access to Justice Hub, a partnership between the Clinic, Region of Durham, City of Oshawa, and Durham College.

The clinic is one of over 70 legal clinics in Ontario funded by Legal Aid Ontario and governed by a community based board of directors.

Job description

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the day to day management of the clinic and to ensure the quality and integrity of the services delivered by the clinic. The ED will lead a staff of approximately 12. In addition to the daily management of the clinic including service delivery and personnel management and supervision, the ED handles communication with our funder and provides some direct legal services to clients. Acting in conjunction with and reporting to the clinic's board of directors the ED will help set the vision, mission and strategic direction of the clinic and be responsible for making sure the goals are met. Of critical importance is the leadership of the ED involving the Access to Justice Hub, a one‑stop service to clients for legal, social and financial services.

Job responsibilities

  • Overseeing the day to day operations of the clinic
  • Manage and supervise staff
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the areas of law practiced at the clinic
  • Develop and implement policies and practices to ensure the delivery of high quality legal services
  • Handle complaints from clients and the community
  • Monitor caseloads and assign files and other work to staff
  • Communicate and deal with the funder including the preparation of the annual funding application
  • Deal with any funding organizations outside of Legal Aid Ontario
  • Provide direct legal services to clients
  • Build and maintain relationships with other community organizations
  • Ensure the clinic is active in both regional and provincial clinic networks and working groups
  • Assist the Board in their duties governing the clinic at a strategic/oversight level

Jon requirements and competencies

  • A lawyer in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario with at least ten years experience
  • Thorough knowledge and familiarity with legal clinics in Ontario
  • A commitment to the Access to Justice Hub (social justice and an understanding of the needs and challenges faced by low‑income and marginalized communities)
  • A commitment to the involvement of paralegals in the provision of justice
  • Strong management skills including change management and strategic board governance
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience in or knowledge of the areas of law handled by the clinic including social assistance, housing, Canada pension plan, employment insurance and human rights
  • Experience with community outreach and public legal education
  • Experience in supervising legal staff
  • Experience in dealing with funding organizations
  • Experience in working with a volunteer Board of Directors
  • Experience in building and leading a team
  • Excellent project management skills

The following will be considered assets:

  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of the broader policy landscape in the province of Ontario
  • Demonstrated experience or understanding of Collective Impact or similar frameworks
  • Familiarity with Human Centred Service Design
  • Familiarity with local government structures

We offer a well‑rounded compensation package that includes a salary range based on year of call and relevant experience with a comprehensive benefits package and RRSP plan. The continuation of this position past March 31, 2020 is subject to available funding.

Interested Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter and resume with at least 2 references to Hiring Committee Durham Community Legal Clinic by e‑mail to DCLCBOD@gmail.com by 4:30pm on Friday, July 12, 2019.

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