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Staff Lawyer Position – Yarmouth

NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION

STAFF LAWYER

Available Position: 12 Month Contract
Location: Yarmouth – 164 Main Street, Suite 204
Salary: Staff Lawyer Pay Plan Policy- Based on Relevant Experience
Closing Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Who we are:

Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission (NSLAC) delivers legal aid services throughout the Province, providing some level of help to all Nova Scotians with a focus on assisting those who are vulnerable and historically disadvantaged.  NSLAC’s focus is in the practice areas of criminal, family and social justice law.

NSLAC employs Staff Lawyers in 23 offices throughout the Province.  Staff Lawyers help thousands of clients every year and spend a majority of their time in court. They are committed to helping overcome historical barriers to access to justice.  Staff Lawyers have litigated many important cases to protect the rights of individuals.

Primary Functions:

The Staff Lawyer filling this position will have a mixed practice providing advice and legal representation on a broad range of criminal and family matters in Provincial Court, Family Court and Supreme Court. They will also provide services in relation to social justice matters, including those relating to income and housing. The lawyer will give legal opinions, file legal documents, attend court proceedings, participate in mediation sessions and offer useful advice to clients. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in community outreach and will deliver legal education in the areas of family, criminal, social justice law and related procedures.

Ideal Abilities and Skills:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of relevant criminal law, family law legislation and social justice law.
  • Ability to manage a high caseload.
  • Be able to work with clients who have complex needs, creatively problem solves and works independently in a fast paced environment as well as part of a team.
  • Must be skilled in negotiation, debate and persuasion techniques.
  • Compliance with NSLAC’s policies and procedures.
  • Training or advocacy experience in relation to mental health issues.
  • Demonstrated time management and ability to deal with conflicting priorities and deadlines.
  • Ability to investigate facts, identify issues, ascertain organizational objectives, consider alternative solutions, analyze risk and advise clients.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to communicate in French and English is an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to use latest communication technologies including Smartphones.
  • Experience and proficiency with computer software packages including legal research applications, MS Word and Outlook or equivalents.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD) Degree.
  • Practicing member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (and/or any other provincial law society).

Our goal is to be a diverse and accessible workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. We encourage qualified individuals from historically disadvantaged groups, including Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible persons, persons with disabilities, retirees and women in positions where they are underrepresented. Applicants from these groups wishing to self-identify may do so on their cover letter or resume.

If you are talented, hardworking and want to be a member of a team that is highly experienced, very caring, dedicated and committed to their clients, we’d like to hear from you.

Please indicate position title and whether you are an internal or external applicant in the posting in the email subject line. Please send your resume and cover letter to NSLA-Careers@nslegalaid.ca

While we appreciate receiving all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  All applications will be held in strict confidence.

Staff Lawyer Position – Halifax

NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION

STAFF LAWYER

Available Position: 4 Month Contract
Location: Halifax- 7001 Mumford Road, Suite 100
Salary: Staff Lawyer Pay Plan Policy- Based on Relevant Experience
Closing Date: Monday, February 3, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Who we are:

Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission (NSLAC) delivers legal aid services throughout the Province, providing some level of help to all Nova Scotians with a focus on assisting those who are vulnerable and historically disadvantaged.  NSLAC’s focus is in the practice areas of criminal, family and social justice law.

NSLAC employs Staff Lawyers in 23 offices throughout the Province.  Staff Lawyers help thousands of clients every year and spend a majority of their time in court. They are committed to helping overcome historical barriers to access to justice.  Staff Lawyers have litigated many important cases to protect the rights of individuals.

Primary Functions:

The Staff Lawyer filling this position will have a family law practice providing advice and legal representation on a broad range of matters in Supreme Court Family Division. The lawyer will give legal opinions, file legal documents, attend court proceedings, participate in case conferences/mediation sessions and offer useful advice to clients. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in community outreach and will deliver legal education in the areas of family law and related procedures.

