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Director of Knowledge Management - Victoria, BC

Woodward & Company Lawyers LLP is a national boutique law firm that provides legal services to Indigenous communities, governments, and businesses, for transformative change in an era of reconciliation and decolonization.

Woodward is seeking a Director of Knowledge Management for a multi-faceted role with high level integrity, diligence, and analytical thinking that contributes to our firm’s mission with an interpersonal engagement that cultivates positive and meaningful working relationships with colleagues and clients.

CORE JOB ACCOUNTABILITIES:

Reporting to the Growth Partner, our Director of Knowledge Management will collect, organize, update, and disseminate comprehensive legal knowledge and implement information management infrastructure to ensure knowledge assets are accessible, organized, and streamlined for the delivery of knowledge management department services within the firm.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Conceive, develop, implement, and maintain a knowledge management strategy and infrastructure;
  2. Monitor and report on legal developments, news, business intelligence through website news events, blogs, newsletters, and other legal updates;
  3. Create and maintain a central work product depository, including electronic and physical documents, template documents, precedents, and checklists;
  4. Develop, implement, and maintain file management and naming protocols, databases, and skills inventories;
  5. Provide training across the firm regarding the use of the knowledge management infrastructure and facilitate communication and coordination among management, lawyers, students, staff, IT, and others;
  6. Work with the Growth Partner and Director of IT Support and Information Systems, to drive continuous knowledge management service improvement, new technologies, and knowledge management service delivery;
  7. Work with Practice Group Leaders to identify knowledge needs and coordinate training sessions for practice groups;
  8. Work with HR to ensure alignment of learning and development objectives with knowledge management offerings; and,
  9. Serve as a Privacy Officer for the purpose of compliance with the Personal Information Protection Act (BC) – PIPA – and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (Canada) – PIPEDA.

KEY COMPETENCIES:

  • Engaging interpersonal skills, as a positive and professional team player, with service orientation and cultural awareness.
  • Critical and strategic thinking with resilience and commitment for operational efficiency and knowledge sharing tools.
  • Alignment with Woodward core values to keep striving for the excellence, trust, ethics, respect, and accountability.
  • Proficient computer skills and continuous learning mindset for internal development on Woodward platforms and systems.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor of Law degree with Canadian Bar Association admission/membership, or equivalent work experience in the legal services industry. This position is ideal for a Lawyer, Law Librarian, or Paralegal with certification, diploma, or degree, from a recognized institution.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ working experience in a law firm or legal setting reporting to one or more partners, executive level managers or equivalent.
  • Excellent research skills with familiarity and training in legal information management systems with extensive library experience and knowledge of privacy legislation, preferred.
  • Certification or training as a law librarian, or a paralegal with experience in Aboriginal law, considered a significant asset.
  • Training and experience using Microsoft Office products (e.g., Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint) and extensive familiarity with Worldox (or other document management systems), and the implementation of knowledge management systems, strategies, and infrastructure.

How to Apply?

While we would like to thank all applicants for their expression of interest in our developing career opportunities, please note only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No calls, please.

Please forward your cover letter and resumé in PDF format to Pam Toovey, CPHR-SCP (She/Her) HR Manager at: employment@woodwardandcompany.com

Solicitor - Victoria, BC

Do you have a serious passion for Aboriginal law?

Woodward & Company Lawyers LLP is a national boutique law firm that provides legal services to Indigenous communities, governments, and businesses, for transformative change in an era of reconciliation and decolonization.

Woodward is expanding and seeking a mid to senior level call, for a multi-faceted full-time role in our Victoria office, in BC. With high level integrity, diligence, and analytical thinking our team of lawyers contribute to our firm’s mission with an interpersonal engagement that cultivates positive and meaningful relationships with colleagues, clients, and communities.

Please consult our website at: woodwardandcompany.com for an overview of our practice areas.

