‚ÄčLegal Aid Alberta is a Centre of Excellence that helps vulnerable Albertans across the province at some of the most difficult times in their lives. Through professional, effective and accessible services that support better outcomes for our clients, we make a difference in the lives of Albertans and deliver value that extends beyond those who receive our services.

Our General Counsel and Advisory Counsel Services Team is currently seeking full-time, permanent Corporate Counsel in our Edmonton office.

Job Description

Reporting to General Counsel, the Corporate Counsel will advise and assist Legal Aid Alberta, and its Senior Management, in the areas of compliance & ethics, policy drafting & administration, privacy, general contract review and employment issues.

Key Responsibilities - your key responsibilities will include:

  • Provide advice and guidance to ensure LAA's compliance with applicable regulatory law, pertaining to but not limited to occupational health and safety, privacy, employment/labour relations, tax and the like;
  • Provide advice and guidance to ensure LAA's compliance with applicable professional obligations, including, but not limited to, the Law Society of Alberta;
  • Assume the duties of Privacy Officer for LAA including day to day management of organizational privacy issues as they arise;
  • Provide compliance and ethics guidance and oversight;
  • Provide advice and guidance to LAA Senior Management on employment issues;
  • Review existing LAA policies to ensure consistency and appropriateness;
  • Work with LAA business groups to draft new policies where required;
  • Provide advice and guidance to ensure LAA's compliance with internal policies;
  • Provide advice and guidance to LAA business units on general contracts issues;
  • Provide support in negotiations of contracts where appropriate
  • Review and draft agreements, contracts and other legal documents to protect and ensure the organization's full legal rights

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Law degree from a recognized law school
  • Membership in good standing in the Law Society of Alberta
  • Minimum of 5 Plus years of direct practice experience or practice in related field(s)

Required Skills and Competencies:

Knowledge:

  • Excellent working knowledge of regulatory law, applicable professional Codes of Conduct, ethics, policy drafting, contract review and negotiation and employment law;
  • Knowledge of conflict management and ADR techniques
  • Knowledge of public legal information or adult education tools and techniques

Skills:

  • Have the technical skills to provide competent legal services including:
  • The ability to investigate facts, identify issues, ascertain organizational objectives, and consider possible solutions and advising LAA on the appropriate course of action.
  • Application of appropriate skills including legal research, writing and drafting, legal analysis, application of the law to the relevant facts, negotiation, advocacy, problem-solving, and conflict resolution.
  • Ability to operate databases, case management software.
  • Computer literacy, particularly with regards to MS Office (especially Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, CRM)
  • Ability to use web-based legal research tools and other web-based resources
  • Well-organized and able to deal with conflicting immediate priorities
  • Able to work closely with lawyers and non-lawyers in a high stress environment
  • Maturity, tact and good judgment
  • Able to provide advice and information effectively
  • Able to promote a calm, controlled working environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Passion or enthusiasm for the provision of legal services to low-income persons and for improving access to justice.

If you are excited about this position and you possess the above requirements, please forward your resume to careers@legalaid.ab.ca referencing posting number LAA-19-35.    

Thank you for your application, please note that only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. This competition will remain open until the position is filled.