Legal caseworker

Willowdale Community Legal Services

Willowdale Community Legal Services (WCLS) is a general service community legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario (LAO). WCLS strives to serve low-income members of our community within the areas of poverty law that we practice. We commit to service that is inclusive, equitable, fair and free from discrimination, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation and immigration status.

WCLS is seeking applications for the position of Legal Caseworker (Community Legal Worker/Paralegal or Lawyer). This is a contract position to cover a parental leave of approximately one year. The position is available July 4, 2022.

This position provides legal services (including summary advice, brief services such as document preparation and representation at various boards and tribunals) in the areas of housing law and consumer and debt law to low-income members residing within the catchment area of our legal clinic. The position also involves engaging with community members, organizations and agencies that provide services to members of our community. The duties of the position will be carried out through a combination of office and remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The position requires travel within Toronto (attending hearings and occasionally client home visits) from time-to-time.

Qualifications for the position:

  • Paralegal Diploma from an accredited college
  • Experience in the community legal worker/paralegal field
  • Superior time management skills
  • Excellence in communication and computer skills

Assets include:

  • Prior experience in a community legal clinic
  • Fluency in a second language.

The successful candidate must have a strong ability to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds. This position requires someone who is reliable, well-organized and a team player. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented communities to apply for the position.

Salary Range: $70,000 – $75,000 per year, dependent upon years of experience.

Applications must include a cover letter outlining relevant experience, resume and at least two references, and are to be received no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 17. 2022. Applications should be sent by email (resume and cover letter in a Word or PDF attachment) to the attention of Hiring Committee at lorena.zelaya@wcls.clcj.ca. Applications can also be submitted in person at the following address:

Willowdale Community Legal Services
106-245 Fairview Mall Drive
Toronto, Ontario, M2J 4T1

Please note that, while we thank all applicants for their interest in the position, only the candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.