Legal Counsel (Labour Relations Officer) – LEAP
12 Month Contract
Location: Toronto, ON Canada
Group/Grade: Bargaining Unit/Officer Grade
Rate: $98,145.83 (start)
Date: May 22, 2020
Founded in 1973, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is a leading health-care union representing more than 65,000 registered nurses and health professionals and 18,000 nursing student affiliates working in Ontario hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, community, clinics and industry. ONA is committed to the advancement of the social, economic and general welfare of its members providing labour relations services that include representation of members to ensure their rights under the collective agreement are protected and negotiating the best possible terms and conditions of employment. ONA advocates for the highest standards of health care for all Ontarians. Looking to the future, ONA will continue to provide proactive strategies to raise the awareness of the value (including economic and patient benefits) of RNs with all stakeholders.
ONA is seeking to hire a contract Legal Counsel (Labour Relations Officer) for our Legal Expense Assistance Plan (LEAP) team. This position works within the boundaries of ONA’s governing and administrative policies, vision and strategic outcomes, and team standards. The successful candidate will administer and deliver the plan in the representation of ONA members at Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) tribunals, and coroners’ inquests in a quality-conscious and cost-effective manner to the LEAP team.
This is what else you can expect from this dynamic role:
- Reviews and handles RHPA Tribunal cases.
- Writes highly-detailed, persuasive submissions for ONA members regarding various regulatory college matters.
- Provides counseling and advice to ONA members through the LEAP Intake Line.
- Assists members to understand and reflect upon regulatory college standards and their own accountabilities as health-care professionals.
- Attends meetings at the CNO representing members as requested.
- Identifies trends that may impact the provision of LEAP, expanding knowledge/expertise on allied health and other regulated professions.
- Occasionally represents on the LEAP Advisory Committee.
- Assists in membership education and communications with respect to LEAP.
- Expands knowledge/expertise on allied health and other regulated professions
- Consults with senior legal counsel when necessary to ensure members’ rights are protected.
- Participates in team meetings and connects, sharing information and expertise with team.
- Communicates with other ONA teams when appropriate to ensure members receive adequate representation with respect to all workplace issues.
- Uses ONA database to record and search for case information.
What we are looking for:
The successful candidate will possess -
- B or Juris Doctor (JD) is required.
- Three (3) to five (5) years of related experience including experience litigating (or equivalent combination of education and experience satisfactory to ONA).
- Experience providing written and/or oral advocacy at professional regulatory tribunals.
- Membership in the Law Society of Upper Canada required.
- RN designation considered an asset.
- Comprehensive understanding of College of Nurses practice standards.
- Familiarity with the Regulated Health Professions Act and Nursing Act. Familiarity and knowledge with respect to nursing practice and legal issues.
- Experience providing written and oral advocacy at professional regulatory tribunals an asset.
- Superior communication skills, both verbal and written; demonstrated ability to write logical, persuasive, detailed submissions.
- Excellent interpersonal skills: ability to show empathy and patience while providing counseling and advice to members.
- Experience with teaching/coaching/mentoring is an asset.
- The successful candidate must be flexible, adaptable and able to work well with others in a rapidly changing work environment.
- Must have demonstrated advocacy and an "activist's heart."
- Adept in the use of Microsoft Office Suite, Windows and have a basic knowledge of database application.
- Ability to speak other languages is considered an asset.
All interested candidates may apply via ONA Jobs by June 5, 2020.
The Ontario Nurses’ Association is committed to employment and pay equity within its staff. Applications are encouraged from equity groups including individuals of Indigenous descent, racialized individuals, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ persons. We also provide accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’). If you require accommodation for a disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources.
Thank you for your interest in joining us. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.