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The British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BCTF), established in 1917, is a union of professionals representing over 49,000 public school teachers in the province of BC. As an organization, we are dedicated to advancing learning conditions for students concurrently with advocating for BC's public school teachers and the teaching profession. We are also deeply committed to democratic decision-making and supporting the engagement of the teachers who make up our member base. Equally, we act on our belief in social justice in schools and the broader community, and actively support our members in striving to achieve equity, inclusion, and a more just society for their students today and into the future.

Housed in a modern, well-maintained office setting located close to the Canada Line and other major transit routes, the BCTF provides an exceptional working environment where respect, learning, and professional growth are championed and valued. This is an in-person position based out of Vancouver.

Function and purpose
Reporting to and working closely with the General Counsel, the Associate General Counsel provides assistance to the General Counsel with all matters that fall within the scope of the General Counsel’s portfolio. The Associate General Counsel will have primary responsibility for some of the matters assigned to the General Counsel’s office and will also act as their backup as needed.

Principal duties and responsibilities

  • Advises the BCTF Executive Offices on a variety of subject matters including the BCTF constitution and by-laws, the Societies Act, election related issues, the Lobbyists Transparency Act, and staffing issues.
  • Advises the BCTF Salary Indemnity Plan on legal issues with respect to plan governance, interpretation of the plan regulations, responding to civil claims against the plan, and other legal issues as they arise.
  • Provides advice to the BCTF governance bodies, including the Executive Committee, Representative Assembly, Bargaining Conference, and Annual General Meeting.
  • Advises the Director of Human Resources on collective agreement interpretation and other legal issues related to employment and staffing.
  • Acts as the BCTF Privacy Officer and responds to inquiries, access requests, and complaints from members and staff. Provides training on Privacy matters.
  • Advises the Treasurers’ Office on legal issues related to the BCTF property holdings and other matters.
  • Advises the BCTF on pension matters related to member and staff pensions.
  • Acts as a legal resource to other departments within the BCTF.
  • Reviews contracts with external providers and partners.
  • Advises BCTF locals on local constitutions and by-laws.
  • Carriage of litigation files.
  • Participation in BCTF in-house workgroups.
  • Develops and delivers training workshops to local officers and members on legal and privacy matters.
  • Provides advice to the BCTF bargaining team.
  • Assumes oversight of the Legal Services Division in the absence of the General Counsel.
  • Assumes responsibility for the Legal Services Division budget and finances in the absence of the General Counsel.
  • Responsible for other legal duties and BCTF initiatives as assigned.

Required qualifications

  • Education
    • Successful completion of a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD).
    • Successful completion of bar admissions and status as a current practicing member of a law society in a Canadian province or territory.
  • Experience
    • Minimum of 10 years recent experience practicing law.
    • Preference for lawyers with experience in labour law, advising disability plans, and/or governance bodies of large organizations.
  • Skills and abilities
    • Excellent interpersonal, communication, facilitation, and mediation skills.
    • Excellent time management, organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
    • Strategic thinker with a collaborative and creative approach to problem solving.
    • Ability to exercise a high degree of diplomacy, tact, and discretion.
    • Ability to function successfully both within a team and with direction.
  • Other desired qualifications
    • Ability to communicate in French.
    • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends.
    • Flexibility to travel.
    • Understanding of issues of social justice, equity, diversity, decolonization, and inclusion (JEDDI) with a desire to further develop in this area.

A competitive compensation package will be provided including a negotiated base salary and excellent benefits including:

  • extended health and dental (employer paid)
  • long-term disability
  • life insurance (employer paid)
  • Teachers’ Pension Plan (shared contribution)
  • Seven weeks of vacation per year
  • flexible work hours
  • generous professional development allowance
  • ·on-site parking available
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
  • a supportive team environment.

Only applications received in writing by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, will be considered. Please send a letter of application, citing job posting number E0010-2023-01, and résumé including reference contact information by email to postings@bctf.ca.

Deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m., January 11, 2023

Diversity and accessibility statements
The BC Teachers’ Federation is committed to furthering social justice, diversity, decolonization, equity, and inclusion within our community. Because the BCTF has an affirmative action policy, applicants are encouraged to disclose, on a voluntary basis, whether they self-identify as a member of an equity-deserving group, which includes female (and self-identifying women), 2SLGBTQIA+ person, a person of colour, a person who has experienced racism, Aboriginal (Indigenous) person, and/or a person with a disability.

The BCTF strives for compliance with the Accessible British Columbia Act and ensuring our communities are as barrier-free as possible. Applicants requiring an accommodation are encouraged to contact the hiring manager.

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