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LG CNSL 2/3 - Legislative Counsel

Requisition #:  40024
Department: Ministry of Justice AG
Ministry Branch / Division: Legal Services Branch/Office of Legislative Counsel
Posting Close Date: 2017-03-23
Location: Victoria
Multiple Locations:
Job Type: Regular Full Time
Category: Court and Judicial Services
Job Profile: JD_LegCounsel2_3.docx
Job Summary:

Legislative Counsel
Salary (based on year of call):

Legal Counsel Level 02: $108,412.00 - $140,596.80 annually (years of call 2011 to 2006)
Legal Counsel Level 03: $144,776.05 - $166,254.06 annually (years of call 2005 or greater)
An eligibility list may be established

The Office of the Legislative Counsel is part of the Legal Services Branch of the Ministry of Justice. While the Branch’s role generally is to be legal advisor to the government of British Columbia, the task of the Office is to assist government in meeting its legislative objectives and, since most major policy goals require legislation, the task can be a daunting one.  Lawyers with the Office draft both government Bills and executive legislation and advise government on the legislative process and the interpretation of legislation.
As a Legislative Counsel, you deal with legal and legislative matters of significant financial, social and political importance to the Province of British Columbia.
You are able to assist your client with the task of transforming policy objectives into clearly expressed statements of law.  In doing so, you are able to assist in refining those policy objectives by providing advice that is both creative and practical, conceptually coherent and legally sound.  You nurture good working relationships with government officials, knowing that teamwork and a collegial environment help produce the best possible results.  While your practice is highly specialized and demanding, your flexibility and your excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, allow you to manage challenging files and competing priorities with tact and discretion.

For a full description of accountabilities and qualifications, please review the attached job profile. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Corinne.Swystun@gov.bc.ca. DO NOT APPLY TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.

In addition to applying through the BC Public Service Recruitment System, you must email a copy of your cover letter and resume to Gayle Moore, Legislative Program Coordinator, at gayle.moore@gov.bc.ca in order to be considered for this position. This is a required part of your application.

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NOTE:  Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.


 To be considered for this position, your resume must clearly demonstrate the following:

- You are a member in good standing with the Law Society of British Columbia or are eligible for admission to the Law Society of British Columbia;

- You have at least 5 years’ legislative drafting experience in either an Office of Legislative Counsel or an Office of Parliamentary Counsel (that is, 5 years’ experience writing legislation). 

This position is intended for legal counsel who have 10 to 15 years of practice experience, but other candidates will also be considered.

Successful completion of enhanced security screening requirements of the BC Public Service, which may include a Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) check.


Cover letter required:  YES - You must include with your application a cover letter that details why you are interested in this position and how your skills meet our requirements. Your cover letter and resume should be submitted as one document in your profile when applying for this position. Please note that your cover letter and resume will be evaluated as part of the shortlisting process.

Resume required:  YES - Prior to submitting your application for this opportunity, update your resume profile by using the copy and paste function to add your resume. Your resume should provide detailed information about your education and employment history as it relates to the required job qualifications. Include the month and year(s) for each work employment history as well as the job related responsibilities.

Questionnaire required:  YES – the questionnaire will be used for screening of required qualifications (education, experience, designations, etc).  Note:  Your resume, submitted through your online profile, may be used to support the information you provide in your questionnaire.

IMPORTANT: The online questionnaire cannot be saved and will time out after 60 minutes. You will need to complete the questionnaire and submit your application within 60 minutes or you will lose any information you have entered. Further instructions are provided in the questionnaire and are also available on the Resources for Applicants page on MyHR.



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