Reports to: Chief Operating Officer & Legal Counsel
Term: Fixed Term, F/T, January 2021-March 2022
Closing Date: Open until filled
Location: National Capital Region
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 an exciting opportunity to be part of a team that will make a difference in the lives of Indigenous women in Canada and around the world.
NWAC’s Legal Counsel must be licensed to practice law in the Province of Quebec.
Legal Counsel will:
· Conduct thorough legal research and analysis primarily in the area of Indigenous rights, particularly related to discrimination in matters of Indigenous membership rights;
· Prepare legal opinions and contribute to the development of accessible language summary documents;
· Draft and maintain corporate, litigation, and other legal documents;
· Draft correspondence with government offices, partners, stakeholders, and members of the public;
· Review and occasionally 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
Studies & Professional Qualifications
· Successful completion of a J.D. or LL.B (completion of a LL.L would be an asset);
· License to practice in Quebec, and in good standing with the Bureau du Quebec;
· Demonstrated study or experience in Indigenous legal issues and Employment Law is an asset.
· Strong legal writing and verbal communication skills in English (French an asset);
· Strong legal research skills;
· Ability to work in a team and good interpersonal skills;
· Ability to work independently and self-manage files;
· Ability to carry out culturally-appropriate gender-based analysis (training will be provided);
· Ability to apply sound judgment and make decisions within the area, often on short notice;
· Ability to prioritize, multi-task and organize work effectively and under pressure;
· Ability to conduct research in cooperation and consultation with the NWAC PTMAs and with diverse stakeholders;
· Ability to facilitate meetings;
· Ability to carry out research, analyzes data, and advance effective advocacy and communication strategies under the supervision of the Legal Counsel, UNFCC, IHPP.
· Relevant experience working or volunteering with Indigenous peoples, groups, or organizations is an asset;
· Relevant experience working or volunteering with Not-for-Profit organizations or corporations is an asset.
· New calls welcome.
· 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.).
Preference will be given to Indigenous candidates, please self-identify.
We thank all applicants for their interest in this opportunity. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Accommodations will be provided at all stages of the hiring process. We ask applicants to make their needs known in advance.
Job Types: Full-time, Temporary