LG CNSL 2/3 - Legislative Counsel

  • BC Public Service
  • Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • Aug 25, 2019
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector) Lawyer (Other)

Job Description

Legal Counsel Level 2 / Legal Counsel Level 3

This position is excluded from BCGEU membership.
An eligibility list may be established.

Become an integral part of B.C.'s legal service

The Office of the Legislative Counsel is part of the Legal Services Branch of the Ministry of Justice. While the Branch’s role generally is to be legal advisor to the government of British Columbia, the task of the Office is to assist government in meeting its legislative objectives and, since most major policy goals require legislation, the task can be a daunting one. Lawyers with the Office draft both government Bills and executive legislation and advise government on the legislative process and the interpretation of legislation.

As a Legislative Counsel, you deal with legal and legislative matters of significant financial, social and political importance to the Province of British Columbia.

You are able to assist your client with the task of transforming policy objectives into clearly expressed statements of law. In doing so, you are able to assist in refining those policy objectives by providing advice that is both creative and practical, conceptually coherent and legally sound. You nurture good working relationships with government officials, knowing that teamwork and a collegial environment help produce the best possible results. While your practice is highly specialized and demanding, your flexibility and your excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, allow you to manage challenging files and competing priorities with tact and discretion.

The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact Kevin.Kohan@gov.bc.ca. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.

In addition to applying through the BC Public Service Recruitment System, you must email a copy of your cover letter and resume to Shayna.Horne@gov.bc.ca in order to be considered for this position. This is a required part of your application.

For more information about how to create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to BCPSA.Hiring.Centre@gov.bc.ca, before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Standard 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 the education and experience as outlined below:

  • Must be a member of the Law Society of British Columbia in good standing OR immediately eligible for call to the Bar.
  • At least 7 years’ legislative drafting experience either as a member of an office of legislative counsel or as a member of an office of parliamentary counsel (that is, 7 years’ experience writing legislation).

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.

Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.

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 - Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

Questionnaire: YES - As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements.

Practice Area(s)

Legislation law


7 years