Legal Assistant

Manitoba Government - Winnipeg, MB (30+ days ago)

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The Manitoba government recognizes the importance of building an exemplary public service reflective of the citizens it serves, where diverse abilities, backgrounds, cultures, identities, languages and perspectives drives a high standard of service and innovation. The Manitoba government supports equitable employment practices and promotes representation of designated groups (women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities).

Employment Equity is a factor in selection for this competition. Consideration will be given to Indigenous people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

An eligibility list may be created for similar positions and will remain in effect for 12 months.

Legal Services Branch functions as the law firm to the Government of Manitoba. It provides a full range of high quality legal services to all government departments and all agencies, boards, commissions, committees and corporations which do not have their own legal counsel, resulting in an interesting and varied work experience. Legal Services Branch offers a positive working environment and supports flexible work arrangements to help employees balance career and family. Continuous learning, development and training are supported and encouraged.

Conditions of Employment:
Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
Satisfactory Criminal Record Check
Satisfactory Child Abuse Registry Check
Satisfactory Adult Abuse Registry Check
Satisfactory Enhanced Security Screening

Qualifications:Essential:
Extensive related experience performing a full range of legal assistant duties in a civil/family law environment, such as litigation, family law, child protection, corporate commercial and real estate; and performing support duties such as typing, maintaining filing systems, including research and investigative work
Superior written communication skills with experience drafting, proofreading/editing and managing correspondence such as (but not limited to) letters, memos, forms and complex legal documents, such as agreements, transfers of title, closing books, orders, affidavits and briefs
Problem-solving skills with the ability to conduct analysis and handle non-routine issues
Political acumen including the ability to manage confidential and politically sensitive material/situations in an appropriate manner
Excellent organizational and time management skills with ability to work in a high pressure and time sensitive environment to meet conflicting deadlines
Ability to pay attention to detail and ensure accuracy of work
Excellent verbal communication skills with the ability to speak in a clear and concise manner
Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to interact effectively with Ministers, judiciary, senior managers, other departmental staff, external agencies and the general public
Ability to take initiative and work independently with minimal supervision
Ability to work co-operatively and constructively as part of a team
Experience with Microsoft Office Suite or equivalent programs

Desired:
Experience searching Land Titles, Personal Property Registry, Queen's Bench Registry and extra-provincial court registries
Experience using Quicklaw and related internet searches
Successful completion of a legal assistant training program

Duties:
The Legal Assistant is often the first point of contact for clients on many different types of matters and provides administrative support to Crown Counsel. The position is responsible for providing support to two or more Crown counsel by: ensuring files are properly prepared and relevant information is located, analyzed, and brought to the attention of Crown counsel; making inquiries and conducting appropriate searches (e.g. at Court Offices, Land Titles and Registry Offices); preparing correspondence and legal documents, entering time data for legal billing system, scheduling meetings, making travel arrangements and other duties as assigned; maintaining files and document management systems, including organizing and indexing case law, legal opinions, files, precedents and other legal resources.

Apply to:
Advertisement # 35902
Service Centre 1
Human Resource Services
1130-405 Broadway
Winnipeg, MB , R3C 3L6
Phone: 204-945-3204
Fax: 204-948-7373
Email: govjobs@gov.mb.ca

Applicants may request reasonable accommodation related to the materials or activities used throughout the selection process. When applying to this position, please indicate the advertisement number and position title in the subject line and/or body of your email. Your cover letter, resumé and/or application must clearly indicate how you meet the qualifications.

Please be advised that job competitions may be grieved and appealed. Should a selection grievance be filed, information from the competition file will be provided to the grievor's representative or the grievor, if unrepresented. Personal information irrelevant to the grievance and other information protected under legislation will be redacted.

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.