The Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society (Assist) is an independent, charitable society that provides a variety of confidential supports to lawyers, articling students, and law students in Alberta. Assist began over 30 years ago as an informal group of lawyers helping other lawyers in personal distress. Today, Assist directly helps hundreds of legal professionals and students per year with a range of issues that include stress, addiction, depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions, relationship and family issues, anger, abuse, and other stressors. Assist offers professional counseling services through a confidential help line and at both Law Schools through a provincial service provider with affiliate counselors throughout Alberta.
Assist relies on funding from the Law Society of Alberta, law firms, and individual and corporate donors. In addition, Assist receives generous in-kind supports from the broader legal community. The Executive Director is critical to Assist’s ongoing operations and growth, and is supported by a full-time Program Manager and dedicated volunteer Board of Directors.
The primary responsibilities of the Executive Director are:
- Overseeing professional counseling service delivery and managing the existing relationship between Assist and its counseling services provider, including periodic performance evaluations.
- Overseeing and, as required, directing the work of the organization’s Program Manager, bookkeeper, and professional accountant.
- Overseeing the administration and periodic evaluation of the Peer Support program including facilitating peer support selection or replacement, as needed.
- Managing operations including application and administration of all funding and in-kind contributions, and all financial and corporate reporting.
- Reporting to the Board of Directors, liaising with Executive members and Board committees, and, as required, planning all Board meetings, strategic planning sessions, and the AGM.
- Speaking at public engagements to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and promote health, healing, and wellness within the legal community.
- Maintaining and growing Assist’s reputation and connections within the legal community in Alberta, and liaising with other lawyer assistance programs to ensure excellence and currency.
Assist’s incoming Executive Director must:
- Be a practicing or non-practicing member of a law society in Canada.
- Be passionate about helping fellow lawyers, articling students, law students, and their families in crisis access counseling and peer support resources.
- Enjoy championing Assist, and networking and liaising with organizations and individual stakeholders, supporters, and resource providers.
- Possess exceptional interpersonal communication skills, and both reputation and credibility within the legal community.
- Be a skilled and compassionate communicator about issues of human struggle and stigma.
- Have excellent organizational, administrative, supervisory, and time management skills.
- Be able to act independently and nimbly with limited administrative support.
How to Apply
If you are interested in the position please send inquiries or your curriculum vitae and cover letter to Assist.ED.Recruitment@gmail.com. Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2018.