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Director General, Eastern District

Posted By Administration, November 22, 2017

Job Number: J1017-1199
Job Title: Director General, Eastern District
Job Type: Permanent Full Time
City, Province, Country: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Job Location: Ottawa
Job Category: Management / Consulting
Open Positions: 1
Posting Date: November 16, 2017
Closing Date: December 1, 2017
Salary: $120,000.00 - $142,000.00/Year

Legal Aid Ontario employees are committed to making a difference in the lives of our clients.
As an integral partner in the Justice system, working at Legal Aid Ontario is more than just a job. It's an opportunity to help people who need it the most; to ensure each client receives the access to justice afforded to them under the law.
If you are looking for a new challenge in your already meaningful career with a team dedicated to justice, and innovation in a flexible and supportive work environment consider this opportunity below.

Primary function

Location: Situated in the Eastern District with a preference for the location to be in Ottawa. This role will be responsible for the following counties: Hastings, Prince Edward, Lennox & Addington, Frontenac, Renfrew, Lanark, Leeds & Grenville, Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry, Prescott & Russell and the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton. 

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is currently seeking a Director General for the Eastern District in the Central & Eastern Region. The Director General is responsible for the delivery and oversight of all legal aid services within the District, including criminal, family, child protection, and poverty law, through an integrated model that includes, certificates, duty counsel, staff lawyers, paralegals, community legal clinics, and Student Legal Aid Services Societies. As a member of LAO’s Executive Management Committee, the Director General will effectively work with senior management, local management, staff and external stakeholders to ensure that LAO services are systematically and efficiently coordinated across a variety of diverse communities. This opening presents an exciting opportunity for a seasoned lawyer-manager looking to progress in the organization.

Key accountabilities

We are seeking an individual who is fluent in both English and French with a keen business sense and sound legal expertise combined with a solid understanding of the principles of modern public sector management. You are also a change agent, adept in systems management, a creative problem solver, with excellent communication skills in both public and private forums, and great interpersonal skills with a good understanding of public sector values. You will have a strong customer service orientation, and the capacity to quickly understand and implement our business objectives.

In this role, the Director General will be a creative, committed self-starter with excellent relationship building skills. You will apply your management skills and previous experience to provide leadership and vision in the development of strategic and business plans as well as ensuring that appropriate and innovative service delivery mechanisms are in place. You will be instrumental in advancing the organization in its strategic plan as well as developing and maintaining key stakeholder relationships. Amongst other important organizational initiatives, this position will support LAO’s Aboriginal Justice, Mental Health and French Languages Services strategies.

You will oversee the management of a diverse workforce located throughout various counties as outlined above. Human Resources Management skills, including distance management, are essential to this position, since you will be directing staff in the District Offices and in the Duty Counsel program. In addition your experience with information management is essential to your success. A positive relationship with the justice system stakeholders in the above mentioned communities is a valuable asset.

Required skills & experience

· Experience in leading or managing change
· Minimum 10 years’ experience as a lawyer
· Demonstrated management experience
· Solid understanding of the justice sector, the needs of low income Ontarians, and the particular challenges of legal aid service delivery
· Knowledge of a broad range of legal aid services, including those provided by clinics and student legal aid service societies
· Proven ability to understand and interpret financial, statistical and performance measurement data
· Proven experience in managing financial and administrative functions and in directing and developing both professional and administrative staff
· Demonstrated innovation and initiative
· Strong consultation, facilitation, mediation and negotiation skills
· Analytical and strategic in thinking
· Demonstrated knowledge and experience with computer software including but not limited to: Word Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and PeopleSoft.
· Knowledge of the law relating to criminal, civil, family, immigration and administrative matters
· Member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada
· Fluency in French and English.
· Travel is a requirement of this role.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

To apply, please visit our website. Please note that all applicants are encouraged to provide a valid email address for communication purposes. Applicants may receive written correspondence regarding this job posting directly to the email address provided on their resume or to the one used to set up their Candidate Profile if applying on Njoyn. As an applicant, it is your responsibility to ensure that you check your email regularly.
Legal Aid Ontario values integrity, respect, responsiveness, excellence, independence, accountability, openness and consistency. Our recruitment process reflects our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Accommodation is available under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

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