Project Manager: Northern Community Legal Clinics Transformation Project

The community legal clinics in northern Ontario wish to hire a Project Manager for a 12 month period (with possible extension) to co-ordinate and facilitate the implementation of the Northern Region Transformation Project.

This position is open to external applicants, and to current staff members of community legal clinics who are able to negotiate a secondment with their employer.

Description of Project:

The Northern Region Transformation Project (NRTP) is a collaborative effort of all eleven community legal clinics in northern Ontario. It encompasses a number of service enhancement initiatives and projects. The project is funded by Legal Aid Ontario.

The primary focus for the next year is to successfully establish three new permanent legal caseworker positions and to engage in two temporary service enhancement projects. Each position and project will rely on a new collaborative mobile staff member, to provide service across the north.

In addition, the Project Manager may be involved in the launch and conducting of a needs assessment of the legal service needs of northern Indigenous peoples.

Further details on the NRTP are contained in the Northern Region Transformation Project Implementation Plan, which is available on request to all interested candidates by contacting Erinne Wreggitt via e-mail at wreggie@lao.on.ca .

Description of Position:

The Project Manager will co-ordinate and facilitate the work of the northern clinics and other collaboration partners to ensure that the new shared services can be established and offered in a timely, efficient and productive manner.

Specific Responsibilities:

The Project Manager will co-ordinate the work of the NRTP Steering Committee, the NRTP Working Group, the host clinics for the five new positions, and the sub-committees established to work to implement each position.

The Project Manager will:

Facilitate the creation and application of our northern collaborative practice model, in which we will:

  • Develop and implement effective structures, policies and administrative systems
  • Develop and clarify the partnership roles of host clinics and others
  • Employ new systems for sharing case files and information
  • Set up new methods for statistical recording and reporting
  • Create new working relationships and protocols, including those for intake, screening and administrative support
  • Evaluate and assess the work that is done
  • Review and revise plans as needed
  • Communicate with and co-ordinate input from eleven clinics and other stakeholders with strong (but not necessarily identical) interests.
  • Act as a resource for meetings, maintain and share records of discussions, recommendations and decisions made.
  • Share information, facilitate collaborative efforts, and work to minimize conflicts and duplication
  • Monitor, ensure and report on progress as per the NRTP Implementation Action Plan
  • Assist in reporting to and communications with Legal Aid Ontario
  • Co-ordinate project evaluation, assessment and review
  • Participate in preparing  budgets and financial reports
  • May facilitate an Indigenous Peoples’ Needs Assessment, which will include assisting in the selection of a consultant, overseeing the consultant’s work, and liaising with the consultant and others as the project proceeds

Experience, Skills and Knowledge Required:

The Project Manager must possess a high level of the following skills, expertise and experience:

  • Proven experience in managing projects (project management certification an asset)
  • Superior level of written and oral communications skills
  • Experience working with teams, networks or coalitions composed of members with varying perspectives
  • Experience working with non-profit organizations
  • Superior organizational skills
  • Ability to work on and manage multiple project tasks and deadlines
  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally
  • Familiarity with budgets and financial reporting
  • Computer skills including Word and Excel

Additional preferred assets for the successful candidate are:

  • Ability to communicate in the French language
  • Understanding of Indigenous communities
  • Knowledge of community legal clinics
  • Familiarity with northern Ontario

Terms of Contract:

This is a fixed term full-time contract position for a period of one year, with a possibility of extension for an estimated 6 months.

The salary will be commensurate with skills and experience, to a maximum of $85,000 per annum.

The contract of employment will be with the Northwest Community Legal Clinic.

This position will be supervised by the Executive Director of the Northwest Community Legal Clinic and report to the NRTP Working Group (a group of five clinic Executive Directors, of which the Northwest ED is a member).

The Project Manager will work primarily from a home base of operations (a community legal clinic or other site), the location of which must be approved by the NRTP Working Group.

Some travel to different locations in northern Ontario will be required from time to time.

A computer will be supplied, if needed.

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How to Apply

Applications: Please submit your resume and cover letter in PDF or plain text format by e-mail only, with three references, no later than 4:30 PM on Friday July 21, 2017, to Erinne Wreggitt at the Northwest Community Legal Clinic ( wreggie@lao.on.ca ) . While all applications will be considered, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. We encourage candidates from equity-seeking groups to apply.