The Canadian Red Cross
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
This is a one-year contract.
Do you want to make a difference? Join the world’s largest humanitarian network. The Canadian Red Cross Society, a not for profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping Canadians, as well as the most vulnerable throughout the world, is currently seeking to fill a one-year, fixed term position of Legal Counsel . Reporting to the General Counsel or their designate, the Legal Counsel is primarily responsible for supporting the Society’s French-language commercial legal work.
This position is responsible for drafting and negotiating a wide variety of domestic and international contracts which requires subject matter expertise and a solid understanding of the Society’s operational challenges. S/he will provide legal advice to staff primarily in Quebec in a wide range of areas, including but not limited to contract development, negotiations and drafting, insurance and regulatory matters, labor and employment law, intellectual property, and governmental/public law and the laws governing not for profit corporations and charities.
You will Enjoy:
Culture: an organization that is guided by our fundamental principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality
Flexibility: alternative work arrangements and paid time off for those “life happens moments”
Employee Benefits: comprehensive health and dental plan, pension plan with matching contributions and competitive vacation entitlements
Meaningful Work: you will be a part of an interesting and diverse legal practice, working with a team who is passionate about what they do
In this role you will:
Draft, review and negotiate items for a variety of commercial agreements including funding, philanthropy, consultancy agreements, goods and services, licensing, leases, employment, and data sharing agreements.
Provide senior and mid-management with legal advice and information regarding legal risk management strategies and solutions such as flagging compliance and regulatory risks and recommends solutions.
Support operations in emergency response, when the CRC goes on appeal and may be asked to act as the legal representative on the Critical Incident Management team.
Provide legal support to clients by answering day to day questions on applicable laws and regulations impacting our humanitarian work, reviewing and drafting contracts, problem solving and supporting the development of policies.
Provide advice and support on contract negotiations.
Provide advice and opinions on risk, vulnerabilities and strengths particularly in respect of the potential for litigation and dispute resolution processes.
Negotiate and/or approve changes to legal documents.
Support lead litigation counsel – the Assistant General Counsel - in contract disputes and pre-litigation including the creation of strategies and methodologies to achieve the best possible settlement outcome when contract disputes arise.
Write legal letters and demand letters to advance legal matters
Identify issues, conducts legal research, prepares memoranda, and advises internal clients.
Draft legal precedents for the use and support of business operations.
Remain current on developments in areas of expertise and law that directly relates to the incumbents’ role and responsibilities within the legal team.
Navigate through cross-jurisdictional legal and regulatory matters.
Engage in continuous learning in order to develop in new areas of law that enables provision of advice and guidance outside of the core area of expertise.
We’re looking for:
We are looking for someone who is easy-going and has the ability to quickly adapt to our changing operational needs. This role would be ideal for a junior lawyer with previous corporate commercial experience or a more experienced lawyer with interest in using their skills to support humanitarian work.
A valid J.D. or LL.B. and 3 years minimum of legal practice experience
A bachelor's degree from a recognized law school and successful completion of the bar examination in one or more provinces
A license to practice law in Quebec
Bilingual (English and French) essential
Ability to easily navigate a wide variety of commercial agreements is essential
Knowledge of employment and occupational health and safety law considered an asset
Knowledge of indigenous law considered an asset
The ability to work flexible, long hours (especially during a disaster response)
Self-motivated and experienced in managing multiple priorities, stakeholders and deadlines
Exceptional listening, communication and interpersonal skills and a high level of client service standards
Must be able to act with substantial discretion, and must have excellent independent judgement to balance several goals at once with the idea to minimize costs/ risks and maximize benefits/ returns
Ability to develop solutions for difficult, complex and systemic problems that may have precedent setting implications for the organization
Ability to take a creative and inventive approach to addressing new situations and circumstances
T he Canadian Red Cross is committed to gender equality and social inclusion in our workplace. All qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, color, religion, nationality, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We encourage all qualified persons to apply particularly Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, visible minorities, and others who share our values and contribute to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.
Please notify us as soon as possible of any adaptive measures you might require at any stage of the recruitment process.