In-House Legal Counsel

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The Nova Scotia Teachers Union invites applications for the position of In-House Legal Counsel to provide a broad range of legal services, advice and support to the organization.


Reporting to the Executive Director, the responsibilities of the successful applicant will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Providing in-house legal advice and performing various legal tasks as assigned
  • Researching and interpreting statutes, regulations, contracts, collective agreements and other legal documents
  • Preparing and reviewing opinions, briefs, and other legal documents
  • Liaising and working with external legal counsel on a variety of matters, as required
  • Providing strategic advice, guidance and practical solutions for various legal issues
  • Developing innovative approaches to legal issues in support of strategic initiatives and objectives
  • Special projects and other duties as assigned


The successful applicant will have:

  • Law degree (LL.B)
  • Minimum 5 years' legal experience post-call preferably with a specialization in labour relations
  • Practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society or eligible for practicing membership
  • Experience with provincial public sector labour relations matters preferred
  • High proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
  • Excellent legal research skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with demonstrated ability to clearly articulate complex legal issues and analysis as needed
  • Skills in planning, developing, and completing complex projects with minimal direction
  • Exceptional organizational skills with flawless attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and manage conflicting priorities
  • Ability to priorize and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated diplomacy, tact, and professionalism
  • Strong interpersonal skills to build solid working relationships
  • Proven ability to work independently and cross-functionally with both internal and external parties
  • Strong, consistently demonstrated analytical skills
  • Well-developed complex problem solving skills
  • Good understanding of how in-house legal counsel serves the employer client

Salary and Benefits:

This position offers a personal services contract with a highly competitive salary and benefits package.


Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume by 12:00pm on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Applications should be forwarded to:

Human Resources
Nova Scotia Teachers Union
3106 Joseph Howe Drive
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3L 4L7

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

NSTU Policy on Equity and Affirmative Action reads:

"Equity for under-represented groups, in compliance with current language in the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act, must be considered in the hiring of staff, secondments, the formation of committees, and the Internship Program."

Expiry Date: 
Tuesday, September 5, 2017