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We have the following openings

 

Executive Director

Justice Education Society

Location: Vancouver, BC

The Justice Education Society creates innovative programs and resources that improve legal capability and increase access to justice – in BC and internationally. Since its start in the 1970’s, the Justice Education Society has matured into an extremely capable and viable organization that truly makes a difference in people’s lives, while supporting social justice and democracy here and abroad.

The Justice Education Society operates in three main areas – educating people (particularly our youth) both in person and online about the justice system here in BC and Canada, providing a wealth of materials relating to the law and targeted to a lay audience, and promoting access to justice internationally, particularly in fragile democracies where this is key to individual’s lives and futures.

With the retirement from the role of the founding Executive Director, the opportunity now exists for a lawyer, educator or organizational leader versed in how the justice system works to take the Justice Education Society to the next level – to make an even greater impact in the years to come.

The ideal candidate brings leadership experience gained in an organization that will have parallels to JES, including but not limited to a continuing legal education society, a legal advocacy organization, a Law Society, an international justice-related organization or relevant legally focused or education organization. Alternatively, he or she could be a senior partner of a law firm or bring senior leadership experience gained in a public or private sector organization where a deep knowledge of social justice issues relating to access to justice systems, here and abroad are in evidence. Team leadership, strategic planning and best practices around management are essential.

This is an amazing leadership opportunity to impact lives in BC and around the world.

To explore this exciting opportunity further, please contact Senior Associate Lorraine Scrimshaw, Ashley Dawson, Kathryn Young, or Ken Werker in our Vancouver office at 604-685-0261, or please submit your resume and information to vancouver@boyden.com and state the title of the position in the subject line of your e-mail

 

 

Finance Manager

The Justice Education Society of BC (JES) is a non–profit organization with over 25 years of experience providing public legal education and information and justice system capacity building in Canada and overseas. In Canada, the Society helps more than 700,000 British Columbians learn about our justice system and address their legal issues. Internationally, JES has programs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Guyana which work with national institutions to strengthen justice systems and citizen security.  JES operates in more than 5 different currencies and has diverse sources of funding including private donors and provincial, federal and overseas governments.

Position Summary:

We are seeking an experienced professional to fulfill the role of Finance Manager. This individual will be responsible for supporting the Board of Directors, Executive Director, other members of the management team and staff in achieving the overall goals of the Society, and in particular, the effective and efficient financial administration of this dynamic organization. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Developing systems to support and managing the financial administration of a multi-million dollar annual budget comprised of domestic and international projects with multiple government and non-government funders.
  • Leading the budget process, including developing and maintaining detailed budgets in consultation with the management team, preparing budget-to-actual variance analyses and managing cost overruns.
  • Assisting with budget development for funding applications.
  • Proactive cash flow management; measuring and managing exchange rate risk exposure to reduce the Society’s vulnerabilities from exchange rate movements.
  • Preparation of financial reports and consolidated financial statements for various internal and external stakeholders, including management, Board of Directors and funders.
  • Supervision of accounting staff, including selection/hiring, objective setting, performance management, coaching and training.
  • Proactively managing and supervising full-cycle accounting functions, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll and benefits administration and account reconciliations.
  • Responsible for the monthly, quarterly and annual close as well as maintenance of all accounting ledgers including multi-currency intercompany consolidation and monthly review of all account reconciliations and journal entries.
  • Liaising with accounting staff and/or external accountants and auditors in Central and South America to ensure timely and accurate processing of all financial data and compliance with statutory requirements.
  • Preparing the audit working papers and coordinating the annual audit as well as any project audits by funders.
  • Ensuring compliance with agreements (e.g., project contracts and contribution agreements) as well as with Canadian GAAP and the Society’s policies and procedures.
  • Developing, enhancing and implementing financial systems and controls, policies and procedures to ensure best practices are followed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Seasoned professional Accountant with 3-5 years of management level experience and strong working knowledge of Canadian GAAP.
  • Minimum 5-7 years of experience in full-cycle accounting.
  • Canadian Professional Accounting Designation (CPA) strongly preferred.
  • Highly skilled in multi-company, multi-currency financial consolidation.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in managing exchange risk.
  • Experience working with multiple funders, timelines, funding agreements and agencies, preferably within the not-for-profit sector and with a registered charity.
  • Proven skills in developing, implementing and monitoring financial systems, controls, policies and best practices while ensuring compliance with all regulators and funding agencies.
  • Advanced working knowledge of Sage 50 accounting software and Microsoft Excel.
  • Experience in successfully managing and supervising staff and working with the management team.
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English with proficiency in Spanish considered a strong asset;
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Highly organized and able to multi-task and prioritize to meet multiple deadlines & demands in a calm & timely manner.
  • Positive and flexible attitude and enthusiastic manner.
  • A team player who wants to make a contribution and a difference.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and includes benefits. This is a full-time position based at our provincial office at 800 Hornby Street in Vancouver. The successful candidate will be subject to a criminal record check.

