Legal Aid Alberta Vice President, Legal Representation
Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) is an independent, publicly funded, not-for-profit organization that is an essential and unique player in the provincial legal landscape providing assistance to 260,000 people each year. LAA’s Vision, at the core of everything it does, is:
An Alberta where everyone can access justice and achieve fair and lasting resolutions to their legal issues.
Through 250 staff and nearly 1,000 private bar lawyers, LAA provides a broad range of services to Albertans who are facing a legal issue and find themselves in a vulnerable position. LAA works to assess the needs of these Albertans, and helps them navigate their journey through the justice system. LAA provides information, guidance and advice on a wide variety of legal issues and appoints lawyers to provide legal representation for legal matters in the areas of criminal (adult and youth), family, child welfare, refugee/immigration, and some civil matters. These services are provided through LAA staff and contracted services as follows:
- Legal Services Centres
- Duty Counsel
- Criminal Resolution Offices
- Family Law Offices
- Youth Criminal Defence Offices
- Private bar lawyers
By helping Albertans achieve better outcomes, Legal Aid Alberta positively impacts both individuals and the greater Alberta community. You can learn more about Legal Aid Alberta at www.legalaid.ab.ca
Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President, Legal Representation will contribute to allowing LAA to achieve its organizational goals and objectives by taking a strategic approach to leading his/her business unit. Overseeing a team that includes Senior Counsel, Family Law Office; Senior Counsel, Youth Criminal Defence Office; and Senior Counsel, Criminal Resolution Office, this role provides leadership and direction to align and develop consistency and best practices for programs, employee development, and client service delivery among the representational staff law offices of LAA and within the organization as a whole.
As a key leader in the organization, this person will contribute to the planning and implementation of the organization’s strategic plan overall as well as inspire innovation and execute strategy specific to the Legal Representation group.
Key responsibilities for this role include the following:
- As a member of the senior management team, lead the implementation of LAA’s vision, mission, and goals.
- Collaborate with the CEO and Executive Team in developing the unit’s objectives and plans.
- Direct, support, and motivate the Senior Counsel of the staff Law Offices to implement best practices in service delivery to clients with the goal of creating “Centers of Excellence”.
- Plan and manage Legal Representation’s budget and Key Performance Indicators, and provide regular reporting on statistical, financial, and business results.
- Establish benchmarks and maintain leading edge practices for similar services in Alberta and other jurisdictions.
- Build trust and collaboration in the organization, and develop positive relationships with both internal and external stakeholders including government and the legal community
- Work with the Board of Directors, the Executive Team and Leadership Council to recommend continuous improvement and/or change in Legal Representation’s practices and processes to support LAA goals and objectives.
- Identify process improvement opportunities and encourage innovation at the organizational and business unit levels.
- Participate in the development of organization-wide policies and ensure the effective operationalization of those policies within the Legal Representation business unit.
- Ensure that a healthy roster of private bar lawyers are available to LAA and that LAA is delivering a consistent level of representation services to all its clients whether they are represented by staff or the roster.
The successful candidate will be an experienced lawyer with staff leadership experience or strong ability to effectively manage significant people, financial, and information resources.
The ideal candidate will possess the following core competencies:
- A law degree from a recognized law school;
- Member in good standing of the Law Society of Alberta;
- Practice experience in Family and Criminal law; and
- Significant senior management experience leading people and business processes.
In addition to the Core Competencies, the ideal candidate will demonstrate the following characteristics:
Is skilled at getting individuals, teams, and an entire organization to perform at a higher level and to embrace change; negotiates skillfully to achieve a fair outcome or promote a common cause; works collaboratively with all levels of the organization towards a common goal; communicates a compelling vision and is committed to what needs to be done; inspires others; builds motivated, high-performing teams; understands what motivates different people; displays true leadership skills and character.
Managing Diverse Relationships
Relates well to a wide variety of diverse styles, types, and classes; open to differences; effective up, down, sideways, inside and outside; builds diverse networks; quick to find common ground; treats differences fairly and equitably; treats everyone as a preferred customer.
Making Complex Decisions
Can solve even the toughest and most complex of problems; great at gleaning meaning from whatever data is available; is a quick study of the new and different; adds personal wisdom and experience to arrive at the best conclusion and solution, given the situation; uses multiple problem-solving tools and techniques.
Acting With Integrity and Character
Is a person of high character; is consistent and acts in line with LAA’s values of integrity, transparency, accountability, fairness and responsiveness; deals and talks straight; walks his/her talk; is direct and truthful but at the same time can keep confidences.
Writes and verbally communicates effectively; adjusts to fit the audience and the message.
Monday, November 9, 2015