The Calgary Board of Education (“CBE”) is one of Canada’s largest school systems educating more than 125,000 students in over 240 schools and has responsibility for an annual budget of approximately $1.4B. More than 14,000 employees work together to provide learning as unique as every student.
The work is guided by a Three-Year Education Plan, which connects each CBE employee to student success. This creates an environment where each student can become an engaged learner, prepared for success in life, work and future learning.
The CBE is governed by an elected board of seven trustees. Trustees are elected every four years during the municipal election along with Calgary's mayor and councilors. Day-to-day operations are led by a team of superintendents who are responsible for meeting the expectations of the Board of Trustees as set out in their Results policies, Operational Expectations and the Chief Superintendent’s annual summative evaluation.
Each student, in keeping with their individual abilities and gifts, will complete high school with a foundation of learning necessary to thrive in life, work and continued learning.
Students come first
Learning is our central purpose
Public education serves the common good.
Competition Close Date: This posting will remain open until a successful candidate is identified.
Calendar: 12 month
Reporting to the General Counsel, the purpose of this job is to counsel to all levels of the CBE including identifying and analyzing legal issues, drafting key documents, presenting clear recommendations, and assuring legal compliance.
Providing counsel and general advice on a broad range of legal issues which could include education law, privacy law, contracts, family law, construction law, commercial leasing, intellectual property, administrative law and employment and labour
Working closely with Calgary Board of Education (CBE) service units and schools to identify, assess and evaluate legal outcomes of major decisions impacting the organization and to write legal opinions and memos which may require extensive research of statutes and regulations.
Key Responsibilities as directed by the General Counsel
Draft, review, and negotiate legal documents, and advise on legal complexities and risks and outcomes of agreements including but not limited to:
commercial leases, service contracts, third party partnership and collaboration agreements, software licenses, purchasing, RFQ, RFP, employment/consultant contracts and other documents as assigned
Manage external Counsel relationships
Draft and review sensitive correspondence content for potential political/reputational ramifications
Gather required information, research the law and prepare reports, opinions, memos and legal documents
Write legal opinions in areas as assigned
Conduct research of statutes, regulations or court decisions, as required
Provide ongoing advice and interpretations to service units and schools in assigned areas. Provide factual information, counsel and guidance on legal questions or issues in a timely, responsive manner
Act as liaison, as requested by General Counsel, with the public and outside agencies on legal matters concerning the CBE where duly authorized to act
Provide advice on a broad range of legal issues in the areas of education law, privacy law, labour and employment law, corporate/commercial matters, real property. Respond to legal processes and represents the organization’s position, as directed by General Counsel, in litigation and administrative law processes
Success in the first year will be determined by the candidate’s ability to:
Successfully demonstrate their ability to manage multiple files concurrently
Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the Alberta Education Act and an ability to provide advice within the legislation
Ensure appropriate legal advice is provided where required (sometimes in the moment), also demonstrate an openness to concerns / feedback, while maintaining a flexible and adaptable approach to the advice given
Participate as a key member in a team environment by providing meaningful support, insight and counsel while operating with a high degree of autonomy
Build relationships across the CBE organization, establishing yourself as an integrity driven, trusted advisor
The successful candidate will have the following:
Law degree from an accredited university
Must be qualified to practice law in Alberta
4-7 years of experience with preferably within a public sector organization
Solid experience drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial agreements and related documents, with focused experience on procurement and supply contracts
Experience in public law, privacy law, labour and employment, and/or real estate is considered an asset.
Experience or familiarity with the Education Act and legislation relating to work of the Calgary Board of Education is preferred
Competencies and Attributes
Demonstrated research and analytical skills
Superior written and legal research skills
Sound professional judgement and acts with integrity
Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a high level of organization and attention to detail
Excellent oral and written communication skills; capable of communicating complex concepts in an accessible manner with a wide variety of audiences
Confidence to interact with all levels within and outside the Calgary Board of Education
Demonstrated professionalism and diplomacy in carrying out role responsibilities
Ability to provide meaningful support, insight and legal counsel where required while also demonstrating an openness to client concerns / feedback
Demonstrate a positive attitude and energy, contributing to a cohesive, hardworking and diligent culture
Adaptable style to providing advice combined with strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative decision-making approach
Works effectively in both team and independent settings with the ability to work cross-functionally