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.

2018-2019 Annual Report

The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission’s 2018-19 Annual Report is now available and can be found on the About Us, Legal Aid Publications page, or at this link:  Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission 2018-19 Annual Report

Brandon Rolle – CBC Article – “Atlantic Canada has an enviable problem: its youth jails are emptying out”

Below is a link to the above-noted article wherein Brandon Rolle, Managing Lawyer, HRM Youth Office, talks about successes in approach to youth justice.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/youth-jails-vacant-atlantic-canada-1.5207035?fbclid=IwAR30IZJTLYkh0u256pUSk0qfQqYbXC4kkZ3aUDeru8Go9kKoSUt0UUHV4gI

Gordon Blackmore & Shanisha Grant – Halifax Today Article – “Meet the lawyer helping black communities reclaim their land”

Below is a link to the above-noted article wherein Gordon Blackmore, Halifax Land Title Office, talks about the land title representation that he and Shanisha Grant, Dartmouth Land Title Office, are providing in the communities of North Preston, East Preston, Cherry Brook, Lincolnville, and Summerville.

https://www.halifaxtoday.ca/local-news/meet-the-lawyer-helping-black-communities-reclaim-their-land-1583894

Morgan Manzer – CBC Information Morning – “Navigating 2 identities: Being black and gay in Nova Scotia”

Morgan Manzer, Staff Lawyer, Halifax North Office, participated in a CBC Information Morning Panel on the above-noted. Listen to Morgan’s contribution to this important panel about being black and queer as we celebrate pride: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/black-gay-nova-scotia-panel-1.5208342

R. Gordon Murray, QC Awarded the 2019 J. Michael MacDonald Access to Justice Award

On June 13, 2019, R. Gordon Murray, QC received the 2019 J. Michael MacDonald Access to Justice Award from the Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia. This Award recognizes outstanding contributions to improving access to justice for Nova Scotians who face social and economic barriers.

Gordon was the first Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission and devoted his career to ensuring access to justice for the most vulnerable and historically marginalized people in the Province.  His work has truly had a positive impact on the rights and wellbeing of Nova Scotians.

Gord’s commitment to Nova Scotians served by NS Legal Aid did not end with his retirement as Executive Director in 1994. He has continued to be a valued member of the legal aid team by serving as a Director, continuing on legal aid committees, and serving as a volunteer member of NSLA’s internal Executive Committee. To this day, Gordon is truly generous with his time and his wisdom.

NSLA Social Justice Support Worker Provides Help in Cape Breton

Below is a link to a Cape Breton Post article regarding Nova Scotia Legal Aid’s Social Justice Support Worker in Cape Breton.  https://www.capebretonpost.com/news/local/legal-aid-hires-cape-breton-support-worker-311763/#.XNxjPeSPbgk.facebook

For more information, please listen to the Cape Breton CBC Information Morning interview with Nora MacIntosh, Social Justice Support Worker, at the link below.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/programs/informationmorningcapebreton/cape-breton-s-first-ever-legal-aid-social-justice-support-worker-1.5139989

Get in touch for social justice help in Cape Breton by contacting Nora at 902-563-2295 or toll-free at 1-877-563-2295.

NSLA Indigenous Social Worker at Millbrook Health Fair

On May 16, 2019, Crystal Hill, Indigenous Social Worker, presented at the Millbrook Health Fair. The Fair was a great opportunity to meet with service providers and learn about what they have to offer.

 

Legal Aid Bears in Support of Jordan’s Principle

Pictured below are some of the NSLA Bears in support of Bear Witness Day on May 10, 2019. Further details regarding this great initiative can be found at:  https://fncaringsociety.com/BearWitness

Nova Scotia Legal Aid Hires African Nova Scotian Social Worker for Youth, Criminal and Family Matters

Nova Scotia Legal Aid (NSLA) is pleased to announce its recent hire of Charnell Brooks as our first African Nova Scotian Social Worker (ASW). In this new role as the ASW, Charnell will be responsible for the delivery of social work services to our African Nova Scotian clients. Charnell will provide social work expertise to assist our staff and our African Nova Scotian clients, in particular those involved with the Children and Family Services Act, Criminal Code, Youth Criminal Justice Act, and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Charnell will also be connecting with African Nova Scotian communities and service providers around the Province both to promote the services NSLA can provide and to ensure familiarity with services available to our clients.

On the importance of this new role for NSLA, Executive Director, Megan Longley, QC – ”Given the over-representation of African Nova Scotians in criminal and child protection systems it is essential that our staff are supported in providing the best service to clients and the best information to courts. Until we understand and share the history and cultural context of our clients, barriers to meaningful access to justice will remain in place”.

Charnell Brooks holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Dalhousie University and has over 12 years of experience working with marginalized and vulnerable populations and most recently worked as a social worker with the Department of Community Services. In June 2016, she was asked to present the amended Children and Family Services Act to African Nova Scotia communities.

In its Strategic Plan, NSLA recognizes African Nova Scotians are over-represented in criminal and child protection systems. The historical uniqueness of African Nova Scotian community and experience, which includes generations of systemic racism, means culturally aware and competent service must be delivered to our clients.

The creation of an African Nova Scotian Social Worker (ASW) to work with and support clients in the criminal and child protection systems is supported by a grant from the Law Foundation of Nova Scotia.

For more information, please contact Charlene Moore QC, Service Delivery Director, Nova Scotia Legal Aid at 902-420-6589, email: Charlene.Moore@nslegalaid.ca or visit the Nova Scotia Legal Aid website: www.nslegalaid.ca