Director of Litigation Practice

at Ecojustice (view profile)
Location National Search, Canada
Date Posted May 30, 2022
Category Lawyers (Litigation)
Job Type Full-Time


Location: Hybrid work available in offices located in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, and Nova Scotia

Department: Leadership

Reports to: Executive Director

Closing Date: Rolling until the position is filled

About Us

At Ecojustice, we build a case for a better earth every day! We fight, and win, for our planet in court.

Our Mission is why people join Ecojustice. People who choose to join us recognize that this planet is our most treasured inheritance, and it is our imperative to be good stewards for the generations who follow us. We use the power of the courts to defend what we value most. We believe in protecting the environment while having enough time off to enjoy it. If you are courageous, collaborative and dedicated to the fight for a healthier environment, you will find your people here.

About The Role

The Director of Litigation Practice maximizes Ecojustice’s impact by ensuring excellence in Ecojustice’s national litigation practice. Specifically, they contribute to executing the national vision for litigation practice and lead activities related to directing, mentoring, and supporting Managing Lawyers regionally. The Director of Litigation Practice leads the Managing lawyers in translating national, integrated priorities into regional, actionable legal work. In addition, the role serves as the internal subject matter expert on litigation practice, providing mentorship, coaching and national standardization of litigation practice.

This role will impact Ecojustice’s program priorities by:

  • Provides oversight and strategy for the creation of an Ecojustice litigation mentorship program for ecojustice lawyers;
  • Mentors lawyers to create a national learning and performance culture that delivers litigation practice excellence through creating skill building organization-wide, including developing an in-house continuing legal education program as well as assessing and enabling external professional development; and, performance and law practice assessment, including file or legal product review, effective feedback mechanisms, and performance management;
  • Leads Managing Lawyers to deliver litigation practice excellence through professional case carriage, file management, optimal facilities, systems and procedures to serve a regional/national client base and responding to multiple law societies;
  • Builds long-term plans for enhancing facilities, legal systems, professional development plans, and associated budgets; and,
  • Oversees and empowers Managing Lawyers by addressing their administrative needs, proactively addressing interpersonal matters consistent with Ecojustice’s goal of a collaborative, and leads day-to day people activities (engagement, recruitment, performance enhancement);
  • Works with Leadership Team peers to develop, implement, and monitor Ecojustice’s strategic plan, operational plans, and conduct the work of leading Ecojustice and its people;
  • Lead the development of Ecojustice’s Litigation practice, including by establishing or refining team structure, stakeholder engagement protocols, processes, and policies that support the achievement of Ecojustice’s Strategic Plan;
  • Determine where and how to allocate resources to ensure Ecojustice can meet its long-range objectives;
  • Regularly report out to the Executive Director, leadership team, organization at large, and Board of Directors on departmental outcomes and other issues of importance.

Role Success

We are currently working to embed our commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and reconciliation (JEDI-R) into all aspects of our organization. We value candidates who enjoy building meaningful, collaborative partnerships with equity-seeking groups, and in operationalizing JEDI-R values in day-to-day practices and operations.

Typically, we find that people who succeed in this role bring:

  • A minimum of 8-10 years in a similar role, with direct litigation experience and litigation practice management;
  • Extensive exposure to public law and appellate work is ideal; Knowledge of non-profit environmental or legal organizations is preferred;
  • A law degree and a member of a provincial law society in good standing;
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in leading, training, and managing programs, teams and people, including mentoring, skill-building, team building and assessing performance;
  • Strategic planning and executing, including developing associated budgets;
  • Demonstrated litigation and negotiation expertise, including the ability to train these skills to others;
  • Relationship Building: Able to connect with others meaningfully, develop networks, and maintain positive relationships; Clearly communicate, demonstrated via verbal, written and emotional intelligence;
  • Presentation/Facilitation – Very comfortable in public speaking engagements and training, both internal and external;
  • Strategic thinking: Address problems with vision and with the ability to connect future plans to organizational goals.

Our Commitment To Workplace Accessibility, Equity, and Inclusion

Ecojustice is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and is responding to the calls for action to further reconciliation.

We encourage applications from people with relevant job-related skills and who come from communities which have been structurally marginalized based on race, religion, nationality, social or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Members belonging to communities that experience marginalization can self-identify during the application process if they choose to do so.

Ecojustice strives to ensure that our online application system and recruitment process is accessible to individuals with different abilities and encourages candidates to contact for any accommodation requests.

Great Reasons To Join Us

  • Recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 charities by Charity Intelligence.
  • A hybrid work environment and flexible work schedule that best suits you and how you work.
  • 5% of your salary as non-mandatory RRSP contribution.
  • Parental leave top-up for birthing and non-birthing parents.
  • Colleagues dedicated to environmental impact through their work at Ecojustice (over 95% mission alignment rating from 2019-2021 internal surveys).
  • A culture of collaborations where employees are fostered by their managers (over 95% manager satisfaction rating from 2019-2021 internal surveys).
  • Abundant paid time off options that recognizes 13 public holidays (including National Day for Truth and Reconciliation), starts with 3 weeks of vacation, 1 week of winter holidays, 2 float days and more.
  • Additional flexible leave policies that accommodate physical and mental health leave, caregiving responsibilities, volunteering, and other life events.
  • A focus on supporting your health and well-being through extended health benefits package, employee and family assistance program and a wellness spending of $500 per year.
  • Monthly learning opportunities to further our strategic commitment towards justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and reconciliation.

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