Community legal worker / paralegal / housing law intake worker

Scarborough Community Legal Services

SCLS is a non-profit community based legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario. We provide clinic law services to low income individuals in a culturally diverse community. Our work includes individual case work, public legal education, law reform, and community development activities mainly in the areas of tenants’ rights, income maintenance law, immigration law, and workers’ rights.

We are looking for an enthusiastic paralegal to conduct intake and provide legal services to low income individuals and groups in all areas of residential tenancies law.

Duties and Responsibilities

Legal Work

  • Conduct intake for all housing law matters, including providing referrals as required
  • Provide summary advice, brief services, and casework for housing law matters. This position will not involve attendance at administrative tribunals or small claims court, except in exceptional circumstances.
  • Provide summary advice, brief services and casework in other areas of clinic law as required by the Executive Director
  • Collaborate with the legal team on the management and conduct of cases through informal discussions and/or formal case conferences

Law Reform & Community Organizing

  • Support law reform initiatives on housing issues in collaboration with the Executive Director and the housing law team
  • Represent the clinic to community groups by providing resources and expertise on housing law issues when requested by the Executive Director
  • Write and present briefs to various levels of government on housing law issues in collaboration with the housing law team when requested by the Executive Director

Public Legal Education (“PLE”)

  • Speak to community agencies and community members on housing law issues, clinic services, and other topics within expertise as required by the Executive Director
  • Write, edit, and review clinic produced PLE materials on housing law issues, clinic services, and other topics within expertise as required by the Executive Director

Qualifications and Experience

  • You must be a paralegal with 2 to 5 years’ experience in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
  • You must have a sound knowledge of the Residential Tenancies Act, Housing Services Act, and the Human Rights Code in the context of housing.
  • Experience litigating matters before the Landlord and Tenant Board and/or other administrative tribunals is an asset.
  • Experience working on law reform or community organizing activities is an asset
  • You 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 housing.
  • You have the strong communication and interpersonal skills that are needed to address the needs of clients from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds.
  • You have a collaborative work approach and the ability to work well in a team based environment.
  • Knowledge in other areas of clinic law and the ability to speak a second language are assets.

Terms of Employment

This is a permanent full-time position. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and the compensation package includes a comprehensive health and dental benefits package and 5.5% contribution to an RRSP fund.

How to Apply

The deadline for applications is 5:00 pm on Wednesday, July 8, 2020.

All applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and the contact info for two professional references to Barbara Millar by email at millerb@lao.on.ca using the subject line “CLW Housing Law Intake Worker Position” only, or by regular mail to:

Attn: Hiring Committee
Scarborough Community Legal Services
695 Markham Road, Suite&nbdp;9
Scarborough, ON M1H 2A5

SCLS welcomes applications from diverse individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code. We are committed to full compliance with the Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation. We will provide accommodation during the hiring process upon request. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.