Legal Counsel (three positions)

Reference number: 
Type of employment: 
Union Status: 
This position is not included in the Nunavut Employees Union
$104,202 - $139,796
Northern Allowance: 
Subsidized staff housing available
Closing Date: 
October 17, 2014

The Department of Justice is currently seeking an enthusiastic Legal Counsel to work within the Legal and Constitutional Law Division of the Department. Nunavut is an exciting jurisdiction in which to practice law. It is the homeland of the Inuit, and its governance, law and culture reflect that fact. It is a unique legal jurisdiction, a territory created pursuant to the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. Of the provinces and territories, Nunavut is the only one with a majority aboriginal population, and the only one is which both French and English are minority languages. In Nunavut, many issues arise which have simply not arisen before in Canada, and which require creativity and a solution-orientated approach.

Legal Counsel, under the general direction of the Deputy Minister of Justice, the Assistant Deputy Attorney General and the Director of Legal and Constitutional Law, will provide advice that other departments require in order to ensure that their mandates are carried out in accordance with the law. Legal Counsel will assist departments in carrying out their duties by providing legal advisory, regulatory, and transactional assistance. Legal counsel also represents the Government of Nunavut before boards, tribunals and the Nunavut Court of Justice.

The successful candidates(s) will have a common law degree from a recognized Canadian University, and membership in the Law Society of Nunavut and/or be a member in good standing of a Provincial or Territorial Bar. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of and experience in the laws of Canada and Nunavut. Knowledge of Inuit and northern issues is considered an asset, as is familiarity with laws relating to government operations, procurement, and commercial law.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate excellent judgment, as well as good communication, and interpersonal skills.  The ability to communicate in Inuktitut and/or Inuinnaqtun would be an asset.

  • The Government of Nunavut is committed to creating a more representative workforce so it can better understand and serve the needs of Nunavummiut. Priority will be given to Nunavut Land Claims Beneficiaries. 
  • Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Nunavut Priority Hiring Policy. 
  • Employment in some positions requires an acceptable criminal record check. Possession of a criminal record will not necessarily disqualify candidates from further consideration. 
  • Job descriptions may be obtained by fax, email or on the website. 
  • Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Department of Finance (Iqaluit)

Government of Nunavut
PO Box 1000, Station 430, Iqaluit, Nunavut X0A 0H0
Phone: (867) 975-6222
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