Community development paralegal

Flemingdon Community Legal Services

Accountability: To Executive Director

Purpose: To support and develop a robust community development plan that advances the strategic goals and vision of FCLS

Main responsibilities:

  1. Community Development and Outreach:

    1. Develop and sustain relationships with community agencies, other organizations and members of the public
    2. Communicate with legal clinic staff on projects within areas of law handled by the clinic
    3. Help trusted intermediaries/community agencies with information about and access to "how to" resources that could help them assist clients with legal problems
  2. Law Reform activities:

    • Represent FCLS in advocacy coalitions and networks
    • Identify issues for law and policy reform
    • Collaborate with staff to develop and implement advocacy strategies
  3. Public Education and Training:

    • Present workshops on legal topics
    • Collaborate with community agencies on public legal education activities
    • Identify issues for community education
    • Employ learning approaches that respond to specific needs of communities and sectors
    • Create training programs, tools and strategies that will assist frontline workers to navigate the "grey zone" between legal information and legal advice
  4. Other:

    • Attend staff meetings
    • Attend community services committee meetings
    • Ensure work is captured in CIMS
    • Participate in strategic planning sessions
    • Build on innovations in online learning and refresher training, explore ways to share resources, and broaden connections to the legal sector and legal referrals
    • Other duties as assigned

Skills:

  • Licensed paralegal with minimum of 2 years work experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of challenges and legal and policy issues faced by low waged residents and those on income maintenance programs
  • Community organizing experience in a social justice context
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, experience with social media and web based tools is an asset
  • Strong creative and problem solving skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, and the ability to prioritize tasks
  • Ability to work well in teams and independently
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of programs
  • Experience with CIMS program [statistical management program used by community legal clinics] is an asset

Salary and benefits in accordance with Legal Aid Ontario guidelines and clinic policies.

The deadline for applications is June 8. Please submit your resume by email to:

Marjorie Hiley
Executive Director
Flemingdom Community Legal Services
Email: hileym@lao.on.ca

We thank all applicants however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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