Ideal Abilities and Skills:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of relevant family law legislation.
  • Ability to manage a high caseload.
  • Be able to work with clients who have complex needs, creatively problem solves and works independently in a fast paced environment as well as part of a team.
  • Must be skilled in negotiation, debate and persuasion techniques.
  • Compliance with NSLAC’s policies and procedures.
  • Training or advocacy experience in relation to mental health issues.
  • Demonstrated time management and ability to deal with conflicting priorities and deadlines.
  • Ability to investigate facts, identify issues, ascertain organizational objectives, consider alternative solutions, analyze risk and advise clients.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to communicate in French and English is an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to use latest communication technologies including Smartphones.
  • Experience and proficiency with computer software packages including legal research applications, MS Word and Outlook or equivalents.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD) Degree.
  • Practicing member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (and/or any other provincial law society).

Our goal is to be a diverse and accessible workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. We encourage qualified individuals from historically disadvantaged groups, including Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible persons, persons with disabilities, retirees and women in positions where they are underrepresented. Applicants from these groups wishing to self-identify may do so on their cover letter or resume.

If you are talented, hardworking and want to be a member of a team that is highly experienced, very caring, dedicated and committed to their clients, we’d like to hear from you.

Please indicate position title and whether you are an internal or external applicant in the posting in the email subject line. Please send your resume and cover letter to NSLA-Careers@nslegalaid.ca

While we appreciate receiving all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  All applications will be held in strict confidence.

Senior Financial Services Officer – Executive Office

NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION

SENIOR FINANCIAL SERVICES OFFICER

Available Position: Full Time, Permanent
Location: 902-1701 Hollis Street, Halifax, NS, B3J 3M8
Salary: TE 24
Closing Date: Friday, January 31, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Who we are:

Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission (NSLAC) delivers legal aid services throughout the Province, providing some level of help to all Nova Scotians with a focus on assisting those who are vulnerable and historically disadvantaged.  NSLAC’s focus is in the practice areas of criminal, family and social justice law.

Primary Functions:

Reporting to the Director of Finance, the Senior Financial Services Officer provides comprehensive financial support and assists in the delivery of financial services and financial reporting to NSLAC. This position will provide professional advice and recommendations to internal and external clients and has a broad range of knowledge relating to financial activities.

This role’s primary responsibilities are:

  • Financial administration and services.
  • Prepare and analyze monthly financial reports including financial statements.
  • Reporting and oversight of lawyers’ Trust accounts.
  • Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable.
  • Maintain the General Ledger.
  • Analyze financial information, accounting processes and operations procedures; provide account reconciliations.
  • Assess risk, controls, operational performance and adherence to GAAP.
  • Payroll and benefits.
  • Facilitate external and internal audits.
  • Budget management.
  • Relationship management with internal and external clients.

Ideal Abilities and Skills:

  • Excellent knowledge in all aspects of accounting, finance procedures, preparing reports and generally accepted accounting/auditing principles.
  • Compliance with NSLAC’s policies and procedures.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Capacity to work under pressure of deadlines and multiple competing priorities which may require flexibility.
  • Ability to work independently, to take initiative, and to use judgment in matters of extreme confidentiality and sensitivity.
  • Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Office including Excel and accounting software. Sage 300 experience would be considered an asset.
  • Payroll experience would be considered an asset.

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in accounting, finance or business. A combination of education, training and experience deemed to be equivalent will be considered.
  • Completion of or currently working toward of a CPA designation would be an asset.
  • Minimum 6 years related experience.

Our goal is to be a diverse and accessible workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. We encourage qualified individuals from historically disadvantaged groups, including Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible persons, persons with disabilities, retirees and women in positions where they are underrepresented. Applicants from these groups wishing to self-identify may do so on their cover letter or resume.

If you are talented, hardworking and want to be a member of a team that is highly experienced, very caring, dedicated and committed to their clients, we would like to hear from you.

Please indicate position title and whether you are an internal or external applicant in the posting in the email subject line. Please send your resume and cover letter to NSLA-Careers@nslegalaid.ca

While we appreciate receiving all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  All applications will be held in strict confidence.

