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Job Opportunity – Access to Justice Coordinator (Labrador)

January 3, 2020

The Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (PLIAN) is seeking a dynamic, independent, culturally-informed person with a strong knowledge and understanding of Labrador for the newly created position of Access to Justice Coordinator for Labrador.

The Access to Justice Coordinator will be primarily responsible for building relationships with key stakeholders in Labrador, including with Indigenous governments, legal stakeholders, and community partners. They will work in a spirit of collaboration and capacity building to determine the most effective legal education and information services for the region of Labrador, with a particular focus on addressing legal issues related to all forms of gender-based violence.

The successful candidate will be opening PLIAN’s new office in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and providing legal information and education services throughout all of Labrador. They will be working in close partnership with the NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre and their staff person who will also be based in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.


  • Establishes and maintains positive, culturally-informed relationships with Indigenous governments and communities in the Labrador region.
  • Establishes and maintains positive, culturally-informed relationships with legal and community stakeholders in the Labrador region.
  • Develops a project work plan in accordance with project deliverables and funding limitations; oversees daily operations and coordinates activities of the project.
  • Prepares and completes reports as required by the project funder, including regular progress reports, evaluation reports, and financial updates.
  • Works in close partnership with Project Evaluator to carry out ongoing evaluation of the project deliverables and outcomes.
  • In consultation with stakeholders, develops plain language legal education and information materials, including publications, presentations, trainings, and workshops, with a particular focus on gender-based violence.
  • Develops tools and materials for service providers in Labrador on relevant legal issues and providing information about the justice system.
  • Travels frequently to all regions of Labrador to conduct outreach, meet stakeholders, and hold legal education and information sessions, presentations, training sessions, legal clinics, service provider training, and other events.
  • Connects with justice stakeholders throughout the Labrador region and supports opportunities to bring justice stakeholders together to discuss access to justice issues specific to Labrador.
  • Coordinates and carries out legal education and information sessions, presentations, trainings, clinics, and other public events, in collaboration with community partners and other stakeholders.
  • Coordinates with other PLIAN staff to raise awareness of and support PLIAN core services and projects, including but not limited to PLIAN’s Legal Information Line and Lawyer Referral Service, The Journey Project, the Legal Information for Newcomers project, and other province-wide projects and services.
  • Regularly meets with PLIAN’s Executive Director by phone, email, and in person for updates on workplan, relationship building with stakeholders, problems or concerns, and any other issues relevant to the project.
  • Assists in seeking out additional funding sources and preparing funding proposals in support of the Coordinator’s ongoing work in Labrador.

Skills and Experience

  • Comprehensive understanding of Labrador’s unique cultures, geography, and history.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Labrador’s Indigenous governments and communities.
  • Cultural humility and understanding of the legacy of colonialism and intergenerational trauma, and experience working from a culturally-safe approach.
  • Knowledge of Newfoundland and Labrador and Canadian law and legal processes, especially related to gender-based violence.
  • Experience and knowledge of trauma-informed and trauma-informed practices.
  • Experience working in community and public sectors (preferably in Labrador) and in partnership development and collaboration.
  • Experience in working with the public, including public speaking and presentations
  • Proficiency in use of Microsoft products (including Outlook, Word, Powerpoint, Excel), Google products (including Google Calendar, Google Documents, and Google Drive), and social media platforms (including Facebook and Twitter).
  • Experience in report and proposal writing, especially in the public or community sector.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of budgeting and accounting principles
  • Willingness to travel on a frequent and regular basis throughout Labrador, to other parts of Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada for meetings with PLIAN staff, professional development opportunities, conferences, and other needs as may be required.


Position Details and Logistics

Salary will be within a range of $55,000-$65,000 per year. Specific salary will be negotiated and commensurate with experience.

Additional benefits: Northern allowance, health and dental insurance, leave policy based on PLIAN’s Personnel Policies, and regular opportunities for professional development and travel to St. John’s and other locations.

The successful candidate will be required to complete a Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

Interviews will be held, where feasible, in person in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and other locations in Labrador as required in January and February, 2020.

Due to the expected volume of applicants, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

To apply:

Submit a CV and covering letter, with the names and contact information of 3 references, to Kevin O’Shea, Executive Director of PLIAN, by email at by close of business on January 31, 2020.

For any questions and further information about this position, please contact Kevin O’Shea at or 709-722-4745.

PLIAN is an equal opportunity employers and values creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. We strongly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position, and particularly applicants of Indigenous background.