Director - Alberta Law Reform Institute

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The Board of the Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI) is looking for a Director to guide the organization commencing in the fall of 2015.

As the official law reform agency for the Province of Alberta, ALRI is dedicated to advancing just and effective laws through independent legal research, consultation and analysis.  It provides independent advice to the Government of Alberta and other agencies to ensure that the law and administration of justice are kept up to date and serve the needs of Albertans.  ALRI is part of a network of law reform agencies in Canada, and throughout the common law world, by its membership in the Federation of Law Reform Agencies of Canada and the Commonwealth Association of Law Reform Agencies and its ongoing relationship with the Uniform Law Conference of Canada. 

ALRI is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the field.As ALRI's Chief Executive Officer, the Director will be responsible to the Board for the overall operation of ALRI, including:

Intellectual Leadership
Guide the legal research and consultation processes and participate in the development of all reform recommendations made by ALRI. 

Act as a Board member and advise the Board on all matters relating to the Institute, including strategic planning, program and policy development and financial oversight. 

Institute Operations
Manage a team of lawyers and staff to ensure the work of the Institute is done effectively and efficiently. 

External Relations
Maintain good relations with Ministers, Government officials, funding bodies, the Legal profession and others affected by or involved in ALRI's work including the public generally. The successful candidate must be a lawyer or legal academic and will have exceptional legal research and writing skills as well as proven leadership ability in the areas of governance, strategic plan development and implementation, financial management and reporting, and human resources.

This appointment is initially for a two year contract with the intention of future appointments, subject to approval by the ALRI Board and the Board of Governors of the University of Alberta. 

Apply in confidence by April 2, 2015, by providing a letter setting out your reasons for interest in the position, a resume and the names of 3 character references to:

Anne L. Kirker Q.C., Board Member and Chair of the Director Selection Committee at

For more information about the Alberta Law Reform Institute, please see the website at

402 Law Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2H5
Phone: (780) 492-5291 ▪ Fax:  (780) 492-1790

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit.

We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons. 

Expiry Date: 
Thursday, April 2, 2015