Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is inviting applications for the permanent position of Legal Assistant in Legal Services, part of the Legal, Municipal Clerk & External Affairs Business Unit. Halifax Regional Municipality, as a deliverer of municipal government services, is involved in a broad range of activities that exposes it to legal challenges including legislative challenges, provision of legal advice to Council, boards and committees of Council and various Business Units, contract negotiations, personal injury litigation, commercial litigation and arbitrations, labour arbitrations, prosecutions, and advocacy before numerous tribunals. With HRM as its client, Legal Services provides quality, cost effective, timely and accessible legal services to meet the needs of HRM through its Council, various departments, boards, commissions, and employees.
Reporting operationally to their assigned lawyers, and administratively to the Legal Administrative Coordinator, the Legal Assistant is responsible for a wide variety of legal and administrative duties within the Legal Services division. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: preparation of legal documents and correspondence, dictation transcription; paper and electronic filing, managing correspondence, opening and closing of files, responding to inquiries, and interacting with internal clients, external parties, and the general public. Broad and thorough knowledge of legal concepts, practices and principles is essential for this role.
In the Team environment of Legal Services, Legal Assistants may be required to work for several lawyers at the same time and have additional expertise in one or more of the following areas of law: Litigation, Prosecutions, Solicitor Services (Advisory Services, Corporate/Commercial and/or Real Property) and also assist in the overall management of the department including duties such as library maintenance (including book updates) and supply ordering.
We encourage applications from qualified African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, women in non-traditional positions, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal persons and persons from the LGBTQ+ Community . HRM encourages applicants to self-identify.
Education and Experience:
High School Diploma and a Legal Assistant Certificate with a minimum of three (3) years of related experience in a Legal Assistant position with demonstrated performance capabilities. A combination of education and experience may be considered.
Technical / Job Specific Knowledge and Abilities:
Security Clearance Requirements: Applicants may be required to complete an employment security screening check.
Please note – Testing may be conducted as a component of the selection process to assess technical and job specific knowledge. Candidates, who are selected for testing, may be tested in a group setting, scheduled at the employer’s discretion.
Competencies: Values and Ethics, Organizational Awareness, Customer Service, Communications, Valuing Diversity, Teamwork and Cooperation, Organization and Planning
WORK STATUS: Permanent, Full-time
HOURS OF WORK: Monday – Friday, 35 hours per week. May require some overtime based on operational requirements
SALARY: Non-union Level A2 ($44,500-$56,000). Compensation is commensurate with experience and training.
WORK LOCATION: 3rd Floor, Duke Tower, Halifax
CLOSING DATE: Applications will be received up to midnight on Sunday, May 5, 2019.
We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for interview/testing will be contacted.
During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request accommodation. Applicants invited to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) and who require accommodation, should discuss their needs with the Recruiter when invited to the assessment process.
Qualified HRM retirees may also be considered for competition. In these circumstances, a form of employment may be offered, including term and/or contract employment.