Deputy Public Guardian and Trustee
Legal Counsel Level 4
An eligibility list may be established.
The Public Guardian and Trustee (“PGT”) of British Columbia is a corporation sole, created under the Public Guardian and Trustee Act which operates independently under provincial legislation to protect the legal and financial interests of children under the age of 19 years; protect the legal, financial, and in some cases personal and health care interests of adults who require assistance in decision making; and administer the estates of deceased and missing persons. As a result of obligations created by statute, the PGT exercises quasi-judicial authority in specified situations. In addition, the PGT is called upon to provide independent comments to the Court when the legal or financial interests of minors, adults under mental disability or estates are at risk. The PGT is independent of government in its case-related decision making responsibilities.
The Public Guardian and Trustee provides services to approximately 26,000 clients; as a fiduciary manages more than $1 billion in trust on behalf of clients and administers an operating budget of greater than $28 million, with 263 staff in four locations.
As the Deputy Public Guardian and Trustee, you will be accountable for ensuring the Public Guardian and Trustee’s mandate to protect the legal interests of clients is fulfilled, serving as chief legal counsel to the Public Guardian and Trustee and as Executive Director of Legal Services, you provide advice and direction on legal issues. An exceptional communicator with strong interpersonal skills, you will lead a team of in-house lawyers by providing guidance to ensure that professional standards are maintained. Assisting the Public Guardian and Trustee in carrying out its statutory duties under various laws in the estates, trusts, health and adult and property guardianship fields, you will ensure that appropriate legal representation of the Public Guardian and Trustee is provided in all litigation. If you are a professional who is dedicated to providing legal services to protect the legal and financial interests of minors, adults under mental disability and estates that are at risk in British Columbia, then this is the challenge for you.
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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:
- Must be a member of the Law Society of British Columbia in good standing OR immediately eligible for call to the Bar.
- Law Degree
- Legal Counsel Level 4: More than 12 years of call
- Minimum 10 years current practice experience in two of the following areas of law: estates and trusts, personal injury, adult guardianship
- Experience in providing leadership to a team of lawyers
- Experience in managing and leading multiple complex projects simultaneously
- Experience in developing, or contributing to the development of policy, procedures and corporate practices
- Experience in developing and maintaining external stakeholder relationships with professional groups, public bodies and government
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 – As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.
IMPORTANT: Comprehensive questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements. Please ensure you include all relevant information about your educational accomplishments and employment history including job titles, start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and your accountabilities and accomplishments.