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Position Summary

Job Posting

In-House Counsel

Regular Full-time

 

The Musqueam people have lived in our present location for thousands of years. Our traditional territory once occupied much of what is now Vancouver and surrounding areas. The name Musqueam relates back to the River Grass, the name of the grass is məθkʷəy̓. There is a story that has been passed on from generation to generation that explains how we became known as the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) – People of the məθkʷəy̓ plant. Although a metropolitan city has developed in the heart of Musqueam territory, our community maintains strong cultural and traditional beliefs. Today our population flourishes and we are a strong community of over thousand members. To learn more about Musqueam, please visit www.musqueam.bc.ca.

 

Musqueam Indian Band is seeking an In-House Counsel. The In-House Counsel position is for an individual lawyer to work in the Musqueam Indian Band office. The In-House Counsel works as directed by Chief and Council and the Chief Administrative Officer. The In-House Counsel advises Chief & Council and the Administration, on areas related to:

  • On-Reserve land, environmental, community development, and resource management under the Musqueam Land Code and Musqueam bylaws,
  • Property assessment and taxation under the Musqueam Assessment and Taxation bylaws,
  • Administrative law and delivery of programming including health, education, employment & training, recreation, social development, safety & security, housing, membership, and culture & language,
  • Financial management, funding agreements, risk management, and compliance with financial bylaws and policies,
  • Public works, utilities, community infrastructure, and service agreements with municipalities,
  • General advice including on-reserve governance, and
  • Drafting and interpretation of Musqueam laws, bylaws, and policies.

In House Counsel is familiar with the operations of the Band and will advise on legal issues that occur, referring items to outside counsel as needed.

Key Responsibilities

In-House Legal Counsel is responsible for

  • Providing legal advice to Chief & Council regarding legal matters including governance and their fiduciary obligations,
  • Providing legal advice to the Chief Administrative Officers related to the delivery of programs and services to Musqueam members, governance, and corporate matters,
  • Advising on a wide range of day-to-day administrative issues,
  • Drafting and reviewing complex legal agreements and documents,
  • Assisting in the creation and implementation of policies and procedures,
  • Implementing strategies and processes to proactively address legal and compliance risks for the Band, and
  • Working with the CAO, managing external counsel support and delivery of advice as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Law Degree (JD or LLB),
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant experience,
  • Membership in good standing in the Law Society of British Columbia,
  • Thorough understanding of Indigenous politics and law, and
  • Knowledge of business and administrative environment of Indian Bands.

 

Training, Education, and Experience

The In-House Counsel should have knowledge of all areas of law required to effectively advise Chief and Council and Administration, including:

 

  • On-Reserve land, environmental, community development, and resource management under the Musqueam Land Code and Musqueam bylaws,
  • Property assessment and taxation under the Musqueam Assessment and Taxation bylaws,
  • Administrative Law – delivery of health, education, employment & training, recreation, social development, housing, membership, safety & security, and culture & language,
  • Finance and Corporate law,
  • Public works, utilities, major capital projects, and service agreements with municipalities,
  • On-reserve governance and self-government,
  • Drafting and interpretation of laws, bylaws, and policies,
  • Fiduciary Law, and
  • Familiarity with all relevant aspects of current Aboriginal law, including the Indian Act and other applicable legislation and bylaws.

 

Professional skills required include:

  • Strong analytical capability and judgement,
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to deal with ambiguity,
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively provide ideas, advice and solutions relative to legal issues,
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills,
  • Ability to work independently, and with teams that have diverse skills, knowledge, and educational backgrounds,
  • Superior interpersonal, communication, organizational and analytical skills,
  • Highly organized with the ability to juggle multiple priorities under tight deadlines; works well under pressure in a fast-paced work environment,
  • Flexible and able to manage multiple priorities, taking on new responsibilities as required, and
  • Demonstrates a high level of integrity; ability to demonstrate sound judgment in maintaining confidential and sensitive matters.

Working Conditions

Work takes place primarily in an office environment. Flexibility needed for travel, as well as evening and weekend work.

 

 

Please email cover letter and resume to: [email protected]

and reference “In House Counsel” in the subject line.

 

Applicants of Musqueam and/or Aboriginal ancestry are encouraged to apply.

Apply by April 5, 2019.  Position will remain open until filled.

 

* We thank all those who apply, however, only those short-listed will be contacted.*