Deputy Supervisor, Transportation & Lands
Legal Counsel Manager
This position is excluded from union membership.
Travel between Vancouver and Victoria is a requirement for this position.
An eligibility list may be established.
A newly created opportunity for a proven legal leader to provide leadership to a dynamic and experienced group of litigators, paralegals, and professional staff in a team-based environment.
Legal Services Branch (LSB) supports the Attorney General as the legal advisor to the government of British Columbia and ensures that the administration of public affairs is carried out in accordance with the law. LSB’s organizational structure consists of five different legal groups. Areas of legal advice provided by LSB include but are not limited to: constitutional law; Aboriginal law; resource, environment and land law; revenue and taxation law; health and social services law; finance, commercial and transportation law; justice and education law; and labour, employment and human rights law. LSB also provides civil, constitutional and Aboriginal litigation services. LSB has approximately 550 staff members, including legal and legislative counsel and professional staff.
In this newly created leadership position, the Deputy Supervisor, Transportation & Lands will be responsible for the management of a team of highly skilled legal counsel and paralegals who provide trusted, effective and efficient legal services to government. The Deputy Supervisor’s team is part of a larger legal practice group reporting to the group’s Supervisor. In addition to managing their team of direct reports, the Deputy Supervisor is part of the legal practice group’s leadership team and, along with Supervisor, leads the implementation of LSB and broader government policies and strategies within the team.
The Deputy Supervisor oversees the day-to-day provision of legal services by the team, as well as ensures the team’s overall efficient and effective operation and administration. Working with the Supervisor, and where appropriate other Deputy Supervisors within the group, the Deputy Supervisor is responsible for recruitment, orientation, performance management, staff development, file assignment, workload distribution and evaluating client satisfaction. The Deputy Supervisor ensures collaboration and co-operation within this law group and between law groups within LSB to build respectful and engaging relationships which further support the provision of outstanding client service delivery.
While the Deputy Supervisor’s primary focus is leadership and management of the team, the Deputy Supervisor will also provide legal services to government by assisting team members to develop strategic direction for files, to provide consistent, understandable and responsive advice to client representatives, and to prepare high-quality materials for the court, tribunals, ADAG, Deputy Attorney General or Attorney General. The Deputy Supervisor encourages and supports the professional development of team members and works with them to develop and maintain strong relationships with members of the team and client representatives. With the approval of the group’s Supervisor and Chief of Legal Operations, a Deputy Supervisor may also have a limited independent practice of their own.
The successful candidate will be a member of (or be eligible for immediate membership in) the Law Society of British Columbia with at least seven years of Call to the Bar. The successful candidate will have experience supervising (formally or informally) or mentoring junior legal counsel, paralegals, articled students or professional staff. The successful candidate will also have experience with complex legal matters within their area of expertise and sound knowledge of the depth and diversity of advice and counsel required by government on legal matters.
The Deputy Supervisor must possess a record of excellence as a lawyer; proven ability to exercise tact, diplomacy and discretion as it pertains to highly sensitive legal issues and when administering personnel matters, demonstrated ability to provide leadership, work as part of a team and to exercise superior independent judgement and decision making; ability to identify and set priorities, plan and allocate appropriate resources and to persevere in seeing tasks and projects through to completion, particularly in the face of obstacles or challenging circumstances; and outstanding written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex legal issues in plain language.
The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.
For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact Mandy.Giesbrecht@gov.bc.ca. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to BCPSA.Hiring.Centre@gov.bc.ca, before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.
NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:
Membership in good standing with the Law Society of British Columbia or eligible for immediate membership, with at least 7 years of Call to the Bar.
Experience supervising (formally or informally) or mentoring junior legal counsel, paralegals, articled students or professional staff.
Experience with complex legal matters within their area of expertise and sound knowledge of the depth and diversity of advice and counsel required by government on legal matters.
Successful completion of security screening requirements of the BC Public Service, which may include a criminal records check, and/or Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) check, and/or enhanced security screening checks as required by the ministry (Note: It is important that you read the job posting carefully to understand the specific security screening requirements pertaining to the position).
Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas:
Experience with transportation and infrastructure matters, and Crown land transactions, which may include:
construction, procurement, drainage, negligence, nuisance, administrative and utilities law as they relate to governments, highways, provincial approving officers, development approvals including subdivisions, dispute resolution including pre-litigation dispute resolution of issues respecting these areas of the law, litigation relating to construction or maintenance services, commercial transactions, law relating to ports, rail (operations and regulatory) and ferries (inland and coastal), local government and environmental law.
real property law, conveyancing, commercial transactions, including structuring and negotiation of and drafting agreements for land development projects.
Interpretation and application of relevant legislation and policy, including the Transportation Act, the Land Title Act, the Land Act, the Expropriation Act, the Coastal Ferry Act, the Strata Property Act, Builders Lien Act, the Real Estate Development Marketing Act, the Environmental Management Act, the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Act, the Motor Vehicle Act, legislation and government policy affecting procurements, and acquisition and disposition of lands and property by government.
Knowledge of Land Title practice requirements especially relating to the acquisition and disposition of lands for highway purposes and relating to approvals of subdivision plans by approving officers.
Knowledge of the role of the Attorney General and familiarity within the operations of government.
Awareness of Draft Principles that Guide the Province of British Columbia’s Relationship with Indigenous Peoples.
Candidates who self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit and meet the education and experience requirements may be given preference.
Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.
A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.
Cover Letter: YES - A cover letter is required as part of your application. The content and/or format of your cover letter may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.
Resume: YES - Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.
Questionnaire: YES - You will be required to answer a standard questionnaire.