Program Director - Law Foundation of BC

Dec 04, 2020
Vancouver, British Columbia

Department:  Program Team 

Reports to:  Director of Programs and Policy 

Position type: Full time, permanent

Salary:  $80,000-$100,000 annually

Posting closing date:  December 4, 2020

About the Law Foundation of BC:

The Law Foundation of British Columbia (the Foundation) has a mission to advance and promote a just society governed by the rule of law, through leadership, innovation and collaboration. It has been doing this since 1969, using funds arising from interest paid on lawyers’ pooled trust accounts and other sources to make the law and justice system accessible, particularly to those segments of the public who face the greatest barriers to access.

Through its funding, the Foundation supports:

  • a network of 50 poverty law advocacy programs assisting people with their poverty law problems in communities around the province
  • a network of 25 family law advocacy programs
  • clinical legal education programs at all three law schools
  • a variety of public interest law programs
  • public legal education programs
  • support for the provision of legal aid and public law libraries
  • important work in law reform; and
  • several other programs and projects that contribute to enhancing the rule of law and access to justice in British Columbia

Working at the Foundation means joining a team of passionate, hard-working professionals. We strive to build an inclusive and respectful working environment, where all employees are valued for their contributions to our mission.

We offer a comprehensive benefits program, which includes:

  • Generous extended health and dental coverage for the employee, spouse and dependents
  • 3 weeks annual vacation to start and late December office closure
  • Family friendly workplace policies, parental leave top-ups, life insurance plan, and a workplace culture with an overarching emphasis on wellness and work life balance
  • wellness spending account
  • RRSP contribution of 6% of salary without matching requirement
  • Generous sick leave entitlement
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Relevant professional fees and memberships covered
  • Training and professional development opportunities

To learn more about what we do, please visit

About the role:  

The Program Director will join a dynamic team that is working to create innovative solutions to difficult access to justice challenges that affect the well-being of diverse communities in British Columbia.  

This role will support a portfolio of onetime and continuing grants made by the Foundation with a focus on supporting a network of community-based legal clinics.  The Program Director will also support programs that provide pro bono legal services, and public interest and law reform-focused organizations. As a key member of the program team, the Program Director will assist the Director of Policy and Programs and other Program Directors to ensure Law Foundation-funded programs are delivering high quality, accessible legal services

The Program Director will monitor changes to legal practice standards and other policy and regulatory changes affecting the delivery of legal services and will offer information and advice to Foundation-funded programs providing legal services. The Program Director will also maintain relationships with relevant professional bodies in British Columbia. They will monitor initiatives and promising practices related to the delivery of community-based and low-cost legal services in other jurisdictions to inform Foundation strategy and practices.  

Drawing on their legal training and practice experience, the Program Director will work closely with members of the program team to develop policies and initiatives to support and enhance the work of a province-wide network of Foundation-funded legal advocates. The Program Director will also work with the Education and Training Manager to develop training and other supports for Foundation-funded lawyers and advocates. The Program Director will support the evaluation of legal clinics and other programs.

The Program Director has a unique role to play that must be approached with a great deal of sensitivity to the power imbalances that unavoidably form the backdrop of a foundation/grantee relationship. The Program Director will support the organizations and lawyers who are doing the funded work, while at the same time being a careful steward of Foundation resources.


The Program Director must be a member in good standing of the Law Society of British Columbia and have at least one or a combination (or equivalent) of the following:

  • minimum five years of relevant work experience
  • experience practicing administrative law
  • strong practice management skills and a working knowledge of Law Society Rules
  • experience working in a non-profit environment, including practicing law in a non-profit or other community-based setting
  • experience delivering legal services to underserved and equity-seeking communities
  • experience working on law reform and strategic litigation initiatives


Overseeing a portfolio of continuing programs and projects funded by the Foundation, with a focus on legal clinics and programs employing lawyers. Specific tasks include:

