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Parliamentary Counsel

Job ID: J0818-0083
Classification: SLA 2ASTEP
Job Type: Indeterminate (Permanent) Full-Time
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Minimum Salary: 99976/Year
Maximum Salary: 137886/Year
Closing Date: August 21, 2018

About this Job

IMPORTANTE NOTE: Candidates who have already applied to job#: J0118-0351
do not need to re-apply.

To staff the position of Parliamentary Counsel on an indeterminate basis and to establish a pool of qualified candidates that may be used to staff future temporary or indeterminate vacancies for this position or for other similar positions.

Summary of Duties
Parliamentary Counsel assists the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel of the Senate of Canada in rendering legal services to the Senate, its committees, individual Senators and the Senate Administration.

Open to

The general public

Pre-selection Criteria

Essential Qualifications
• Possess a degree in law from a recognized university.
• Member in good standing of the bar of one of the provinces or territories of Canada or the Order of Notaries in the Province of Quebec for a minimum of four (4) years.

Asset Qualifications

• Experience or training in parliamentary law.
• Experience in providing legal advice with respect to constitutional law.
• Experience or training in drafting federal legislation.
• Experience in providing legal advice and services and drafting briefing notes to senior management.
• Experience in providing legal advice with respect to employment law.
• Experience in providing legal advice with respect to contract law.

Linguistic Requirements (see Qualification Standards)



Institutionnelle competencies
• Integrity
• Service
• Respect

Behavioral Competencies
• Action management
• Adaptability
• Communication
• Developing self and others
• Judgment
• Teamwork and cooperation


Technical Competencies
• Knowledge of constitutional and parliamentary law.
• Knowledge of the federal legislative process.
• Ability in legal reasoning, in particular with respect to the interpretation of legislation.
• Ability in legal writing, in particular with respect to the drafting of bills, amendments to bills and documents of a legal or administrative nature.
• Ability in making oral presentations and briefings.

Organizational Needs

The Senate of Canada is committed to building and maintaining an inclusive workplace where all employees are provided full and equal access to employment, development, and advancement opportunities.

Conditions of Employment

To be considered for employment, candidates must:
• meet the conditions of employment upon appointment and for the duration of their term in the position; and
• consent to supply personal information and obtain a security accreditation.

How to apply

Alternative selection tool methods and/or reasonable accommodation for special needs are available upon request.

Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. You must consent to receiving e-mails from our system in your online profile.

The Senate of Canada reserves the right to retain a determined number of candidates who best meet the essential requirements of the position.

The Senate of Canada is a separate and distinct employer from the federal public service and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act.

We thank all those who apply to this selection process.

The posting closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on the closing date stated above.