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Job Posting – Legal Support Navigator (Maternity Leave Contract)

November 2, 2022

The Journey Project (TJP) is seeking a dynamic, survivor-centered individual to join our team as a Legal Support Navigator (LSN) on a one-year maternity leave contract. This position will involve working with the rest of the Journey Project team to carry out the services and activities of the Journey Project by providing trauma-informed support to survivors of sexual violence and other forms of gender-based violence.

Contract Duration:
The contract will start as soon as possible and continue until November, 2023, with specific dates to be confirmed.

 Primary Tasks:
Working directly with survivors to provide individualized support through providing general legal information, connections to legal and non-legal resources and supports, and referrals for eligible clients to lawyers as part of our Independent Legal Advice program.

This work will involve assisting survivors as they navigate legal systems, which will include answering inquiries from clients, communicating with clients on an ongoing and proactive basis, and liaising with lawyers and other service providers.

Additionally, the LSN will ensure that clients are informed of opportunities to provide their feedback on services and participate in program evaluation.

This position will primarily involve serving Journey Project clients throughout the province. Frequent travel throughout Newfoundland and Labrador is a requirement for the position, especially to the Central region of Newfoundland.

Services will be provided in-person (when practicable) or via telephone, text, videoconferencing, as preferred by the client. The LSN will coordinate with the Journey Project Team to ensure an appropriate and manageable workflow of clients.

This position will also be responsible for:

·         Conducting outreach activities with survivors, key stakeholders, and service providers in to promote the Journey Project.

·         Engaging in ongoing training and learning to improve service delivery;

·         Participating in community/partner meetings, activities, events, and committees;

·         Contributing to the development and enhancement of TJP promotional, education, training, and information materials;

·         Working with members of the TJP team to organize and facilitate public presentations and training sessions in locations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador;

·         Contributing to the development of policies and best practices for serving survivors of gender-based violence, with a particular focus on serving children and youth

Skills and Qualifications:

·         Experience working with children and youth in a case management setting is considered an asset.

·         Experience working with adults in a case management setting.

·         Strong, demonstrated capabilities in the areas of care and sensitivity to survivors of violence;

·         Experience providing professional information services and support to the public;

·         Understanding of trauma-informed practices and the impacts of trauma;

·         Understanding of the law and legal procedures related to gender-based violence;

·         Understanding of navigating the legal system/social services;

·         Experience working with vulnerable populations/trauma survivors from a client-centred approach;

·         Understanding of systemic barriers that restrict access to justice;

·         Cultural awareness and understanding;

·         Very strong interpersonal and organizational skills;

·         Ability to work within a collaborative provincial team, often in a virtual format;

·         Self-motivated, able to work independently, and able to demonstrate flexibility;

·         Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Outlook, Power Point);

·         A certificate, diploma, or degree in law, social work, or equivalent trainings and experience.

Logistics:

The position will be based in PLIAN’s St. John’s office with frequent travel required throughout the province.

The successful candidate will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement and undergo a Vulnerable Sector Check and Criminal Records Check by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and/or Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Salary for the position is $62,000/year, plus benefits. Benefits include health and dental insurance coverage, a generous and flexible leave policy, and a regular RRSP contribution.

How to Apply:
Submit a resume and cover letter with contact information for two references by email to support@journeyprojectnl.com by 12pm (NST) on Monday, November 14.

Interviews will be conducted in November. Due to the expected high volume of applications, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

PLIAN is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the values of equity, accessibility, diversity, anti-racism, anti-discrimination, and anti-oppression. We encourage and will be prioritizing candidates from diverse backgrounds including: Indigenous persons; racialized persons and/or visible minorities; people of any gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation; persons with disabilities; and, persons with lived experience.