Legal Counsel

Intent / Result of this process: The immediate need is to fill 1 indeterminate position.

A pool of candidates may be established and may be used to staff similar positions of various tenures at the Office of the Auditor General (OAG).

Area of selection

Open to:  Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

Closing date:  21 December 2018

Job Requirements

Information you must provide:
You must submit a complete application, consisting of a covering letter which clearly demonstrates how you meet the screening criteria and a resume which supports the covering letter. The covering letter will be used as the primary tool in the screening process and the resume will only be used to substantiate the information provided. Your covering letter must clearly demonstrate through concrete examples how you meet each screening criterion (education and experiences). One suitable approach for your covering letter is to use each individual screening criterion as a header and then, for each criterion, write one or two paragraphs demonstrating how you meet that criterion. For example, describe the kind of position(s) occupied and provide a precise description of the tasks performed for each position.

Essential Qualifications:

Education: Law degree (LL.B., LL.L, or J.D.)

License: Membership in good standing in the Bar of one of the provinces or territories of Canada 

Essential Experience: 

  • Significant and recent* experience in conducting research and writing legal opinions in relation to the activities of a federal public sector organization;
  • Significant and recent* experience interacting with clients and providing legal advice to senior management.


Asset Experience:

  • Significant and recent experience* in advising on the activities of a variety of public sector organizations;
  • Significant and recent experience* in advising on policy development, and policy drafting, for a federal public sector organization;
  • Significant and recent experience* in advising on employment issues in the federal public sector;
  • Significant and recent experience* in developing and delivering training sessions to staff.     

* 'Significant and recent experience' refers to experience acquired only from having been actively involved in cases involving a broad range of topics related to the areas of law noted above for at least a three (3) year period within the last five (5) years.

Language Requirements:  Various linguistic profiles - Bilingual Imperative, BBB/BBB, CBC/CBC

Competencies that may be evaluated through a written exercise, structured interview and/or reference check verifications:

Integrity and respect
Exemplifies ethical practices, professionalism, and personal integrity; creates respectful and trusting work environments where sound advice is valued. Encourages the expression of diverse opinions and perspectives while fostering collegiality. Is self-aware and seeks out opportunities for personal growth.

Technical subject matter expertise
Applies business knowledge and skills, knowledge of applicable professional standards and tools, and knowledge of administrative practices, legislation, and policies to provide practical and accurate advice to stakeholders and to uphold the OAG’s expert standing.

Personal effectiveness and project management skills
Independently establishes a course of action for themselves—and for others, at more senior levels—to accomplish projects and organizational objectives by prioritizing and allocating time and resources effectively.

Personal and people development skills
Engages with colleagues; builds mutual understanding of shared goals and the means by which they will be achieved; offers and asks for help; gives and receives constructive feedback; and actively coaches and develops others.

Strategic thinking, rigorous analysis, and sound judgement
Identifies and gathers relevant evidence, conducts appropriate analysis, and draws on broad knowledge and experience of the topic to form an independent, balanced, and sound opinion and/or decision.

Productive and collaborative relationships with partners and stakeholders
Effectively establishes rapport and strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders and OAG colleagues by being responsive and taking into account others’ perspectives and working styles.

Innovation and ability to guide change
Creates an environment that supports bold thinking, experimentation, and intelligent risk-taking. Uses setbacks as a valuable source of insight and learning. Takes change in stride, aligning and adjusting milestones and targets to maintain forward momentum.

Clear and influential communication
Expresses information and opinions, in writing and verbally, in a way that is compelling, persuasive and, appropriate to the audience.

Operational Requirements:

Willingness and ability to travel on occasion
Willingness and ability to work overtime on occasion

Conditions of Employment:

Reliability and Security Requirements:  Secret
Remain a member in good standing in the Bar of one of the provinces or territories of Canada


Candidates must meet all of the essential requirements to be appointed to a position.
A top-down screening approach may be undertaken at each step of the process. Applicants who meet the essential experience criteria may be ranked according to the depth and breadth of experience they possess. Only the top ranking candidates would be invited to the assessment phase of the process.
It is the candidate's responsibility to clearly demonstrate in their application how they meet the screening criteria (education and experience). You must provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected. 
An interview will be administered. Interviews may be conducted via videoconference or teleconference.
A written examination may be administered.
A writing sample may be requested.
Reference checks will be sought.
The successful candidate must meet and maintain the Conditions of Employment at the time of appointment and throughout their employment.
Asset qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed.
The appointed person will be required to provide proof of their education credentials, in the form or a diploma or official transcript (original documents only).

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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