Be A Change Leader: Director of Legal Services

Kensington Bellwoods Community Legal Services

Kensington Bellwoods Community Legal Services has embarked on a major restructuring. We are joining a large, multi-sector, social service agency to improve client services and systemic outcomes for our community. And we have created a new management role.

KBLCS seeks an experienced, dynamic Director of Legal Services with strong leadership and people skills to manage the Clinic, champion racial equity and social justice, and lead the strategic direction of the Clinic as it transitions to an innovative, collaborative service model.

This is a unique growth opportunity to expand your skills and challenge you professionally. If you are passionate about social justice and excited to be an agent of change, apply now!

Job responsibilities

  • Direct operations and activities including administration, personnel management, systemic advocacy, community engagement and development
  • Lead the Clinic’s restructuring transition and develop collaborative relationships with the new agency to benefit the Clinic and client communities
  • Ensure the delivery of high-quality legal and advocacy services and that the Clinic is enthusiastically meeting all parts of its service mandate
  • Recruit, develop, supervise, and support Clinic staff; mentor and nurture a strong multi-disciplinary teamwork environment; support continuous learning and encourage innovation
  • Maintain a working knowledge of all areas of law practiced at the Clinic; provide direct services to clients, particularly in the area of housing law, and actively participate in the systemic mandate
  • Lead Kensington-Bellwoods in a strategic manner responding to trends in the field of social justice and changes in municipal, federal, and provincial government policy and legislation
  • Responsible for operational, reporting, service and funding requirements of the LAO Service Agreement and governing legislation, and for LSO obligations
  • Staff liaison to Board oversight committee; lead strategic planning for the Clinic with staff and the committee
  • Work with the financial department to oversee the budget and financial reporting
  • Oversee the development and submission of the annual Service Proposal to LAO
  • Maintain ongoing and effective working relationships with the funder and other external stakeholders


  • LLB/JD and membership in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario
  • Minimum 5 years of experience practicing law
  • Minimum 3 years leadership experience, preferably within a legal or student clinic
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, decolonization and gender equity, and strong understanding of intersectionality and the systemic implications of anti-Indigenous and anti-Black racism
  • Extensive knowledge of community legal clinic practice areas, particularly housing law, and clinic operations
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and the robust fulfillment of the full community legal clinic mandate
  • Experience working with diverse low-income populations
  • Strong supervisory, personnel management, conflict management and team-building skills
  • Strong communication skills, including presentation and listening
  • Leadership ability to motivate staff and foster a positive team environment
  • Collaborative approach to decision-making
  • Keen attention to detail and able to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with a focus on rapport building, listening, and questioning


  • Experience leading staff through collaborations and partnerships to achieve increased impact
  • Experience working in a unionized environment
  • Completion of a management certificate
  • Experience working with a not-for-profit board of directors
  • Knowledge of languages spoken in the community

About the position

Term of Employment: This is a full time, permanent position.

Salary Range: $110,000 to $120,000

Kensington Bellwoods is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce that reflects the community we serve. We encourage applications from: women; First Nations, Metis and Inuit persons; members of racialized communities; persons with disabilities; people of diverse gender identities and expressions; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and perspectives at the Clinic. We will provide accommodation during the hiring process, upon request. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be treated confidentially.


Applicants should send one PDF file including a cover letter, resume and the contact information of two professional references to Please reach out to John if you would like to discuss this opportunity or have any questions pertaining to the position.

Deadline: Please submit your application by Friday, March 24, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.

Thank you for your interest in our service.