Regulatory Affairs Counsel

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Status: Casual, Full Time, Excluded
Term: 13 month assignment from February 15, 2019 – March 13, 2020
Reports to: Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs

Principal Accountabilities:

1.   Regulatory affairs management:

  • Manages the development of legislative and regulatory amendments, including the generation of policy options, the articulation of anticipated safety improvements and the assessment of economic and stakeholder impacts.
  • Participates in the development of strategic and departmental business plans to ensure alignment and consistency in how objectives and goals may be achieved via regulatory instruments, and is responsible to lead key projects under the business plan.  

2.    Research and analysis:

  • Oversees and conducts research and analysis of existing policies, legislation and regulations, and provides advice to ensure Technical Safety BC’s mandate is met.
  • Prepares issue papers, comprehensive reports, interpretations and strategic planning documents to assist the Executive, Board and Leadership to make informed decisions.

3.    Policy and legal advice: 

  • Provides advice on a variety of confidential legal matters with an emphasis on regulatory and administrative matters under the Safety Standards Act. Advises on the impact of new legislation, and judicial and Safety Standards Appeal Board decisions, and is proactive in identifying potential legal and policy issues.
  • Provides advice on the regulatory impact of proposed changes to or development of Technical Safety BC’s programs and policies.

4.    Internal relationships and support:

  • Collaborates with Leader, Policy and Government Relations on strategic policy initiatives.
  • Supports Provincial Safety Managers and other Technical Safety BC employees in the use of regulatory instruments defined in the Safety Standards Act and the Railway Safety Act

5.     Stakeholder and government relations:

  • Advises on consultation process with governments, stakeholders and clients, and provides advice on strategies to address provincial and stakeholder interests.
  • Investigates legislative or regulatory concerns raised by stakeholders and proposes options to address issues.

6.     Support legal department:

  • During periods of high volume, provides support to the Director, Legal Services on a variety of issues, including conducting appeals under the Safety Standards Act and other proceedings, providing advice in connection with enforcement activity to ensure the right cases are selected for follow-up, the correct steps are taken to initiate action and the prescribed procedures are followed.  
  • Prepares and provides advice on various routine legal documents and contracts.

7.    Leadership:

  • Models leadership behaviours that support the engagement of employees, and drives culture and change management initiatives.
  • Works collaboratively with other Legal and Policy Leaders and Directors to establish a cohesive departmental culture.

8.    Employee Management/Employee and Labour Relations:

  • Manages four included reporting employees, involving recruitment and selection; coaching and development; performance management; corrective performance measures and discipline and all related people practices in accordance with policies, practices, and the collective agreement.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

  • Law Degree supplemented by 2-5 years professional experience. Additional undergraduate and graduate education in political science, public administration, public policy, business administration, social science, or governance desirable.
  • Current member in good standing of the Law Society of BC.
  • Practical experience with legislative, regulatory and public policy making processes.
  • Leadership experience in a government and/or corporate environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the law in a range of practice areas relevant to the position.
  • Ability to analyze, research, evaluate and interpret legal and policy issues in an efficient manner.
  • Ability to assess the provincial political landscape and remain current on stakeholder interests.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with teams to develop creative solutions to meet organizational needs.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

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