Financial Services Officer – Executive Office

NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION

FINANCIAL SERVICES OFFICER

Available Position: Full Time, Permanent
Location: 902-1701 Hollis Street, Halifax, NS, B3J 3M8
Salary: TE 22
Closing Date: Friday, January 31, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Who we are:

Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission (NSLAC) delivers legal aid services throughout the Province, providing some level of help to all Nova Scotians with a focus on assisting those who are vulnerable and historically disadvantaged.  NSLAC’s focus is in the practice areas of criminal, family and social justice law.

Primary Functions:

Reporting to the Director of Finance, the Financial Services Officer provides comprehensive financial support and assists in the delivery of financial services to NSLAC. This position will provide professional advice and recommendations to internal and external clients and has a broad range of knowledge relating to financial activities.

This role’s primary responsibilities are:

  • Financial administration and services.
  • General accounting.
  • Accounts Payable  and Accounts Receivable.
  • Maintenance of private lawyer database of outstanding cases.
  • Accounts receivable including benefit billings and contribution agreements.
  • Banking including reconciliations and deposits.
  • Payroll and benefits.
  • Purchasing activities.
  • Maintenance of accounting system/general ledger.
  • Budget management services.

Ideal Abilities and Skills:

  • Excellent knowledge in all aspects of accounting, finance procedures, preparing reports and generally accepted accounting/auditing principles.
  • Compliance with NSLAC’s policies and procedures.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Capacity to work under pressure of deadlines and multiple competing priorities which may require flexibility.
  • Ability to work independently, to take initiative, and to use judgment in matters of extreme confidentiality and sensitivity.
  • Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Office including Excel and accounting software.  Sage 300 experience would be considered an asset.
  • Payroll experience would be considered an asset.

Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education such as an undergraduate degree or diploma or a combination of education, training and experience deemed to be equivalent will be considered.
  • Minimum 5 years related experience.

Our goal is to be a diverse and accessible workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. We encourage qualified individuals from historically disadvantaged groups, including Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible persons, persons with disabilities, retirees and women in positions where they are underrepresented. Applicants from these groups wishing to self-identify may do so on their cover letter or resume.

If you are talented, hardworking and want to be a member of a team that is highly experienced, very caring, dedicated and committed to their clients, we would like to hear from you.

Please indicate position title and whether you are an internal or external applicant in the posting in the email subject line. Please send your resume and cover letter to NSLA-Careers@nslegalaid.ca

While we appreciate receiving all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  All applications will be held in strict confidence.

Staff Lawyer Position – Bridgewater

NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION

STAFF LAWYER

Available Position: 12 Month Contract
Location: Bridgewater – 141 High Street, Suite 202
Salary: Staff Lawyer Pay Plan Policy – Based on Relevant Experience
Closing Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Who we are:

Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission (NSLAC) delivers legal aid services throughout the Province, providing some level of help to all Nova Scotians with a focus on assisting those who are vulnerable and historically disadvantaged.  NSLAC’s focus is in the practice areas of criminal, family and social justice law.

NSLAC employs Staff Lawyers in 23 offices throughout the Province.  Staff Lawyers help thousands of clients every year and spend a majority of their time in court. They are committed to helping overcome historical barriers to access to justice.  Staff Lawyers have litigated many important cases to protect the rights of individuals.

Primary Functions:

The Staff Lawyer filling this position will have a mixed practice providing advice and legal representation on a broad range of criminal and family matters in Provincial Court, Family Court and Supreme Court. They will also provide services in relation to social justice matters, including those relating to income and housing. The lawyer will give legal opinions, file legal documents, attend court proceedings, participate in mediation sessions and offer useful advice to clients. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in community outreach and will deliver legal education in the areas of family, criminal, social justice law and related procedures.

