Legal Director - Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples

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December 26, 2022

Legal Director

Who We AreThe Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples (CSSP) is a nonprofit organization in Ontario serving the Latinx/Hispaniccommunity for almost 50 years. Our vision is to create a united, engaged, and prosperous community throughengagement and purposeful programs. With a new Executive Director at the helm, and an engaged board, weare poised for growth and transformation.OpportunityIf you are driven by a desire to serve, transform an organization and grow a community, this is for you. We seeka seasoned leader or someone ready to take the next step in their career. Reporting to the Executive Director,you will have a seat at the table as a thought partner and a member of the Senior Leadership Team and the LegalCommittee. This role will lead the legal clinic team, ensuring the needs of the community are met in a strategic,collaborative and client centered manner. This legal clinic promotes access to justice for people with low income,delivering high quality services reflecting our commitment to unity, accessibility, equity, accountability, andjustice.What You Will DoOrganization Leadership● Work closely with the Executive Director as a thought partner in creating and executing the strategic,operational, financial, and human resource plans for CSSP.● Collaborate with other directors and teams to create ‘One-CSSP’ ensuring a seamless client experienceregardless of initial needs and subsequent services and programs used.● Foster high level engagement with the community, volunteers, staff, and the Board; demonstratingoutcomes through qualitative and quantitative data.● Maintain strong and effective relations with community partners by adopting a collaborative, inclusive,respectful, and transparent approach.● Ensure the Board has all information and resources to fulfill its governance responsibilities.● Advise the ED and the Board on critical legal matters.● Commit to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture that promotes a sense of belonging.Legal Clinic Leadership● Overall leadership and operational management of a high-volume legal clinic including consulting withthe Executive Director, funders and community members; creative delivery of high-quality legal services;management of staff and caseload.● Support the development and implementation of organization policies and ensure that any specific to theclinic are in place.● Ensure smooth operations by adopting best practices and cohesive use of resources.● Implement effective and efficient internal systems and procedures with documentation.● Ensure all activities conducted comply with governing regulations, internal policies, and procedures.● Respond to the trends in the field of social justice and changes in federal and provincial governmentpolicies and legislation.● Initiate continuous quality improvements with recommendations.People Leadership/ Human Resources Management● Build and maintain a high-performance team able to deliver on strategic and operational plans● Create and foster a positive, healthy, safe work environment in accordance with all appropriatelegislation and regulations.● Promote employee and volunteer engagement across the organization.● Oversee human resources development activities and provide proactive guidance to the seniormanagement team on issues such as forward planning, career development, and performancemanagement.● Encouraging positive union relations.2141 Jane St., 2nd Floor. Toronto ON M3M 1A2TELEPHONE: (416) 533-8545www.spanishservices.orgFinancial & Risk Management● Support Executive Director in monitoring all finances, budgets, financial controls, including the annualfinancial audit.● Financial reporting for the Board and funders.● Identify and pursue funding opportunities, community outreach and development work.● Oversee the development and submission of funding proposals.● Maintain knowledge of corporate requirements and relevant legislation, advising the Executive Directorand Board about major risks.Who You Are● University degree in law (LLB or JD) and membership in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.● 3-5 years of progressive management and leadership experience ideally in the not-for-profit sector,including financial oversight, planning, and reporting, and human resources management.● Community legal clinic or equivalent experience serving low-income clients and vulnerable populations astrong asset.● Enthusiastic contributor with strong management and leadership experience in directing a team ofprofessional and administrative staff in a unionized environment.● Knowledge base of housing law, employment law, immigration law, income assistance, social benefits,health and disability.● Comfortable working with a digital landscape of file management.● Driven and results oriented with a proven track-record of leading change in previous roles.● Strong strategic, analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills with demonstrated experiencecreating and implementing growth plans.● Excellent and effective communication skills with demonstrated respect for differences of opinion.● Familiar with completing funding applications and reports, including forming community partnershipsand outreach with marginalized communities.● Bilingual, with an ability to express ideas and opinions clearly and effectively in both English and Spanish● Ability to understand community issues quickly, thinking strategically and proposing legal solutions thatexercise good judgment.● Ability to ensure all activities conducted comply with governing regulations, internal policies, andprocedures with a demonstrated commitment to racial equity and social justice.● Experience managing multiple case files and representing clients with a high degree of professionalism,initiative, and collaboration.● Experience working with or on Boards of community-based non-profits.What You Get● A unique opportunity to create a lasting impact● Inclusive and diverse culture● Hybrid work arrangements● Opportunity to grow and develop● A Competitive NFP compensation package ranging between $113,000 to $130,000 CAD per year;commensurate with experience, plus group benefits.As an employer, CSSP is dedicated to building an organization that reflects the diversity of our clients and thecommunities we serve. This includes diversity in languages spoken, culture, race, dis/ability, sexual orientation,and gender identity. We encourage applications from individuals from diverse, marginalized, and racializedcommunities and backgrounds. CSSP is committed to an inclusive, barrier-free selection process andaccommodations are available at every stage of the process, including the submission of an application. If yourequire accommodations to assist in the submission of your application, please contactcareers@spanishservices.orgTo apply for this position please click the link below. We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for aninterview will be contacted.

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