NSBS Equity & Access Manager

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 Manager, Equity & Access

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Manager, Equity and Access leads 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 Manager addresses all forms of discrimination in the legal profession and promotes a profession that reflects the public it serves in Nova Scotia.

The Manager, Equity and Access advances access to legal services projects and the Society’s initiatives for equity seeking communities in support of the Society’s broad strategic goals.  The position advises the Society on equity and access issues and how to incorporate them into policy and operations, ensuring an equity lens is applied to all work the Society does.

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

Key Responsibilities

  • Supports the Executive Director, the Senior Management Team, Council and Committees on applying an equity lens to all aspects of our work.
  • Supports Council in meeting its strategic goals and objectives relating to Equity and Access.
  • Supports and works with the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Working Group to implement the TRC Calls to Action as they relate to the Society.
  • Delivers presentations and updates to Council on the Society’s work in improving the administration of justice.
  • Provides support and works with the Society’s Racial Equity and Gender Equity Committees under their mandates and ensures they maintain regular engagement with Council.
  • Plans and organizes projects and initiatives relating to the administration of justice including but not limited to community engagement strategies, education seminars, research studies and programming.
  • Provides strategic advice, education and expertise on equity and access to all other departments of the Society.
  • Collects and analyzes data to identify significant issues to entry and retention of lawyers in designated groups and, provides advice and recommendations in support of strategic initiatives to address challenges and barriers.
  • Delivers presentations, workshops and educational seminars on cultural competence, equity, diversity and inclusion to members, law students and students in the bar admission program.
  • In collaboration with other Society staff, develops and maintains materials and documents relating to diversity and cultural competence including the web and video content.
  • Coordinates the Society’s Mentorship Programs for equity-seeking law students.
  • Supports the Aboriginal (Ku’TawTinu) and African Nova Scotian (Ujima) articling initiatives that provide well-rounded articling experiences for law clerks focusing on contemporary legal issues in these communities.
  • Participates in community outreach activities that support the advancement of cultural competence and inclusiveness in the legal profession and improve the administration of justice for equity seeking individuals and groups.
  • Working with justice partners, provides leadership and support to equity and access to justice related projects.
  • Coordinates and administers programs to address issues and provide support for lawyers experiencing workplace discrimination and harassment.

Requirements, Skills and Assets

The Manager, Equity and Access is a unique position requiring sound judgment with the ability to act both as an internal consultant to the Society and its members and as an advocate for community organizations advancing their interests in the justice system.

Requirements

  • A degree in law, education, social policy, public policy or a relevant combination of education and experience.
  • 5 years of direct experience in the diversity, equity and inclusion field or comparable related experience with an extensive network of related contacts or an ability to build a network.

Skills

  • Strong understanding the social issues of equity and diversity as they relate to the legal profession and the Nova Scotia demographic framework.
  • Strong understanding of poverty and the impact of inequity on the justice system.
  • Ability to develop training materials and facilitate training programs.
  • Ability to establish and manage multiple, competing priorities in consultation with stakeholders.
  • Excellent conflict resolution and negotiation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong public speaking skills and media relations experience.

Assets

  • Strong knowledge of the legal profession and the structure, culture and operation of law firms and practitioners in both public and private sectors.
  • Experience conducting research, analysis and evaluation.
  • Project management skills and experience.
  • Cultural competency training.
  • Lived experience as a member of an equity-seeking group.

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