Legal Counsel

Atlantic Central is currently accepting applications for the vacant position of Legal Counsel to manage Legal Services and provide legal, policy and compliance services, including drafting and reviewing various legal documents; conducting legal and legislative research; providing legal opinions and advice; assisting with the development and maintenance of corporate policies and procedures; assisting with contracts and document management; assisting with government advocacy; and providing compliance and corporate secretarial support. Positions reporting to the Legal Counsel include the Legal and Legislative Officer.

Reporting to the Director, Legal and Corporate Services and Corporate Secretary, Legal Counsel is generally responsible for:

  • Providing legal opinions and advice concerning a variety of issues including, but not limited to, the legal feasibility of proposed services and other matters related to the business of the company and the Atlantic credit union system as required.
  • Drafting and/or reviewing legal agreements, resolutions, by-laws and other documents on behalf of the company and the Atlantic credit union system, to ensure that their respective legal interests are appropriately represented and protected.
  • Developing and updating legal templates and precedents.
  • Conducting legal research and analysis, and providing legal opinions and advice on a variety of issues including, but not limited to, the legal feasibility of proposed services and other matters related to the business of the company and the Atlantic credit union system as required. Working with external legal counsel, as necessary.
  • Monitoring, reviewing and analysing legislation affecting company and system operations. Communicating with and responding to questions regarding legislation from internal departments. Providing advice and drafting provisions relating to a variety of legislation matters pertaining to the operations of financial institutions generally, and the specific operations of the company and the Atlantic credit union system.
  • Developing, recommending and managing the annual Legal Services’ business goals and budget, monitoring results, preparing reports, and taking action as appropriate.
  • Supervising and coordinating the activities of direct reports. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; providing ongoing coaching to reinforce positive behaviours and to address performance issues as they arise; conducting performance reviews; addressing complaints and resolving problems; and conducting staff meetings to communicate corporate and department business plans and to keep staff up to date and well informed on company direction, results and important developments. Recommending various personnel actions including, but not limited to, rewarding, promoting, re-assigning, discipline or termination in conjunction with Human Resources.
  • Updating the compliance management system and compliance review schedules in accordance with current legislation and company procedures and assisting with responses to regulatory requests for information. Participating in government advocacy.
  • Collecting and organizing corporate and contractual information and assisting with the development and implementation of legal department filing systems and company-wide document and contract management systems. Determining document retention periods and assisting with the development of document retention programs and policies.
  • In consultation with other departments and executive management, identifying and recommending areas where corporate policies, procedures and practices require development and where internal policies, procedures and practices can be rolled out to credit unions.
  • Assisting with research for and developing and drafting corporate policies, procedures and practices, legal templates and precedents, in consultation with other departments.
  • Assisting Corporate Secretary as needed and completing other projects and duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate for this position will have successfully completed a law degree and be licensed and a member in good standing with the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society with at least three years’ relevant experience, or have an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • The successful candidate will also have the following skill set:
  • General knowledge and understanding of employment law; creditor & debtor relations; property law, and corporate and commercial law
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to negotiate and manage contractual arrangements
  • Proven ability in providing sound legal opinions and advice
  • Proven ability in understanding and assisting with corporate secretarial practices
  • Strong legal research and analysis skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Proven ability in maintaining a high level of discretion and confidentiality in dealing with sensitive issues
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Corporate Compliance Systems
  • Previous experience in policy development considered an asset
  • Previous experience in project management considered an asset

The successful candidate will also demonstrate strong competencies in:

  • Building Relationships & Partnerships
  • Change Leadership
  • Listening, Understanding and Responding
  • Results Orientation
  • Team Leadership
  • Developing Others
  • Strategic Orientation

This is a permanent full-time position and is rated a Salary Level CU-9 ($72,935 – $85,806). Atlantic Central offers a competitive benefits package as well as the opportunity to participate in the Performance Sharing Incentive Plan.

Applications will close on December 17, 2014.

Interested candidates should forward their résumé, in confidence, to:

Human Resources Department
Atlantic Central
PO Box 9200, Station A
Halifax, NS B3K 5N3

Email: (When sending applications by e-mail, please send in MS Word format)