Paralegal (Legal Services Technician 1(A)-(B)-2)
Competition # : 37734
Department: Labour, Skills and Immigration
Location: Halifax & Sydney
Type of Employment: Permanent
Union Status: NSGEU – NSPG
Closing Date: 2/1/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)
The Workers’ Advisers Program is a public agency established in 1996 under Part III of the Workers’ Compensation Act to provide free legal assistance, advice, and representation to eligible injured workers and their families seeking workers’ compensation benefits.
The Workers’ Advisers Program has 21 staff located in our Halifax and Sydney offices. Workers’ Advisers (lawyers and non-lawyers) travel around the Province to meet with clients and represent them at hearings and in other matters. The Program provides legal representation at all levels of decision-making in the workers’ compensation system, including at Court if necessary.
About Our Opportunity
In accordance with legislation, regulations, procedures, departmental and government policies and professional standards, the Paralegal is responsible for providing the Workers’ Advisers Program with a variety of case and file management and administrative services. Subject to the direction of the Program’s Manager, Chief Worker Adviser, the Registrar, and Workers’ Advisers, the Paralegal must respect and maintain the solicitor-client relationship which exists between each of the Program’s clients and the Program and its employees.
The Paralegal plays a significant role in the day-to-day operations of the office. The Paralegal is meticulous and thorough in all work processes and procedures while bringing a positive approach and works cooperatively in a team environment. The Paralegal is also sensitive to the needs of all clients both internal and external which is essential for Program staff to further facilitate the Workers’ Advisers Program operating at its best possible capacity.
This position reports to the Manager.
We are recruiting for two positions – one in each of our Halifax and Sydney offices.
– Provides administrative support to the Workers’ Advisers Program’s Chief Worker Adviser, Registrar, and Manager.
– Prepares high quality and specialized documentation and correspondence relevant to workers’ compensation claim and appeal matters, including Books of Appeal, Factum and Books of Authority for court as necessary, and is knowledgeable about relevant statutes and other legal instruments, relevant judicial and quasi-judicial decisions, and appropriate research resources.
– Processes legal documentation for issuance by ensuring timely filings and the execution and service of documents.
– Assists and supports Workers’ Advisers’ preparation for hearings and pre-hearing procedures by gathering evidence, locating and interviewing potential witnesses and resource persons, doing timely follow up on evidence requests, and drafting research memorandums and routine legal arguments.
– Contributes to the effective and efficient operation of the Workers’ Advisers Program team by organizing client and witness meetings.
– Assists in the effective management of client files by maintaining and updating paper and electronic files, completing file reviews and summaries, and tracking and diarizing file activity.
– Communicates directly with clients regarding the status of their cases and provides answers to general questions with respect to the workers’ compensation system.
Qualifications and Experience
Applicants must demonstrate in their applications that they meet the following qualifications to be retained for further consideration.
– Knowledge and experience in court and other legal practices and processes.
– Knowledge of the purpose and role of the Nova Scotia Workers’ Advisers Program.
– Excellent communication skills.
– Ability to analyze, evaluate and research legal problems.
– Good computer skills and related abilities.
– Effective Interpersonal Skills.
– Self-confidence, professionalism.
– Sound judgment.
– Candidates must be willing and able to work overtime, including after-hours and weekends.
Ability to read and work in French is not essential but is considered an asset.
Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.
Based on the employment status and Union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs.
– Manage a high volume of work.
– Much of the time is spent reviewing information, both on paper and a computer screen while seated, with ample opportunity for movement.
– Lifting and carrying large files and/or boxes of files is sometimes required.
What We Offer
– Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career
– Engaging workplace: our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in, we have forward-thinking policies and strategies
– Countless career paths
– Department specific flexible working schedules
Pay Grade: TE 13 – TE 19
Salary Range: $1,513.47 – $2,196.49 Bi-Weekly
Employment Equity Statement:
Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.
This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU).
External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.
Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to [email protected]
Job Deadline/Expiry Date: 02/01/2023