The National Judicial Institute The National Judicial Institute (NJI) is a judge-led, independent institution committed to building better justice, through leadership in the education of judges, in Canada and internationally. The NJI is an acknowledged world leader in the design and delivery of judicial programming, recognized for offering innovative, dynamic, and relevant education. We are a bilingual, not-for-profit Institution, governed by a Board of Governors which is chaired by the Chief Justice of Canada.
With offices in Ottawa and Montreal, the NJI offers over 70 in-person and online judicial education seminars each year. We also provide a wide range of educational resources including Electronic Bench Books, e-Letters on legal developments and publications on subjects of interest. The NJI fosters interactive, skills-based learning consistent with adult education principles and integrates law, judge craft and social context into its programs and resources. Our programming is tailored to judicial realities, context and needs.
The NJI is looking to fill the definite position of Counsel, Digital Education for a 24-month period from June 2022 – June 2024. We are open to staffing this position remotely within Canada. The primary purpose of this position is to develop online judicial professional materials on Indigenous overrepresentation in the criminal justice system.
Counsel, Digital Education (CDE) are legal professionals with expertise in education and pedagogy who work with judges and subject matter experts to produce educational resources and tools for use by members of the Canadian judiciary. CDE work on developing on-demand online resources, including courses and interactive, engaging educational materials for members of the Canadian judiciary. In all aspects of the role, Counsel incorporate a range of adult education methods that reflect best practices and emerging developments in the field of online learning.
Working in close collaboration with the Digital Education Director and colleagues in the department, and consulting with members of the judiciary throughout, Counsel will research, draft and review judicial education resources and develop online, interactive products (e.g. courses, videos, decision-making trees, checklists, materials). In particular, this position will be responsible for developing professional development materials on Indigenous overrepresentation in the criminal justice system. This will involve consultation with judges and Indigenous community leaders, Elders, community members and multijural justice experts.
Primary responsibilities include:
Digital Education Development
- In collaboration with the Director, develops online resources and tools for the Canadian judiciary;
- Researches, drafts, updates, edits and reviews educational resources;
- Designs and develops online, interactive products (e.g. courses, videos, decision-making trees, checklists, materials, etc.);
- Develops and maintains an understanding of adult pedagogical theory, best practices in online learning, and the professional development needs of the judiciary pertaining to the projects assigned;
- Obtains appropriate judicial, and internal peer reviews and approvals;
- Ensures NJI resources are appropriate for use by the Canadian judiciary and are relevant and meet current and emerging professional development needs, current jurisprudence and recent developments in the law;
- Maintains strong and collaborative relationships with judges, Indigenous community justice experts, Elders, community members, academics, and all NJI contributors, stakeholders and partners;
- Monitors legal and judicial developments in Canada relevant to the projects assigned;
- Works in collaboration with the Director of Digital Education and Communications team members to ensure high quality professional design and delivery; and 10. Represents the organization nationally.
- Conducts meetings, both online and in-person, and conference calls with judicial reviewers, judges, planning committees and subject matter experts etc;
- Supports bilingual excellence in all materials by supporting internal process; and
- Contributes to Digital Education infrastructure, including budget tracking, report writing, data collection and analysis, and other support as may be required.
- Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.), Juris Doctor (JD) or equivalent legal education;
- A minimum of 6 years experience working with professional or community organizations (including but not limited to a law firm, government, university, public legal education, not-for-profit, community organizations);
- Experience working on, writing about, teaching, or studying Indigenous overrepresentation in the criminal justice system; Gladue principles and sentencing; community-based and restorative justice programs for addressing crimes; or other related fields;
- Experience in legal research; 5. Demonstrates writing ability;
- Fluent in English (R/W/O);
- Proficiency with Office 365; and
- Membership at the Bar.
- LL.M, SJD, DCL, or other postgraduate degree;
- Experience working with Indigenous communities, Elders, organizations, or clients, including working with legal associations such as the Indigenous Bar Association etc.;
- Knowledge of an Indigenous language and culture;
- Experience in adult or professional education;
- Experience working with members of the judiciary;
- Experience teaching, writing about or practicing Criminal law;
- Experience in project management; and
- Fluently bilingual in French and English (R/W/O).
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Manages sensitive and potentially controversial information and interpersonal situations; uses effective negotiation and persuasion skills using professionalism and integrity;
- Exhibits a positive attitude, builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, clients and stakeholders using integrity and respect; consistently leverages effective negotiation and persuasion skills;
- Meets deadlines, works in a dynamic, fast-paced environment and consistently demonstrates the ability to work on a team;
- Conducts in-depth research into specific problems, concerns, or issues; develops options and makes a recommendation for final decision-making;
- Remains current with legislation, adult pedagogy and judicial learning needs; ensures continued improvement of service delivery; and
- Maintains professional ethics and discretion; protects sensitive and personal information.
Compensation is to be determined at the time of hiring, based on the successful candidate’s experience and profile, within salary band 7 $91,495 – $114,369.
We invite candidates to send their cover letter and résumé through the careers page of our website. We would appreciate receiving applications before May 17th but will continue to consider applications until the position is filled.
The competition is open to all candidates, but we encourage qualified candidates who self-identify as First Nation or another Canadian Indigenous ancestry to apply.
Please note that this position is subject to a vaccine mandate.
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.