Law Society of Ontario

Senior Counsel, Indigenous Initiatives, Equity Initiatives, contract to May 30, 2019

Job Location CA-ON-Toronto
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# Positions
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Full Time
Years of Experience
Contract to May 30, 2019




The Senior Counsel, Indigenous Initiatives provides legal research, advice and guidance for the policy development responsibilities of Benchers, particularly in the area of Indigenous matters, facilitating a coherent approach to policy development throughout the organization. Acts as a resource regarding policy development and policy issues in Indigenous matters, and undertakes special projects primarily at the direction of the Equity Advisor, and from time to time the Director, Office of the CEO and Corporate Secretary, the CEO, Benchers, and committees.  This includes acting as a resource in the area of Indigenous affairs, to committees, task forces, working groups, advisory groups, Convocation and staff of the Law Society, conducting research focused on Indigenous affairs, developing and delivering equity and diversity education programs, contributing to the development of programs and initiatives focused on Indigenous affairs for the Law Society, the profession and the public.




  • A J.D. / L.L.B. and being a licensee in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada*.
  • 5 years’ experience working for a professional governing body, government, post-secondary education organization or in legal practice, in relation to the Indigenous community.
  • Solid understanding of related legislation, theory and practice, including human rights legislation, jurisprudence, and best practices.
  • Solid knowledge of Law Society practices, procedures, and protocols.
  • Solid understanding of the Law Society Act and its regulations, Law Society policies, and governance model.
  • Solid understanding of Indigenous affairs, culture and communities and the relationship between the Law Society and the Indigenous community.
  • Significant research and analytical ability in support of policy development decision-making processes.
  • Proven ability to navigate the implementation of a broad based framework within a multifaceted and complex organization and across operational areas. 

*By submitting your application for employment, you agree to a clearance check of your regulatory history with the Law Society, and to the use of this information in assessing suitability for employment at the Law Society.




Client Service Delivery


  • When acting as the key resource and support for Indigenous initiatives specifically the Indigenous Advisory Group (IAG) would assist in the preparation of materials, agenda and follow up.
  • Assesses requirements to support IAG activities according to its Terms of Reference, providing contextual information, interpretation of actions / decision points, and apprising the Equity Advisor, relevant counsel and relevant senior managers on matters as appropriate.
  • Assists other Law Society staff in the development of policy related initiatives, keeps staff informed of Indigenous initiatives.
  • Responds to staff inquiries related to the development of Indigenous initiatives. 
  • Acts as staff resource to Benchers by advising, guiding, analyzing and researching policy initiatives and policy changes predominantly in the areas of Indigenous affairs. 
  • In addition, in conjunction with the Equity Advisor, Law Society staff, Benchers and others, contributes to the achievement of the strategic direction and position of the Law Society regarding Indigenous affairs. 
  • Works to ensure collaboration between the Law Society, the Indigenous community and the legal profession, and develops Indigenous initiatives, projects and programs that promote equity and diversity in the legal profession.


Special Projects and Initiatives


  • Working directly with operational departments to address points of intersection with Indigenous initiatives and issues.
  • In collaboration with operational departments, leads the planning and implementation of outreach and consultation with Indigenous community and the Indigenous legal providers as needed.
  • Meets regularly with the Indigenous community, the Indigenous bar and other members of the public and the profession in order to exchange information, develop and implement Indigenous initiatives, and continually expand the network of mutual interest and support.




  • Manages a variety of projects in the areas of Indigenous affairs, both recurring and ad hoc, as directed by the Equity Advisor, and others as required Under the direction of the Equity Advisor manages project planning and implementation, working with sponsoring parties to assess resource requirements (staff, financing, facilities), obtain funds via grants and other sources, retain and manage project staff, develop RFPs and manage the vendor selection process. 
  • Under the direction of the Equity Advisor monitors project budgets, drafting legal and service contracts as appropriate with the assistance of Purchasing (Finance Department) and counsel in the Office of General Counsel. 
  • Provides substantive legal content to projects, such as articles, publications and related documentation, and develops reports and recommendations upon project termination.

Team Development


  • Works closely with staff in the Equity Initiatives Department, and staff in all areas of the Law Society, Benchers, and other key constituents to ensure a comprehensive and consistent approach to the development of Indigenous initiatives within the Law Society. 
  • Acts as a resource and leader predominantly on Indigenous affairs, to Bencher committee(s) and Convocation by providing appropriate analysis, commentary and applied expertise to the issues under consideration. 
  • Facilitates the development of a broader team based approach throughout the Law Society by ensuring complete and timely dissemination of information and policy direction, as appropriate, including working as required with Communications staff. 


Relationship and Partnership Building


  • Acts as a public face to the Law Society in the area of Indigenous affairs and access to justice to outside parties, including other law societies, legal organizations, law firms, equity-seeking and Indigenous communities, stakeholders and the general public.
  • Prepares and presents papers and submissions related predominantly to Indigenous affairs and access to justice on behalf of and the Law Society.
  • Develops and maintains a network of key stakeholders and decision makers, communicating the position of the Law Society regarding Indigenous affairs, equity and access to justice, and building good will and credible influence among interested parties.
  • Builds and maintains a network of mutually beneficial relationships, and enhances the credibility of the Law Society and the legal profession predominantly in the area of Indigenous affairs, equity and access to justice.


Service Orientation


  • The requirement to maintain a high standard of commitment, ethics, respect, care in service delivery to clients (internal and/or external).

Communication and Interpersonal Skills


  • The requirement to structure and deliver effective verbal and written communication with clients, staff, licensees, the public, and others in a non-threatening and constructive way.


Team Orientation


  • The requirement to share responsibility for the achievement of team goals and the associated behaviours required for individuals to contribute effectively in a team environment.


Continuous Improvement


  • The requirement to demonstrate an attitude that consistently strives to improve a standard of excellence for one’s self and for the benefit of the organization, its licensees and stakeholders.


Problem Solving and Judgment


  • The requirement to identify and analyze problems, determine root causes, evaluate alternative solutions and take and/or recommend appropriate solutions.


Technical Competence / Professional Knowledge


  • The requirement to apply knowledge and skills to carry out the work and/or provide advice.  This also includes the quality of advice given, as well as the requirement to make decisions in the best interests of the organization as a whole.


Embracing Change


  • The requirement to work towards and embrace change in the workplace.


People Leadership


  • The requirement to behave with integrity, credibility and honesty when dealing with others, as well as the requirement to grow and develop employee capabilities.


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