Pro Bono HK is an independent Hong Kong based non-profit organization established in 2014 that works to alleviate poverty and suffering by delivering access to justice.Our mission is to empower the impoverished, distressed, or vulnerable in our community get legal assistance, so that they can accessall opportunities on anequal footing -free from discrimination and unlawful, unfair, or unjust practices. We help ensure that everyone has the equal protection of the law and that no one is denied the ability to exercise their legal rights due to a lack of financial or other resources. For more information, please visit our websitewww.probonohk.org.
To achieve our mission, we have three core aims:
1.Advance human rights and improve access to justice by providing pro bono legal servicesto the poor, marginalised, disadvantaged, and underprivileged;
2.Improve legal literacy in our community through research, education and promotion of legal rights and obligations among communities in need; and
3.Encourage, and facilitate, law students and legal professionals to do pro bono work in the public interest.
We are now looking for someone who wants to take a LEAP ahead in their career with us, while making a meaningful contribution to the community!
What we are looking for
PBHK runs community legal clinics in Kowloon in collaboration with other non-profits, including the Society for Community Organization(“SoCO”)and ImpactHK, where we provide direct access to justice for Hong Kong’s poorest individuals. Supported by volunteer solicitors and barristers, to date the clinicshaveprovidedlegal services to over 350individuals from communities in need. To support the clinics and to enhance overall legal literacy in thesecommunities we serve, we are building an extensiveportfolio of capacity building seminars, workshops,and other experiential learning programs that will educate and assist people to get help. To lead this, we are looking for a Legal Education and Advancement Programs(“LEAP”) Supervisor to join us.
The LEAP Supervisor:
●is responsible for the day-to-day operationsof our legal literacy and professionaldevelopment programs that interfacewith our legal clinicsto improve access to justice for Hong Kong’s poor, marginalised, disadvantaged, and underprivileged;
●will report directly to the Board, but will be working closely alongside our Centre Manager, volunteers, social workers, project coordinators, academics and law studentsfrom local law schools;
●is self-driven and can lead, develop, deliver, and execute on programs–including monitoringprogress, assessingperformance outcomes, and modifyingstructure or curricula, as needed, with stakeholders and the Board;
●is able to work under pressure, and may be required to work occasional evenings, weekends, and overtime to accommodate activities organized byPBHK; and
●receives remuneration of HK$30,000.00–HK$33,000 permonth for a 5-dayworking week (commensurate with experience).
Primary duties and responsibilities
The following is an illustrative and non-exhaustive list of the duties and responsibilities of theLEAP Supervisor:
●Design and deliver learning experiences that are engaging, challenging and informed by pedagogical scholarship and professional practice in close collaboration with local law schools and other partner organisations;
●Contribute to and/or lead in the development or design of the curriculum and of innovative programmesin the public interest;
●Demonstrate effective teaching and professional practice as measured by student feedback, assessment outcomes and success, peer review and external validation;
●Supervise the work of students, provide advice on study skills and support experiential learning and interest in public interest law;
●Develop methods of assessment that encourage active learning and student engagement and provide constructive feedback to students as well as to identify areas where current programs are in need of revision or improvement;
●Collaborate and coordinate teaching, research, and projects that are undertaken by volunteers and students linked to our legal clinics;
●Responsible for managing risk and promoting safe practices within the work environment (e.g. workshops, field trips etc);
●Assist with the management of casesand/or case workin the public interest;
●Work closely with the Centre Managerand project leadstoco-ordinate cases, volunteers, clinic dates and other organisational activities;
●Assist with fundraising and community capacity building activitiesincluding, but not limited to, identifying fundraising opportunities, completing grant applications andengaging with the profession and stakeholders to increase engagement; and
●Assist with the general administration of PBHK, including responding to general enquiries and management of relationships with volunteers, lawyers, partner organisations, law firms, community stakeholders, and regulatory bodies.
●Undergraduate degree in Law
●Admitted to practice as a solicitor (preferably, in Hong Kong, but other Common Law jurisdictions may be considered)
●At least 2 years’ experience of legal practice experiences including advocacy work
●Some teaching or academic experience preferred, but not essential.
●Be passionate about social justiceand law in the public interest
●Hold a valid visa or permanent Hong Kong Identification Card
●Fluent in written and spoken English and Cantonese,and preferably Mandarin as well
●Be a good communicator and team player
●Can work autonomously, and takes initiative for work and responsiblydelivers results
●Be a quick learner who is able to work under pressure and in a dynamic environment
Applications must include a Cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, ideal start date, and must be addressed to The Hiring Panel, by 16 July2021.Only those offered interviews will be contacted. Applicants who do not hear from us by 31July 2021should consider their application unsuccessful.Data will be collected for recruitment purposes only, and will not be retained thereafter