Paralegal

Children's Aid Society

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Job Description Details:

The Children’s Aid Society of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry is committed to becoming allies with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities; those of African-Canadian/Black heritage; other racially marginalized and LGBTQ2S+ persons, through our Truth and Reconciliation commitments, our ongoing ‘Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity’ work and anti-racism/anti-oppression education.

Competition #08-20 - PARALEGAL

18-month Contract – Non-Union


FUNCTION:

Under the direction of the Children’s Aid Society of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry’s legal counsel, the Paralegal provides support related to the legal activities of the Society.  Required is knowledge of various legal techniques that enable the Paralegal to assume various responsibilities, including preparing court documents and performing legal research.


The Paralegal provides support to Counsel by meeting clients, gathering documentary evidence, drafting correspondence and assisting in managing the various files held by the legal department.


MAJOR JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • To meet clients or others to gather evidence.

  • To draft court documents, including applications, case, settlement and trial management conference briefs and affidavits.

  • To draft documents for various tribunal proceedings.

  • To perform research into the legislation that governs the agency and perform case-law research, through various media (for example books written by experts, specialized publications and databases).

  • To protect the confidentially of the documents.

  • To commission court documents.

  • To prepare and produce summary reports and submissions.

  • To review disclosure packages.

  • To manage received and sent documents, including legal documents.

  • Other related duties.



KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • Ability to identify systemic barriers to equity and anti-oppressive practices and apply this lens to your work

  • Knowledge, experience, and understanding of the culture, history and current issues/oppression experienced by First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities; those of African-Canadian/Black heritage; and other racially marginalized persons in our community

  • Knowledge of First Nations, Inuit and Métis history, people and communities and a demonstrated ability to engage with the communities

  • Strong understanding of First Nations, Inuit and Métis culture, heritage and traditions, and a commitment to developing the highest quality culturally appropriate service possible for the First Nations, Inuit and Métis families that we serve

  • Knowledge of Microsoft applications (for example Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

  • Knowledge of legal terminology.

  • Knowledge of court proceedings.

  • Ability to demonstrate effective time management skills, prioritize tasks, follow instruction, and give/receive feedback

  • Ability to collaborate effectively with peers, community partners and other professionals

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate both written and verbally in a clear, concise manner, and to be able to meet deadlines and other administrative requirements.



QUALIFICATIONS:

  • One to three years of relevant experience.

  • Knowledge of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act would be an asset.

  • Practical and theoretical experience in the interpretation and application of statutes.

  • The ability to communicate in both official languages (verbal and written) will be a requirement

  • Legal Assistant or Paralegal College Diploma or University Degree from a Post-Secondary Educational Institution approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

  • A valid driver’s license is required.

  • Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check

  • Preference will be given to those who identify as First Nations, Inuit and Métis; African-Canadian/Black heritage; or other racially marginalized persons who meet the educational requirements or who have equivalent education and experience.

  • As a requirement of employment all applicants must have a Canadian Social Insurance Number.


SALARY:

Salary range $55,025 - $73,735, commensurate with education and experience



CAS SDG values building a workforce that is reflective of the diversity in our community and strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals, especially those who can provide perspectives and contribute to a further diversification of ideas. Please indicate in the application process should you identify as First Nations, Inuit and Métis; African-Canadian/Black heritage; or if you are a member of another racialized or otherwise marginalized group.


We comply with the AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act). If you require accommodation at any time throughout the application process, or if this information is required in an accessible format, please contact us.

We thank all interested applicants; however, only qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.




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