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Legal Counsel

January 26 2020
Categories Legal, Paralegal, Administrative, Public, Regulatory, Govt., In-house, Industry, Contract administrator
Iqaluit, NU

Legal Counsel

(multiple positions)


Department of Justice

Several opportunities are available for experienced lawyers to join the Government of Nunavut (GN) as Legal Counsel within the Legal and Constitutional Law Division.

Based in Iqaluit, NU, and working under the general direction of the Deputy Minister of Justice, the Assistant Deputy Attorney General, and the Director of Legal and Constitutional Law, you'll provide legal services to Cabinet, all government departments and certain public agencies, as well as represent the interests of the GN in all court and tribunal proceedings, and in intergovernmental and other negotiations.

More specifically, you'll provide legal services in relation to commercial law matters, including drafting and reviewing major contracts, contribution agreements, and templates for use by various government departments. As Legal Counsel, you'll also provide legal advice and services in relation to government procurement, labour and employment law, the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Your profile as a qualified Legal Counsel will include the following highlights:

  • A Common Law degree from a recognized Canadian university, or a Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.
  • Eligibility for membership in the Law Society of Nunavut and/or membership in good standing with a Provincial or Territorial Bar.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral English language skills.
  • Sound judgment, and a keen understanding of clients' interests and needs.
  • At least two (2) years' experience doing either similar legal work or work of a type and breadth that demonstrates competence in a Government Legal Counsel environment.
  • Equivalencies that consist of an acceptable combination of education and experience may be considered.


  • Fluency in more than one of Nunavut's official languages (Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, English and French).
  • Knowledge of the Inuit language, communities, culture and land, and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit.


  • This is a Position of Trust and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check is required.

Compensation & benefits: This position is not included in the Nunavut Employees Union, and offers a salary range of $110,591 to $148,356 per annum, commensurate with experience, plus a Northern Allowance of $15,016 per annum. Note: Subsidized staff housing is available.

Stepping forward together

With one of the fastest growing and youngest populations in Canada, Nunavut is a dynamic, vibrant territory, committed to becoming an even better place for future generations. As a government, we are strengthening our unique model of governance – one that integrates Inuit societal values, promotes use of the Inuit language, achieves a representative public service, engages with circumpolar neighbours, and collaborates with partners to achieve the promise of Nunavut. As an employer, we're enhancing local education and training initiatives while continuing to provide exciting career opportunities in a unique environment. Join us as we step forward together.

For more information and to apply

If you are interested in one of these opportunities as Legal Counsel (Reference #05-505832), please contact us or send your resume, by midnight (EST), February 28, 2020, using one of the following methods: Department of Human Resources, Government of Nunavut, P.O. Box 1000, Station 430, Iqaluit, Nunavut  X0A 0H0. Tel: 867-975-6222. Toll Free: 1-888-668-9993. Fax: 867-975-6220. E-mail: ****@***.**.** Please include the REFERENCE # in the subject line of your e-mail. Job descriptions may be obtained by fax or e-mail, or online. Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Note: An eligibility list may be created to fill future vacancies. Applicants may submit their resume in the Official Language of their choice (i.e., Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, English or French).

The Government of Nunavut is committed to creating a more representative workforce so it can better understand and serve the needs of Nunavummiut. Priority will be given to Nunavut Inuit. Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Nunavut Priority Hiring Policy. Employment in some positions requires an acceptable criminal record check. Possession of a criminal record will not necessarily disqualify candidates from further consideration.

For position details in French or Inuktitut, please visit the Government of Nunavut website at network