Director of Legal Services Branch

  • Manitoba Government
  • Nov 08, 2023
Full time Lawyer (Public Sector)

Job Description

Director of Legal Services Branch


Manitoba Justice

Legal Services Branch, Crown Law

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Advertisement Number: 41980

Salary Range: $155,749.00 - $171,145.00 per year

Closing Date: December 1, 2023


The Manitoba government recognizes the importance of building an exemplary public service reflective of the citizens it serves, where diverse abilities, backgrounds, cultures, identities, languages and perspectives drives a high standard of service and innovation. The Manitoba government supports equitable employment practices and promotes representation of designated groups (women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities).


Employment Equity is a factor in selection for this competition. Consideration will be given to women, Indigenous people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.


An eligibility list may be created for similar positions and will remain in effect for 12 months.

The Legal Services Branch (LSB) of Manitoba Justice functions as the law firm to the Government of Manitoba.  LSB employs a team of talented lawyers who strive to provide exceptional legal services in a collegial and dynamic environment.  LSB assists the Attorney General to fulfill their constitutional and statutory responsibilities as chief legal advisor to government and to ensure the administration of public affairs is in accordance with the law. 

Reporting to the Assistant Deputy Attorney General, the Director of Legal Services Branch provides leadership, direction, and management for the delivery of comprehensive, high quality civil legal services to the whole of government.  The Director is responsible for the efficient operation of the Branch including program budgets and priorities and the allocation of resources.  The position will interest an individual who thrives on complex, highly engaging legal issues, who works well with a dynamic team of professionals and who enjoys collaborating with decision-makers to achieve objectives in the public interest.

The Director of LSB holds an important position within government, being at the forefront of providing legal support and advice to senior officials in respect of policy and program initiatives that impact Manitobans.  LSB provides legal services that cover a wide range of legal issues including in the areas of Aboriginal law, access to information and privacy, administrative law, civil litigation, constitutional law, corporate and commercial, family law, information technology, international law, legislative review, and policy development.


Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Must be a member in good standing or eligible for immediate membership with the Law Society of Manitoba. 
  • Satisfactory Enhanced Internal Security Screening (Level IV), which includes a satisfactory Criminal Record Check, Vulnerable Sector Check and searches of the Adult Abuse Registry and Child Abuse Registry.



  • Extensive experience in developing and providing policy and legal advice to senior officials. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills reflected in an ability to establish and manage collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including Deputy Ministers and other senior leaders. 
  • Experience as a leader working in a diverse organization, with a commitment to the ongoing development of a strong and effective team. 
  • Ability to respond flexibly to changing circumstances.
  • Superior verbal communication skills 
  • Superior written communication skills 
  • Strong political acumen 
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines.
  • Experience in strategic planning, including determining and setting priorities to meet organizational objectives. 
  • A positive attitude with an ability to motivate others toward the achievement of a vision and goals.



  • Direct, coordinate and support counsel to deliver high quality legal advice and services, consistent with a whole of government perspective.
  • Lead the assignment of work to counsel.
  • Manage client requests.
  • Liaise with government departments and other clients to maintain relationships and respond to client needs.
  • Work with senior government officials to ensure that quality legal advice is provided in a timely manner.
  • Present to senior leaders on important legal and policy issues, as required.
  • Oversee and efficiently manage the financial and human resources of the Legal Services Branch, with financial and administrative support staff.
  • Support the Assistant Deputy Attorney General to brief government and meet reporting responsibilities of the department on legal, financial, and other matters, as required.




Advertisement No. 41980

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We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.