NSBS Equity & Access Advisor

About Us

As the regulator of the legal profession, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society protects the public interest in the practice of law. The Society is the independent, trusted and respected regulator of the legal profession. Acting in the public interest, they provide leadership, value and support to a competent, ethical, inclusive and engaged legal profession.

The Society is committed to being a workplace that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of designated groups and the citizens we serve. We welcome applicants from groups who have historically faced barriers to employment. We encourage you to self-identify in your application.

About the Advisor, Equity & Access

Reporting to the Manager, Equity & Access, the Advisor, Equity & Access supports the advancement of equity, diversity, and inclusion principles and practices as well as cultural proficiency within the legal profession, among Society staff and volunteers and within the justice system, in general.

The Advisor supports the Society’s access to legal services projects and the Society’s initiatives for equity seeking communities and implementation of the Society’s broad strategic goals. The Advisor seeks to foster community, member and employee engagement by providing best practice advice, conducting research, analysis and evaluation on the effectiveness of programs, initiatives and services, and supports the creation of innovative tools, techniques and approaches that educate and build awareness in cultural proficiency.

Learn more about the Society’s Equity & Access initiatives.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide subject matter expertise and support a range of equity, diversity and inclusion related projects and initiatives.
  • Develop relationships/partnerships and resources/tools for the Society that embed equity, diversity, inclusion and human rights considerations in all aspects of the Society’s work.
  • In collaboration with the Equity and Access Manager, support the Society’s various equity committees and enhance supporting tools, resources and educational offerings.
  • Coordinate events and activities that foster equity, diversity, inclusion and cultural proficiency.
  • Conduct complex data analysis, develop reports, create presentations and educational material to support internal and external consultations and strategic action planning.
  • To inform policies and initiatives, conduct research and monitor current social, economic and political trends and issues, including government legislative proposals and Council directives, that impact inclusion of equity seeking communities.
  • Build, maintain and leverage networks with government, community agencies, other stakeholders and groups as appropriate.


  • Post-secondary education in a discipline relevant to the job function.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience directly related to the development and implementation of equity, diversity and inclusion policies and programs, as well as direct experience in client support and delivery of diversity training programs.
  • An equivalent combination of education and/or experience.


  • Considerable experience with equity and diversity policies, practices and/or laws and related change strategies and mechanisms.
  • Considerable experience in the development and implementation of equity, diversity and inclusion-related programs and initiatives, preferably within the non-profit and/or in the public sector.
  • Experience in program planning and administration.
  • Strong research, analytical, evaluative and report writing skills.
  • Experience developing and implementing educational strategies using an equity lens and adult education principles.
  • Proficiency with computers, virtual technology such as Microsoft Office Teams and Zoom and standard office software such as Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to analyze complex information with attention to detail and accuracy and communicate information to various audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate as a highly organized and fully accountable team member able to exercise sound judgement and take initiative under limited supervision.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, both orally and written.
  • Well developed conflict resolution skills.


  • Lived experience as a member of an equity-seeking group.
  • Cultural competency training.
  • Experience working in a legal environment and/or a regulated profession.
  • Training in conflict resolution and/or restorative approaches to justice.
  • Project management skills and experience.

How to Apply

If you’re interested in this exciting career opportunity, please submit your application in confidence (including resume and cover letter) to the Society via email at hr@nsbs.org.

We offer a competitive salary based on experience and qualifications and a full benefit package as well as a retirement savings program.

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

Closing date: April 26, 2021