Job Posting Competition #94511
Staff Lawyer, Inquiries and Investigations (Band 4)
Temporary, full-time (12 months)
Location: Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna or Prince George, B.C.
Starting salary (firm): $105,700.02

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Note: This posting is for one temporary full-time opportunity for an anticipated period of 12 months. This temporary opportunity may be extended. A permanent appointment may result from this temporary appointment. An eligibility list may be established for future permanent and/or temporary vacancies.

Are you a leading legal professional with experience in managing legal inquiries and investigations? Are you looking for meaningful work in the promotion and protection of human rights in B.C.? If this sounds like you, consider applying your legal expertise and experience to the role of Staff Lawyer, Inquires and Investigations with BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner. 

BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner (BCOHRC) exists to address the root causes of inequality, discrimination and injustice in B.C. by shifting laws, policies, practices and cultures. We do this work through education, research, advocacy, inquiry and monitoring.

Reporting to the General Counsel, the Staff Lawyer, Inquiries and Investigations (Staff Lawyer) will manage complex inquiries and investigations, which fall under the Commissioner’s mandate pursuant to sections 47.14 and 47.15 of the Human Rights Code (Code).

The Staff Lawyer will work with General Counsel and a multidisciplinary team to exercise significant responsibility regarding the systemic inquiry and investigations work of the Commissioner. In addition to providing advice to the Commissioner and General Counsel, the Staff Lawyer will ensure that work is conducted in accordance with the Code, established policies, and the principles of administrative fairness and natural justice. The Staff Lawyer oversees inquiries and investigations from start to finish, including monitoring emerging issues that may be suited for systemic inquiry or investigation, researching inquiry topics, developing inquiry terms of reference and inquiry procedures, corresponding and meeting with parties, drafting and editing information requests and orders, preparing draft reports, and monitoring the implementation of recommendations. General Counsel will act as Inquiry Counsel during inquiries and investigations, and the Staff Lawyer will support them in that role.

Equity and diversity

We are striving to build a diverse team that has lived experience with human rights. To complement the diversity of the BCOHRC team, preference may be given to candidates who are Indigenous, Black or racialized, people with diverse gender identities or expressions, and/or, people with disabilities.

It will greatly assist us with screening if you refer in your application to these stated preferences. Recognizing the impacts of discrimination, we ask for a brief statement only, to the degree you feel comfortable sharing. One of our guiding principles is to operate in a trauma-informed manner and thus, it is your choice whether to volunteer information. We will hold your application in strictest confidence, sharing it only with the hiring panel.

Indigenous identity statement: In responding to the impacts of colonization on Indigenous people, we encourage applications from those who wish to self-identify.

Conflict of interest

BC’s Human Rights Commissioner is an independent officer of the Legislature. This independence lends credibility to our work, gives us the widest scope possible to make effective change, and ensures that the perspectives of a broad range of marginalized people are a meaningful part of our processes and are amplified to decision makers and duty bearers through our work. Avoiding real, perceived and potential conflicts is necessary for maintaining BCOHRC’s reputation for independence. This could mean that successful candidates may be requested to step down from governance or leadership positions such as boards or engagement in other activities that could result in an actual, potential or perceived conflict of interest.

Additional information

  • This posting is for one (1) temporary, full-time position in Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna or Prince George, B.C. However, due to the extraordinary circumstances related to COVID-19, this position may be performed virtually and work-related travel will be suspended until the Commissioner determines, based on information from the Provincial Health Officer, that conditions have been met for employees to safely return to the office and resume work-related travel.
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada (i.e., Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada or authorized in writing to work in Canada such as via a work permit). Employment is contingent upon continued eligibility to work in Canada.
  • The successful applicant requires a criminal record check. Existence of a criminal record will not result in immediate disqualification.
  • This position is excluded from union membership.
  • An eligibility list may be established to fill future vacancies.
  • BCOHRC is committed to supporting the health and safety of our staff and those with whom we come into physical contact in the course of our work.  This includes those most vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus in the community. BCOHRC has introduced a requirement for proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Everyone hired by BCOHRC who will be working from our offices and/or physically interacting with community, must agree to fulfil all vaccination requirements that apply to BCOHRC employees. Accommodation will be considered for those who are unable to take the vaccine for a reason protected by BC’s Human Rights Code.

Informational webinar

We will hosted an informational webinar for those who are curious about this position and interested in learning more about the BCOHRC.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities and a complete list of required and preferred qualifications, please refer to the job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact recruitment@bchumanrights.ca.  

How to apply

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  1. Submit a cover letter and resume detailing your relevant work experience and how you meet the stated qualifications
  2. Include the position title on the cover letter and in the email subject line
  3. Applications must be submitted by email to recruitment@bchumanrights.ca

Application Tips

  • Initial screening will be based on the education and experience qualifications specified in the job profile.
  • Please ensure your resume and cover letter clearly specify how your education and experience meet the required job qualifications with specific examples.
  • It is a good idea to carefully review the education and experience requirements and tailor your resume and cover letter to respond to them.
  • Be as clear and specific as possible in your resume, including the month and year(s) for each job in your employment history as well as the job-related responsibilities.
  • The content and/or format of your cover letter and resume may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.
  • Please note that if the panel is not able to tell from your resume whether you meet the education and experience requirements for the position, we will not consider your application any further.

Due to a high volume of applications, we will not be able to accept incomplete or late applications.

If your application is shortlisted—next steps

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the next stage of the hiring process, which may include the following:

  • Interview
  • Written Assignment

Only those applications submitted to BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner directly by email will be considered. Please DO NOT apply for this position by submitting your profile on the BC Government Hiring Centre website.

Your application must be received by 9:00 a.m. PDT on Thursday, December 1, 2022.

Contact

Stephanie Addis, HR Advisor
Recruitment@bchumanrights.ca

By submitting your application, you certify that all information submitted is true, complete and correct. Any information provided in your application, any assessment documents or processes and/or an interview that is found to be false or misrepresented in any respect, may eliminate you from further consideration for employment or may result in dismissal.