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 Kathleen Cunningham by phone at 604-822-0145 or by e-mail at if you are interested in a full- or part-time position.

Employment Opportunity
Community Engagement Coordinator
Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL)

Start date: 
Early November 2016

Term and Salary 

Full time 3-month contract, with opportunity for role and term expansion, including benefits, after probationary period. We are looking for a long-term new member of the CCEL team. Starting salary range is $4,000 – $4,800 per month, depending on experience.

Position Description

The Project Coordinator reports to the Executive Director, BCLI (ED) and carries out work requested by the ED and the National Director (ND) of the (CCEL). The position requires a diverse skill set including research and technical writing, community engagement and project coordination. The ideal candidate will support relevant project related research and help to make sure project and funder requirements are fulfilled. The role also includes a variety of community engagement responsibilities, including attending events on behalf of the CCEL, liaising with a diversity of stakeholders including community members, service providers, and project funders, and delivering presentations on behalf of the CCEL.

The CCEL is Canada’s national organization focused on legal research, law reform and outreach in relation to aging law and policy. The CCEL is a division of the BC Law Institute, BC’s non-profit law reform agency. Our offices are located in Vancouver, BC at Allard Hall Law School (UBC).


  • Monitor and track project progress and handle any issues that arise.
  • Assist generally with administrative work and the planning of CCEL projects.
  • Organize CCEL consultation activities, including catering and event logistics.
  • Assist with CCEL project or advisory committees, including minute-taking.
  • Attend, as a CCEL representative or presenter, meetings, conferences, or other gatherings, including campus events, as requested or approved by the ED or ND.
  • Compose project and community updates for the CCEL blog.
  • Participate in CCEL social media updates, including Facebook and Twitter.
  • Contribute articles to the Advocate, the Scrivener and other relevant publications.
  • Assist ND and other staff with communication with partners, collaborators and stakeholders.
  • Liaise between ED / ND and project evaluators.
  • Support the Canadian Elder Law Conference, which is co-hosted by CCEL.
  • Assist with the supervision of volunteers and part-time staff as assigned.
  • Track all project expenses for reporting to funders and donors.
  • Undertake such duties as may be assigned in relation to supporting project coordination, research, outreach and writing for CCEL projects.


  • University degree plus a Masters in a relevant discipline or a minimum of two-years’ work experience in similar role with a non-profit, community or government agency.
  • Experience working with seniors or individuals from diverse communities, including women, immigrants and people with disabilities.
  • Knowledge of issues impacting seniors in Canada.
  • Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multitasking skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including experience delivering presentations. Ability to communicate with diverse stakeholders.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Applications including Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Ability to travel locally.

Assets relevant to the Position

  • Bilingual English/French or other languages
  • Grant writing
  • Facilitation
  • Academic publications
  • Social science research or ability to analyse qualitative data
  • Express with WordPress
  • Access to a vehicle 

Application Process 

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume or CV, and a three-ten-page writing sample to Krista James at  Applications will be accepted until October 24, 2016. Only applicants who are invited to interview for the position will be contacted.

The CCEL/ BCLI hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity.  We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

Summer Student Legal Research Opportunity

This posting has now closed. Due to overwhelming interest, applicants will only be contacted if selected for an interview.  Interviews are being scheduled over the first two weeks of April.  Thank you to the many applicants for your interest. 



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