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Job Detail

  • Experience 2-5 years
  • Industry Development
  • Qualifications Bachelor’s Degree

Job Description

The Ministry of the Attorney General is offering an exciting, challenging and highly rewarding opportunity in the Office of the Children’s Lawyer for one experienced counsel to exercise his/her skills and expertise in the field of legal representation for children in Openness and Adoption proceedings, as well as parenting time/decision-making and child protection proceedings in the Personal Rights Department.

The Office of the Children’s Lawyer is dedicated to ensuring an open, accessible, equitable and respectful workplace, and is committed to reflecting the diverse communities it serves. We encourage applications from members of our diverse communities and under-represented groups, particularly Indigenous Peoples, Black people, persons from other racialized groups, persons with disabilities and 2SLGBTQ+ persons, as well as anyone committed to providing high-quality services to the children of Ontario.

Each application must be sent individually. Collective applications will not be accepted. It is mandatory to quote the Job ID number on the subject line of your email and your application.

What can I expect to do in this role?

Duties will include:

  • Providing legal services to the Office of the Children’s Lawyer by acting as Counsel on litigation cases involving children, particularly in the areas of Openness and Adoption
  • Appearing at trials and appeals on behalf of children
  • Participating in the administration of the Personal Rights Department and being responsible for the supervision of approximately 40 fee-for-service lawyers across Ontario
  • Liaising with legal representatives, Crown Attorneys, the Judiciary, Children’s Aid Societies, and community and legal organizations
  • Lecturing at workshops, seminars and public speaking engagements

Location: Toronto

How do I qualify?

Mandatory

  • Membership in good standing as a lawyer with the Law Society of Ontario

Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrated experience in civil, administrative and appellate litigation with a focus on Openness and Adoption.
  • Knowledge of related legislation such as the Child, Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA), the Children’s Law Reform Act (CLRA), the Divorce Act, and the Courts of Justice Act (CJA).
  • Ability and skill in interviewing and communicating effectively with children.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise a significant number of lawyers carrying a high volume of cases.
  • Demonstrated administrative, instructional and public speaking skills.
  • Demonstrated negotiation, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member.
  • Proven judgment, research and analytical ability.
  • Demonstrated computer skills.

OPS Commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti-racism:

The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful, and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy < https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-public-service-anti-racism-policy > and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint < https://www.ontario.ca/page/ops-inclusion-diversity-blueprint > pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario’s Human Rights Code < http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/ontario-human-rights-code >. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

Salary Range: Salary commensurate with legal experience

Additional Information:

  • 1 Permanent, 393 University Ave, Toronto, Toronto Region, Vulnerable Sector Check

Note:

  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Talent Acquisition Branch (TAB), HR Service Delivery Division (HRSDD) to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you.

A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual’s employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.

  • Your application sent via method one must be sent as an attachment in either MS Word (.doc, .docx), PDF (.pdf), Rich Text (.rtf) or Plain Text (.txt) format, less than 2MB in size and must not be password protected.

For full position details, visit www.ontario.ca/careers. Please apply by Friday, July 30, 2021, quoting Job ID 166980, to: Legal Recruitment Coordinator, Ministry of the Attorney General. E-mail: CSMD.HR.LegalCompeti@ontario.ca. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at www.gojobs.gov.on.ca/ContactUs.aspx to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

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