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Career Opportunities

Paralegal

Department: Legal Services
Location: Calgary/YYC

Position Summary:

The Indigenous Justice Centre is a pro-bono law firm located in Calgary, also known as Moh-kíns-tsis (Blackfoot)/Wincheesh-pah (Stoney)/Kootsisáw (Tsuut’ina/Dene) and Otos-kwunee(Cree). The IJC is committed to providing service and access to justice to the Indigenous population within Calgary and the surrounding regions. The IJC is committed to providing a supportive and collegial team environment where staff works together to provide excellent and holistic legal services to our clients.

Ideal candidates are those looking for a challenge and an opportunity to play a role in the implementation of an innovative organization focused on reducing the over-representation of Indigenous peoples in the justice system and in restorative justice. Additionally, those interested in being on the front-line working in a fast-paced litigation-based office environment.

The Paralegal position provides support to IJC legal counsel providing administrative support to organize, edit, prepare and ensure readiness of all legal files and legal documents in the centre.


The Paralegal will support legal counsel in increasing access to justice and improving the effectiveness of legal services to all Indigenous persons in a culturally appropriate manner in all aspects and areas of the justice system, including the right to timely, efficient and quality legal advice. To ensure the rights of Indigenous people are addressed at the earliest stages of encountering the justice system.

Key Outcomes:

  • Indigenous peoples will receive immediate, timely and culturally effective legal services to address their legal matters without delay to reduce time being remanded.

  • Indigenous peoples will receive positive outcomes in regards to dispositions at sentencing.

  • Indigenous peoples will receive culturally informed, aware and sensitive legal representation.

  • Indigenous peoples will have access to restorative justice approaches and community sentencing reflecting Indigenous values to justice (i.e.: the provision of peacemaking circles, healing initiatives and/or ceremonies).

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Receive client intake forms, open files and order disclosure;

  • Assist legal counsel by interviewing clients;

  • Assist legal counsel by organizing disclosure and making trial files;

  • Assist legal counsel in preparing for bail hearings by interviewing sureties and preparing documentation for court prior to bail hearing;

  • Assist legal counsel in performing legal research;

  • Complete administrative work related to trial preparation;

  • Draft legal documents;

  • Communicate with clients, Crown prosecutors, and judicial assistants;

  • Maintain master calendar and ensure files are pulled to assigned legal counsel for court dates;

  • Receive files back from Court and ensure they are annotated correctly and entered diarized;

  • Ensure Gladue Reports or Gladue Factors are included in client file with appropriate copies for the Court;

  • Reviewing and filing documents in adherence with the Alberta Rules of Provincial Court and Court of King’s Bench;

  • Closure of files.

Knowledge and Skills:

Exhibited Skill Sets:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills;

  • Effective problem solving and interpersonal skills;

  • Experience conducting legal research;

  • Ability to think strategically;

  • Effective time management skills;

  • Exhibited capacity to build on professional network;

  • Ability to take direction and achieve quality results

  • Self motivated with the ability to work independently, and proactively as a team player;

  • Strong commitment to the vision and values of the Indigenous Justice Centre;

  • Strong knowledge of the structure and procedures of Canada’s Criminal Justice System, including the Gladue principle and applicable case law.

Cultural:

  • A strong understanding of Indigenous issues, social justice advocacy, diversity and anti-oppressive practice;

  • Understanding of Indigenous restorative justice approaches;

  • Knowledge of the structure of the Calgary Indigenous Court (asset not required)

  • Strong cultural knowledge and/or understanding of traditional and ceremonial teachings (particularly regarding local Indigenous peoples and diverse Indigenous populations);

  • Understanding of how to work effectively with Elders, Sacred Teachers and Knowledge Holders and follow traditional protocols;

  • Ability to speak an Indigenous language (asset not required);

  • Understanding of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.

Formal Education:

  • Completion of a recognized and accredited paralegal program diploma

Applicable Experience and Requirements:

  • At least 1-3 years experience as a paralegal

  • Vulnerable Sector Check required

Salary and Benefits:

Term Position – Full Time
Base Annual Salary Range – $57,500 – 61,712.00 annually
Weekly Hours – 40 hours per week
Benefits – 65% of benefits package includes dental, health, insurance, long term disability
Pension – 3% RRSP employer contribution – with minimum 1.5% employee contribution to RRSP or TFSP
Vacation – 3 weeks annual vacation
Cultural Days – 4 per year
Paid Time off – Annual sick days, Stat holidays as outlined by policy
*Benefits available after 6 months of continuous employment.

Send Resume and Cover Letter to:
executivedirector@ijcalberta.ca

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