Are you a lawyer who is passionate about gender equality? Join our team!
West Coast LEAF is the first and only organization in BC dedicated to using the law as a tool to secure justice and promote equality for all women and people who experience gender-based discrimination. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped bring about some of Canada’s most important feminist victories for reproductive rights, workplace standards, fairness in family law, legal protections from sexual harassment, and more.
In collaboration with community, West Coast LEAF uses litigation, law reform, and public legal education to create social change. While we are focused on issues in BC, we also take action in matters of national significance that are important to the equality and human rights of people in BC. We aim to transform society by achieving:
- Access to healthcare
- Access to justice
- Economic security
- Freedom from gender-based violence
- Justice for those who are criminalized
- The right to parent
West Coast LEAF recognizes our responsibility to work for the full realization of the rights of Indigenous peoples. In the context of historic and ongoing colonial violence and injustice, West Coast LEAF understands that fulfilling this responsibility requires a deep and continual commitment to reconciliation. We respectfully acknowledge that our office is located in Vancouver on traditional, ancestral, and unceded Coast Salish homelands, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, and that many of us are uninvited guests on these lands.
West Coast LEAF is committed to an inclusive vision of feminism that defends the right to be free from discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression.
Learn more about West Coast LEAF here: www.westcoastleaf.org.
About this position:
Specific areas of responsibility include:
- Strategic and creative development and implementation of law reform initiatives;
- Project management;
- Meeting and corresponding with key decision makers to advance law reform issues;
- Conducting legal and policy-based research and writing;
- Advising West Coast LEAF staff and Board on current equality rights issues in BC;
- Hiring and supervising staff, students and volunteers;
- Building and maintaining relationships with community partners to advance substantive equality rights for women, girls, and all people who experience gender-based discrimination;
- Educating the public on issues related to gender equality through public speaking, workshop delivery, accessible legal writing, community engagement and public dialogue; and
- Speaking to the media on behalf of the organization.
The starting salary range is from $70,000 to $78,000, based on experience. We offer a comprehensive benefits package and generous leave provisions (starting at 4 weeks per year).
As our ideal candidate, you have a strong knowledge of equality rights, constitutional law, family law, and human rights law. You are fully committed to an intersectional and nuanced approach to gender equality and women’s rights. You bring strong written and oral communication skills, the ability to respectfully negotiate competing interests both internally and externally, and an aptitude for working with people with diverse skills and interests. You have a positive and inclusive approach to working in community and as part of a team. You are an excellent problem-solver who can think big without overlooking the details. You are comfortable working in both the legal community and the grassroots feminist movement. You are an innovative and strategic leader ready to take West Coast LEAF’s law reform work to the next level.
In particular, you have the following skills and experience:
- Passion for, and knowledge of, substantive gender equality and human rights;
- Understanding of the historical and current influence of colonialism, misogyny, racism, and other forms of discrimination in Canadian society;
- Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) or Juris Doctor (J.D.) or equivalent legal education, with at least five year call preferred;
- Experience in project management;
- Proficient computer skills including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office Suite;
- Experience with public speaking, including speaking to the media;
- Excellent time management skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks and projects;
- Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, and teamwork skills;
- Excellent English writing and communication skills, with strong attention to detail;
- Proven ability to organize, motivate, take initiative, and exercise good judgment;
- Experience with community engagement and consultation;
- Strategic thinking, analytical skills, and precise legal reasoning; and
- Ability to build and maintain internal and external relationships with professionalism and integrity.
Experience in the non-profit sector and/or government relations is an asset. Knowledge and experience in the priority areas listed above will also be an asset; in particular, the criminal justice system response to sexual violence and systemic issues facing Indigenous women who are involved in the child protection system.
West Coast LEAF encourages applications from historically marginalized individuals, and encourages applicants to self-identify. West Coast LEAF is committed to employment equity and prioritizes applications from underrepresented groups.
If you are keenly interested in gender equality issues and want to apply your legal skills in a fast-paced, dynamic, community-based work environment, you are invited to submit a cover letter and resumé on or before September 12, 2018 to: Kasari Govender, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the subject line “DLR Application”. Applications will be considered (and interviews offered) on a rolling basis.
Thank you for your interest in employment with West Coast LEAF and for understanding that only applicants under consideration will be contacted.
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