Job Posting: Staff Lawyer
APPLICATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 30, 2022
The British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) and its division, the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL), seek a staff lawyer to join our team. The successful candidate will have an interest in addressing fundamental legal and systemic issues and promoting the development of better laws for all peoples in British Columbia and better futures for Canada’s aging population. This lawyer will also contribute to the implementation of a new law reform program that supports aligning BC’s Crown legal framework with Indigenous governance under the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) is a not-for-profit law reform agency that works to improve and modernize the law. We are a small team of legal professionals. Our projects strengthen laws, develop just and innovative solutions, and increase access to justice through independent scholarly research, writing and educational tools for law reform. In addition to our expertise in elder law, we recently launched our Reconciling Crown Legal Frameworks Program which will require law reform, research and education that will inform the Crown’s ability to align with Indigenous legal frameworks and enable legal pluralism.
This is a full-time one year contract position; the location is flexible. The BCLI offices are located at the Peter A. Allard School of Law on the unceded territories of the Musqueam (xʷmәθkʷәy̓әm), Squamish (Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw), and Tsleil-Waututh (Sәlílwi әtaʔ/Selilwitulh) peoples. The candidate is expected to will attend in person regularly as part of our team. This position may be extended, subject to funding.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
You will work as part of the BCLI team under the direction of the BCLI Executive Director. The position involves:
- Conducting legal research, writing and analysis in support of ongoing law reform projects
- Producing content for publications, including law reform reports, study papers, and public legal education tools
- Producing articles for our blog and other publications to promote our work
- Developing project plans, project schedules and helping to identify funding; managing projects
- Consulting with stakeholders to support law and policy reform activities
- Undertaking public communications and outreach on behalf of BCLI in support of our projects
- Supervising interns, co-op, and summer students
The early focus of this position will primarily be on research related to human rights and the Reconciling Crown Legal Frameworks program.
In addition to being a member of the Law Society of BC, candidates should be prepared to demonstrate the following:
- Outstanding legal research and writing skills with the ability to manage extensive comparative research
- Strong ability to identify policy issues and explain options for how the law should change
- Experience in developing and giving presentations on law reform topics to a range of audiences, both online and in-person
- Interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills
- Ability to work within a high-functioning team
- Willingness to consider respectfully many points of view
- Developing skills as a group facilitator and public speaker
- Demonstrating or developing skills related to project management
The following skills and experiences would be an asset in this role:
- Experience in working with Indigenous peoples and communities on law and policy issues
- Experience developing educational resources or public legal education learning tools (print, video, online)
- Ability to apply cultural safety and humility approaches + a gender-based analysis to research and writing
The BCLI values diversity, and particularly acknowledges the expertise applicants may bring related to their identity and personal experiences. We welcome applications from members of communities experiencing structural discrimination, including Indigenous people, racialized people, trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary People, Two-Spirit people, LGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities. We encourage applicants to self-identify any personal characteristics or experiences that support our commitment to diversity if they feel comfortable doing so.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
$75,000 to $90,000 per annum, commensurate with experience and year of call. BCLI offers generous benefits and 4 weeks of vacation, in addition to our office closure from December 24 to January 1st annually.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications should include a cover letter, resume detailing relevant experience, and a legal writing sample of not more than 20 pages. Please submit your application to Karen Campbell, Executive Director, at [email protected] with the subject line “Staff Lawyer Position”.
To be considered for this position, your application must be received by 5 pm on Friday, September 30, 2022. We anticipate interviewing short-listed candidates via remote videoconferencing. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions about the position, including any requests to meet your accessibility needs in relation to the application process.