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~ Support Staff Position~
Do you share our passion for social justice?

Join our team! Hamilton Community Legal Clinic is a busy urban legal clinic seeking a service- focused individual interested in challenging and meaningful work. This position is permanent full-time (5 days per week) at a fast-paced, dynamic organization. Our practice is in poverty law, including landlord & tenant, Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program. If you want to work hard to serve the community in a collaborative environment, then you need to apply. Now.


• Reception duties – making initial contact with clients, visitors and community partners who contact the clinic both in-person or by phone
• Elicit, summarize and record intake information from clients
• Provide basic information regarding clinic services
• Provide appropriate referral information to various community resources
• Providing general administrative support (including faxing, photocopying, filing and responding to telephone calls)
• Drafting statutory declarations

Preferred Skills and Experience:

• Related post-secondary diploma or demonstrated client service experience
• Ability to work effectively as part of a team and to take direction
• Ability to work in a friendly and cooperative manner with colleagues
• Flexibility and ability to manage competing priorities and multi-task
• Capacity to deal with challenging situations
• Excellent computer skills (experience with Windows and Microsoft Office)
• Ability to work in languages other than French and English considered an asset

Salary: In accordance with salary funding grid (benefits available 3 months after start date)

Please submit application through Charity Village - and include a cover letter and resume.

HCLC/CJCH is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from those with lived experience of oppression. As part of our work against racism and other oppressions, we strive to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. We encourage First Nation, Métis and Inuit applicants.

We thank all applicants, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. All resumes to be held in strictest confidence.



~ Gladue Writer/Educator: Administrative Tribunals~
6 Month Full Time Contract with Intended Extension

The 17 community legal clinics of Southwest Ontario practice poverty law, including landlord & tenant, Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program. For several years the clinics have been working to build relationships of trust with Indigenous communities, to deliver culturally respectful and appropriate services to Indigenous clients and improve access to justice.

The clinics are excited to embark on a pilot project to introduce Gladue principles into decision-making by administrative tribunals, such as the Social Benefits Tribunal, Landlord & Tenant Board and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. We conceive of a shorter version of traditional Gladue Reports that target the legal issues at play in the respective tribunal; we are calling them “Gladue Briefs”. They will incorporate Gladue factors that have been articulated for the criminal justice context.

We are seeking an experienced Gladue writer/educator to lead this initiative. The position will involve developing a comprehensive training module and resources, training staff from clinics & tribunals and writing Gladue Briefs for individuals represented by clinics.

The successful candidate will have a history of working with Indigenous people and will have knowledge of and access to traditional forms of Indigenous healing. The person will have an understanding of and commitment to social justice. The position requires travel throughout the Southwest and to Thunder Bay and access to a personal vehicle.

Experience and Skills

• Demonstrated understanding of Indigenous history and relationships between Indigenous people and Canada, intergenerational trauma and the impacts of colonization.
• Demonstrated knowledge of Gladue principles and experience writing Gladue Reports.
• Ability to provide clients with non-judgmental and supportive services and advocacy in a culturally appropriate way.
• Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to plan and conduct educational workshops and develop materials.
• Knowledge of the legal system and services and programs available to Indigenous people in the Region.
• Knowledge of Indigenous languages will be an asset.
• Capacity to work with an Advisory Committee.

Salary will be reflective of experience.

Please submit resume no later than 4:00 pm Wednesday, August 1st, 2018  to:

Gladue Brief Project Hiring Committee

c/o Hugh Tye, Executive Director,

Hamilton Community Legal Clinic,

100 Main St E., Suite 203, Hamilton L8N 3W4 or

Fax: (905) 523-7282

or e-mail:

We are an equal opportunity employer but preference will be given to Indigenous candidates.

We thank all applicants, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. All resumes to be held in strictest confidence.