This is a fantastic opportunity for a lawyer with significant indigenous law experience to work with a growing National team on First Nations matters both in governance and financial practices.
This growing organization is looking for a creative lawyer to join the team as a policy developer to put in place regulations to help drive economic reconciliation for Indigenous people with the ultimate goal of improving lives.
Reporting to a Senior Leader, the Policy Lawyer is responsible for contributing to policy research, consultation and outreach, development, writing, advocacy, and implementation.
As a seasoned policy lawyer with substantial experience in financial, securities, and/or Indigenous law you will liaise and build relationships with various stakeholders, organizations, and individuals including Indigenous clients, outside counsel, the Federal Government, provincial or territorial governments, financial institutions and regulators, financial and educational organizations, Indigenous governing bodies, other First Nations Fiscal Management Act institutions organization's internal teams.
The successful candidate will work on an array of matters related to Indigenous economic reconciliation and Indigenous finance and administration and may include.
- Assisting the CEO, General Counsel, or Marketing and Legal Services teams on other policy or legal matters.
- Consulting and cooperating with the various parties involved in the development of the policy (for example: client First Nations, the Funders, the Ministries of Indigenous Services Canada and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada and/or the Centre (Ministry of Finance, Treasury Board, Privy Council Office and/or Prime Ministers Office).
- Developing/drafting new and revised policies based on research, analysis, and consultation; policy work may extend to the creation and drafting of reconciliation standards
- Liaising with the Senior Leadership Team regarding ongoing policy initiatives, rules development and regulatory approvals of amendments;
- Reviewing, researching & analyzing developments in Indigenous economic reconciliation policy, ESG/sustainability regulation, and industry trends (including Diversity, Equity and Inclusion), financial and securities regulation as it pertains to Indigenous reconciliation and STEM education policy;
- Representing the organization at various events, including participation in various meetings with internal and external stakeholders and Government regulators;
- Monitoring legal trends & engaging in continuous gathering and analysis of information on current legislative, judicial and practice developments as well as current and emerging important, relevant issues
- Conducting legal and other research for the development of policy positions;
- Helping to leverage relationships with law associations, industry advocacy groups, financial and education institutions, regulatory bodies, and stakeholder organizations to advance the organization's partnerships, speaking and advocacy opportunities to expand the reach and impact of the organization
- Facilitating and participating in advocacy related meetings between representatives and key decision makers and stakeholders when requested;
- Liaising with Public Affairs to provide advice and assistance with the communication to achieve maximum government and political exposure where appropriate;
- Overseeing communications on policy matters between the organization and government officials or other key decision makers;
- Must have a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD);
- Must be a practicing member in good standing with the Law Society of their province or territory;
- Experience in and/or completion of training in ESG/sustainability, finance, securities, and/or Indigenous economic policy would be an asset. (e.g. CPA, CFA, CSC)
- Must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience:
- Experience with policy development and implementation;
- Experience in leading projects;
- Experience working with Federal or Provincial/Territorial Government organizations and representatives or with Indigenous Governments, organizations, and communities is a strong asset;
- Experience with legislative standards drafting would be helpful
- Must have an awareness and appreciation of Indigenous culture and history and willingness to participate in ongoing education and training for the role including Indigenous studies;
- Adaptable and flexible to various competing demands with proficiency at managing high work volumes in a fast-paced;
- Must be fluent in English (spoken and written). Fluency in French or an Indigenous language is considered an asset.
Vancouver, BC (Flexible)
Permanent / Full Time