Barrister and Solicitor

  • Government of Alberta
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Aug 17, 2022
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector)

Job Description

Job Information


Job Requisition ID: 31895

Ministry: Justice & Solicitor General

Location: Calgary

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Temporary (Permanent)

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: August 25, 2022

Classification: Legal Officer 1-3

About Us

Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, Legal Services Division, is responsible for providing quality legal advice to the Government of Alberta. Within the Division, the Family and Surrogate Court Litigation Team provides legal services and advice to Children’s Services, Community and Social Services and Maintenance Enforcement. FASCL also acts as the Central Authority with respect to Hague Convention matters (International Child Abduction).

FASCL Calgary is committed to providing excellent legal services to our multiple stakeholders.


Family and Surrogate Court Litigation Calgary (FASCL Calgary) has an exciting opportunity for 2 lawyers to join the Calgary office.

As a member of the team, your key responsibilities will include:

  • Appearing primarily in Provincial Court on child protection applications and trials under the Child, Youth, and Family Enhancement Act;
  • Appearing in Queen’s Bench to handle appeals, as necessary, on child protection matters;
  • Managing a busy caseload;
  • Reviewing and assessing documents for disclosure;
  • Providing advice and support to the client with respect to child protection issues; and
  • Drafting clear, concise, and accurate legal opinions.

In order to be the successful candidate, you should have knowledge and experience in handling child protection matters.

In addition, you should have:

  • Exceptional oral advocacy skills;
  • Trial experience;
  • Familiarity and experience in Provincial Court and Queen’s Bench with child protection matters;
  • Excellent negotiation and alternate dispute resolution skills;
  • Effective problem solving and interpersonal skills;
  • Exceptional relationship building skills with clients and stakeholders;
  • Ability to think strategically;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Knowledge of the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act; and
  • Strong commitment to the Vision and Values of the Alberta Public Service.

This position may involve travel outside of Calgary to other judicial centres, e.g. Lethbridge and Medicine Hat, to handle child protection files.


Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or Juris Doctor (JD). The candidates must be active members or must have immediate eligibility for full membership with the Law Society of Alberta.

Experience in handling child protection matters will be considered a strong asset.

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviours that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process. The link below will assist you with understanding competencies:

Creative Problem Solving: Ability to gather information from varied sources, analyze and interpret information to formulate reports and make decisions related to case planning.

Agility: Ability to prioritize competing workload pressures in an effective manner and contribute to the organizational goals.

Drive for Results: Sets and accomplishes goals and priorities in order to deliver outcomes consistent with departmental objectives and directives.

Build Collaborative Environment: Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with a variety of teams within the workplace, community and other Government ministries/agencies to meet client and ministry goals and objectives.

Develop Networks: Ability to interact positively, build relationships and work effectively with others.


Classification and salary will be determined based on candidate's qualifications.

Below is the minimum number of years required for each classification:
Legal Counsel 1 (up to 4 years of related experience): $3,055.53 - 3,936.73 bi-weekly.

Legal Counsel 2 (4 years to 13 years of related experience): $4,391.03 - $5,600.88 bi-weekly.

Legal Counsel 3 (more than 11 years of related experience): $5,535.55 - $6,467.12 bi-weekly


Hours of work: Monday – Friday, 8:15 am - 4:30 pm (36.25/week).

Positions Currently available:

  • 1 permanent position
  • 1 temporary (14 months) position

This competition may be used to fill current and future permanent and temporary vacancies within the Government of Alberta.

Final candidates will be asked to undergo a security screening.

What we offer:

  • Working for the Alberta Public Service –
  • Comprehensive benefits plan:
  • Pension plan:
    • Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) –
    • Management Employees Pension Plan (MEPP) –
  • Health Spending Account:
  • Leadership and mentorship programs
  • Professional learning and development
  • Positive workplace culture and work-life balance
  • Opportunity to participate in flexible work arrangements such as working from home up to two days per week and modified work schedule agreements
  • Research Alberta Public Service Careers tool –

Please outline how your experience as it relates to the qualifications in detail in your cover letter. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

How To Apply

If you are not currently an employee with the Government of Alberta, the first step in applying for a job is creating your candidate profile within our online application system,

Existing employees should access the Career tile in 1GX to submit their application in order to be recognized as an internal applicant.

Once you have created your candidate profile, visit the Alberta Public Service job site to apply for jobs at

Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience and relevant examples of required competencies.

Resources for applicants:

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)

Closing Statement

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, and/or require a disability related accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact Veronica Noronha, TAS Administrator at

If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check