Request for Applications

Executive Director
Blogger and Communications Assistant

Executive Director

The British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) is recruiting a full-time Executive Director to commence June 1, 2015 to replace the current Executive Director who is retiring June 30, 2015. Reporting to a volunteer Board of Directors, the Executive Director provides executive management and organizational leadership for a small team of professionals located in the Faculty of Law, Allard Hall, UBC, Vancouver.

This is a unique and special opportunity for a lawyer interested in leading the creative innovation and professional research and discipline involved in access to justice issues, support of older adults and improvements to a broad range of laws. The BCLI Executive Director is uniquely positioned to collaborate with government and key stakeholders in British Columbia and nationally, to address fundamental legal and structural issues and develop solutions for a better future for all Canadians.

The new Executive Director will be a lawyer:

• Motivated and interested in improving the law through legal research, law reform work and public legal education for both BCLI, and its division the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL);

• Experienced in leading the development, funding and executive management of projects such as law reform projects;

• Experienced and skilled in financial and executive management reporting to a Board of Directors;

• Skilled in communications, including adopting modern communications technologies,

• With demonstrated success in collaboration and building strategic relationships including with key government and non-governmental stakeholders;

• Experienced in leading, supporting and managing staff; and

• Who is an innovative thinker experienced in leadership including strategic planning and implementation.

While not essential, fluency in French will be an asset relating to CCEL activities.

Read the full Job Description

Background of BCLI and CCEL

BCLI was established in 1997 by incorporation under the Society Act (British Columbia). CCEL was established in 2003 as a division of BCLI. We have two activities:

1. We provide scholarly legal research, writing, and analysis for the purposes of promoting law reform, and legal practice improvements and providing materials and support for outreach and public legal education focused primarily on the laws of British Columbia; and

2. At CCEL, our scholarly research, writing, and analysis focuses on issues that support law reforms and new and better practices for older adults in Canada.

Recognizing that collaborative, coordinated efforts are essential, we develop and nurture a broad range of relationships with government, professional and community organizations.

With over 18 years of positive development history, BCLI is a national and international leader in law reform work. We are well positioned to continue and expand our reputation and impact in legal research, law reform and in activities supporting older adults in Canada. The new Executive Director will:

1. Lead the development of the next strategic plan establishing new objectives and goals for BCLI and CCEL, including considering new areas of opportunity and plans to expand revenues;

2. Embrace and optimize the use of new communications technologies to support our activities; and

3. Continue our established excellent governance and personnel management practices

If you are interested in exploring this rewarding and challenging full-time business-leadership and creative-academic position as BCLI’s next chief executive officer, send a letter of interest and resume on or before February 27, 2015, to:

Jim Emmerton, Executive Director
British Columbia Law Institute
Suite 321 – 1822 East Mall,
Allard Hall, UBC
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Tel. 604 822 0145

Blogger and Communications Assistant

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The Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) is seeking applications for a Blogger and Communications Assistant to support its work on the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse / Réseau canadien pour la prévention du mauvais traitement des les aînés (CNPEA) Knowledge Sharing Project.


CNPEA is a national, non-profit organization focused on elder abuse prevention and response. The organization connects people and organizations, fosters the exchange of reliable information, and advances program and policy development on issues related to preventing abuse of older adults, working at the local, regional, provincial/territorial, and national levels. Founded in 2000, the organization is lead by a volunteer Board including members from every police and territory in Canada.

CNPEA commenced a three-year Knowledge Sharing Project (Project) on elder abuse and neglect prevention and response to be completed by July 31, 2016. The overall goals of the Project are:

1. To create mechanisms for sharing information on promising approaches in elder abuse prevention and response. The work will culminate in the creation of a national electronic hub for connecting service providers and seniors’ organizations. The hub will serve as a central point of contact for elder abuse information and resources across Canada.

2. To increase capacity in organizations and networks to prevent and respond to cases of elder abuse, by facilitating access to reliable information and key resources, and by connecting stakeholders to each other through the hub.

