LG CNSL 2/3 - Legal Counsel
Legal Counsel Level 2
Victoria, BC V9B 6X2 CA (Primary)
Legal Counsel 2 - $127,821.13 - $165,767.24 annually Legal Counsel 3 - $170,694.72 - $196,017.52 annually
Regular Full Time
Temporary End Date
BC Public Service -> Attorney General
Ministry Branch / Division
Legal Services Branch / Indigenous Legal Relations, Solicitor Unit
Job Summary Legal Counsel
Legal Counsel Level 2 / Legal Counsel Level 3
This position is excluded from union membership
An eligibility list may be established for future temporary and/or permanent positions arising in the Victoria office and may remain valid for a period not exceeding 18months.
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The Natural Resources, Transportation and Indigenous Legal Group, Indigenous Legal Relations, Solicitor Unit, is recruiting one regular, full-time solicitor. The Indigenous Legal Relations, Solicitor Unit, seeks a Legal Counsel Level 2 (six to 11 years of call in a Canadian or common law jurisdiction), or a Legal Counsel Level 3 (12 years of call or more in a Canadian or common law jurisdiction).
Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples is a priority of the British Columbia Provincial government. Aboriginal and Indigenous law intersects with most aspects of Crown conduct, and British Columbia is at the forefront of policy and law development, and the reconciliation of Aboriginal and Crown titles and jurisdiction. Aboriginal law in Canada has developed at a considerable pace since the enactment of the Constitution Act, 1982, and its inclusion of s. 35. British Columbia became the first Province to adopt the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (Declaration Act)into law on November 28, 2019. The Declaration Act Action Plan released on March 30, 2022, outlines how in consultation and cooperation with Indigenous Peoples the Province will bring the UN Declaration into harmony with the Province's work over the next five years.This is a great opportunity to be part of an exciting and challenging area of law that continues to evolve rapidly.
The successful candidate will be responsible for advising the Provincial government on a wide-range of Aboriginal law matters, including providing advice on s. 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, the application of the Declaration Act, complex government to government agreements, consultation and accommodation processes and negotiation, and the implementation of treaty and other agreements with Indigenous peoples. The ability of the successful candidate to work independently and as part of a team is essential.
Conducting legal research, drafting agreements and legal memorandum is expected. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an expertise in Aboriginal law, to identify trends in the law and innovative responses to new and evolving developments in the law. Briefing or reporting to clients on file developments will also be required. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to exercise cultural humility and have a comprehensive understanding of working with Indigenous Peoples in British Columbia.
The successful candidate must have current knowledge of Canadian law in relation to Aboriginal rights and title issues, or current knowledge of constitutional and/or administrative law, the Declaration Act, the Draft Principles that Guide the Province of British Columbia's Relationship with Indigenous Peoples, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action. An understanding of International Law, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, is an asset. In addition, the successful candidate must have excellent organizational skills, and the ability to manage files with competing priorities and deadlines, strong written and oral communication skills, as well as a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively are essential. Travel may be required.
The Attorney General is the legal advisor to the government of British Columbia and is charged with ensuring that the administration of public affairs is carried out in accordance with the law. The Ministry of Attorney General is structured to carry out this mandate under the direction of the Attorney General, and Legal Services Branch supports the Ministry in fulfilling this mandate by serving as legal advisor to government in civil law matters. Legal Services Branch provides legal advice to government and ensures that legal risks associated with government operations are reduced. Legal Services Branch's clients include all Ministries of the government, Cabinet and certain public agencies.
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For information about the Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service please visit: Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service - Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca) .
For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact George.Nicholson@gov.bc.ca
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Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.Job Requirements:
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet theeducation andexperienceas outlined below:
Preference may be given to applicants:
- eligible for Membership in the Law Society of British Columbia;
- level dependent on years of call (six to 11 years of call in a Canadian or common law jurisdiction for Legal Counsel Level 2, and 12 years of call or more in a Canadian or common law jurisdiction for Legal Counsel Level 3);
- experience with government policy and operations is an asset, specifically as it relates to Crown-Indigenous Relations.
Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.
- with at least two years of experience within the past five years advising on Aboriginal law matters; and
- who have extensive experience and/or knowledge of working with Indigenous Peoples and demonstrated cultural humility and a commitment to reconciliation; or
- who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) and meet the job requirements.
A Criminal Records Checkwill be required.APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Cover Letter: YES -
A cover letter is required as part of your application. The content and/or format of your cover letter may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.Resume: YES -
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As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements.Questionnaire responses may be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements.
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