Ideal Abilities and Skills:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of relevant criminal law, family law legislation and social justice law.
  • Ability to manage a high caseload.
  • Be able to work with clients who have complex needs, creatively problem solves and works independently in a fast paced environment as well as part of a team.
  • Must be skilled in negotiation, debate and persuasion techniques.
  • Compliance with NSLAC’s policies and procedures.
  • Training or advocacy experience in relation to mental health issues.
  • Demonstrated time management and ability to deal with conflicting priorities and deadlines.
  • Ability to investigate facts, identify issues, ascertain organizational objectives, consider alternative solutions, analyze risk and advise clients.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to communicate in French and English is an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to use latest communication technologies including Smartphones.
  • Experience and proficiency with computer software packages including legal research applications, MS Word and Outlook or equivalents.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD) Degree.
  • Practicing member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (and/or any other provincial law society).

Our goal is to be a diverse and accessible workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. We encourage qualified individuals from historically disadvantaged groups, including Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible persons, persons with disabilities, retirees and women in positions where they are underrepresented. Applicants from these groups wishing to self-identify may do so on their cover letter or resume.

If you are talented, hardworking and want to be a member of a team that is highly experienced, very caring, dedicated and committed to their clients, we’d like to hear from you.

Please indicate position title and whether you are an internal or external applicant in the posting in the email subject line. Please send your resume and cover letter to NSLA-Careers@nslegalaid.ca

While we appreciate receiving all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  All applications will be held in strict confidence.

Staff Lawyer Position – Antigonish

NOVA SCOTIA LEGAL AID COMMISSION

STAFF LAWYER

Available Position: 12 Month Contract
Location: Antigonish – 70 West Street, Suite 2
Salary: Staff Lawyer Pay Plan Policy – Based on Relevant Experience
Closing Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Who we are:

Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission (NSLAC) delivers legal aid services throughout the Province, providing some level of help to all Nova Scotians with a focus on assisting those who are vulnerable and historically disadvantaged.  NSLAC’s focus is in the practice areas of criminal, family and social justice law.

NSLAC employs Staff Lawyers in 23 offices throughout the Province.  Staff Lawyers help thousands of clients every year and spend a majority of their time in court. They are committed to helping overcome historical barriers to access to justice.  Staff Lawyers have litigated many important cases to protect the rights of individuals.

Primary Functions:

The Staff Lawyer filling this position will have a mixed practice providing advice and legal representation on a broad range of criminal and family matters in Provincial Court, Family Court and Supreme Court. They will also provide services in relation to social justice matters, including those relating to income and housing. The lawyer will give legal opinions, file legal documents, attend court proceedings, participate in mediation sessions and offer useful advice to clients. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in community outreach and will deliver legal education in the areas of family, criminal, social justice law and related procedures.

Ideal Abilities and Skills:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of relevant criminal law, family law legislation and social justice law.
  • Ability to manage a high caseload.
  • Be able to work with clients who have complex needs, creatively problem solves and works independently in a fast paced environment as well as part of a team.
  • Must be skilled in negotiation, debate and persuasion techniques.
  • Compliance with NSLAC’s policies and procedures.
  • Training or advocacy experience in relation to mental health issues.
  • Demonstrated time management and ability to deal with conflicting priorities and deadlines.
  • Ability to investigate facts, identify issues, ascertain organizational objectives, consider alternative solutions, analyze risk and advise clients.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to communicate in French and English is an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to use latest communication technologies including Smartphones.
  • Experience and proficiency with computer software packages including legal research applications, MS Word and Outlook or equivalents.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD) Degree.
  • Practicing member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (and/or any other provincial law society).

Our goal is to be a diverse and accessible workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. We encourage qualified individuals from historically disadvantaged groups, including Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible persons, persons with disabilities, retirees and women in positions where they are underrepresented. Applicants from these groups wishing to self-identify may do so on their cover letter or resume.

If you are talented, hardworking and want to be a member of a team that is highly experienced, very caring, dedicated and committed to their clients, we’d like to hear from you.

Please indicate position title and whether you are an internal or external applicant in the posting in the email subject line. Please send your resume and cover letter to NSLA-Careers@nslegalaid.ca

While we appreciate receiving all applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  All applications will be held in strict confidence.