Legal Counsel - Government of Nunavut

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Department: Justice
Community: Iqaluit
Reference number: 05-503290
Type of employment: Indeterminate
Union Status: This position is not included in the Nunavut Employees Union
Salary: $104,202.00 to $139,796.00 per annum for commensurate with pay
Northern Allowance: $15,016.00 (Subsidized staff housing available)
Closing Date: August 15, 2016

This is a Position of Trust and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check is required.

The Department of Justice is currently seeking an enthusiastic Legal Counsel to work within the Legal and Constitutional Law Division of the Department. Nunavut is an exciting jurisdiction in which to practice law. It is the homeland of the Inuit, and its governance, law and culture reflect that fact. It is a unique legal jurisdiction, a territory created pursuant to the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. Of the provinces and territories, Nunavut is the only one with a majority aboriginal population, and the only one is which both French and English are minority languages. In Nunavut, many issues arise which have simply not arisen before in Canada, and which require creativity and a solution-orientated approach.

Legal Counsel, under the general direction of the Deputy Minister of Justice and the Director of Legal and Constitutional Law, will provide advice to other departments in order to ensure that their mandates are carried out in accordance with the law. Legal Counsel will assist departments in carrying out their duties by providing legal advisory, regulatory, and transactional assistance. Legal counsel also represents the Government of Nunavut before boards, tribunals and the Nunavut Court of Justice.

The successful candidate(s) must have a common law degree from a recognized Canadian University or have received an Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. They must be eligible for membership in the Law Society of Nunavut and/or be a member in good standing of a Provincial or Territorial Bar.  He or she will have at least one year of post-call experience in the practice of law or a related field.

The ideal candidate will have experience in one or more of the following areas: administrative law, employment law, corporate/commercial law, procurement law. Knowledge of Inuit and northern issues will also be considered an asset, as will experience working for government or in the broader public sector.

Equivalencies that consist of an acceptable combination of education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.

Fluency in more than one of Nunavut’s official language is an asset.

Knowledge of Inuit communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is an asset.

An eligibility list may be created to fill future vacancies.

  • The Government of Nunavut is committed to creating a more representative workforce so it can better understand and serve the needs of Nunavummiut. Priority will be given to Nunavut Land Claims Beneficiaries. 
  • Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Nunavut Priority Hiring Policy. 
  • Employment in some positions requires an acceptable criminal record check. Possession of a criminal record will not necessarily disqualify candidates from further consideration. 
  • Job descriptions may be obtained by fax, email or on the website. 
  • Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more information about this role and to apply to this posting, please see the Government of Nunavut posting here:
http://www.gov.nu.ca/jobs/legal-counsel-05-503290

Expiry Date: 
Monday, August 15, 2016