THE 519

THE 519

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Job Description:

Primary Function:

Reporting to the Director, Public Interest and Legal Initiatives, the Manager, Public Interest and Legal Initiatives is responsible for working with and managing a growing and dynamic Access to Justice Department. The Manager will be responsible for overseeing the administration of The 519 Legal Clinic, the Refugee Mock Hearing Program, the Trans ID Program, our legal education work and other access to justice initiatives under development. The Manager will work closely with the Director, Public Interest and Legal Initiatives to develop new working relationships within the broader legal community and work closely with key existing stakeholders and partner organizations.

Key Accountabilities:

Hires, supervises, manages staff performance ensuring effective teamwork, high standards of work quality, organizational performance, continuous learning and improvement, and encourages innovation and leadership in others

Develops and maintains productive relationships with public and private legal organizations, educational institutions, community agencies, etc.

Develops solutions and coordinate resources to effectively address barriers to justice facing LGBTQ2S and local downtown communities

Alongside the Director, Public Interest and Legal Initiatives, oversee the delivery of a diverse range of community-focussed legal services that increase access to justice for LGBTQ2S communities

Leads the recruitment, training and supervising of various volunteer professionals, as well as students

Monitors and analyzes current and emerging legal, social, economic, and political trends and issues and elevates relevant issues to the Director, Public Interest and Legal Initiatives and broader Senior Leadership team

Prepares various reports, advocacy statements, letters, position statements etc – for public consumption

Identifies and pursues opportunities for program expansion, including grant writing

Develop and maintains The 519’s educational and training programs in consultation with internal and external subject matter experts including assisting in the content, design and development processes to standardize curriculum, content and materials (including public legal education resources)

Undertakes regular policy and best practice reviews and participates and/or leads research and policy studies, including collaborative projects with internal/external committees, groups or agencies while establishing and fostering links with community organizations and advocacy groups to strengthen and encourage community participation in the planning and delivery of community services

Maintains appropriate record-keeping, conducts research, analysis and prepares regular timely reports and statistical information that supports the overall department and prepares information for funding applications, financial and statistical reports

Implements and abides by The 519’s policies and complies with all applicable legislation and regulations

Participates as part of the Extended Management Team and supports The 519’s broader activities and other commitments while adhering to related policies and procedure

Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Experience:

Post-secondary education in a discipline pertinent to access to justice work and/or the equivalent combination of education and experience (minimum five years) with some direct legal experience;

Extensive experience in the planning, development and implementation of community-based programming for marginalized and/or vulnerable communities;

Knowledge of current legal issues and trends within LGBTQ2S communities;

Knowledge of current issues and trends related to immigration, anti-poverty, education, anti-violence, advocacy, community development, housing, mental health, addiction, public health, community funding, government trends, policies and related legislation;

Demonstrated commitment to racial justice;

Excellent group facilitation experience including a well-developed knowledge of relevant community resources, experience and understanding of the LGBTQ2S community normally acquired through work in the field and/or lived experience;

Highly developed conflict resolution, problem solving, facilitation and communication skills and ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, at a management level;

Demonstrated experience managing administrative and financial activities associated with program operations including report and grant writing, well-developed budget and variance reporting experience;

Demonstrated experience developing and maintaining cross departmental program/service delivery teams;

Demonstrated experience in developing partnerships amongst staff, community participants and community agencies;

Sound decision-making and judgment skills in public relations with the ability to effectively manage communications to community and government agencies, committees and coalitions;

Working knowledge of statistical methods of data collection and analysis;

Highly developed interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work and communicate effectively with a broad range of stakeholders;

Strong research, analytical and problem-solving abilities;

Proficient in Microsoft Office;

Demonstrated decision making skills with a track record of results-oriented leadership;

Working knowledge of Collective Agreements, Occupational Health and Safety Act, MFIPPA, PHIPA, and other relevant legislation; and

Must be able to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings, as needed.

Scope of Supervision:

Unionized staff (full-time, part-time, and casual) and volunteers


The incumbent will be required to work 35 hours per week Monday-Friday with occasional evening and weekend work required.

Management Wage Grade: 5

Salary Range: $70,980.00 - $83,410.60

Eligible for City of Toronto Management Benefits Plan and Pension Plan from date of hire.

Vacation: 3 weeks/year

THE 519

519 Church St, Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9, Canada

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