Poverty Law Advocate

Kitimat Community Development Centre
Jun 28 2019 - 5:00pm

Full time at 35 hours per week (Willing to discuss a job share situation)
Benefits: We offer a comprehensive Benefit plan including an RRSP matching plan upon qualification


$22.00- $25.00/hr.

Job Description: 

We are looking for a passionate, knowledgeable, initiative-taking Poverty Law Advocate to provide front-line services to low income families and seniors. You will join a dynamic team of community driven staff and volunteers in a busy office environment with diverse clientele. You will help individuals and families with income assistance, disability assistance, tenancy disputes, Canada Pension Plan Disability benefits, employment insurance benefits, debt, and other income support related programs.

Skills and Qualities Required: 

• Minimum two years post-secondary education in a Social service field or the equivalent preferred
• Minimum two years’ experience in tenancy, disability, and income support programs; advocacy and case management experience an asset
• Ability to read, understand, and interpret legislation, regulations, and policies
• Ability to negotiate and mediate with landlords, government, and other agencies on behalf of clients
• Excellent interpersonal skills, including verbal and written skills, team oriented and exercises good judgment
• Self-motivated with well-developed case management and planning skills; organization, time management, problem solving and decision making skills essential
• Knowledge of local community resources and an awareness and understanding of poverty related issues
• Adequate computer skills and proficiency in Office products such as Excel, Word, and Outlook; as well as experience in working with databases
• Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and delegate in a fast-paced, diverse, community environment
• Understands the need for high professional ethical standards, discretion, flexibility and humour

Additional Requirements

• A criminal record and Criminal Records Review Act check is required
• Valid Class 5 Driver’s License an asset
• Available Monday to Friday and able to occasionally work flexible hours.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

The Advocate will:
• meet with and advise clients with respect to legal rights and options in the areas of income support programs both provincially and federally, residential tenancy, debt, and
other legal and rights related supports;
• provide information and referrals to clients;
• help clients to complete forms;
• prepare written communications and submissions on behalf of clients and represent them at tribunal hearings;
• assist with negotiation and mediation;
• prepare and provide public legal education workshops on poverty law initiatives;
• develop and maintain working relationships with the Ministry of Social Development, other government agencies, other service agencies and the community;
• perform administrative practices including record keeping, file management and reporting to accredited standards; and
• promote the project’s activities at public events.

How to Apply: 

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter by June 28th, 2019, to Marianne Hemmy at mhemmy [at] kitimatcdc [dot] ca


Kitimat, BC