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Job Posting - Legal Outreach Coordinator – CMLA Muslim Legal Support Centre (MLSC)

Short Term Contract available Immediately. Possibility of extension based on future funds received.


Application Deadline: September 4, 2020


The Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association (CMLA), a Toronto-based not-for-profit association of Muslim lawyers, is seeking a part-time Legal Outreach Coordinator for its “Muslim Legal Support Centre” pilot project (MLSC).


The Legal Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the pilot project across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).


The MLSC is a pilot project that aims to connect a diverse cross-section of the Muslim community in the GTA with culturally appropriate and accessible legal services, including legal education workshops, summary advice and referrals. The project is supported through funding provided by the Law Foundation of Ontario.


Job Summary:

As Legal Outreach Coordinator, you will be responsible for coordinating the MLSC under the direction and supervision of the CMLA Board of Directors. This includes coordination and outreach, as follows:

- Put together all aspects of the MLSC pilot clinics, including volunteer lawyers, platform/location, intakes, outtakes, promotions, follow-up, and resulting referral requests.

- Organize public legal education (PLE) sessions for community members, including speakers, platform/location, promotions, follow-up, and resulting referral requests.

- Conduct intakes and coordinate requests for referrals from the community.

- Gather data and develop policies and processes for MLSC operations.

- Conduct outreach to other equity-seeking or community organizations to build goodwill and explore potential partnerships.

- Explore areas of opportunity and growth for the MLSC


The position may require the successful candidate to travel across the GTA.


Salary and Time Frame:

The Legal Outreach Coordinator will be paid $20 per hour.

The Legal Outreach Coordinator will work approximately 18 hours a week.

The position is a short term contract position starting September 10, 2020 and finishing on October 19, 2020 with a possibility of extension based on project funds


Experience:

• Relevant experience working with Muslim communities in the GTA.

• Demonstrated experience coordinating community-based projects.

• Experience in providing drop-in legal services would be an asset.


Knowledge/Skills:

• An understanding of the legal issues and/or access to justice challenges facing Ontario’s Muslim communities, including systemic racism, including anti-black racism and Islamophobia.

• An understanding and interest in one or more of the following areas of law: criminal law, disability law, employment law, family law, housing law, and/or human rights law.

• Ability to develop and maintain working relationships with community agencies, lawyers and community groups.

• A strong understanding of, and commitment to, anti-oppression principles and an awareness of the various intersections of social identities.

• Strong interpersonal, communication, written and outreach skills.

• Clear and methodical approach to work and strong organizational skills.

• Social media savvy.

• Proficiency in at least one language spoken in the Muslim community (e.g. Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Urdu, Farsi etc.) is an asset.


To APPLY:

Interested applicants may send their applications including a cover letter, resume, and list of three (3) references to contactcmla@gmail.com


We appreciate all those who apply, however, we will only be in contact with those candidates that we intend to interview.


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. If you are an individual who requires accommodation to apply for this position, please email us at contactcmla@gmail.com


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