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Legal Counsel

Competition: LA212237

Branch: Office of the Clerk

Position Type: Regular Full-Time

Close Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Salary Range: $92,718.08 - $123,216.25

Position Description: Job Decription

Position Summary

​Employees of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia (Assembly) provide professional non-partisan services to support the democratic institution of Parliament and its members through procedural advice, administrative support, and information services. The Assembly is an autonomous employer, separate from the administrative framework of B.C. government ministries and agencies.

The Office of the Clerk is seeking a professional, experienced, and diligent individual for the regular full-time position of Legal Counsel.

Reporting to the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel, the Legal Counsel will contribute to the delivery of comprehensive expert legal advice and services to the Legislative Assembly, parliamentary committees, the Speaker, Members of the Legislative Assembly, the Clerk, and the Legislative Assembly Administration.

The Legal Counsel position will primarily focus on the corporate legal and good governance needs of the Legislative Assembly Administration comprised of the Office of the Speaker, the Office of the Clerk, and twelve departments and offices that provide a variety of services to support the functioning of a modern parliamentary institution. The Legal Counsel is expected to keep abreast of and advise on current developments in related aspects of the law that may relate to the operations of the Legislative Assembly. In addition, the Legal Counsel may be required to provide legislative drafting services to assist Members of the Legislative Assembly in their constitutional mandate to deliberate and legislate on all matters within the legislative authority of the provincial Parliament.

Superior interpersonal skills are essential in creating and sustaining collaborative relationships while working with various client groups and stakeholders. A significant portion of the Legal Counsel's work involves matters of a confidential and sensitive nature. The Legal Counsel is required to exhibit the highest level of integrity, sound judgment, tact, sensitivity, and professionalism in all interactions and actions.

The position requires flexibility with respect to hours of work, which may extend into the evening when the Legislative Assembly is sitting. Additional hours of work may be required depending on operational requirements.

The Assembly offers competitive benefits and salary packages, and a professional workplace situated in the historic Parliament Buildings. For more information about our organization, go to https://www.leg.bc.ca/learn-about-us/working-here.

Qualifications

​Applicants must have a Juris Doctor (JD) or Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from a recognized university with strong academic standing, an active membership in or immediate eligibility for admission to the Law Society of British Columbia, and at least 3 years of practice experience at the Bar.

Other qualifications include related experience including work in employment law, contract law or procurement law. Experience in parliamentary law or legislative drafting, as well as in-house or corporate secretarial experience, is considered an asset.

Please refer to the position description for a full list of duties and qualifications.

Application Requirements

​Please submit cover letter and résumé (preferably combined in one PDF document saved as Lastname, Firstname), citing Competition LA212237, by October 13, 2021 by e-mail to careers@leg.bc.ca.

Note:

The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia is an equal opportunity employer committed to establishing an inclusive, equitable, and accessible environment for all. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or any other basis protected by applicable law. We encourage applications from members of communities that are disadvantaged on any grounds under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including Indigenous Peoples, people of colour, people of all genders and sexualities and people with disabilities.

We are committed to ensuring that reasonable accommodations are made available to persons with disabilities during the recruitment, assessment, and selection processes. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please contact human.resources@leg.bc.ca.

We would like to thank everyone in advance for applying as only those shortlisted will be contacted.  An eligibility list may be established and/or auxiliary positions may be considered for future conversion to regular status. Lesser qualified applicants may be under-implemented or appointed at a lower classification. The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.

Human Resources

Legislative Assembly of British Columbia

E-mail: careers@leg.bc.ca | Telephone: 250-387-5532 | Web: www.leg.bc.ca

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