Start Date: As early as possible

Application Deadline: Monday, June 12, 2017 at noon

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and resume to info@JusticeEducation.ca indicating Finance Manager in the subject line.  We thank all candidates who apply; only those selected for an interview will be contacted. For more information, please visit www.JusticeEducation.ca.

 

Communications and Fundraising Coordinator

The Justice Education Society (JES) is dedicated to improving legal capability and enhancing justice systems. In BC, we are a leading provider of legal education resources for teachers and students. In addition, 1 in 6 British Columbians use JES web resources to address their legal issue. Each month, the “Ask JES” legal help service provides hundreds of answers to legal questions.

The successful candidate will help increase awareness of and support for the services and products we provide. This is a part-time position (21 hours per week) covering maternity leave until February 2018.

 

Responsibilities

Reporting to the BC Program Director, you will provide a broad range of Communications and Fundraising services to promote and support our BC and International programs.  You will be responsible for supporting all aspects of creating and delivering the message of JES, including:

  • Work with internal stakeholders to implement our communications plan;
  • Respond to requests for information, collaborate on joint initiatives and events, and coordinate communication activities;
  • Write and produce diverse communications materials, distributed through traditional and digital media;
  • Coordinate the development, production and distribution of internal and external communications, such as newsletters, press releases and annual reports;
  • Support our presence on social media through regular postings;
  • Plan and oversee events to promote the services and products of JES; and
  • Support existing JES fundraising initiatives, including coordination of our annual recognition breakfast event.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Marketing, Journalism or a related discipline and at least three (3) years of recent, related experience;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills;
  • Well-developed knowledge  of and experience with social media for non-profits;
  • Strong capability with Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite (primarily Indesign Illustrator and Photoshop).
  • Strength in SEO, Google AdWords, and Google Analytics is desirable;
  • Experience leading and/or supporting successful fundraising campaigns; and
  • Excellent organizational skills and successful track record of leading teams on deadline-oriented tasks.

 

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit the following:

  1. A detailed, current resume;
  2. A cover letter describing your qualifications for the position; and
  3. Samples of communications materials that you have produced.

Applications should be sent by email no later than 4:00pm (PST) on Friday, June 21, 2017.

 

APPLY TO: Justice Education Society of BC: Info@JusticeEducation.ca


 

Project Manager - Guatemala

 

Location: Guatemala City

Start Date: as soon as possible

Application deadline:  June 26, 2017 4pm PDT

The Justice Education Society of BC (JES) is a non–profit organization with over 25 years of experience providing public legal education and justice system capacity building in Canada and overseas. In Canada, the Society helps more than 700,000 British Columbians learn about our justice system and address their legal issues. Internationally, JES has programs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Guyana which work with national institutions to strengthen justice systems, access to justice and citizen security.  JES has offices in Guatemala, Honduras and Guyana and has diverse sources of funding including private donors and provincial, federal and overseas governments. More information on JES is available at http://international.justiceeducation.ca/.

 

JES is about to begin implementation of a project to standardize and improve access to services for victims of crime in Guatemala through implementation of a technological platform and is seeking to appoint a Project Manager to manage the project. The goal of this 4 year project, which is supported by Global Affairs Canada, is to work with the national network of victims’ services in Guatemala to improve the services available to victims of crime, particularly focusing on women, children and marginalized community members who have experienced violence. It will use technology to create a national victims’ website that will include public education materials, access routes to key services and reporting functions as well as tools and resources to standardize the services currently provided by 52 local victims’ support networks. The project will also work to develop common reporting procedures to inform the production of annual victim services reports.

 

Role

The Project Manager will be based in Guatemala and will work closely with the National Network of Victims’ Services, the Office to Provide Attention to Victims of the Public Prosecutor’s Office and civil society organisations to implement the project.