If you are a 5-10-year call, and have experience in one or more of the following areas, we invite you to apply:

  • Governance, Legislation, and Bylaw drafting;
  • Land management, including housing, commercial development, and leasing on Indigenous lands;
  • Economic development and impact benefit agreements;
  • Corporate/commercial, including secured transactions; and,
  • Trusts, including settlement, business, land, and First Nation community trusts.

Applicants should also demonstrate the following:

  • Member in good standing with one or more Canadian law societies
  • A genuine interest in indigenous legal orders to serve Indigenous interests
  • Self-motivated and confident with strong organizational and time management skills
  • Experience working in northern community, considered an asset
  • Excellent technical/legal writing skills
  • Able to explain complex legal concepts and procedural information across disciplines and cultures
  • A strong team player able to balance working independently and within interdisciplinary teams including providing mentorship to junior associates
  • Willingness to travel (post-pandemic) and cultivate relationships with current and future clients
  • Willingness to engage in cultural and professional events (including public speaking)

Remuneration:

  • Salary commensurate with experience and year of call
  • Immediate enrollment in our Group Benefits Plan (Medical/Vision/Dental/Prescription/Paramedical)
  • Employer RSP contribution
  • Employer paid Law Society and CBA fees
  • Continuing Professional Development allowance

Please submit a cover letter and resumé (in PDF format) to the attention of Pamela Toovey, Human Resources at: employment@woodwardandcompany.com.

  • Cover letter
  • Résumé
  • Writing sample (excerpt please – maximum 4 pages).

Our primary concern is for everyone’s health and safety. Public Health and WorkSafeBC continue to inform our prevention measures for COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. For everyone’s health and safety, our policy, requires full vaccination status against COVID-19 to attend Woodward offices, meetings, and events in-person.

Litigator - Victoria, BC

Do you have a serious passion for Aboriginal law?

Woodward & Company Lawyers LLP is a national boutique law firm that provides legal services to Indigenous communities, governments, and businesses, for transformative change in an era of reconciliation and decolonization.

Woodward is expanding and seeking a mid to senior level call lawyers, for a multi-faceted full-time role in Victoria, BC. With high level integrity, diligence, and analytical thinking our team of lawyers contribute to our firm’s mission with an interpersonal engagement that cultivates positive and meaningful relationships with colleagues, clients, and communities.

Please consult our website at: woodwardandcompany.com for an overview of our practice areas.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5-year call
  • Demonstrated litigation experience in: Aboriginal, Constitutional, and/or Administrative Law
  • Experience in a courtroom or regulatory setting
  • Excellent technical/legal writing skills, including factums, options, and court applications
  • Experience working in northern communities, considered an asset

Applicants should also demonstrate the following:

  • Member in good standing with one or more Canadian law societies
  • A genuine interest in developing a practice to serve Indigenous communities
  • Self-motivated and confident
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent technical/legal writing skills
  • Able to explain complex legal concepts and procedural information across disciplines and cultures
  • A strong team player able to balance working independently and within interdisciplinary teams including providing mentorship to junior associates
  • Willingness to travel and cultivate relationships with current and future clients
  • Willingness to engage in cultural and professional events (including public speaking)

Remuneration:

  • Salary commensurate with experience and year of call
  • Benefits commence with secured enrollment (Extended Health/Vision/Dental/Health & Wellness)
  • Employer RSP contribution
  • Employer paid Law Society and CBA fees
  • Professional Development Benefit

Please submit a cover letter, resumé (in PDF format) to the attention of Pamela Toovey, Human Resources at: employment@woodwardandcompany.com.

  • Cover letter
  • Résumé
  • Writing sample (excerpt please – maximum 4 pages).

Our primary concern is for everyone’s health and safety. Public Health and WorkSafeBC continue to inform our prevention measures for COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. For everyone’s health and safety, our policy, requires full vaccination status against COVID-19 to attend Woodward offices, meetings, and events in-person.

