Legal Counsel- International

  • The Native Women's Association of Canada
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Jan 20, 2019
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector) Lawyer (Other) Litigator

Job Description

Job Posting: Legal Counsel- International

Reports to: Director of Legal Services

Salary Range: $60,000 to $65,000

Term: Permanent

Closing Date: Open until filled

Location: Ottawa

Summary

NWAC is looking for one lawyer with 1-3 years of experience in international law. The lawyer should be familiar with Treaties, Conventions, Covenants, Declarations, Charters and Protocols in the areas of:

  • Crime of Genocide
  • Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
  • Civil and Political Rights
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
  • Rights of the Child
  • Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Human Rights

NWAC’s Legal Counsel must be comfortable working independently in a fast-paced environment to respond to a wide variety of legal and social justice needs within the organization. These needs range from in-house corporate necessities to external advocacy and litigation.

This is exciting opportunity will make a difference in the lives of Indigenous women in Canada and around the world.

General duties

The Legal Counsel will:

  • Thorough legal/research as directed or requested;
  • Draft and maintain corporate, litigation, and other legal documents;
  • Draft correspondence with government offices, partners, stakeholders, and members of the public;
  • Review and occasionally Conduct draft high level policy documents and reports;
  • Monitor, review, help develop, and change legislation affecting Indigenous women and girls;
  • Maintain good relationships with government offices, partners, stakeholders, and members of the public;
  • Independently attend meetings, briefings, and court events as required;
  • Adhere to all standards of excellence in file management and record keeping;
  • Travel as required to meet business needs;
  • Competently and respectfully handle sensitive and difficult evidence and testimony;
  • Provide sound legal advice to Executive Management and Board of Directors;
  • Complete relevant administrative tasks;
  • Independently and as part of a team prepare all aspects of litigation files as necessary;
  • Demonstrate a firm understanding of and adherence to Professional and Ethical requirements and expectations; and
  • Work with Strategic Policy, Violence Prevention, and other Legal Counsel to promote welfare and wellbeing of Indigenous women and girls;
  • Perform other related duties as required;

Studies and Experience

  • A J.D. or LL.B. with great academic credentials;
  • License to practice law in Ontario;
  • License to practice law in Quebec considered an asset.
  • Experience supporting a not-for-profit and/or international organization with diverse program offerings and cross-functional teams;

Key Skills

  • Strong legal writing and verbal communication skills in both English and French an asset;
  • Strong legal research skills;
  • Attention to detail, and high-level of accountability for the quality and timely completion of projects;
  • Exceptional judgement and relationship-building skills;
  • Ability to time-manage and multi-task in a demanding and fast-paced work environment;
  • Strong and enthusiastic work ethic and passion for the NWAC mission.
  • Ability to apply sound judgment and make decisions within the area, often on short notice;
  • Ability to conduct research in cooperation and consultation with the NWAC Provincial/Territorial Member Associations and with diverse stakeholders;

Knowledge Requirements

  • Thorough knowledge of Ontario provincial statutes and regulations, particularly those relevant to employers; knowledge of Quebec statues and regulations an asset;
  • Understanding of federal statutes and regulations, particularly those relevant to federally incorporated Not-for-Profit Corporations;
  • Knowledge of legal issues important to Indigenous peoples, particularly as they impact women and girls;
  • Some knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and internationally, their cultures, histories and traditions;
  • Understanding and knowledge of Indigenous issues, and norms and standards relevant to promotion and protection of Indigenous women’s rights;
  • Some knowledge of key issues impacting Indigenous women and girls in Canada and internationally;
  • Some understanding of social policy (including violence prevention and impacts, housing, etc.);

Please submit resume and covering letter to:

Christèle Goupy

Human Resources

1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor

Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7

(Email submissions preferred).

Preference will be given to Indigenous candidates.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Interviews will be held in Ottawa or by teleconference.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $60,000.00 to $65,000.00 /year

Practice Area(s)

Indigenous law