Scarborough Community Legal Services (SCLS) is a non-profit community legal clinic. We have been providing free legal services to low-income residents of Scarborough since 1982 and are funded primarily by Legal Aid Ontario. We assist low-income individuals and groups with accessing justice and protecting their legal rights by providing free legal services and working to change systems to benefit people living in poverty. We work with community members, organizations, and social justice groups to achieve our mission. Our four key strategies are: legal services, legal education, community development, and law reform.
You can learn more about our organization and review our most recent Annual Report here: scarboroughcommunitylegal.ca/about
Our Board of Directors
Our legal clinic is governed by an independent 13-member volunteer Board
of Directors. The Board is elected by community members & is accountable
to the membership of the clinic and the community we serve. The Board is
responsible for ensuring the financial health of the organization, developing
and ensuring adherence to our bylaws and policies, setting the strategic
direction of the clinic, and providing direction to and supervision of the
Executive Director. Our Board members bring a mix of skills and
backgrounds to the table and are committed to ensuring the success of SCLS.
We are seeking new Board Members to join our team until October 2024.
Given our organization’s current needs, we are seeking individuals with strong community connections and community organizing skills.
You should have:
- A commitment to social justice and serving the needs of low-income individuals and families.
- Support for our values and mission.
- The ability to work collaboratively with Board Members and staff.
- A personal commitment to give the time necessary to meet the responsibilities of a Board Member.
Additionally, preference will be given to:
- Residents of East Scarborough;
- Members of marginalized communities, in particular, Black and Indigenous communities;
- Applicants who have used clinic services in the past, as a client or community member; and/or
- Applicants with experience in the non-profit sector, particularly those with experience in community service and organizing.
Board Members must have the ability to commit the time and resources to prepare for and attend monthly board meetings which are held in the early evening on the last Tuesday of each month. Board members are also expected to participate on Board Committees and to attend our Annual General Meeting. On average, this position requires a time commitment of approximately 4 hours per month.
How To Apply
All applicants must apply through our FactorialHR Portal and are asked to submit:
- a one (1) page letter of interest in our organization which describes the skills and knowledge you would bring to our Board of Directors.
- your resume
We encourage applicants to learn more about the land on which we live and the nations who have been the stewards of this place since time immemorial, including the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the Chippewa, the Wendat, and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Please see scarboroughcommunitylegal.ca/thisland for more from which to learn.