Employment Central - Legal Assistant

Legal Assistant

Department of Justice Canada


This is an opportunity to join the Northern legal team of Justice Canada as a Legal Assistant.

This position is located in the Whitehorse office, one of three offices in the Northern Region. The Whitehorse office is composed of five Lawyers, a Paralegal, two Legal Assistants, an Office Administrator/Executive Assistant and the Regional Director General of the Northern Region. The Office primarily provides general civil litigation services to all federal departments operating in the Territory, although its main clientele is Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The office also has a small advisory practice, primarily focused on the implementation and negotiation of modern treaties, and on the assessment and regulation of natural resources initiatives.

The Legal Assistant in the Whitehorse office is an integral part of the legal team. Main functions include, opening and closing files, drafting letters and preparing court filings, organizing legal records, booking travel, answering general phone calls, and monitoring the main entrance of the Office. Given the varied general legal practice of the office, there is always something new going on. And given the limited staff, there is also always something new to learn. We are looking for an individual, with an interest and a capacity to learn, and a willingness to share knowledge.

Northern Allowances:
In addition to your base salary, you will receive an Isolated Post Allowance:
  • Approximately $3,989 – $6,503 per year (rates vary)
  • Vacation Travel Assistance provided upon request once per year for each eligible member of the household.
  • Please see the Isolated Posts and Government Housing Directive for more information http://www.njc-cnm.gc.ca/directive/ipgh-pile/index-eng.php
  • Please note that rates and conditions above are subject to change.

We also offer:
  • Relocation Assistance: Applicants may be eligible for relocation assistance and may wish to review the Relocation Directive: NJC Relocation Directive (https://www.njc-cnm.gc.ca/directive/d6/en )
  • Pension & Benefits package: For more information, see: https://www.canada.ca/en/treasury-board-secretariat/topics/pension-plan.html and https://www.canada.ca/en/treasury-board-secretariat/topics/benefit-plans.html
  • Training, Development & Education Opportunities: Multi-year career development plans which include opportunities for education assistance funding and training opportunities
Must-haves (Essential Qualifications):
You'll be screened on:
  • A secondary school (high school) diploma from a recognized institution or an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience
  • Experience providing administrative support services in an office environment

If screened in, you will be further assessed on:
  • English language skills 
  • Demonstrating Integrity and Respect
  • Thinking Things Through
  • Working effectively with others
  • Showing initiative and being action-oriented
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally

Nice-to-haves (Asset Qualifications): 
  • A diploma or certificate from a law-related program (e.g. legal assistant, law clerk, paralegal assistant program or an equivalent program) from a recognized institution
  • Experience in providing legal support services to legal professionals
  • Experience working in the Territorial North of Canada
  • Experience working with legal terminology and standardized court documents in civil litigation
  • Ability to prepare and format routine legal documents.

Conditions of Employment:
  • Reliability and Security: Reliability, Secret or Top Secret security clearance (depending on the position or as required).
  • Medical Clearance: The incumbent and their dependents may be required to obtain Health Canada medical clearance in accordance with the Isolated Posts and Government Housing Directive.

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