NAWL is hiring!



Rebuilding Feminist Law Reform Capacity - Substantive Equality in the Law Making Process


The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is an incorporated not-for-profit feminist organization that promotes the equality rights of women in Canada through legal education, research, and law reform advocacy.  NAWL has recently been successful in securing funding to launch a feminist law reform project.  The Project’s primary mandate is to revitalise the capacity of feminist organisations and advocates to engage on legislative matters that have an impact on women’s legal equality rights.

NAWL is seeking applications from qualified individuals for consideration for the full-time three (3) year contract position (with the possibility of renewal) for the position of Project Director.

PURPOSE OF THE POSITION                         

The Project Director will be responsible for all aspects of the Project’s activities, including hiring and managing staff and outside consultants; establishing a National Advisory Board; managing stakeholder and funder relations; materials development (skills workshops, discussion briefs, policy papers, etc.) and preparing reports, as required, to funders.  The Director will report to the Co-chairs of NAWL as delegated by NAWL’s National Steering Committee, which is the operational board primarily responsible for the work of the Project.


  • With support of NAWL’s NSC, establish the Project (secure office space, hire support staff, develop operational procedures and policies, etc.)
  • Manage and oversee expenditures of Project’s budget; seek and prepare grant proposals to obtain funding for long term viability of the project
  • Supervise, mentor, and direct the work activities of staff and outside consultants as required
  • Report regularly to NAWL’s NSC
  • Represent NAWL and report on the Project’s activities through reports, presentations at meetings/conferences, etc.
  • Respond to inquiries from public, media, government agencies, community partners, etc.
  • Establish National Advisory Committee to provide strategic guidance and connections to diverse network of agencies and coalitions working on women’s equality issues across the country
  • Identify and consult with key stakeholders to assess law reform advocacy priorities
  • Conduct focus groups and workshops to seek further input on identified priority areas
  • Incorporate stakeholder perspectives, develop series of discussion briefs that identify current legislative gaps and proposed solutions that would improve women’s rights to substantive equality
  • Develop communications strategy to ensure broad dissemination and accessibility of briefs
  • Mentor and support capacity of stakeholder groups to engage in law reform advocacy activities and respond to government requests for input on legislative and policy matters relating to women’s substantive equality rights
  • Prepare submissions and represent NAWL before parliamentary committees on matters related to women’s substantive equality
  • Prepare funding and other reports as required under funding agreement and a final report of the Project in collaboration with NAWL’s NSC
  • Perform other related duties as required


  • Canadian law degree and/or licensed to practice law in Canada with relevant experience in law reform advocacy and/or equality work
  • Experience with conducting Feminist, anti-oppression analysis of the law and legal systems
  • Functional bilingualism
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest and feminist issues
  • Demonstrated project co-ordination skills and experience
  • Experience working within a collaborative framework (for example, with coalitions, advisory boards, and multiple stakeholders)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (oral, written and social media) skills, including cross-cultural skills
  • Excellent organizational skills including: time management skills; attention to detail; the capacity to prioritize by assessing situations to determine urgency; ability to develop a work schedule, set goals, create / implement actions plans and monitor progress towards goals; and ability to make clear, timely decisions
  • Grant writing / proposal experience
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage staff
  • Travel flexibility required


This position is a full-time three-year contract, with the possibility of renewal.  A competitive salary and benefits package, appropriately related to experience will be offered. Please send a letter of interest (that specifically addresses how your skills and experience meet the first three bullets in the qualifications section above) and cv to the attention of the hiring committee at before 4pm on August 18, 2017. Please ensure you put “Project Director” in the subject line of the email. Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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