Senior Legal Counsel

  • Government of Canada
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Oct 04, 2017
Full time Lawyer (Public Sector) Lawyer (Other)

Job Description

Open to: Employees of the Office of the Auditor General of Canada.

 

Closing date: October 16th, 2017

 

Information You Must Provide

 

You must submit a complete application, consisting of a covering letter which clearly demonstrates how you meet the screening criteria and a resume which supports the covering letter. The covering letter will be used as the primary tool in the screening process and the resume will only be used to substantiate the information provided. Your covering letter must clearly demonstrate through concrete examples how you meet each screening criterion (education and experiences). One suitable approach for your covering letter is to use each individual screening criterion as a header and then, for each criterion, write one or two paragraphs demonstrating how you meet that criterion. For example, describe the kind of position(s) occupied and provide a precise description of the tasks performed for each position.

 

Job Requirements

 

Essential Qualifications

 

Education: Bachelor of Law degree and Membership in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

 

Essential Experience

 

  • Recent* and considerable** experience in conducting research and writing legal opinions in relation to the activities of a federal public sector organization;
  • Considerable** experience providing strategic advice to senior government officials, on files of medium and high complexity***.

     

Asset Experience

 

  • Recent* and considerable** experience in advising on the activities of a variety of public sector organizations;
  • Recent* and considerable** experience in advising on employment, health and safety, security or procurement issues in the federal public sector;
  • Recent* and considerable** experience in developing and delivering training sessions to staff;
  • Experience in supervision and leading employees on major initiatives.

     

Note

 

  • Recent is defined as at least 5 years of experience obtained in the last 10 years
  • Considerable is defined as the depth and breadth of experience normally associated with having performed a broad range of various complex related activities which would normally be gained within approximately 3 years.
  • Complexity refers to the nature and scope of issues involved in cases, whether they are legal, financial or political. These issues are often highly sensitive and affect many stakeholders. They may hold great importance for the government, be subject to media coverage and require discussions with high-level public servants.

     

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative, CBC/CBC

 

Competencies that may be evaluated through a written exercise, structured interview and/or reference check verifications:

 

Integrity and respect

 

Exemplifies ethical practices, professionalism, and personal integrity; creates respectful and trusting work environments where sound advice is valued. Encourages the expression of diverse opinions and perspectives while fostering collegiality. Is self-aware and seeks out opportunities for personal growth.

 

Technical subject matter expertise

 

Applies business knowledge and skills, knowledge of applicable professional standards and tools, and knowledge of administrative practices, legislation, and policies to provide practical and accurate advice to stakeholders and to uphold the OAG’s expert standing.

 

Personal Effectiveness And Project Management Skills

 

Independently establishes a course of action for themselves—and for others, at more senior levels—to accomplish projects and organizational objectives by prioritizing and allocating time and resources effectively.

 

Personal And People Development Skills

 

Engages with colleagues; builds mutual understanding of shared goals and the means by which they will be achieved; offers and asks for help; gives and receives constructive feedback; and actively coaches and develops others.

 

Strategic thinking, rigorous analysis, and sound judgement

 

Identifies and gathers relevant evidence, conducts appropriate analysis, and draws on broad knowledge and experience of the topic to form an independent, balanced, and sound opinion and/or decision.

 

Productive and collaborative relationships with partners and stakeholders

 

Effectively establishes rapport and strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders and OAG colleagues by being responsive and taking into account others’ perspectives and working styles.

 

Innovation and ability to guide change

 

Creates an environment that supports bold thinking, experimentation, and intelligent risk-taking. Uses setbacks as a valuable source of insight and learning. Takes change in stride, aligning and adjusting milestones and targets to maintain forward momentum.

 

Clear and influential communication

 

Expresses information and opinions, in writing and verbally, in a way that is compelling, persuasive and, appropriate to the audience.

 

Operational Requirements

 

Willingness and ability to travel on occasion

 

Willingness and ability to work overtime on occasion

 

Conditions Of Employment

 

Reliability and Security Requirements: Secret

 

Remain a member in good standing the Bar of one of the provinces or territories of Canada

 

Other Information

 

Candidates must meet all of the essential requirements to be appointed to a position.

 

A top-down screening approach may be undertaken at each step of the process. Applicants who meet the essential experience criteria may be ranked according to the depth and breadth of experience they possess. Only the top ranking candidates would be invited to the assessment phase of the process.

 

It is the candidate's responsibility to clearly demonstrate in their application how they meet the screening criteria (education and experience). You must provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

 

Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency.

 

An interview will be administered. Interviews may be conducted via videoconference or teleconference.

 

A written examination may be administered.

 

Reference checks will be sought.

 

The successful candidate must meet and maintain the Conditions of Employment at the time of appointment and throughout their employment.

 

Asset qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed.

 

The appointed person will be required to provide proof of their education credentials, in the form or a diploma or official transcript (original documents only).

 

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.    

Practice Area(s)

research and writing legal opinions