We are Legal Aid Alberta. We believe in an Alberta where everyone is able to understand and protect their legal rights. As a publicly funded, non-profit organization, we provide affordable legal services in family law, domestic violence, child welfare, immigration, and youth and adult criminal defence. We are Alberta-wide: Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Siksika Nation, and Wetaskiwin. We work together to serve Albertans, protecting their rights and ensuring a fair legal process.
Who You Are
Working at Legal Aid Alberta means you care about people and empathize with their situation. You have excellent communication skills especially in tough situations. You are computer-savvy and more organized than anyone you know. Fast-paced work environments give you a rush and you’re always up for a challenge. You love learning new things, solving problems, and can adapt to change quickly. You care deeply about the success of our team and our organization.
Reporting to the Assessment Team Manager, some of the key responsibilities include:
Within established financial parameters, review authorization requests and approve or reject as necessary on existing certificates.
Advise on the tariff and existing certificates when requested.
Make case management decisions and coverage decisions through Discretionary Coverage Process.
Provide merit opinions in a timely fashion for various areas of law. Merit opinions will provide either a recommendation for or denial of coverage and determine urgency and priority of the client’s matter.
Adhere to screening and recording procedures, and eligibility guidelines.
Develop and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Participate in team and project work when required.
Record statistics for reporting purposes.
Perform other work and activities as directed and assigned.
Education and Experience:
Law degree from a recognized law school.
Membership in good standing in the Law Society of Alberta.
Minimum of 3 years of practicing law with an emphasis on criminal law.
Knowledge and Skills:
Familiar with databases and various computer applications such as case management software.
Strong working knowledge of criminal or family, including:
Legal processes and relevant legislation.
Rules of Court and court proceedings.
Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Criminal Code and sentencing.
Strong understanding of court room and administrative processes.
Legal analysis and application of law to relevant facts.
Strong computer literacy, particularly MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel).
Have the technical skills required to provide competent legal services including:
Investigate the facts, identify key issues, ascertain client objectives, and consider possible solutions.
Apply appropriate skills including legal research, writing and drafting, legal analysis, application of the law to the relevant facts.
Ability to use web-based legal research tools and other web-based resources.
Organizational skills including the ability to deal with conflicting urgent priorities.
Work closely with lawyers and non-lawyers in a high stress environment.
Maturity, tact, and good judgment, particularly when clients are in conflict or crisis.
Promote a calm, professional working environment.
Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills.
Understand issues arising when dealing with persons from diverse cultures, persons from low-income or other disadvantaged groups and persons in distress.
Demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement and a passion for improving access to justice.
What We Offer
Perks of working with us
8% RRSP employer contribution
Health and dental benefits
Health and wellness accounts
Paid vacation time
Holiday closure (paid time off)
Professional days (paid time off)
Individual Professional development budget
Employee assistance program
How To Apply
If you got excited at the prospect of being part of our team when you reviewed this posting and you meet the minimum qualifications, please select “Apply Now” to create your candidate profile. This competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.