Lead Counsel – Professional Conduct
- Lawyer - In House Counsel
- Area of Practice
- Administrative Law, Litigation, Regulatory
- Job Type
- Full time
- Minimum Level of Education
- Professional degree - LL.B
- Minimum Number of Years in Practice
- 4-10 years
Do you want to be part of a team that strives to improve the quality of immigration/citizenship consulting services? If you share our passion and purpose please consider applying to the opportunity below to become part of a team that makes a difference.
ICCRC is looking for a focused and driven Lead Counsel – Professional Conduct to lead the Discipline Team in prosecuting immigration consultants and international student advisors facing discipline hearings.
Reporting to the Director of Professional Conduct, the Lead Counsel – Professional Conduct will be responsible for leading ICCRC’s disciplinary process, managing members of the discipline team, and representing ICCRC in proceedings.
This role is ideal for someone who enjoys topical and challenging litigation cases and seeks to make immediate impacts in public protection. Our ideal candidate has previous case management experience prosecuting cases before other professional regulators.
Mandate of Department:
To investigate and resolve concerns and complaints about members, balancing public protection with a fair and objective process.
Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to) Discipline Matters • Prioritize and triage discipline (and fitness to practice) matters
• Participate in strategy development for discipline matters
• Prepare opinions and prosecutorial viability assessments for Complaints Committee
• Represent ICCRC in discipline and fitness to practice matters
• Provide instructions to external counsel, in consultation with the Director for complex matters
• Recruit and manage witnesses and experts
• Manage time-frames to ensure that deadlines are met and conduct hearing preparations
• Ensure discipline matters are resolved within established service standards
• Engage in discussions about the discipline process and settlement discussions with members and/or their counsel
• Coordinate interim order proceedings with complaints and investigations team
• Attend pre-hearing conferences and pre-trial meetings
• Conduct legal research
• Draft, review and prepare legal documents
• Identify and advise the Director of the need for policy development and/or policy change(s) based on analysis of legal issues encountered in discipline matters
• Promote the sharing and transfer of knowledge, applicable standards and information amongst the Department’s staff
Member and Public Support
• Oversee the timely publication of ICCRC’s discipline process and outcomes
• Assist the Director with public and member education materials
This position is a people manager role with full responsibility to manage a team on a day-to-day basis. Managing includes, but is not limited to: sharing key department information, direction of work, performance reviews, resource assessments and determining ongoing needs.
Knowledge & Experience Required
• A law degree and license to practice in a Canadian province
• Minimum of five years’ litigation/prosecution experience
• Experience gained through private practice or a regulatory environment
• Thorough understanding of professional regulation and administrative law
• Knowledge of prosecutorial standards and practice
• Knowledge of a variety of dispute resolution techniques and their appropriate application
• Ability to manage a high-volume, complex, and diverse caseload
• Computer literacy, including word processing software, spreadsheet functions, and internet search capabilities
• A requirement to contribute effectively in a team environment
• Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills to work collaboratively as part of a legal team
• Resourcefulness and flexibility
• Ability to understand and convey legal information to a variety of stakeholders
High level of judgment, critical thinking, analysis, reasoning and diplomacy
• Experience with forensic investigations is considered a strong asset
• Fluency in French is considered a strong asset
How to Apply
Please email your resume and a brief cover letter indicating why you feel you are a fit for this role to email@example.com. Please indicate Lead Counsel – Professional Conduct in the subject line.
Please Note: A police record check is required by the successful candidate prior to hiring.
As an equal opportunity employer, we welcome applications from persons legally entitled to work in Canada, who represent the diversity of our nation, and whose qualifications meet the skills and experiences we seek.
While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those identified for further consideration will be contacted.