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Legal Counsel III, IV or V

July 24 2020
Industries Public administration
Categories Legal, Paralegal, Administrative, Public, Regulatory, Govt.
Yellowknife, NT



Legal Counsel III, IV or V,

Department of Justice, Government of Northwest Territories

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Department Information

The mandate of the Department of Justice is to administer justice, including policing, community justice, victims services and corrections in the Northwest Territories. This mandate will be carried out in a manner which respects community and indigenous values and encourages communities to assume increasing responsibilities.


Job Information

Legal Division provides legal advice and representation to all government departments and specified public agencies. Our lawyers conduct litigation, participate in regulatory and administrative law hearings, practice in a variety of areas including real estate, corporate/commercial, Aboriginal law, Constitutional and human rights, labour and employment, provide legal opinions and advice, and conduct prosecutions of territorial offences. Legal Division does not provide direct services to the public.

We are seeking one (1) Legal Counsel with a minimum of five (5) years' relevant practicing experience to provide advice and services to departments and public agencies of the GNWT, primarily as a solicitor.

Responsibilities vary but will include a major emphasis on:

(a) reviewing and drafting of a wide variety of documents such as contracts, agreements, memoranda of understanding and requests for proposals/calls for tender, including for use in connection with corporate, commercial, procurement and real estate transactions;

(b) rendering legal opinions on a variety of subjects, including access to information and protection of privacy issues, real and personal property, corporate and commercial issues, procurement issues, statutory interpretation issues, constitutional issues, administrative law issues, environmental and regulatory issues and Indigenous law issues;

(c) and possibly the provision of legal advice to the GNWT in connection with Indigenous land claim/self-government negotiations as a member of one or more negotiation teams. 

Responsibilities may also include a minor emphasis on litigation of a wide variety of matters before courts, tribunals and arbitrators in relation to claims by or against the GNWT and certain of its public agencies.

Candidates must be eligible for membership in the Law Society of the Northwest Territories and must have five (5) or more years' relevant experience that demonstrates legal competencies required to meet the demands of a government legal services environment.  The position requires excellent analytical, research, communication, writing, interpersonal and practice management skills.

The position requires the ability to analyze the legal impact of significant issues. The successful candidate will be expected to work independently on matters of recognized complexity and the majority of the work is assigned in a general way by the Director of Legal Division. Some travel will be required, depending on responsibilities assigned.


A Law Degree as well as a minimum of five (5) years' relevant practicing experience, particularly in the Northwest Territories, a high level of knowledge and expertise in the law, and the respect of clients and colleagues. 

Candidates must be members in good standing of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories (LSNT) or be immediately eligible for membership in the LSNT. Evidence of membership in the LSNT is a prerequisite to employment.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary for this position ranges from $62.57 per hour to $85.80 per hour (approximately $122,011.50 - $167,310.00 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.00.



Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.


Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.


Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # : 18637         

Closing Date: August 16, 2020 - 23:59, Mountain Time

Inquiries Only:

Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
BOX 1320 YELLOWKNIFE NT X1A 2L9 network