Legal Counsel Manager
This position is excluded from union membership.
Travel between Vancouver and Victoria is a requirement for this position.
An eligibility list may be established.
A great opportunity for a proven legal leader to provide leadership to a dynamic and experienced group of litigators, paralegals, and professional staff in a team-based environment.
Legal Services Branch (LSB) supports the Attorney General as the legal advisor to the government of British Columbia and ensures that the administration of public affairs is carried out in accordance with the law. LSB’s organizational structure consists of five different legal groups. Areas of legal advice provided by LSB include but are not limited to: constitutional law; Aboriginal law; resource, environment and land law; revenue and taxation law; health and social services law; finance, commercial and transportation law; justice and education law; and labour, employment and human rights law. LSB also provides civil, constitutional and Aboriginal litigation services. LSB has approximately 550 staff members, including legal and legislative counsel and professional staff.
In this newly-created leadership position, the Supervising Counsel – Litigation Group will ensure the provision of consistent and high-quality legal services in the areas of civil litigation as well as constitutional and administrative law. The Supervising Counsel – Litigation Group will be accountable for the direct supervision and performance management of staff, including Deputy Supervising Counsel and Legal Office Managers in the Litigation Group, and will report directly to the Chief of Legal Operations. The Supervising Counsel – Litigation Group will oversee and provide strategic direction on specific litigation files, litigation strategy, legal issues and overall management of the Litigation Group; mentorship of Deputy Supervising Counsel and legal counsel of the Litigation Group; oversee client relations and development; ensure that clients, issues and projects receive appropriate attention and resources; and ensure that resources are allocated effectively and efficiently. We are looking for an innovative leader and tactical thinker, focused on quality, consistency and staying apprised of significant legal actions and files involving the government. The Supervising Counsel – Litigation Group will inform the Chief of Legal Operations of the status of legal affairs and provide guidance to LSB and government on legal matters. A member of the Group Supervisor Committee, the Supervising Counsel – Litigation Group will contribute to the efficient and effective operationalization of LSB’s strategic plan, policies, management structures and service models, which enable LSB to provide responsive and high-quality legal services.
The successful candidate will be a member of (or be eligible for immediate membership in) the Law Society of British Columbia with at least ten years of Call to the Bar. The successful candidate will have a broad knowledge of the law, including a detailed knowledge of government and public law, and an understanding of the importance and value of independent legal advice. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a commitment to the provision of high quality and timely legal services in a government setting. Supervising Counsel – Litigation Group must possess a record of excellence as a lawyer; exceptional problem-solving skills with a results-focus; demonstrated competency in leading and managing others; a record of strategic orientation and an ability to understand complex issues and devise strategies that meet the client’s interests; and outstanding skills in communication.
The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.
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NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:
- Membership in good standing with the Law Society of British Columbia or eligible for immediate membership, with at least 10 years of Call to the Bar.
- Significant experience in a supervisory role, including the direct supervision and performance management of lawyers and professional staff, and overseeing and directing the provision of high quality and efficient legal services in a litigation environment.
- Five years of recent (within the last 10 years) leadership experience identifying and setting priorities, including planning and allocating resources, demonstrating independent judgement and decision-making authority in a litigation environment.
- At least five years of experience in the conduct of civil litigation.
- Experience in the provision of high quality and timely legal services in a government setting.
- Experience and knowledge in the areas of constitutional and administrative law
Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.
A criminal records review act check and enhanced security screening will be required.
Cover Letter: YES – A cover letter is required as part of your application. The content and/or format of your cover letter may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.
Resume: YES – Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.
Questionnaire: YES – You will be required to answer a standard questionnaire.