Location: Vancouver, BC
Status: Casual to March 31, 2024
Affiliation: BC General Employees Union (BCGEU)
Salary range: Job Class 9 - Market Adjusted (under review)
($26.49 - $30.25 hourly)
Competition #: B002-23
Application Deadline: On-going
As Intake Legal Assistant, your primary function is to provide front-line contact and intake services to the public, provide legal information, verified legal advice, assess eligibility for legal aid and may provide legal secretarial and administrative support to staff lawyer(s) and paralegal(s). This will include performing intake services through the Call Centre, at Main Street Court house and lock-up, Robson Square Provincial Court, Youth Court lock-up, Downtown Community Centre, and other offsite locations.
This is a casual “on call” position and will not have an on-going schedule of hours. The position is required to assist when there is a high volume or backlog of work and for vacation/sick coverage.
Key accountabilities include, but aren't limited to:
- Appoint duty counsel in local courts, prepare roster;
- Contact lawyers to arrange representation for clients; issue contracts to private bar lawyers, staff lawyer(s)/paralegal(s), or other agencies;
- Enter data into client management system; process files
Who We Are
Legal Aid BC (LABC) is a non-profit organization established by the Legal Services Society Act in 1979. Our mission is to provide legal information, advice, and representation services to BC's most vulnerable and marginalized citizens who lack the necessary resources to effectively access the justice system when their families, freedom, or safety are at risk. Our vision is to see BC’s legal system transformed, by the way LABC represents our clients, into one more equitable and inclusive with a mission to strengthen client-centered legal help for British Columbians experiencing barriers accessing the legal system.
At LABC, we know that our continued ability to help the people who need us is due to the hardworking individuals who make up our team, dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people in need. We foster a positive culture of open communication for our team to thrive within, underpinned by our values of client focus, advancing Truth & Reconciliation, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and change through leadership.
Legal Aid BC is dedicated to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work. We welcome individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences to contribute to the future of legal aid. We care deeply about the culture we are building and are looking for staff members who not only excel in their respective areas but are also passionate about supporting the people we serve and each other. If this resonates with you, we encourage you to apply.
The Ideal Candidate
You have post-secondary education in Law, Criminology, Sociology or related discipline supplemented by a minimum of two (2) years’ relevant experience. You have a strong desire to assist disadvantaged clients, including those experiencing family violence or addiction issues, those with low income, those with mental disabilities, or those whose first language is not English. You strive to exceed expectations and are a team player.
A competitive annual salary, as well as a comprehensive benefits package (based on your employment status and affiliation) including:
- Four weeks paid vacation to start that grows the longer you are with LABC
- An excellent employee benefits package, where premiums are 100% paid by LABC
- A generous pension plan
- Support for training and development
- An Employee and Family Assistance program
- The opportunity to participate in various Employee programs (Employee Wellness, etc.)
- A healthy work/life balance
- Generous leave provisions (sick time, special leaves)
- 13 paid statutory holidays
- An opportunity for a flexible hybrid work arrangement for some positions (LABC reserves the right to change this policy at any time)
We would like to thank all external applicants for their interest but regret that only those shortlisted will be contacted.
Job Types: Casual, Fixed term contract
Salary: $26.49-$30.25 per hour
Work Location: In person