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 have the ability to inspire a team to deliver the highest quality of family and immigration legal services to vulnerable Albertans. You are an energetic and passionate communicator and have the proven ability to lead your team through any type of change, large or small. You have experience in the work environment coaching, mentoring and performance managing a team. You are a strategic thinker, able to provide sound advice and thrive in a fast-paced work environment. You have strong communication interpersonal and conflict management skills as well as enjoy learning new things and can adapt to change quickly. You care deeply about the success of your team, LAA clients and the Organization. You care about people and empathize with their situations and you know how to support and motivate others.
Reporting to the Managing Director, Legal Services North some of the key responsibilities include:
In collaboration with our business units, leading a large team comprised of junior and experienced family law and immigration lawyers and support staff to provide exceptional legal services to vulnerable Albertans.
Supporting vulnerable clients by performance development and management of direct reports in consultation with other Legal Service Managers, Office Manager and Human Resources (HR).
Provide legal advice and representation in family law matters to support team members as and when required.
Managing day to day administration of a law office, including practice management issues and support.
Providing mentorship, coaching, information sessions and provide legal practice advice to your team.
Helping build a stronger LAA by engaging with Legal Services Leaders across the Organization with strategic planning, staff development, and day-to-day management activities.
Enhancing access to justice for vulnerable Albertans across the Province by participating in various external committees and engaging with justice system stakeholders.
Education and Experience:
Law degree from a recognized law school.
Active member of the Law Society of Alberta.
A minimum of 5 years of family law litigation experience.
A minimum of 3-5 years of leadership experience will be considered an asset
Knowledge and Skills:
Excellent communication, facilitation, and interpersonal skills.
Excellent analytical, logic, problem-solving, and organization skills, as well as sound business judgement.
Excellent technological skills and familiarity with
Ability to investigate facts, identify issues, ascertain organizational objectives, consider alternative solutions, analyze risk, and advise clients and/or LAA on the appropriate course of action.
Strong people management skills.
Strong understanding of:
Family Law Act.
Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act.
Protection Against Family Violence Act.
Excellent knowledge of Rules of Courts within Alberta and applicable legislation within the respective area of practice expertise.
What We Offer
Perks of working with us
8% RRSP employer contribution
Paid professional days
Paid Vacation days
Winter closure (paid time off)
Work life balance
Health and dental benefits
Health and wellness accounts
Employee assistance program
How To Apply
Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Reference competition number [LAA-22-25]. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Occasional travel may be required
Successful candidate will be required to provide an acceptable criminal record check.