Tuesday, April 23, 2024

The AJC is currently seeking an Executive Director who is interested in working in a dynamic, small team setting that promotes the value and worth of federal public service lawyers and seeks to improve their working conditions.

The Association of Justice Counsel (AJC) is the bargaining agent for over 3,100 lawyers who work for the Government of Canada, including counsel with the Department of Justice, Public Prosecution Service of Canada, and numerous federal agencies. For more information about the AJC, please visit our website at www.ajc-ajj.ca.

Our people form the foundation of the services we provide to our members. If you are interested in working with a dynamic, innovative small-team that seeks to improve the working conditions of our members, with the objective of focusing on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), this may be the opportunity for you.

Reporting to the President, the Executive Director is responsible for providing overall leadership for the AJC and guiding the direction of the AJC by implementing the strategic objectives and policies as determined by the President, the Executive Committee and the Governing Council.

The AJC is committed to building an inclusive and representative workplace where equity and diversity is recognized and valued. All qualified candidates will be considered, however in support of achieving our equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) goals, we encourage candidates to self-identify, and will prioritize Indigenous peoples (Inuit, First Nations, Métis) and Black or racialized persons, to apply for this opportunity.

1. Promote a healthy workplace culture that values diversity, respect, and cooperation. Ensure the creation of a positive work environment for staff through coaching and mentoring.
2. Provide leadership and direction to staff. Ensure the effective integration of the various staff functions within the AJC. Establish objectives and priorities for direct reports and provide advice and direction on the allocation of staff resources.
3. Collaborates with the President, the Executive Committee and the Governing Council, the General Counsel/ Corporate Secretary, and senior management in the on-going development of policy and strategic positions.
4. Report to the Governing Council at meetings on the progress of the organization in achieving stated outcomes by providing written and verbal presentations.

Internal Operations:
1. Oversee and contribute to the development and implementation of annual business plans.
2. Ensure that annual business plans support both the AJC long-term strategy and day-to-day operational needs of members.
3. Contribute to the development and implementation of AJC’s financial plans and policies.
4. Participate in the development and implementation of human resources strategy to meet operational needs.
5. Ensure appropriate management of all matters related to AJC’s administration including events, facilities, properties and equipment and contracting for goods and services.

1. Act as an internal organizational liaison between the President and the Staff.
2. Advise and supports the President, Executive Committee, Governing Council, and various committees and working groups as required by the GC, EC, and President.
3. Support the President, as required, by acting as an external organizational liaison and building partnerships between the AJC and various partners, including partner organizations who represent civil servants,
4. Act as an external organizational representative for lobbying elected and non-elected government officials.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
1.Extensive experience and demonstrated ability to lead, motivate, coach, resolve conflicts, and direct staff in a unionized environment and in accordance with the collective agreement.
2. Knowledge of legislation governing labour relations in the federal public service, unionized Ontario workplaces, as well as labour and employment law (including knowledge of the authorities governing employer / employee relations in the federal public service and Ontario provincial jurisdictions).
3. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in implementing EDIA (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility), Anti-Oppression, and Anti-Racism programs and policies.
4. Demonstrated ability to monitor performance, develop and implement strategies for enhancing performance and resolving performance issues.
5. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with elected officials, members, staff, internal and external clients.
6. Experience in the development and management of strategic, operational and financial plans.
7. Knowledge and understanding of the operations within a non-profit organization serving members nationally through labour relations initiatives and programs.
8. Ability to plan, lead and facilitate meetings with the use technology such as MS teams and/or Zoom is essential.
9. Ability to work in both official languages is essential.
10. The above knowledge, skills, and abilities are typically obtained through the completion of a university degree preferably in Business Administration with at least ten years of extensive and progressive experience in a variety of management functions within an organization, preferably specializing in labour relations, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
11. In addition, the completion of a law degree would be considered as an asset.

1. Complex judgment and interpretation are needed in developing corporate objectives, broad policies and procedures and long- range strategies which will have an impact on the overall organization.
2. The process is guided by broad corporate objectives, policies and long-range strategies and the employee is expected to be able to show a high degree of original and independent thinking in developing complex ideas to apply to organization-wide long-term objectives.

1. Sets standards of performance and establishes general policies and procedures to apply to a major function of the organization for Governing Council or Executive Committee approval as may be required from time to time.
2. Provide advice and counsel to employees directly supervised and performs performance appraisals as required.
3. Responsible for the day-to-day management of the organization in accordance with provincial legislation and the collective agreement for unionized staff and for the excluded staff.
4. Provide management direction over several functions of the organization.

1. Ability to work independently with strong organizational and prioritization skills.
2. Receive guidance through consultation with the President and Governing Council.


Able to build and maintain productive relationships and negotiate with internal and external stakeholders:
1. Internal contacts include the President and all staff at AJC.
2. Contacts include senior levels of management and include dealing with controversial / sensitive negotiation and interpersonal skills.

3. External contacts may include representatives for the Governing Council, AJC Members,  Treasury Board, deputy heads, employer contacts, union contacts, National Joint Council, etc.
4. Contact may be complex, with potential for demanding interpersonal situations.

1. The Executive Director works in a standard office environment; is required to attend internal and external meetings and on occasion to travel to the regions.
2. The AJC is an employer with flexible work arrangements for its staff.

1. Work is fast-paced, timelines are tight, and tasks are performed under pressure.
2. Sustained concentration is required.

2. GROUP BENEFITS: Health, Dental, Life, Disability
4. VACATION: 4 weeks/year to start in addition to December holiday season and other paid leave
5. JOB TERM: Indeterminate Full-time (37.5 hours per week)
START DATE: As soon as possible.
Submission deadline: May 8, 2024

Please submit your resume with a cover letter to:
Association of Justice Counsel
Attn: Diana Rodrigues, Director of Corporate Services

The AJC embraces diversity and inclusion and encourages members from all equity-seeking groups to apply. Upon request, we will accommodate applicants with disabilities who require accommodation during the recruitment and selection process.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.