Discrimination and Harassment Educator (Paralegal) - Dhc Program (Remote, Toronto)

July 22 2022
Industries Legal
Categories Education, Library, Education, Library, Education, Library, Generalist, IP, Patents, Trademarks, Legal, Paralegal, Legal, Paralegal, Legal, Paralegal
Toronto, ON • Remote

JOB PURPOSE:

As part of its commitment to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion in the legal professions and assisting those who have experienced harassment and discrimination, the Law Society of Ontario is seeking a paralegal to fulfill the role of Discrimination and Harassment Educator (“Educator”) in the Discrimination and Harassment Counsel (“DHC”) Program.

The Educator is a new position created to develop and conduct outreach and serve as a resource for the DHC Program. The duties will evolve as the position becomes more established. The Educator’s first priority will be to develop relationships and conduct outreach to the 28 accredited paralegal education programs located across 34 college campuses in Ontario. In consultation and collaboration with the DHC, over time the Educator’s outreach will expand to include law students, lawyer licensing candidates, lawyers, and the general public.

The Educator will be expected to work 40 hours per month (flexible schedule) and will report to the DHC, including monthly reports on activities and quarterly check-in meetings. The Educator is not an employee of the Law Society and will be paid on a fee-for-service set schedule. The Educator must be available to conduct outreach and presentations during and after office hours as required. The position may require travel across Ontario.

This part time position will conduct program outreach across Ontario. The Educator will be appointed for a one-year term and is eligible for reappointment.

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • A licenced paralegal in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario*.
  • General understanding of the Law Society’s complaint procedure and discipline process, and the Rules of Professional Conduct and Paralegal Rules of Conduct; and a more particular understanding of Ontario’s Human Rights Code and the Human Rights Tribunal application process.
  • Knowledge of human rights issues particularly as they impact members of equity-seeking communities.
  • Knowledge of the Law Society Act and its by-laws, and the professional responsibility and practice management standards applicable to licensees.
  • Knowledge and thorough understanding of EDI principles and concepts such as discrimination, harassment, racism, systemic racism, structural inequality, unconscious bias, microaggressions, intersectionality, equality, equity, diversity, inclusion.
  • Knowledge of Indigenous peoples and communities and colonialism, or willingness to learn.
  • Knowledge of policies, programs, services and other resources available to assist those who allege harassment or discrimination by an Ontario licensee, or willingness to learn.
  • Experience and competency in working with individuals from diverse communities.
  • Experience planning and coordinating events.
  • Experience delivering presentations and information in a clear, articulate manner to large groups.
  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written, with the ability to adapt communication styles for different audiences and venues.
  • Superior interpersonal skills and the ability to build rapport with a range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to work within a team and independently.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, e-mail, and the internet.
  • Valid drivers’ licence and access to a vehicle or having the ability to travel across to colleges across Ontario as required.
  • Ability to converse in English and French is an asset. The ability to converse in additional languages is also considered an asset.

*By submitting your application, you agree to a clearance check of your regulatory history with the Law Society, and to the use of this information in assessing suitability for appointment by the Law Society.

  • Work closely with the DHC to plan, design and coordinate the outreach and presentations on the DHC Program.
  • With limited oversight, carry out outreach and engagement activities, initially with paralegal students, licensing candidates, and licensees, and later with lawyer students, licensing candidates and licensees, and the public, through virtual and in-person presentations, meetings and events, oral and written correspondence, emails, website, social media, etc.
  • Develop relationships and conduct outreach with paralegal students and licensing candidates at the 28 paralegal colleges across Ontario. Outreach will be expanded to include law students, articling students, and lawyer licensing candidates over time.
  • Develop relationships with equity-seeking legal and paralegal associations and groups such as county law associations and the Ontario Bar Association.
  • Develop and collaborate on activities and programs with the DHC that promote understanding of the DHC Program and enhance equity, diversity and inclusion in the legal professions.
  • Manage communications via media relations, social media, program website, newsletters, etc.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with key contacts and stakeholders, including lawyer and paralegal students and licensees, law schools, paralegal colleges and education providers, and equity-seeking groups.
  • Report to the DHC and receive mentorship and guidance from the DHC as required.

The working arrangement for this position has been classified as remote. The specific application of this will be communicated to applicants contacted during the recruitment process.

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