 

Duties

The Project Manager will have overall responsibility for the delivery and reporting of the project in-country including implementation and monitoring of all project activities, oversight of financial management processes and liaison with in-country stakeholders. The Project Manager will also ensure that strong, mutually respectful relationships and open communication are established with key Guatemalan partners and stakeholders as well as monitoring and reporting on the external political, economic and social environment in-country.  

 

In particular, the Project Manager will:

 

  • Produce an annual project plan in consultation with senior management
  • Produce a detailed work plan sequencing all activities and ensuring delivery of all activities on time, within budget and to an appropriate quality
  • Manage the implementation of project activities in coordination with Senior Management
  • Ensure all project activities are properly documented according to JES policies and procedures
  • Coordinate with Senior Management to implement project evaluation and monitoring systems and assessment of project impact.
  • Coordinate work with international experts when deployed in-country.
  • Manage all project funds according to JES accounting and finance policies and procedures
  • Monitor and approve all project expenses and oversee financial reporting of project expenses
  • Monitor project cash flow projections and report actual cash flow and variance to the finance manager on a regular basis
  • In consultation with the International Program Director produce narrative reports in accordance with funder requirements
  • In consultation with the International Finance Manager and International Operations Manager, produce financial reports in accordance with funder requirements.
  • Ensure that all other funder contract responsibilities with respect to monitoring, reporting and evaluation activities are met;
  • Ensure that contracting and procurement processes conform to JES policies
  • Liaise in the field with GAC, other relevant donors, institutional partners and other Ministries as necessary to ensure project delivery and impact;
  • Supervise all in–country  project personnel in relation to delivery of the project 
  • Conduct performance appraisals of in–country project personnel in accordance with JES procedures
  • Coordinate the negotiation and supervision of all in-country sub-contracts and monitor for results

 

Education

University Degree or Professional qualification in Law, Sociology, Business Management, International Development or other relevant field or equivalent experience

 

Experience, knowledge and skills

Essential

  • Experience and knowledge of project management in challenging environments and preferably in Central America
  • Fluency in Spanish 
  • Experience working in NGO projects with government funding
  • Familiarity and ability to work with Results Based Management frameworks
  • Experience and competence in budgeting and financial oversight of multi-million dollar projects
  • Experience in conducting relationships at senior levels, preferably with government institutions.

 

Preferred

  • Knowledge of legal processes including support processes for victims
  • Experience in the process of building technological platforms

 

Personal characteristics

The Project Manager should demonstrate a track record of most of the following:

  • Understanding ethical behaviour and business practices, and ensuring that their own behaviour and that of others is consistent with these standards and the values of the organisation.
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing and using a variety of communication tools and techniques.
  • Developing new ways to improve operations.
  • Working cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions.
  • Positively influencing others to achieve results that are in the best interests of the organization.
  • Making clear decisions which are timely, in the best interests of the organization and take into account appropriate risks and priorities.
  • Setting priorities and monitoring progress towards goals.
  • Problem solving and the ability properly to assess, analyse and develop appropriate solutions to the problem.

 

Remuneration

JES offers competitive compensation, including full benefits. Candidates should indicate expected compensation when applying.

To Apply:

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and resume to bridget.petherbridge@justiceeducation.ca indicating Project Manager in the subject line. We thank all candidates who apply; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Volunteers

The Justice Education Society is able to provide quality programs and services with the support of over 500 volunteers each year. These volunteers vary from the province’s Chief Justice to secondary school students.

Their diverse contributions range from speaking at our programs and being on advisory committees to helping edit our materials, staging mock trials, and stuffing envelopes.

To find out more about volunteer opportunities, please Contact Us.

To volunteer with our international program, visit the international volunteer page for more details.
 

Fundraising Volunteers

The Justice Education Society is launching a major, province-wide fundraising campaign to “Sponsor Kids to Learn About the Law.”

Government funding to the Society’s Justice System Education Program is now gone. Every year, the program introduces thousands of students to the courts. Program activities include court orientations, court watching, sessions with judges and other justice system personnel and performing mock trials. This program is now at risk and we are counting on donations to sustain it.

The Society is hoping to raise $100,000 to introduce 20,000 youth to BC courts throughout the province. We are seeking  sponsorship from law firms, individual lawyers, judges, businesses and the general public.

We are also seeking individuals who are interested to volunteer and help support this fundraising campaign.
Contact Rick Craig at Rick.Craig(at)JusticeEducation.ca for more information.