Chief Legislative Counsel - (22952)

  • Government of Yukon
  • Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
  • Jun 25, 2020
Full time Lawyer (Public Sector) Lawyer (Other)

Job Description

Department Government of Yukon -> Justice - Legal Counsel English Location Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6 CA (Primary) Job Type Permanent End Date   Full/Part Time Full-time Standard Hours Bi-weekly 75 Classification LE03 Salary $118,147.00 - $158,036.00 Union MGT Days Off Saturday/Sunday Travel 10% Admissibility Open to all Candidates Job Summary and Requirements

This is to fill one permanent, full-time position

Chief Legislative Counsel
Legal Services Branch
Department of Justice

Salary will commensurate with education and experience:
LE03 - $118,147 to $158,036 per annum, plus 7% Practice Head Allowance

The Department of Justice (DOJ) works to ensure Yukon remains a safe, secure, and healthy place to live and work. We build strong and healthy relationships with others to support good governance and to foster safe communities with opportunities for healing. The Department provides supportive and dynamic work environments comprised of teams of professionals who are committed to making a difference in the lives of Yukoners.

The Department of Justice’s Legislative Counsel Office (LCO) provides impartial, high-quality legislative drafting services in both English and French to the government, as well as related legal advice. The Chief Legislative Counsel coordinates and oversees the LCO’s work, and is responsible for the preparation, revision, consolidation and (with the Queen’s Printer) publication of Yukon legislation and the processing and recording of statutory instruments. As the senior legislative drafter the Chief Legislative Counsel also has the opportunity both to carry out directly some of the LCO’s core drafting work and to mentor less experienced drafters. 

Yukon has broad province-like responsibilities which, combined with the implementation of First Nations Final and Self-Government Agreements, create an exciting and challenging legal environment. Yukon's Chief Legislative Counsel can enjoy a fulfilling career, working as part of a creative and dedicated team and at the same time benefit from an unsurpassed natural environment within minutes of a culturally and socially vibrant capital city.

The principles that guide are:

Reconciliation with Yukon First Nations: Together as DOJ representatives we commit to embracing the spirit of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada entitled Honouring the Truth, Reconciling the Future, by conducting ourselves in our day-to-day business in a manner that embodies the purpose of reconciliation with our First Nations members in the Yukon. We recognize the importance of employee education on First Nations history and the encouragement of innovative thinking by all DOJ personnel on our ability to effect meaningful change towards true reconciliation.

Working as a Team: As DOJ employees we value working together as a team within branches and within the department as a whole, while respecting our respective roles in the administration of justice, to work as one entity to meet our collective objective to serve the public. We are mindful of the impact of our actions on the people around us both in proximity and in the larger department and strive to ensure that we maintain the best interests of the department in our approach to our work.

Identify and Meet our Clients' Needs: DOJ personnel have a wide variety of responsibilities and an equally diverse clientele, internal and external to government, and we are committed to ensuring that they know we work for them and that we treat them with empathy, inclusion, integrity, respect and professionalism.

Initiative and Innovation: Management will encourage DOJ staff at all levels to think innovatively and to take initiative that will improve the work we do and services that we provide to allow for positive change and creativity in the workplace. Management will encourage DOJ personnel to reconsider our approach to the services we provide and adapt to the changing environment.

Communications: We are committed to improving the way we communicate internally with one another and externally to the public in order to better perform as a DOJ Team, share information and ideas with each other, dispel negative myths about the department and to ensure that the public has an appreciation for the excellent work we do.


For more information about this position, please contact Mark Pindera, ADM Legal Services at or (867) 667-3469.

For more information about the recruitment process, please contact Silvia Richards, Human Resource Consultant at or (867) 667-8692.

If you need technical support submitting your application, please contact:  (867) 667-9453 or

Please do not email resumes to any of the above addresses; resumes may only be accepted through the e-recruitment application system. 

Essential Qualifications

Please submit your resume clearly demonstrating how you meet the following qualifications. Please note that selection for further consideration will be based solely on the information you provide in your resume.

•    Membership in good standing with the Law Society of Yukon or eligibility for admission to the Law Society of Yukon. 
•    Management experience in the public sector or in another relevant setting.
•    Demonstrated experience working with complex legislation as a lawyer. 
•    Fully proficient English language skills (speaking, writing, and reading). 
•    Significant senior level legislative drafting experience is strongly preferred; consideration will be given to other relevant experience and/or academic training. 


Desired Knowledge, Skills and Suitability

Candidates should possess and will be assessed on the following skills and leadership competencies:

•    Solid understanding of the workings of government and legislative processes. 
•    Broad knowledge of statute law and common law, and the principles of interpretation of legislation. 
•    Strong research skills and the ability to become quickly acquainted with and understand complex legislation. 
•    Modeling interpersonal skills and personal responsibility.
•    Developing people.
•    Influencing others.
•    Thinking strategically.
•    Taking action and achieving results.
•    Leading change and innovation.
•    Demonstrating client focus.
•    Promoting common values and ethics.
•    Ability to perform under time pressure and consequence of error.


Additional Information

Job Requirements: This position requires some evening and weekend work, and some travel within and outside of the Yukon.

Eligibility List None Post Date 25 June 2020 Close Date 16 July 2020 Job Description bullet_red1.jpgChief Legislative Counsel JD

Practice Area(s)

legislative law