This employment opportunity is open to all applicants.
The Government of Nunavut was selected as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People and recent graduates in 2021. With one of the fastest growing and youngest populations in Canada, Nunavut is a dynamic, vibrant territory, committed to becoming an even better place for future generations. As a government, we are strengthening our unique model of governance - one that integrates Inuit societal values, promotes use of the Inuktut language, achieves a representative public service, and collaborates with partners to achieve the promise of Nunavut. Successful applicants will enjoy a competitive salary, medical and dental benefits, a defined benefit pension plan, relocation privileges and opportunities for training and career advancement.
Legal Counsel works within the Legal and Constitutional Law Division of the Department of Justice. Under the general direction of the Deputy Minister of Justice and the Director of Legal and Constitutional Law the incumbent will provide legal services to Cabinet, all government departments and certain public agencies. This position also represents the interests of the Government of Nunavut in all court and tribunal proceedings, in intergovernmental and other negotiations.
Incumbents to the position will provide legal services in relation to commercial law matters, including drafting and reviewing major contracts, contribution agreements, and templates for use by various government departments. Incumbents will also provide legal advice and services in relation government procurement, labour and employment law, the Nunavut Agreement, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The successful candidate must have a Common Law degree (e.g., JD, or LLB) from a recognized Canadian University or have received a Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. Incumbent must be eligible for unrestricted membership in the Law Society of Nunavut and/or be a member in good standing of a Provincial or Territorial Bar. The incumbent will demonstrate excellent written and oral English language skills, sound judgment, and keen understanding of clients’ interests and needs. Typically, the above would be attained by at least two (2) years’ experience doing either similar legal work or work of a type and breadth which demonstrates competence in a Government Legal Counsel environment. Experience in one or more of the following areas: Corporate Commercial Law, Litigation, Environmental Law, Construction Law would be an asset. This is a Position of Trust and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check is required.
The Official Languages of Nunavut are Inuktut, English and French. Applicants may submit their resume in any of the official languages of Nunavut. Fluency in more than one of Nunavut’s official languages would be considered an asset. Knowledge of Inuit communities, culture, land, Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, Inuktut and experience working in a northern cross-cultural environment are also considered assets.
An eligibility list may be created to fill future vacancies.
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- The Government of Nunavut is committed to creating a representative workforce, therefore priority will be given to Nunavut Inuit who self-identify as being enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement in accordance with the Priority Hiring Policy.
- Government of Nunavut employees serving a probationary period must obtain and provide written authorization from the deputy head of their employing department. The authorization from the deputy head must accompany your application for your application to be considered.
- Possession of a criminal record may not disqualify candidates from being considered. An assessment of the criminal record will be measured against the scope and duties of the position. This is only a requirement for positions that require a satisfactory criminal record or vulnerable sector check.
- Applicants may submit their resume in any of the Official Languages of Nunavut.
- Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
- The onus is on candidates in receipt of foreign post-secondary education credentials to have their foreign credentials assessed through a recognized Canadian education institution. Failure to do so may result in the rejection of their application.