Department: Program Team
Reports to: Director of Programs and Policy
Position type: Full time, permanent
Salary: $80,000-$100,000 annually
Posting closing date: December 4, 2020
About the Law Foundation of BC:
The Law Foundation of British Columbia (the Foundation) has a mission to advance and promote a just society governed by the rule of law, through leadership, innovation and collaboration. It has been doing this since 1969, using funds arising from interest paid on lawyers’ pooled trust accounts and other sources to make the law and justice system accessible, particularly to those segments of the public who face the greatest barriers to access. Through its funding, the Foundation supports:
Working at the Foundation means joining a team of passionate, hard-working professionals. We strive to build an inclusive and respectful working environment, where all employees are valued for their contributions to our mission.
We offer a comprehensive benefits program, which includes:
To learn more about what we do, please visit www.lawfoundationbc.org
About the role:
This is a newly-created Program Director role that will be especially focused on supporting the new network of community legal clinics. The person in this role will join a dynamic team that is working to create innovative solutions to difficult access to justice challenges that affect the well-being of diverse communities in British Columbia.
Working closely with the Executive Director and the Director of Policy and Programs, the Program Director will help to shape the Foundation’s strategy to enhance access to justice in British Columbia. The Foundation has recently expanded its work, and supports more programs than ever before, including the new network of poverty law and specialized legal clinics that will be a particular focus of this position. The Foundation is embarking on a process to create a new strategic plan. It is also in a period of transition following a change in leadership, and is pursuing structural and operational change to respond to the new challenges it faces.
In addition to the focus on clinics, this role will support a portfolio of one-time and continuing grants made by the Foundation. The Program Director will also support programs that provide pro bono legal services, and programs working in the public interest law and law reform sector. As a key member of the program team, the Program Director will assist the Director of Policy and Programs and other Program Directors to ensure Law Foundation-funded programs are delivering high quality, accessible legal services.
The Program Director will monitor changes to legal practice standards and other policy and regulatory changes and offer information and advice to Foundation-funded programs providing legal services. The Program Director will also maintain relationships with relevant professional bodies in British Columbia. They will monitor initiatives and promising practices related to the delivery of community-based and low-cost legal services in other jurisdictions to inform Foundation strategy and practices.
Drawing on their legal training and practice experience, the Program Director will work closely with members of the program team to develop policies and initiatives to support and enhance the work of a province-wide network of Foundation-funded legal advocates. The Program Director will also work with the Education and Training Manager to develop training and other supports for Foundation-funded lawyers and advocates. The Program Director will support the evaluation of legal clinics and other programs.
The Program Director has a unique role to play that must be approached with a great deal of sensitivity to the power imbalances that unavoidably form the backdrop of a foundation/grantee relationship. The Program Director will support the organizations and lawyers who are doing the funded work, while at the same time being a careful steward of Foundation resources.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
The Program Director must be a member in good standing of the Law Society of British Columbia and have at least one or a combination (or equivalent) of the following:
Overseeing a portfolio of continuing programs and projects funded by the Foundation, with a focus on legal clinics and programs employing lawyers. Specific tasks include:
Contributing to overall mission of the Foundation by:
Note: This job may require additional responsibilities and duties as assigned by the Law Foundation of British Columbia. This job will also require travel to communities throughout the Province.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
The Program Director requires a strong knowledge of the justice sector, particularly in the area of poverty law. They require an established:
The Program Director requires the following skills, abilities, and attributes:
We strongly encourage applications from members of communities that are marginalized or that experience structural discrimination including those identifying as Indigenous, people of colour, members of non-dominant ethnic, religious, linguistic, and/or cultural groups, women, (im)migrants/newcomers, people with (dis)abilities, and LGBTQ2S+ people, and we strongly encourage applicants to self-identify in their application if they feel comfortable in doing so. In order to achieve a representative team, preference may be given to applicants self-declaring as being a member of one or more of the groups identified above. The Foundation believes that a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve strengthens our ability to achieve our mission.
Please submit the following through this application portal:
When submitting your application please name and save your attachments with your first and last name in the title, such as: “FirstnameLastname Resume.pdf” and “FirstnameLastname Cover Letter.pdf”.
Interviews will be conducted by Foundation staff by video. The Foundation will make appropriate accommodations, if needed, for candidates that we interview.
By submitting your application, you certify that all information submitted is true, complete and correct. Any information provided in your application, any assessment documents or processes and/or an interview that is found to be false or misrepresented in any respect, may eliminate you from further consideration for employment or may result in dismissal.
We acknowledge that the Foundation’s main office is located in Vancouver on the shared lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, and conducts its work throughout the homelands of Indigenous Peoples across the place we now call British Columbia. The Law Foundation of BC is committed to supporting a just and meaningful reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and others in these lands.
If you have any questions about this role, please contact Andrea Gutierrez, Director of Operations, by email at email@example.com.
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