Job description 2020-11-24
About Dalhousie University Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our 19,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018. Job Summary Dalhousie Legal Aid was the first legal Service for low income communities in Nova Scotia and is the oldest clinical law program in Canada. It is also the only community law clinic in Nova Scotia. The Clinic is a unique partnership of community groups, law students, community legal workers and lawyers working together and is operated by the Schulich School of Law. Dalhousie Legal Aid Service’s community-based office is located in a north-central neighbourhood of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Key Responsibilities Reporting to the Executive Director, the Community Legal Worker will be responsible for case management and advocacy on behalf of individuals, primarily in the areas of administrative law (income assistance, residential tenancies, public housing, Canada Pension Plan Appeals, and Nova Scotia Power disconnects). The incumbent also will work extensively with community-based groups in areas related to social and economic rights, including welfare, housing, access to electricity and other poverty issues. Responsibilities also will include communication, media relations, and public legal education workshops and other forums. The successful candidate will participate in the community development and law reform committee of the Board of Trustees, and will seek external funding for projects and research-based opportunities. In addition, the incumbent will supervise senior law students in areas such as income assistance and public housing case preparation and presentation to appropriate boards, as well as participate in the evaluation of student performance. Note Qualifications A law degree is not necessary and any applicant with a law degree must not be called to the bar. Those without law degrees are encouraged to apply. Strong communication skills and knowledge of anti-oppressive practice are necessary. A solid track record of advocacy and knowledge of the above-noted administrative law areas would be considered an asset. Job Competencies Additional Information Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program. Application Consideration Applications from university employees and external candidates are given concurrent consideration. Among short-listed candidates, university employees will be given special consideration. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Diversity Statement Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit www.dal.ca/hiringfordiversity.