Legal Assistant - Victoria, BC

Woodward & Company LLP provides a full suite of legal services to Indigenous governments, businesses, communities, and people. We are seeking an experienced Legal Assistant to join us as a full-time team member. This position requires a confident, outgoing, and an engaging individual who displays efficiency, professionalism, self-motivation, a mature work ethic, and caring attention to detail to assist multiple lawyers on file matters.

CORE JOB ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Preparing documents including (drafting, formatting, editing, proofing) correspondence, memos, agreements, legislation, codes, bylaws, and reports.
  • Maintaining organized calendars, emails, correspondence, notes, schedules, meetings, documents, resources, and files.
  • Daily use of software, databases, and document management system (Worldox), to search and obtain file-specific information from various government websites and offices.

KEY COMPETENCIES:

  • Strong problem-solving skills and
  • Knowledge of legal practices, terminology, and Court
  • Familiarity with BC Online, Corporate Online and LTSA.
  • High level of initiative, (knowing when to seek appropriate advice).
  • Excellent organization
  • A keen attention to
  • Strong communication and interpersonal
  • A quick and continuous learner.
  • Technical competencies including, proficient knowledge of MS Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint) and exposure to BC Online, LTSA searches, litigation software, and document management
  • Ability to work well autonomously and within a team in a fast-paced office work
  • Reliability, flexibility, and dependable attendance is an essential function of this

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Preference may be given to candidates who have completed a Legal Assistant program from an accredited educational institution in Canada.
  • Grade 12 graduation required, with 3 to 5 years’ applied work experience.

Why Woodward & Company?

Woodward offers meaningful work focused on Aboriginal Law and Indigenous issues. We offer a great compensation package combined with a generous range of benefits, including group health, dental, RSP contributions, vacation, additional paid time off, parking/transit/wellness allowances, and strong support for continuous learning and professional development.

For everyone’s health and safety, our Vaccination policy, requires full vaccination against COVID-19 to attend Woodward offices in person, meet with our team in person, and attend events held in, or outside of the office.

While we would like to thank all applicants for their expression of interest, please note only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No calls please.

Please submit a cover letter and resumé (in PDF format) to the attention of Pamela Toovey, Human Resources at: employment@woodwardandcompany.com

Accounts Clerk - Victoria, BC

Woodward & Company Lawyers LLP is a national boutique law firm that provides legal services to Indigenous communities, governments, and businesses, including transformative change in an era of reconciliation and decolonization.

Woodward is seeking an Accounts Clerk to join our finance team (full-time and on-site) with high level integrity, an attention to detail, and analytical thinking that contributes to our firm’s mission with the efficient delivery of financial tasks, and an interpersonal engagement that cultivates positive and meaningful working relationships with colleagues and clients.

CORE JOB ACCOUNTABILITIES:

Our Accounts Clerk will acquire knowledge in accounting best practices to execute efficient billing and file opening processes while building meaningful relationships with colleagues and clients, on behalf of our legal team.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Support the finance manager with various accounting tasks.
  2. Draft, finalize, send, and post bills.
  3. Prepare client statements and quarterly reports for review and submission.
  4. Enter and complete accounts payable and receivable tasks.
  5. Calculate, post, and follow-up with inquiries related to expense claims, billing inquiries, or other department requests.
  6. Update cashflow, as required.
  7. Open and close files in ESI-Law and Worldox.
  8. Complete new matter conflict checks, as requested, and assist with firewall security information.
  9. Perform clerical duties, such as word processing, maintaining files, records, and systems.

