Internal/External Posting, Iqaluit, Nunavut, Indeterminate Position
The Legal Counsel will report to the Executive Director providing in-house legal advice to QIA management and governance. The position requires the ability to draft and review contracts, agreements, resolutions, correspondence, policy as well as preparing briefing notes, legal opinions and conducting legal research. The Legal Counsel will support project management of legal issues and coordinate external legal counsel working with QIA.
The Legal Counsel will work closely with the President, Executive Director and other QIA management to examine legal and policy issues. As in-house counsel, the Legal Counsel is a trusted advisor to QIA’s leadership, supporting the management of legal risk. This involves using sound professional judgement, advice from external counsel, appropriate legal research, as well as interpretation and analysis of the Nunavut Agreement, federal or territorial statute, regulation or case law.
The Legal Counsel will be QIA’s in-house legal resource for matters relating to corporate governance, procurement, human resources, contract and lease management. The Legal Counsel will also provide advice on matters involving the Nunavut Agreement, QIA bylaws, resolutions or policy where required. The Legal Counsel will be QIA’s focal point for litigation and regulatory matters, in close coordination with colleagues that possess relevant subject matter expertise and acting on instruction from the Executive Director. The Legal Counsel will monitor and advise on compliance issues where appropriate.
The Legal Counsel may be part of a larger legal team including external counsel. Where required, the Legal Counsel will be required to coordinate efforts with third parties external to QIA to navigate, negotiate, implement and resolve legal issues and agreements.
The ideal candidate will have:
- 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 eligible to be admitted to membership of the Law Society of Nunavut within a reasonable time
- Minimum 4 years’ experience preferred in the practice of law relevant to the type or breadth of in-house counsel.
- Familiarity with the Nunavut Agreement, modern treaties, Aboriginal law, indigenous legal orders, in-house legal practice.
- Wide-ranging experience in providing clear, concise and comprehensive written analysis and/or advisory documents
- Experience working in a cross-cultural environment
- Experience working with Federal Government, Nunavut Government, Hamlet Government, Community Organizations and Groups
Preference will be given to Inuit enrolled with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. in the Qikiqtani Region.
Applications can be delivered by fax, email, in person, or mail to:
Qikiqtani Inuit Association
Igluvut building, 2nd floor
P.O. Box 1340
Iqaluit, NU X0A 0H0
Tel: (867) 975-8400
Fax: (867) 979-3238
Internal: August 28, 2019 5:00 EST
External: September 6, 2019 5:00 EST