At the Department of Lands, we strive to be leaders and innovators in northern land and resource management. We have five regional offices, and are headquartered in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Despite being a small department, with approximately 150 employees, we carry out a diverse set of land management functions within the government. We offer many opportunities to be involved with a variety of different aspects to public land management.
The Department’s key activities include:
• coordination of government’s role in land use planning and environmental assessment
• public land administration
• compliance and enforcement of activities on public land
• provision of information and technology services to support the natural resources management functions of three GNWT departments
Visit the Department of Lands website to learn more about what we do.
The Legislative Advisor provides advice on departmental legislation and other assigned special projects. The position provides advice in the areas of legislative analysis, development and implementation to ensure that statutes and regulations administered by the Department of Lands are consistent with Executive Council direction, land claims and self-government agreements and federal legislation. This position provides advice on legal issues in relation to departmental activities as they arise. The position is also responsible for working with the departmental Information Access Coordinator on requests for information under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (ATIPP Act), and for contributing to policy research and planning for the Department.
The Legislative Advisor position is located in Yellowknife and reports to the Manager of Legislation, Policy, Legislation and Communications Division. The Division is responsible for providing advice relating to legislation and legal affairs relating to the mandate of the Department of Lands, in addition to coordinating the development of new policy and legislation initiatives.
The incumbent provides advice on the varied legal issues that arise related to legislation and departmental activities and recommends courses of action to mitigate risks, including recommending positions on litigation. The actions recommended can have a significant impact on the way the Department delivers programs. Recommendations also have potentially significant financial implications through provision of advice that may result in the Department avoiding costly lawsuits. Recommended actions often deal with issues that have a high public profile as well.
Critical Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Knowledge of legal and legislative principles and practice
• Ability to read and interpret legislation
• Expert knowledge of legislative development
• Knowledge of the principles of land claims
• Ability to identify key issues from complex documents and explain these issues in plain language
Typically, the above qualifications would be acquired by an undergraduate degree in a related field and a degree program in law (LLB/JD), as well as two years of experience working with law and legislation, and experience in writing and researching formal advisory and decision documents.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.
The salary range for this position is from $50.95 per hour to $60.85 per hour (approximately $99,353 - $118,658.) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.
Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.
Criminal Records Check
Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.
Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.
Diversity and Inclusion
The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace. If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.