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Available Position:  12 Month Contract with an Opportunity for Permanency

Location:  Halifax South - Criminal, 5475 Spring Garden Road

Salary:  Staff Lawyer Pay Plan Policy - Based on Relevant Experience and Includes Managing Lawyer Compensation

Closing Date:  Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 4:30 PM

Who we are:

Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission (NSLAC) delivers legal aid services throughout the Province, providing some level of help to all Nova Scotians with a focus on assisting those who are vulnerable and historically disadvantaged.  NSLAC's focus is in the practice areas of criminal, family and social justice law.

Primary Functions:

The Managing Lawyer is a practicing lawyer who manages a criminal regional office, provides consultation with respect to the overall Nova Scotia Legal Aid Program and carries a client caseload.  This position is an expert resource to the Executive and staff and liaises with external stakeholders on subject matter issues and objectives.

The Managing Lawyer reports to the Executive Director or designate.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manages a regional office and carries out the administrative functions necessary to ensure the regional office operates within the Mandate of the NSLAC to deliver quality legal services to Nova Scotians who qualify for such services.
  • Provides management, guidance and leadership to the staff in the regional office and ensures implementation of NSLAC policy and Executive direction.
  • Participates in the overall management of Nova Scotia Legal Aid by providing input to the Executive and the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission.

Ideal Abilities and Skills:

  • Strong supervisory and management skills in leading, coaching and directing of lawyers and support staff, solid computer skills together with a good understanding of the use of new technologies within a dynamic work environment.
  • Excellent resource management skills with experience in effectively and efficiently allocating people and resources to achieve goals.
  • Excellent financial management skills, with experience in managing and controlling budgets and expenditures.
  • Excellent skills in the areas of planning, organizing, analyzing, criminal case management and administering processes, initiatives and information in order to achieve goals.
  • Excellent problem solving skills focused on achieving continuous improvement.
  • Ability to make sound decisions that balance quality and timeliness with a full appreciation for their impact beyond own area of responsibility.
  • Excellent leadership skills with a proven track record for setting clear expectations, providing meaningful coaching and feedback, and creating an environment where employees are motivated and able to do their best.
  • Excellent communication, facilitation, negotiation, and change management skills with a proven track record for securing the energy and commitment of others.
  • Ability to foster effective working relationships with peers, subordinates and external contacts and to work within a multi-disciplinary team nvironment.
  • Experience in presenting legal information and interpretation to both legal and lay audiences, especially in providing written submissions both within the organization and to external authorities.
  • Management/supervisory experience is an asset.


  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD) Degree
  • Practicing member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society (and/or any other provincial law society) for a minimum of five years.
  • Extensive litigation experience at every level of court from Provincial Court to Supreme Courts.

Our goal is to be a diverse and accessible workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  We encourage qualified individuals from historically disadvantaged groups, including Indigenous People,  African Nova Scotians and other racially visible persons, persons with disabiliites, retirees and women in positions where they are underrepresented.  Applicants from these groups wishing to self-identify may do so on their cover letter or resume.

If you are talented, hardworking and want to be a member of a team that is highly experienced, very caring, dedicated and committed to their clients, we'd like to hear from you.

Please indicate position title and whether you are an internal or external applicant in the posting in the email subject line.  Please send your resume and cover letter to

While we appreciate receiving all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  All applications will be held in strict confidence.

Expiry Date: 
Wednesday, October 23, 2019