Advisory Counsel (Internal Candidate Only)


Competition Number: LAA-22-19

Job Type: Full-Time, Temporary

Location: Edmonton

Posting: Internal

Competition Ends: March 29, 2022

Who We Are

As a publicly funded, non-profit organization, Legal Aid Alberta provides affordable legal services in family law, domestic violence, child welfare, immigration, and youth and adult criminal defense. We are Alberta-wide, with 300 staff and 1,200 private practice lawyers helping people overcome their legal challenges in more than 75 communities across the province.

Who You Are

Working at Legal Aid Alberta means you are committed to ensuring access to justice for all Albertans. You have excellent communication skills and are someone that demonstrates leadership. You want to assist and advise on Roster Management strategies, and through collaboration play a key role in aligning them to strategic priorities and business objectives. You understand the importance of privacy and confidentiality in doing this work. You are computer savvy and more organized than anyone you know. You thrive in a fast-paced work environment and you’re always up for a challenge. You are a person who appreciates a role where no two days are the same and you can mitigate and manage situations as they come. You are deeply invested in the success of our team and our organization.

Job Description

Reporting to the General Counsel for a temporary 18 month term, some of the key responsibilities include:

  • Chair the Roster Management Strategy Committee (RMSC) or equivalent
  • Collaborate with Committee members in the development of Committee objectives, goals and measures
  • Consult with internal and external stakeholders, as appropriate
  • Working with Committee members to develop roster management objectives, policies, training opportunities and plans
  • Formulate, document and execute processes that address the legal aspects of the Roster Management Strategy Committee’s strategic decisions
  • Provide legal representation and advice as required but particularly as it relates to legal compliance or related issues
  • Advise and assist on strategic priorities and business objectives as determined by LAA
  • Further enhance Legal Aid Alberta’s reputation to ensure our vision, mission and services are clearly defined and better understood by stakeholders. This may include publicly representing Legal Aid Alberta at certain conferences, committees and other speaking engagements.


Education and Experience:

  • Law degree from a recognized law school
  • Membership in good standing in the Law Society of Alberta
  • 5-7 years of experience in a related field such as a Legal Aid Alberta Roster lawyer, committee governance and function, ethics and compliance, and code of conduct
  • Experience chairing committees is an asset
  • Practice experience in criminal law is required
  • Practice experience in family law is considered an asset

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Excellent working knowledge of the tariff
  • Strong working knowledge of the areas of law that Legal Aid Alberta provides service
  • Excellent knowledge of applicable legislation, regulatory and privacy law, as well as policy drafting
  • The technical skills to provide competent legal services including the ability to investigate facts, identify issues, ascertain organizational objectives, consider possible solutions and advise LAA on the appropriate course of action
  • Maturity, tact and good judgment
  • Able to provide advice and information effectively
  • Well-organized and able to deal with conflicting immediate priorities
  • Computer literacy, particularly with regards to MS Office (especially Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, ACCESS)
  • Knowledge of pubic legal information or adult education tools and techniques
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, maintaining positive relationships with key internal and external stakeholders

What We Offer

Perks of working with us

  • Competitive wage
  • RRSP employer contribution
  • Paid holidays
  • Health and dental benefits
  • Health and wellness accounts

How To Apply

This is an internal job posting and is open to Legal Aid Alberta employees only. Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Reference competition number LAA-22-19. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

This posting will close on March 29th at 12:00 pm.

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