Legal Education and Outreach Coordinator: 6-month Contract
Canada Without Poverty (CWP) is a leading national charitable organization working to end poverty in Canada through public awareness-building, policy development, human rights education, research, and amplifying the voices of people with lived experience of poverty.
CWP is looking for a dynamic individual with strong problem solving, writing, presentation, and relationship-building skills. We are looking for someone with knowledge of poverty, homelessness and hunger in Canada, with a keen understanding of international human rights. Someone who will bring their sense of justice to a small and energetic team. Lawyers who are members of the Law Society of Upper Canada are encouraged to apply (although legal expertise is not required for candidates).
- Maintaining and expanding CWP’s human rights education program;
- Responding to legal and policy issues through report writing, court cases, Parliamentary committee work, interventions at United Nations bodies, government consultations, and other venues;
- Building momentum in a movement around national policy including work on movement building, the Dignity for All campaign, and the poverty reduction strategy;
- Maintaining relationships with national and local partners to participate in policy responses and movements;
- Maintaining legal infrastructure of the organization and addressing the gaps in administration and human resources; and
- Supervision of students and volunteers dedicated to policy work.
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice and feminism;
- A strong understanding of poverty, homelessness, and food insecurity in Canada;
- Keen knowledge of the intersection of poverty and international human rights, including some background on various United Nations bodies and mechanisms;
- Strong legal research and writing skills;
- Capacity to work under tight timelines as both part of a collaborative team and in a self-directed manner, particularly within a team that is frequently remote;
- Flexibility in adapting to a wide variety of tasks and functions
- Excellent writing, communication, and presentation skills;
- Relationship-building skills with partner organizations and government contacts; and
- Commitment to human rights and economic justice.
This is a 6-month contract position with a possibility of extension.
Hours: 5 days per week. Flexible work environment. Employee benefits available.
Position is in Ottawa. Some travel may be required.
We prioritize the hiring of people with lived experience of poverty, and people who self-identify as being from marginalized communities, including Indigenous peoples, racialized persons, and LGBTQ2S+ people.
Please submit your resume and cover letter of no more than 450 words by December 21st to Caitlin Sears at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “CWP Application – Last Name.” Interviews will be held in early 2020.