More on the Knowledge Sharing Project here:

The management team responsible for leading the Project has 6 members, located in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia. All meetings are held by teleconference or videoconference, with documents distributed by e-mail. The Coordinator of the Project is the Canadian Centre for Elder Law, led by Krista James, located in Vancouver, BC.

Blogger and Communications Assistant

The CCEL requires a full-time bilingual Blogger and Communications Assistant (BCA) to provide various activities for the Project. The BCA will work from a home office, and may be located in a major city in Canada, preferably Ottawa, Toronto, or Vancouver. If based in Vancouver, she or he will be provided with workspace at the CCEL, located at the University of BC.

The BCA reports to the Coordinator of the Project.

This position will require occasional travel with costs covered by the CNPEA including a two-day meeting in Toronto in March 2015.

This is a six-month fixed term employment contract with a possibility of renewal.

Wage range is $22.00 – $27.00 / hour depending on experience. There are no benefits attached to this position.

Job Description

1. Project meetings support:

  • Arranging meeting times
  • Taking Minutes of meetings
  • Arranging translation of minutes into French
  • Reviewing translations

2. Developing project blog content:

  • Identifying stakeholders to interview for the Project blog
  • Interviewing stakeholders in English and French
  • Composing short blog entires summarizing interviews (English and French)
  • Writing other blog entries as directed by the Coordinator
  • Helping to recruit guest bloggers
  • Promoting the blog through social media
  • Uploading blog entries to the CNPEA website

3. Project webinars:

  • Setting up webinars
  • In conjunction with the Coordinator, recruiting webinar panelists
  • Conducting interviews with panelists to prepare webinar questions
  • Helping to recruit webinar hosts where appropriate
  • Arranging translation of webinar materials where appropriate
  • Communication with participants re webinar registration
  • Liaising with the Coordinator and the project Evaluator re feedback from participants and panelists on the webinars

4. Events

  • Assisting with the promotion of project events

5. Project Communications (general):

  • Maintaining regular communications with project Coordinator
  • Supporting communications among various project consultants
  • Assisting with a Project newsletter
  • Assisting with reports to the CNPEA Board
  • Proof-reading communications
  • Arranging for translation of materials
  • Reviewing translations
  • Helping the team to keep the CNPEA website up to date with project developments
  • Identifying ongoing strategies for enhancing communications with stakeholders

Knowledge, Expertise, and Experience

The BCA must be:

  • Bilingual in both official languages of Canada (including the ability to communicate verbally and in writing)
  • An excellent writer
  • Well-organized and self-motivated
  • Comfortable with technology and able to learn to use new systems — preference given to applicants with experience using WordPress
  • Capable of working with a broad range of stakeholders, including non-profit seniors serving agencies, health care and social service professionals, government, academic researchers, and seniors

Knowledge of elder abuse stakeholders and issues is an asset.

Deadline for applications meeting the criteria set out below: February 5, 2015 at 5:00 PM PST.

Apply via e-mail to, attention: Krista James.

Application Requirements

An Application must contain:

  • Letter of interest setting out interest, availability and key strengths;
  • Resume;
  • 2-3 page writing sample; and
  • The names of 2 references

About the CCEL

The CCEL is a national, non-profit organization focused on law and policy issues impacted older people. Our work includes legal research, law reform, outreach, public legal education, consultation activities, and community development. The CCEL has been coordinating the CNPEA Knowledge Sharing Project since fall 2013.

The British Columbia Law Institute offers a challenging and stimulating environment for lawyers, graduates of law school, and law students interested in law reform specifically and public interest law generally. We are particularly interested in candidates with a solid background in legal research and outreach to the legal profession, communities engaged in law reform, older adults, and the general public.

BCLI periodically hires research assistants and research lawyers. Please contact Executive Director Jim Emmerton by phone at 604-822-0145 or by e-mail at if you are interested in a full- or part-time position.

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