We’re Hiring!

Working at Battered Women’s Support Services means making real change in the lives of women 

Staff Lawyer

Part time 32 hours per week $25.74 per hour with benefits

Monday to Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Alternating Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursdays 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Additional evenings and weekends may be required

Battered Women’s Support Services (“BWSS”) is seeking a visionary, exceptional and energetic part-time Staff Lawyer. The Staff Lawyer provides legal information, advocacy, advice and representation, mainly in the area of family law to women dealing with legal issues at the intersection of gender violence and family law recognizing that legal issues routinely extend into other areas of the law including immigration, criminal, and child welfare.  The Staff Lawyer reports to the Manager of Legal Services and Advocacy.

Growing out of 39 years of leading on violence against women and the law, BWSS Legal Services and Advocacy Program offers legal representation, training and advocacy from decolonizing and intersectional feminist perspective where the law intersects with violence against women including family law, immigration law, criminal law, Indigenous law and child welfare.

BWSS works to end violence against women through service delivery, training, systemic advocacy and social enterprise.  Our dynamic team of skilled, determined and empathic staff and volunteers respond to over 10,000 requests for service and provide training to 1,200 professionals annually.  Based at an unpublished location in Vancouver, BWSS operates a crisis line, offers legal advocacy and representation, support groups, counselling, employment programming, and specialized support for Indigenous, Refugee and Immigrant women.  Together with our Board of Directors and donors, we work for women’s liberation bringing women and girls together around a shared vision taking action to change oppressive conditions impacting women’s lives.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide legal information, legal advice, summary of case law, legal research and general assistance to women in building strategies for their legal case
  • Work from a decolonizing and intersectional feminist analysis of violence against women
  • Become familiar with and perform work consistent with the Outcome Measurement Framework
  • Interview women, assess/analyze legal problems, assist in resolving legal problems, assist women prepare for court, preparing documents in consultation with the Manager of Legal Services and Advocacy and the supervising lawyer
  • Supervise the legal interns and/or the law co-op student
  • Deliver training workshops
  • Provide consultation and support to BWSS volunteers related to legal advocacy issues
  • Provide consultation and support to BWSS staff related to legal advocacy issues
  • Maintain an excellent working knowledge of emergent legal-social issues related to violence against women and to seek solutions
  • Assist with the administration of all record keeping and service delivery obligations of The Law Foundation of BC contract, in keeping with legal and contractual obligations undertaken by the Society. Such administrative duties will include preparing refunding proposal and regular program activity reports as required by BWSS and the funder

Qualifications

The BWSS Staff Lawyer must:

  • Be a lawyer, called to the Bar in BC
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience working with legal issues related to women who experience violence in relationships preferably within family law
  • Analysis, knowledge and training in working with trauma survivors
  • Excellent advocacy and problem-solving skills
  • Strong decolonizing and intersectional feminist analysis of violence against women
  • Demonstrated cultural competency including awareness of diverse marginalized communities in the Lower Mainland and ability to work with women from various cultural communities
  • Ability to speak language(s) other than English an asset
  • Highly organized, able to motivate and provide strong leadership to staff, volunteers and colleagues
  • Have experience in women’s organizations and non-profit society environments
  • Have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Be personable, flexible and self-directed
  • Member in good standing of the Law Society of BC

If you seek the opportunity to commit to an organization engaged in making a real difference in the lives of women in our community, please send your resume by 5:00 p.m. on Friday January 26, 2018.

Respond via email:

Battered Women’s Support Services,

Email: endingviolence@bwss.org

This position requires union membership. No phone calls please