Westbank First Nation Legal Counsel I Part Time in Kelowna, BC

Westbank First Nation

Branch Kelowna BC CA

Legal Counsel I
Kelowna, BC

Reporting to WFN’s Council Secretariat, and working with the Legal Services Department staff, the Legal. Available to the Membership or others as required….

Reporting to WFN’s Council Secretariat, and working with the Legal Services Department staff, the Legal Counsel I assists Council Secretariat, the CAO/Director of Operations, as well as Chief and Council in a variety of day-to-day initiatives and activities by managing information and providing legal and procedural advice, ensuring compliance with WFN’s Constitution, our Laws and Policies, and as required, the laws of other jurisdictions, including Canada and British Columbia. Of key importance to the role is the provision of Law and Policy drafting services, preparation and vetting of contracts, a procurement component, and the provision of sound legal research and advice for the benefit of WFN’s government operations. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Legal Counsel I, in support of Council Secretariat

• Primary or assisting role in the preparation of agendas for regular and in-camera Council meetings • As directed by Council Secretariat, reporting to Chief and Council, attendance at regular and in-camera

Council meetings and provision of procedural advice as required • Communications with Council Secretariat, Chief and Council and with the CAO/Director of Operations as

necessary regarding staff queries and concerns of a legal nature • Attendance at WFN membership meetings as required to provide related information and advice to Chief

and Council, the CAO/Director of Operations and community members • Provision of legal advice to Chief and Council relating to WFN’s government operations • Provision of advice to Chief and Council regarding WFN’s involvement with corporate business

operations as required

Legal Counsel I, as in-house counsel

• Analysis of ongoing issues and provision of appropriate recommendations to the Council Secretariat or CAO/Director of Operations as required to minimize WFN’s legal exposure

• Engagement in WFN risk management initiatives • Negotiation, review and drafting of project-based agreements and initiatives • Engagement with insurance and litigation claims managed by Council Secretariat on behalf of WFN • Negotiation with federal and provincial governments regarding self-government implementation

initiatives • In conjunction with Council Secretariat, liaise with external counsel as required to communicate

CAO/Director of Operations and/or Chief and Council’s instructions • Oversight of the preparation of notices for Membership meetings, development of laws and other

purposes as required by WFN Law or policy • Research and drafting of laws, policies and procedures as directed by Council Secretariat, the

CAO/Director of Operations, or Chief and Council • Research legal issues as directed by the Council Secretariat , CAO/Director of Operations, or Chief and

Council • Explain and/or interpret WFN Laws, procedures, and policies to the CAO/Director of Operation, WFN

staff, the WFN membership, and Chief and Council as required • Review draft policies prepared by WFN staff to ensure consistency with legislation, format and legal

authority/approval requirements • Support the maintenance of WFN Laws and the Registry of Laws, and make public legal documents

available to the Membership or others as required • Review employment, contractor and other agreements as directed by the CAO/Director of Operations • Act as a Commissioner for taking oaths and affidavits on behalf of WFN government

• In conjunction with Council Secretariat, address all Freedom of Information requests and liaises with WFN department(s) to determine whether information is appropriate for release

• Initiate and oversee the electoral and referendum processes to ensure that Electoral Officers conduct those processes in accordance with the Constitution

• Assist in managing the tracking of Chief and Council directives as communicated to WFN staff • In conjunction with Council Secretariat, manage the flow of legal materials through the WFN office,

review existing files, and provide updates to the CAO/Director of Operations as required • Perform other duties and responsibilities as necessary in the performance of the position, and as

assigned by the Council Secretariat or the CAO/Director of Operations • Maintain confidentiality on all matters relating to the affairs of WFN • Perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with WFN policies, standards and procedures, and

as directed by Council Secretariat.


• Membership in the Law Society of British Columbia • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a legal, local government or corporate setting • Good working knowledge of local government • High-level awareness of Aboriginal law and First Nation self-governance • Excellent written and verbal communications skills • Knowledge of public administration and structures of various levels of government • Knowledge of Aboriginal, administrative and corporate law • Ability to work constructively and respectfully with departmental staff • Ability to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings • Strong understanding of First Nation history, culture and community • Understanding of First Nation Self-Government, WFN’s Constitution, and its laws • Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with policy and administrative bodies • Criminal record check satisfactory to WFN

A competitive salary and benefits package is offered. This part-time position is a great way to experience all WFN has to offer and gain valuable skills. This part-time position may provide the opportunity to grow in the organization and may progress into full-time employment. Further information can be obtained at www.wfn.ca. This position will remain open until filled. Interested applicants should apply with an application form, cover letter, and resume indicating the position you are applying for. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted. Please reference #15-42 and indicate clearly in your covering letter where you saw this posting and how your experience and qualifications meet the requirements of the position.

Human Resources Supervisor Westbank First Nation

301-515 Hwy 97 South, Kelowna, BC V1Z 3J2 Fax: (250) 769-4377 Email: [email protected]

or proceed with Standard Application Form.

Employment Type: Part Time
Location: Kelowna, BC, CA
Posted on: 2015-08-18
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