Government of Nova Scotia

2 job(s) at Government of Nova Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Nov 21, 2018
Full time
Justice     Solicitor 1-3, Term,   HALIFAX     Competition # 16405        About Us     The Legal Services Division of the Department of Justice is the government’s law office, responsible for the provision of all legal services (excluding prosecutions) to the Province of Nova Scotia.  As such, the lawyers in the Legal Services Division are accountable for providing legal services on a broad range of matters to the Government and many of its agencies, boards and commissions. The Legal Services Division consists of Solicitor Services, Litigation Services and the Registry of Regulations.          About Our Opportunity     The solicitor is responsible for providing effective and efficient legal counsel to the Government of Nova Scotia and its agencies, and to ensure that public affairs are administered in accordance with the law.  In this role, you will provide legal advice and opinions on matters of law and legal policy to senior government officials.   As a Solicitor, you will conduct research, prepare and review legal documents, and draft and interpret contracts, legislation and regulations. In this role, you will provide legal advice to the Crown.         About You     As our successful candidate you will:   Be a practicing member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (or eligible for practicing membership) Have a minimum of one year of practice experience   Your experience advising government departments or agencies would be considered an asset in this role, as would practice experience in one or more of the following areas: administrative law, family law, contracts law, constitutional law, enforcement of civil judgments, and legislative drafting and interpretation.   As our successful candidate, you will possess excellent research, analytical and organizational skills.  You will communicate effectively and persuasively, orally and in writing, and function with a minimum of supervision in a team environment.  You have demonstrated abilities to respond to client needs for quality legal services, to anticipate problems and to work effectively with your clients toward resolutions.  In addition, you are effective in demanding circumstances, you offer creative and innovative solutions to complex challenges, and use your flexibility to adapt and thrive in a continuously changing and demanding environment.    We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.         Other Considerations     This is a term position on the Justice/LAE/OAA Solicitor Services team.           Pay Grade:   MCL 29    Salary Range:   $3,639.00 - $5,800.00 Bi-Weekly        All current employees who wish to be considered an internal candidate, please click here .   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 Aboriginal 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 the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.   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 their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.   For questions or concerns, please contact    
Government of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia, Canada
Nov 12, 2018
Full time
About Us The Public Prosecution Service is responsible for the prosecution of offences under the Criminal Code and Provincial Statutes and undertakes inquiries pursuant to the Fatality Investigations Act.   The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service prosecutes charges laid under the Criminal Code and under Nova Scotia statutes such as the Occupational Health and Safety Act.   Cases are handled by lawyers called Crown Attorneys. About 80 Crown Attorneys across the province handle about 40,000 cases each year in Nova Scotia. About Our Opportunity Under the direction of two or more lawyers, the Legal Assistant provides high quality, specialized legal administrative assistance and file management support.   As our Legal Assistant, you will provide support to lawyers who are assigned files in areas of Crown law such as: administrative decision making, regulatory enforcement, government finance, privacy and information access.   This role requires strong secretarial/administrative skills, knowledge of legal terminology and specialized procedures pertaining to certain areas of law. You must be able to perform effectively under the pressures and strain of inflexible deadlines in a highly confidential office setting.   Duties include, but are not limited to: preparing correspondence, presentations and documents from handwritten material and dicta/digital dictation, organizing and maintaining files, answering phones, e-mails and responding to inquiries from internal and external clients and the public, scheduling meetings and booking boardrooms, mail duty, making travel arrangements and preparing travel expenses, occasional reception coverage and working in a team environment providing coverage for others within the division. About You You possess a certificate/diploma from a Paralegal Training program or Legal Assistant program, as well as 3 years related experience working in a legal practice. An acceptable combination of training and experience will be considered.   As our Legal Assistant, you are required to have experience and competency in an automated environment, with proficient and accurate transcription from handwritten or dicta methods and typing using the Microsoft suite or similar transferrable programs. The successful candidate will have knowledge of legal terminology and specialized procedures pertaining to criminal law, as well as experience using the STAR/STOR central file management system or other electronic file management systems.   While working under limited, and at times no direct supervision, you must possess strong interpersonal and communication skills to deal effectively with various government agencies and individuals who are involved with the criminal justice system including police investigators, victims, witnesses, and accused persons.   As our successful candidate, you will demonstrate strong prioritization and organizational skills, and the ability to deal effectively in a multifaceted and stressful environment (often in confrontational and sensitive situations) while ensuring confidentiality is maintained. You combine speed with accuracy, giving attention to detail while working under pressure to meet deadlines. Our ideal candidate has the strong verbal and written interpersonal and communication skills required to deal effectively with individuals in all levels of government, private law firms and the public, as well as initiative, judgement, and problem-solving skills. Other Considerations Your knowledge of Provincial government departments and agencies and a working knowledge of the procedures associated with legal research and retrieval of relevant case law using electronic tools (e.g., Quicklaw, Westlaw, CanLII and/or legal libraries) are considered assets for this position.   We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.