Policy Sectors

Job Posting

Legal Researcher

Reports to: Assistant Manager of Legal Services

Term: Fixed Term, F/T, July 2022 to 31 March 2023

Closing Date: Open until filled

Location: National Capital Region


NWAC’s Legal Researcher must be comfortable working independently in a fast-paced environment to provide research into legislation, jurisprudence (domestic and international), treaties (domestic and international) and research and analysis related to public policy, programs and academic sources.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team that will make a difference in the lives of Indigenous women in Canada and around the world.

General duties

Legal Researcher will:

  • Conduct thorough legal research and analysis primarily in the area of Indigenous rights, particularly related to equality in the justice system and matters of child and family services;
  • Prepare information for legal opinions and contribute to the development of accessible language summary documents;
  • Draft and maintain corporate, litigation, and other legal documents;
  • Draft correspondence with government offices, partners, stakeholders, and members of the public;
  • Review and occasionally draft high-level policy documents and reports;
  • Monitor, review, help develop, and change legislation affecting Indigenous women and girls;
  • Maintain good relationships with government offices, partners, stakeholders, and members of the public;
  • Independently attend meetings, briefings, and court events as required;
  • Adhere to all standards of excellence in file management and record keeping;
  • Travel as required to meet business needs;
  • Competently and respectfully handle sensitive and difficult evidence and testimony;
  • Complete relevant administrative tasks;
  • Independently and as part of a team contribute to the preparation of aspects of litigation files as necessary; and
  • Demonstrate a firm understanding of and adherence to Professional and Ethical requirements and expectations.

Studies & Professional Qualifications

  • Successful completion of a degree in field related to policy or law;
  • Demonstrated study or experience in Indigenous legal issues and Employment Law is an asset.

Key Skills

  • Strong legal writing and verbal communication skills in French and English (knowledge of an Indigenous language is a strong asset);
  • Strong legal research skills;
  • Ability to work in a team and good interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work independently and self-manage files;
  • Ability to carry out culturally-appropriate gender-based analysis (training will be provided);
  • Ability to apply sound judgment and make decisions within the area, often on short notice;
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and organize work effectively and under pressure;
  • Ability to conduct research in cooperation and consultation with the NWAC PTMAs and with diverse stakeholders;
  • Ability to facilitate meetings;
  • Ability to carry out research, analyzes data, and advance effective advocacy and communication strategies under the supervision of the Legal Counsel.

Work/Volunteer Experience

  • Relevant experience working or volunteering with Indigenous peoples, groups, or organizations is an asset;
  • Relevant experience working or volunteering with Not-for-Profit organizations or corporations is an asset.

Knowledge Requirements

  • Understanding of Canada’s judicial systems and legislative processes;
  • Knowledge of legal issues important to Indigenous peoples, particularly as they impact women and girls in the area of access to justice, traditional legal systems, and child and family services;
  • Some knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and internationally, their cultures, histories and traditions;
  • Understanding and knowledge of Indigenous issues, and norms and standards relevant to promotion and protection of Indigenous women’s rights;
  • Knowledge of key issues impacting Indigenous women and girls in Canada and internationally;
  • Some understanding of social policy (including violence prevention and impacts, housing, etc.).

Preference will be given to Indigenous candidates, please self-identify.

We thank all applicants for their interest in this opportunity. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Accommodations will be provided at all stages of the hiring process. We ask applicants to make their needs known in advance.

Interviews will be held in Ottawa or by teleconference.

Please send cover letter & CV to apply@nwac.ca

Posting Details

Company NWAC
Location National Capital Region
Term Contract
Posted Jul. 20, 2022