KEY COMPETENCIES:

  • Engaging interpersonal skills, as a positive and professional team player, with service orientation and cultural awareness.
  • Attention to detail for maintaining high-level accuracy in preparing and posting financial information.
  • Critical and analytical thinking skills with resilience and commitment for quick and efficient solution-based processing.
  • Alignment for Woodward core values to keep striving for the excellence, trust, ethics, respect, and accountability.
  • Proficient computer skills with Microsoft Office products (i.e., MS Excel, MS Word, PowerPoint, Outlook) and continuous learning required for internal platforms or systems Woodward makes use of.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Completion of a business administration program, or other related field of study with work experience in accounts payable and receivable, clerical, or data entry position.
  • Prior experience working in a law firm, or legal setting with familiarity of legal terms, legal documentation, and financial filing processes, is considered an asset.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office (e.g., MS Excel, Outlook, MS Word, PowerPoint) and familiarity with accounting software, ESI-Law, Worldox (or other document management system) is preferred.
  • Must be bondable and eligible to work in Canada.

How to Apply?

Woodward offers meaningful work experiences and compensation with consideration for education and experience. This position will start work on-site at our Victoria office, as soon as possible.

While we would like to thank all applicants for their expression of interest in our developing career opportunities, please note only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No calls, please.

Please forward your cover letter and resumé in PDF format to Pam Toovey, CPHR-SCP (She/Her) HR Manager at: employment@woodwardandcompany.com

Receptionist - Victoria, BC

Woodward & Company Lawyers LLP is a national boutique law firm that provides legal services to Indigenous communities, governments, and businesses, for transformative change in an era of reconciliation and decolonization.

Woodward & Company LLP is seeking a warm first point of contact receptionist to join our administration team in a full-time capacity, on-site in our Victoria office location. We are looking for an individual who is friendly, organized, and service oriented to cultivate positive and meaningful working relationships with clients and colleagues.

CORE JOB ACCOUNTABILITIES:

Our receptionist will welcome visitors, answer the phone, organize events and schedules, enhance communications, support our facility operations, and the files we serve on behalf of our clients.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Answer telephones, route calls and provide information for general inquiries in-person, by telephone, and via email.
  2. Greet visitors and assist clients and colleagues as our first point of contact.
  3. Provide information for general inquiries (in-person, by telephone, and via email).
  4. Send, receive, sort, prioritize, track, and distribute mail and courier packages.
  5. Help with firm event planning.
  6. Order office supplies and resolve issues with office equipment and supplies.
  7. Ensure office cleanliness & kitchen task completion (e.g., order groceries, provide cleaner requests, support organization).
  8. Make appointments and travel arrangements for staff.
  9. Book meetings and conference rooms, record meeting minutes (as needed).
  10. Maintain front desk security and access lists for building access equipment (i.e., keys, fobs, access codes).
  11. Update and distribute office communications, and provide updates related to client inquiries and property management.

KEY COMPETENCIES:

  • Engaging interpersonal skills, as well as a warm positive and professional
  • Effective listening, verbal, and written communications
  • A team player who is flexible and adapts quickly to provide a high service level to clients and staff.
  • Highly effective time management and organization
  • Ability to use critical thinking skills to quickly resolve any problems as they arise.
  • Proficient computer skills with Microsoft Office products (i.e., MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A post-secondary diploma, degree, or certificate in office administration, legal studies, or relevant area of discipline.
  • Experience working in a law firm, or legal setting for familiarity with legal terms, legal documentation, and filing is an asset. An individual with prior experience as a legal receptionist supporting multiple lawyers, legal assistants, and administrative support services staff is valuable, but not required.
  • Extensive experience working with word processing, spreadsheets, printers, copiers, scanners, faxes, meeting calendars, booking office appointments, and call forwarding systems, is required.

How to Apply?

Woodward offers meaningful work experiences and compensation with consideration for education and experience. The position will start work on-site at our Victoria office, as soon as possible.

While we would like to thank all applicants for their expression of interest in our developing career opportunities, please note those selected for an interview will be contacted. No calls, please.

Please forward your cover letter and resumé in PDF format to Pam Toovey, CPHR-SCP (She/Her) HR Manager at: employment@woodwardandcompany.com

Thank you for considering Woodward & Company