This is a Position of Trust and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check is required.
As per HRM Directive 518, this employment opportunity is restricted to Government of Nunavut employees only.
Receiving general direction from the Director of Policy and Planning, the Policy Counsel works within the Policy and Planning Division and provides strategic legal and policy advice, analysis and policy support to the Department of Justice and the Minister. Work is assigned by the Director of Policy and Planning and/or the Deputy Minister of Justice. The incumbent is often the Department of Justice representative when participating in policy and strategy formulation in partnership with national working groups and the development of legislative proposals pertaining to Justice priorities. The Policy Counsel works independently on a wide range of matters, and works independtly with clients. The incumbent is also responsible to represent the Division, Department, and Government of Nunavut at senior legal working groups, and Federal Provincial Territorial meetings and working groups as required
The Policy Counsel studies and analyses legal and social issues/trends in many areas of Common Law, including criminal, family, civil, business, administrative, municipal, constitutional, and other areas as tasked and provides comprehensive and professional briefs, opinions and notes as directed. The incumbent researches legal jurisprudence, political and social trends, gathers information, analyses results, and prepares briefing materials and speaking notes for the Minister and the Deputy Minister and for other senior officials as required. As Policy Counsel you’ll also be expected to research Departmental legislative priorities and draft legislative proposals; and conducts public consultation on policy and legislative initiatives.
The candidate must have successfully completed a law degree at a recognized Canadian Law School and must be a member in good standing of a Provincial or Territorial Bar, along with four (4) years related experience, including, but not limited to experience working cooperatively and collegially in a multicultural environment and on senior level working groups addressing complex legal issues; wide-ranging experience in providing clear, concise and comprehensive written analyses and/or advisory documents for senior stakeholders, and in concise and detailed oral presentation of legal and strategic advice. The candidate must meet the provisions of the Legal Profession Act and the Rules of the Law Society of Nunavut and be eligible for a Call to the Bar of Nunavut within a reasonable period of time
The Official Languages of Nunavut are Inuktitut (Inuinnaqtun), English and French. A capacity to communicate in Inuktitut and/or French would be an asset. Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is an asset.
An eligibility list may be created to fill future vacancies.