Careers at LAO
Black Legal Action Centre
The Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) is a not-for-profit corporation incorporated under the laws of Ontario to combat individual and systemic anti-Black racism by providing legal services to members of Ontario's Black communities, including engaging in advocacy, community development, law reform, test case litigation, and public legal education.
The Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) is an independent, non-profit community legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will lead a team of approximately six staff and volunteers to ensure the implementation of BLAC's strategic plans, goals and objectives. Working in collaboration with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will guide the overall legal services, operational, financial, facilities and staff management activities. The Executive Director will represent BLAC, champion the legal rights of members of Ontario's Black communities, and provide senior legal and/or analytic skills to the work of the clinic.
- Work closely with the Board of Directors and the Chair to facilitate effective communication and engagement
- Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, other organizations, and government
- Develop a strong team that promotes a positive, healthy and safe work environment resulting in highly engaged, professional employees
- Help cultivate the strategic vision of the organization and organize operational activities to meet strategic objectives
- Ensure that all programs and services contribute to BLAC's mission, reflect the identified priorities of the Board, and meet the expectations of clients and funders
- Provide organizational financial leadership to ensure compliance with accounting best practices, legislative requirements, and funding agreements
- Ensure all operations are conducted in full compliance with laws, regulations and other internal requirements
Required knowledge, skills, and experience
- Undergraduate degree in law, business, education and/or cognate area of study and training
- Significant experience in senior leadership including overseeing: project management, financial management, personnel management, and legal affairs
- Experience working in a legal services organization, knowledge of legal service delivery and/or expertise in the law
- Experience with and understanding of not-for-profit organizations
- Experience working with volunteer Boards, demonstrating appreciation for respective roles, expertise and responsibilities
- Strong interpersonal skills focused on building and maintaining positive relationships with staff, volunteers, Board members, and external stakeholders
- Excellent written and verbal communication ability
- Ability to utilize analytical, interpretive, evaluative and constructive thinking
- Demonstrated ability to advocate for clients with the public at large, similar organizations, and the business community
- Knowledge of and/or experience combatting anti-Black racism in the justice system
Compensation will be based on experience. Benefits are available following a probationary period.
To apply for the position, please email your resume with covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org before 5:00 p.m. on March 9, 2018.
Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.
Applicants will receive written correspondence regarding this job posting directly to the email address provided on their resume. Those who apply are encouraged to regularly check email.
Accommodation is available under the Ontario Human Rights Code.