  • supporting grantees to develop strong practice standards, to coordinate across programs and to avail themselves of services and training offered by the Foundation;
  • proactively identifying and addressing concerns and risks related to specific programs or funded agencies with the leadership team at the Foundation;
  • staying informed about changes in the legal landscape and innovations in other jurisdictions that are relevant to grantees and the Foundation;
  • communicating with grantees about granting opportunities, deadlines, reporting requirements and training opportunities;
  • consulting with grantees on applications, workplans, budgets and desired outcomes;
  • reviewing and assessing grant applications in consultation with Foundation staff, Governors, and other experts;
  • providing program summaries, updates, and recommendations related to applications to the Foundation’s Board of Governors to support their adjudicative and oversight functions;
  • working with the operations team to communicate funding decisions to grantees and set payment and reporting schedules;
  • actively tracking, managing, and reviewing grantee reports and payment schedules;
  • reporting to third-party funders and co-funders where required.

Contributing to overall mission of  the Foundation by

  • supporting needs assessment and evaluation projects
  • sharing legal and practice management expertise with Foundation-funded advocates, supervising lawyers, and other members of the Foundation team where appropriate
  • assisting the Foundation in its communications plans to ensure that the legal community and the public are aware of the work that the Foundation funds
  • supporting the work of the Education and Training manager as required 

Note: This job may require additional responsibilities and duties as assigned by the Law Foundation of British Columbia. This job will also require travel to communities throughout the Province.


The Program Director requires a strong knowledge of the justice sector, particularily in the area of poverly law.  They require an established: 

  • understanding of the justice system, and the barriers to accessing justice
  • understanding of the professional obligations of lawyers and non-profits
  • understanding of the legal, policy and socioeconomic realities that impact our work
  • understanding of Indigenous justice issues
  • commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion 

The Program Director requires the following skills, abilities, and attributes:

  • proven ability to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously, sometimes with tight timelines 
  • ability to be flexible and adjust plans thoughtfully as necessary
  • ability to foresee project risks and to allow for contingency when planning
  • demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment
  • excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • excellent written and oral communications skills
  • effective at building trusting relationships internally and externally
  • fluency and comfort with software used in our work, including Microsoft Office suite, strong aptitude to master grant database software and other communications and workplace software and social media applications
  • familiarity with non-profit or foundation boards, and volunteer advisory committees
  • ability to develop a broad knowledge of an organization’s programs, practices, policies, and procedures  
  • ability to maintain confidentiality; and
  • commitment to the Foundation’s mandate and the core values of equity, trust, collaboration, and accountability
  • Ability to support French-speaking grantees is an asset

Application Process:

We strongly encourage applications from members of communities that are marginalized or that experience structural discrimination including those identifying as Indigenous, people of colour, members of non-dominant ethnic, religious, linguistic, and/or cultural groups, women, (im)migrants/newcomers, people with (dis)abilities, and LGBTQ2S+ people, and we strongly encourage applicants to self-identify in their application if they feel comfortable in doing so. In order to achieve a representative team, preference may be given to applicants self-declaring as being a member of one or more of the groups identified above. The Foundation believes that a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve strengthens our ability to achieve our mission.

Please submit the following through this application portal:

  1. Resume (upload as PDF).
  2. Cover letter (upload as PDF)
  3. Three references who can speak to your skills and experience (whether paid or unpaid). Please enter these directly into the provided fields in the portal. The Law Foundation may request that a candidate provide supplemental references if required.

When submitting your application please name and save your attachments with your first and last name in the title, such as: “FirstnameLastname Resume.pdf” and “FirstnameLastname Cover Letter.pdf”.

Interviews will be conducted by Foundation staff by video. The Foundation will make appropriate accommodations, if needed, for candidates that we interview.

By submitting your application, you certify that all information submitted is true, complete and correct. Any information provided in your application, any assessment documents or processes and/or an interview that is found to be false or misrepresented in any respect, may eliminate you from further consideration for employment or may result in dismissal.

We acknowledge that the Foundation’s main office is located in Vancouver on the shared lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, and conducts its work throughout the homelands of indigenous Peoples across the place we now call British Columbia. The Law Foundation of BC is committed to supporting a just and meaningful reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and others in these lands.

If you have any questions about this role, please contact Andrea Gutierrez, Director of Operations, by email at

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