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Director, Calgary Family Law Incubator, Dean's Office, Faculty of Law

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Job ID: 11396

Updated: March 9, 2017

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Dean's Office in the Faculty of Law is currently seeking a Full-time Limited Term Director, Calgary Family Law Incubator for approximately 2 years.

The Executive Director, The Calgary Family Law Incubator (the Director) holds the key leadership position in The Calgary Family Law Incubator (the organization). Acting under the authority of the Board of Directors, the Director is responsible for:

  • The day to day operation of the Organization project;
  • Strategic planning, policy development, community relationships and advocacy management; and
  • Ensuring the viability of the Organization beyond the initial funding period.

The Director plans, implements and evaluates the Organization's programs and services, plans and implements fundraising initiatives, and is responsible for managing staff, articling students, junior lawyers and volunteer senior lawyers. The Executive Director communicates with, and is guided by, the Board on policy and operational issues.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

Policy and Program Management

  • Lead and direct the Organization's day to day operations
  • Consult and advise the Board and its Committees on policy matters, raising policy issues for the Board's attention and developing and recommending appropriate changes
  • Ensure that systems and processes within the Organization are working efficiently
  • Supervise the implementation of the Organization's programs and services, outcomes of the Organization's programs and services, and client satisfaction with the Organization's programs and services
  • Ensure that clients receive high quality, efficient and appropriate legal services

Strategic Planning and Visioning

  • Represents the Organization on campus and in the community, and develops good relationships and seeks partnerships that are essential to the reputation and ongoing funding of the project
  • Conducts both internal and external environmental scans to identify emerging issues that affect the Organization. The internal scan brings to the Board's attention issues arising from within the Organization, such as the increased need for technological resources, while the external scan identify issues that may have an impact on the Organization, such as changes in funding policies and new funding opportunities
  • Communicates with key stakeholders to identify the changing needs and conditions of the community that is served by the Organization and inform them of the Organization's activities and accomplishments
  • Set specific organizational goals and outcomes, under the direction of the Board of Directors

Financial Management and Fund Development

  • Responsible for ensuring that the Organization operates on revenue neutral or cost recovery basis
  • Responsible for ensuring that Organization funds are well managed and maintained, and properly reported to the Board, funding agencies and government entities as required
  • Develops and administers all budgets and other resource requirements
  • Approves and oversees all budget expenditures
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with the Law Society of Alberta's trust safety rules and serves as the Organization's Responsible Lawyer


  • Develop and maintain strong working relationship with the Calgary bench, bar and broader community related to problem solving, fundraising and other initiatives of the Organization
  • Work collaboratively with staff, articling students, junior lawyers, volunteer senior lawyers, and relevant community agencies and groups, to establish and accomplish objectives and fulfill responsibilities
  • Encourage team-building by facilitating open communication and positive working relationships with staff, articling students, junior lawyers and the Board
  • Establish control and follow-up mechanisms for the Organization
  • Set clear, results-oriented goals for staff, articling students and junior lawyers

Personnel and Volunteer Management

  • Hire, supervise, evaluate, and terminate staff and articling students
  • Trains and motivates staff, articling students and junior lawyers
  • Serves as principal for the articling students and ensures that articling students and junior lawyers receive high quality education and training in the practice of family law, practice development and practice management.
  • Ensure that the Organization environment is safe, secure and comfortable environment for staff, articling students, junior lawyers, volunteer senior lawyers and clients
  • Supports goal achievement, coaches and monitors performance
  • Supports and encourages staff initiatives and professional development
  • Recruit, select and train all volunteer senior lawyers, ensuring they are aware of their roles and responsibilities and of the policies and practices of the Organization

Risk Analysis

  • Evaluate, in broad terms, the potential assets and liabilities of all Organization projects, proposals and strategies
  • Make sure that the risks and opportunities associated with a project, proposal or strategy have been identified and evaluated
  • Identify appropriate projects, partnerships and initiatives
  • Assesses potential threats to the Organization's reputation

Advocacy Management

  • Ensure the overall image of the Organization is enhanced and maintained, and is effectively communicated to internal and external stakeholders
  • Promote community awareness of the Organization's mission and aims
  • Participates in networking and community relations activities on behalf of the Organization, including with the bench, bar and broader community
  • Builds working relationships with others, both inside and outside the Organization, and enlists their support for accomplishing tasks
  • Works with key external stakeholder groups
  • Identifies and explores funding opportunities

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • JD or LLB degree required
  • Minimum five years' experience in the legal profession
  • Active membership in the Law Society of Alberta required
  • Strong business acumen is required
  • Ability to think and act strategically, and ability to operationalize strategic plans, is required
  • Strong leadership skills are required
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required
  • Demonstrated capacity to develop and sustain strong working relationships, both internally and externally
  • Proven experience training, supervising, and leading staff and volunteers required
  • Ability to mentor and supervise articling students is required
  • Proven fund development skills required
  • Strong financial management acumen is required
  • Ability to successfully take direction from multiple sources, including the Dean, Faculty of Law, the Board of Directors of the Organization, as well as other stakeholders, is required

Application Deadline: October 20, 2016

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

The salary range for this position is $118,100.00- $165,300.00 within the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website.


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