Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
National Judicial Institute
  • Lawyer / Attorney
Full Time
  • Ontario - Ottawa Area
Experienced (Non-manager)N/A2018-12-182019-02-03

The National Judicial Institute (NJI) is an independent, bilingual, not-for-profit institution committed to building better justice through leadership in the education of judges in Canada and internationally. The NJI is one of the acknowledged world leaders in the design and delivery of judicial education, known for offering innovative, dynamic, and relevant education to judges across Canada.

Based in Ottawa, the NJI offers over 70 in-person and online judicial education seminars each year. It provides a wide range of educational resources to members of the judiciary including Electronic Bench Books, e-Letters on legal developments, and publications on subjects of interest to the judiciary. The NJI fosters interactive, skills-based learning consistent with adult education principles and integrates law, judge craft and social context in its programs and resources.

From the Board of Governors chaired by the Chief Justice of Canada, to the judicial committees responsible for each program, members of the judiciary play a central role in all aspects of the NJI’s work.

Judicial Education Counsel at the NJI guide the development and design of judicial education programs. They are responsible for working with judges to develop the substantive content of our judicial education programs and to provide advice on pedagogical techniques and good program design. This calls upon them to deploy a sound knowledge of legal principles and the judicial role, an understanding of teaching and learning, and strong organizational skills. In developing, designing and delivering judicial education programs, Judicial Education Counsel work with Planning Committees led by judges and NJI meeting professionals who coordinate all logistical aspects of the programs. This requires a collegial approach and strong interpersonal skills together with a keen interest in law, education and the Canadian legal system.

The NJI is looking for counsel to fill a full-time, permanent position with the organization.


Judicial Education Counsel at the NJI have responsibility for a portfolio of judicial education courses, resources and projects. NJI counsel work with judicial education planning committees, court-based committees and NJI program delivery teams to produce judicial education seminars and educational materials at the national, regional, and provincial levels for judges across the country. Judicial Education Counsel play a key role in supporting the development of knowledge and skills by judicial planners, facilitators and faculty members to enable them to plan and deliver effective and innovative judicial education. Counsel at the NJI apply their legal expertise and employ their legal skills to assist in the development of the substantive content of our judicial education programs.

Judicial Education Counsel work closely with the Chief Judicial Officer (a judge), the Director of Education, and the broader team of NJI counsel. Together, this professional team is responsible for developing judicial education programs, providing a comprehensive curriculum of judicial education, implementing a range of adult education methods and fostering a continuous learning culture. This entails regular interaction with those responsible for education within courts in Canada and with other judicial education providers. While teaching roles are limited, this position allows considerable scope to engage in a wide range of projects relevant to the judiciary that foster excellence in judicial education.

Counsel at the NJI may develop an expertise in a specific area of the law, or with a specific court in order to create specialized programming and resources, or work on the development and maintenance of the curriculum, as well as resources to support the curriculum.

Domestic travel to judicial education programs is part of the position.  While counsel usually travel once or twice a month, on occasion counsel might be required to travel for several weeks in sequence during our peak program delivery period.  There is very little travel during December, July and August.

Specifically, the responsibilities of the position include:

  1. Develops judicial education programs for delivery by the NJI and the courts, including conducting meetings and conference calls with judicial education planning committees and faculty members;
  2. Provides expertise with respect to curriculum design, to complement subject expertise offered by members of planning committees;
  3. Works in collaboration with Program team staff to ensure cohesion between logistical planning processes and program content and delivery;
  4. Oversees and is responsible for the successful delivery of judicial education seminars, including travel to those events;
  5. Provides research and drafting input for education materials, including course materials, electronic resources, agendas, hypothetical problems, discussion questions, video scripts and facilitator notes;
  6. Develops a thorough understanding of adult pedagogical theory and the learning needs of the judiciary, and responds to education requests in collaboration with the Chief Judicial Officer, the Director of Education, and Provincial and Superior Court Judges;
  7. May be called upon to supervise articling students, law student internships, and administrative staff members, and assists with their selection and onboarding processes, as needed;
  8. Works on on-line programs and special projects (e.g. Counsel may be requested to work on the development of online education programming and resources, or become involved in research projects), as requested;
  9. Monitors legal and judicial developments in Canada; and,
  10. Represents the organization nationally.



  1. Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) or equivalent legal education;
  2. Membership at the Bar;
  3. Experience includes, but is not limited to, legal writing experience, program and project management, education administration, experience working with a professional organization (law firm, government, university, public legal education), and, expertise in the design and delivery of education curriculum and innovative education programming;
  4. Fluent in English (Reading, Writing and Oral); and,
  5. Proficient computer skills including, but not limited to, the Microsoft Office Suite, Windows and Internet Explorer.


  1. LL.M or other postgraduate degree;
  2. University law teaching experience;
  3. Experience in distance education programming and resources;
  4. Understanding and interest in adult education for professionals;
  5. Bijural or civil law knowledge;
  6. Experience working in a not-for-profit organization; and,
  7. Fluently bilingual in French and English.


The skill set of the successful candidate must include:

  1. Excellent time management skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks and projects;
  2. Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, and teamwork skills;
  3. Excellent writing and communication skills, with meticulous attention to detail;
  4. Proven ability to organize, motivate, take initiative, and exercise good judgment;
  5. Strategic thinking and analytical skills;
  6. Ability to build and maintain internal and external relationships with professionalism and integrity;
  7. A positive attitude and the appropriate use of courtesy, diplomacy and discretion; and,
  8. Strong professional ethics and an ability to maintain strict confidentiality.


Compensation is to be determined at the time of hiring, based on the successful candidate’s experience and profile.

We invite candidates to send their cover letter and résumé by e-mail to the attention of Human Resources.

We would appreciate receiving applications before February 3 2019, but will continue to consider applications until the position is filled.

While we appreciate all responses, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. The National Judicial Institute is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If contacted for an interview or employment testing, please advise Human Resources if you require accommodation.



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