Requisition Number: STAFF001244
Type: Internal & External – Full-Time, Indeterminate
Hours of Work: 36 hours per week; Mondays through Fridays with every second Friday free from work. Flexible hours are needed, typically from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Compensation: 90,000-95,000 annually, depending on education and experience, plus a generous leave, benefits, and pension package
Program & Location: Vancouver, Downtown Eastside
Deadline: Open until Filled
Atira Women's Resource Society, an award-winning nonprofit organization known for its inclusionary hiring practices and where a job is more than a pay cheque. We offer the opportunity to work alongside a remarkable group of women working to make the world a more just place, one woman, one child, one home, one job at a time.
About the Job:
Reporting directly to the Director, Non- Residential Programs, the Staff Lawyer will lead Atira’s celebrated Legal Advocacy Program in providing legal services to women. Current practice areas for the role include but are not limited to human rights, police accountability, income and housing security, information and privacy law, access to justice, and gender-based violence. The Program also offers basic support and referrals to women with family law issues, or issues related to the State removal of children. The Staff Lawyer will also have the opportunity to participate in and contribute to broader systemic change through litigation, calls for law reform, legal education, and community advocacy, as well as lead and support students and volunteers who are drawn to participate in Atira’s Legal Advocacy Program based on its reputation for excellence in gender, race, and poverty-based activism.
You are a feminist, passionate about the work of ending violence against women and children. You embrace Atira’s mission, vision, values, and philosophy. You have a well-developed understanding of and commitment to anti-oppression work and intersectionality. You are familiar with colonialism especially as it applies in Canada and you understand the impact of the residential school system. You are committed to working with women who are struggling with substance use and or mental wellness and understand and are comfortable working within a harm-reduction environment. Your definition of a woman includes transgender, two-spirit, and intersex women and transfeminine individuals. You are sex worker positive.
You question actions inconsistent with our values and you treat everyone with fairness and respect independent of their status or disagreement with you. You expect great things from yourself and your co-workers. You inspire others with your passion for women’s anti-violence work and your eagerness for excellence. You contribute to an environment where women can flourish and grow and you seek what is best for women, rather than what’s best for you or your team. You challenge the status quo to improve quality and sustainability and you take smart risks and make tough decisions without agonizing.
As a lawyer, you are eligible to practice law in BC with demonstrated experience in at least one of the current practice areas noted above. Other relevant practice areas combined with lived expertise may be considered. We are requesting a five-year call who can oversee the program and supervise existing staff members and new articling students. As well you are eligible to practice law in BC holding a Canadian law degree.
Resumes from qualified First Nations, Metis, and or Inuk women are encouraged, as are resumes from Black women, women of colour, trans women, non-binary people whose gender expression is significantly femme, women who are disabled, and women from other equity-seeking groups.
- Covid-19 and annual flu vaccinations are required, unless with an exemption
- You must be authorized to work in Canada.
- All positions are subject to a Criminal Records Review (Submitted by Atira)
Please provide a cover letter with a current resume describing how you meet or exceed the above-noted qualifications. Candidates who lack the experience and qualifications set out in the posting will not be considered. Please go to www.atira.bc.ca/careers for a current list of postings.