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Articled Clerk - Workers' Advisers Program (Designated)

                                                                                                           

 

Competition # : 32879 

Department: Labour, Skills and Immigration

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 10/22/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status

 

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  Under the Government of Nova Scotia’s Employment Equity Policy, this position is designated and therefore, only applicants from the following group will be considered: Indigenous Persons, African Nova Scotians or Other Racially Visible Persons and Persons with Disabilities.

 

If you are a member of one of this equity groups, you must clearly identify in your cover letter and self-identify during the application process, to be considered.

About Us

 

With the introduction of the new cabinet on August 31st, 2021, some Nova Scotia Government departments are going through name changes and structural transitions. Until administrative & system updates are made, the name of these departments, as it appears in the posting, might be impacted. Meanwhile, if you require clarification, please contact competitions@novascotia.ca.

 

The Workers’ Advisers Program is a public agency established in 1996 under Part III of the Workers’ Compensation Act to provide free legal assistance, advice, and representation to eligible injured workers and their families seeking workers’ compensation benefits.

 

The Workers’ Advisers Program has 21 staff located in our Halifax and Sydney offices. Workers’ Advisers (lawyers and non-lawyers) travel around the Province to meet with clients and represent them at hearings and in other matters. The Program provides representation at all levels of decision-making in the workers’ compensation system, including at Court if necessary.

About Our Opportunity

 

The Articled Clerk with the Workers’ Advisers Program will work on significant and interesting cases and legal issues. The Articled Clerk will be based in the Program’s Halifax office but may travel with other Workers’ Advisers throughout the Province as work requires.

 

Working under the overall supervision of the Chief Worker Adviser, who will serve as Principal, the Articled Clerk will develop the necessary skills to practice law and qualify for admission to the Nova Scotia Bar. The Articled Clerk will acquire and be able to demonstrate adequate knowledge of substantive law, professional responsibility and ethics, practice and law office management, as well as demonstrate good character.

 

It is anticipated that the Articled Clerk’s term with the Workers’ Advisers Program and the articling period will start June 1, 2022 and end June 30, 2023.

 

During the articling period, the Articled Clerk will work mainly out of the Program’s Halifax office. The Articled Clerk may also work under the supervision of lawyers from other government departments, agencies or private law firms as required to satisfy the work requirements necessary for admission to the Nova Scotia Bar. The Chief Worker Adviser would be responsible for arranging the Articled Clerk’s work away from the Program.

 

During the articling period, the Articled Clerk will attend educational courses and sessions as required to satisfy the educational requirements for admission to the Nova Scotia Bar. The Workers’ Advisers Program will cover the costs of these required educational courses and sessions.

 

Primary Accountabilities

 

  • meet with clients and discuss their legal issues;
  • prepare research memoranda;
  • review files and provide preliminary briefing on points of law;
  • observe the handling of cases at various decision-making levels in the workers’ compensation system and develop an understanding of the process;
  • assist the Chief Worker Adviser and other Workers’ Advisers in the review of files prior to hearings and meetings;
  • participate in office meetings and discussions with staff, individually and in groups;
  • lead or coordinate special projects on various matters;
  • assist in the preparation of materials for legal seminars and related issues

 

Qualifications and Experience

 

Applicants must demonstrate in their applications that they meet the following qualifications to be retained for further consideration. 

 

  • Completion of a Bachelor of Law Degree program at a recognized university.
  • Knowledge of basic administrative law and workers’ compensation law principles.
  • Knowledge of the purpose and role of the Nova Scotia Workers’ Advisers Program.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to analyze, evaluate and research legal problems.
  • Good computer skills and related abilities.
  • Effective Interpersonal Skills.
  • Dependability.
  • Motivation.
  • Self-confidence, professionalism.
  • Adaptability.
  • Sound judgment.
  • Candidates must be willing and able to travel.
  • Candidates must be willing and able to work overtime, including after-hours and weekends.

 

Ability to read and work in French is not essential but is considered an asset.

 

Equivalency

 

Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.

Benefits

 

Based on the employment status and Union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as  Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offering and eligibility criteria. 

Working Conditions

 

  • Manage a high volume of work.
  • Much of the time is spent reviewing information, both on paper and a computer screen while seated, with ample opportunity for movement.
  • Lifting and carrying large files and/or boxes of files is sometimes required.

Additional Information

 

Please note, this is expected to be a term status position with an end date of June 30, 2023; however the position status (“term”, “temporary” or “casual”)  is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.

 

Applicants must include:

 

  • A cover letter,
  • Resume,
  • Law School transcript,
  • The names of three references.

 

Interviews will be conducted by video conference.  You will be required to produce an Official Transcript to the Workers’ Advisers Program in advance of your interview.

What We Offer

 

  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace: our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in, we have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Countless career paths.
  • Department specific flexible working schedules.  

 

Salary :  $1,707.30 BIWEEKLY

 

 

 

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Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to Competitions@novascotia.ca.