Family Law Advocate - Chimo Community Services

Sep 29, 2020
Richmond, British Columbia
Entry Level, Early Career

Family Law Advocate

Date of Posting; July  31, 2020

Closing Date: Aug 14, 2020

Commencement Date: As soon as possible


Job Title: Family Law Advocate

Classification: Integrated Program Coordinator 1 / Victim Service Worker

Grid Level 12

Program: Family Law Advocacy

Reports to: Program Manager

Hours of Work: 35 hours/week. Flexible hours, including possible evenings and weekends



The Family Law Advocate will oversee day-to-day operation of the Family Law Advocacy service, support  volunteers in service delivery, and assist clients directly on family law related matters.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assess clients’ suitability to the program and identify clients’ legal and non-legal needs; prioritize urgent needs and assist clients in action planning and navigating personal and systemic barriers.
  • Provide timely and appropriate internal & external referrals where needed.
  • Provide legal information to clients to assist in early resolution of issues.
  • Assist clients in obtaining summary legal advice through available resources and connecting them with program volunteers for additional support as needed.
  • Support program volunteers and clients with information and referral to dispute resolution (DR) services within the family justice system where appropriate; assess suitability of DR in individual client cases; if applicable, assist volunteers and clients in preparation and orientation of the DR process.
  • Prepare memoranda and other forms of correspondence for clients for the purpose of outlining clients’ legal issues and desired outcomes for third parties, including lawyers and other legal professionals.
  • Where appropriate, assist clients with completing forms and preparing other documents and delegating associated tasks to program volunteers.
  • Accompanying clients to legal appointments and court as needed to assist with orientation and connection with relevant services such as duty counsels, as well as to provide emotional / moral support.
  • Facilitate Public Legal Education (PLE) workshops to inform public on key family law topics.
  • Plan and implement program activities and events in consultation with supervisor.
  • Provide input and recommendations to supervisor in program development and growth, formulation of program policy and procedures, and program evaluation.
  • Liaises with community service providers and other professionals to coordinate and expand service provision, facilitate referrals to the program and represent the organization in external events.



  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in direct program delivery, preferably in community social services / family law or poverty law advocacy sector, or a combination of education, training and experience.
  • A diploma in social services related field.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of relevant family law legislations, including child protection and family maintenance related legislations, as well as family mediation / dispute resolution processes.
  • Experience with client case management and ability to work effectively under multiple deadlines.
  • Experience with designing and facilitating public presentations and/or workshops.
  • Experience with volunteer or staff management and leadership.
  • Experience with networking and relationship building in the community.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences and commitment to the value of cultural competency.
  • Conflict resolution, non-violent crisis intervention / de-escalation qualifications considered an asset.
  • Additional languages (e.g. Mandarin, Cantonese, etc.) spoken considered an asset.
  • Satisfactory completion of a Criminal Records Search is a requirement for this position.
  • Use of a vehicle and valid BC Drivers’ License.



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