Law Society of Ontario

  • Counsel, Licensing & Accreditation, Professional Development & Competence - 1-year contract

    Job Location CA-ON-Toronto
    Job ID
    2018-1637
    # Positions
    1
    Job Type
    Contract
    Years of Experience
    5
    Term
    1 year
  • OVERVIEW

    JOB PURPOSE:

     

    The Counsel, Licensing & Accreditation is responsible for developing standards and content to support the Law Society’s licensing and program accreditation processes. Counsel works closely with the Team Manager, Entry-Level Competence, team members, other employees, and practitioners to create and update modules and assessment tools to assess the entry-level competence of lawyers and paralegals. In addition, Counsel contributes expertise in matters related to program design and delivery and the Certified Specialist Program. As well, Counsel participates in research and development activities related to new initiatives and projects. Counsel also provides support to paralegal education accreditation activities and facilitates instruction on training and education programs, as required.

     

    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: 

     

    • An LL.B. or J.D., coupled with being a member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario.  
    • The responsibilities involved in this position include contributing to the implementation and maintenance of the licensing process. Counsel is required to have a minimum of 5 years’ experience either practising law or working in the area of legal professional development.
    • Counsel must have demonstrated a commitment to the legal professions through membership in one or more of the major law or legal associations, legal writing, volunteer activities, teaching, or another relevant activity.
    • Excellent grasp of designing, delivering, and evaluating defensible licensing systems and processes.
    • Knowledge of the Law Society, including organizational structure, services, mandate, rules, and regulations.
    • Knowledge of entry level competencies for licensees.
    • Working knowledge of program design processes, publications production, and principles of, and best practices related to, adult learning and instructional methodologies.
    • Proficiency in computer word processing, email, and the Internet or Intranet.
    • Knowledge of distance learning or assessment technologies an asset.
    • Ability to develop and apply complex information, including in the creation of examination questions.

     

     * 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. 

    KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

    Client / Customer Service Planning

     

    • Contributes to the overall direction of the Licensing & Accreditation unit by assessing and discussing priorities and licensee needs and implementing quality assurance mechanisms.
    • Assesses and discusses priorities for content revision and development in response to policy directives and licensee needs.
    • Establishes effective and efficient processes for achieving deliverables through the coordination of workflow with employees, consultants, vendors, and practitioners, as applicable.
    • In conjunction with team members, identifies emerging issues and recommends the development of policies, content, and other initiatives to address these issues.
    • Keeps stakeholders informed and solicits their input to proposals for changes in the Law Society’s licensing and accreditation activities.

     

    Client / Customer Service Delivery 

     

    • Manages and/or participates in the development of content related to licensing programs for lawyers and paralegals, including reference materials, online courses, workshops, assessments, and examination questions.
    • References appropriate standards and blueprints in the design of learning and assessment modules and communicates program requirements to content experts.
    • Applies an understanding of the regulatory framework to content development.

     

    Team Membership 

     
    • Fosters a positive team environment by clarifying goals, building the commitment of individuals, valuing team input, recognizing the contributions of volunteers, contractors, and other Law Society employees, resolving conflicts, strengthening the team’s collective skills, and encouraging creativity and problem-solving.
    • Provides work coordination and performance direction to staff, including program coordinators and others, to ensure the optimal and timely development of content.
    • Presents information and expertise to assist and/or influence licensees and committee members regarding best strategies and practices for program development, administration, and promotion.

     

    Research 

     

    • Remains abreast of new developments in the field of legal education, practice management, and ethics (including, but not limited to, educational methodologies, systems, and materials for lectures, seminar groups, computer-assisted learning, and independent study) and plans for the implementation of innovations for the ongoing improvement of all aspects of the Law Society’s licensing and accreditation activities.
    • Engages in continuous gathering and analysis of information on current legislative, judicial, and practice developments in a broad range of practice areas.      

    COMPETENCIES

    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 Judgement

     

    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.

     

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