Legal Counsel IV

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Job title: Legal Counsel IV
Job ID: 14571
Location: Yellowknife
Full/part time: Full-Time
Regular/temporary: Regular

Department information

The mandate of the Department of Justice is to support the office of the Attorney General and administer justice, including policing, community justice, victim’s services and corrections in the Northwest Territories. This mandate will be carried out in a manner which respects community and aboriginal values and encourages communities to assume increasing responsibilities.

Legal Division

Legal Division provides legal advice and representation to all government departments and specified public agencies. Our lawyers conduct litigation in all areas of the law including, Aboriginal law, Constitutional and human rights, labour and employment, participate in regulatory and administrative law hearings and provide legal opinions and advice. Legal Division does not provide direct services to the public.

Transfer Assignments

Transfer Assignments may be considered.

Job Information

We are seeking one (1) Legal Counsel with a minimum of 10 years’ relevant practicing experience to provide advice and services to departments and agencies of the GNWT primarily in the area of litigation.

The GNWT’s litigation includes a wide variety of matters before all levels of courts in the Northwest Territories, including complex multi-party litigation, tribunals and arbitrators/mediators; as well as in the following areas of law:

  1. Constitutional issues, including the application of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms;
  2. Labour and employment law (including collective bargaining) & Human Rights matters;
  3. Aboriginal issues and land claim/self-government matters;
  4. Regulatory and administrative law matters before various administrative boards and tribunals;
  5. Environmental, natural resources and regulatory compliance;
  6. Procurement matters (Contracts, RFP’s and Tenders); and
  7. Rendering legal opinions as requested.

Responsibilities could include other areas of law in which Legal Division lawyers’ practice.

The position requires excellent analytical, communication, interpersonal and practice management skills. Some travel will be required, depending on responsibilities assigned.

Applicants should demonstrate in which of the forgoing area or areas they are experienced. Experience in the relevant fields of law will be an asset.

A Law Degree and minimum ten years’ experience as legal counsel practicing in the same or similar areas of the law is generally required.

Bona Fide Requirement

Candidates must be members in good standing of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories or be eligible for membership in the Law Society of the Northwest Territories. Membership in the Law Society of the Northwest Territories is a prerequisite to employment.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $64.22 per hour to $76.68 per hour (approximately $125,229.00 - $149,526.00.) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,450.00.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory vulnerable sector check if they are contacted for an interview. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace. If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 14571

Closing Date: August 8, 2017- 23:59, Mountain Standard Time

GNWT Inquiries
Inquiries Only:
Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445

Expiry Date: 
Tuesday, August 8, 2017