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Legal Counsel (Registration)

Legal Counsel (Registration)

Regular Full-time

Are you interested in applying your passion for administrative law to positively impact the healthcare system in British Columbia? The BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) has a unique opportunity available for the full-time regular position of Legal Counsel (LC). In this role, you will work to ensure that legal matters related to the Registration functions of BCCNP are handled effectively, efficiently, fairly and in accordance with applicable legislation.

Who we are

BCCNP is the college empowered under the Health Professions Act to regulate the practice of all licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses and nurse practitioners in British Columbia. Regulation helps to protect the public by ensuring that professional care or service received by the public is competent, ethical and meets the standards that society views as acceptable.

At BCCNP each of us strives to meet our commitment to the following values to maintain a workplace that is respectful and supports the well-being of every BCCNP employee:

  • Trust is essential
  • Better together
  • Speak the truth
  • Protect the public
  • Stay curious

As a member of the team, you can expect to be treated in a respectful and professional manner. While your workload will be busy, the College supports staff in achieving a healthy work-life balance.

What you will be doing

Reporting to and working with the Deputy Registrar, Registration and as a key member of the Regulatory Compliance team, the Legal Counsel provides legal support for registration matters brought to the College's attention. The Legal Counsel will represent the College in hearings and other legal proceedings, as well as providing support and advice to staff, the Registrar/CEO, and BCCNP's Board and Committees on legally complex issues and cases, as well as on broad policies and processes related to legislative requirements.

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing, in consultation with the Deputy Registrar, Registration, legal oversight and legal advice on complex registration files and process
  • Preparing and representing BCCNP in hearings, including all hearing preparation and pre-hearing applications
  • Identifying legally complex cases and issues as they arise and providing legal advice to staff, committees and the Board as appropriate
  • Researching and providing advice to the Registration Committee related to sanctions and consent resolutions of citations
  • Reviewing bylaws, policies and procedures to ensure best practice and compliance with Health Professions Act and administrative law
  • Providing factual summaries and legal analysis on complex files to the Registration Committee
  • Drafting decision documents, minutes, letters of decision and other correspondence to applicants, registrants, complainants and third-party organizations such as legal counsels, HPRB, and Employers, as required
  • Managing all HPRB files from application to conclusion and instructing external counsel regarding litigation strategy

Your education and skills

Education and experience:

  • LL.B or Juris Doctor
  • Practicing Member of the Law Society of BC
  • 3-5 years in a regulatory or law firm setting, focused on administrative law (professional regulation, employment, labour and/or human rights law) or criminal law
  • Experience conducting administrative tribunal hearings or civil/criminal litigation is required
  • Experience in professional regulatory law an asset
  • Experience with volunteer or elected boards an asset


  • Ability to present concepts that are confidential, complex and sensitive in nature in an audience-appropriate manner
  • Superior organizational skills, demonstrated ability in managing a high volume of work and large caseload
  • Ability to handle diverse situations as they arise
  • Ability to work effectively under continual deadlines
  • Ability to work within a number of statutory frameworks and apply relevant legal principles to diverse issues
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in recognizing scope of authority and protecting confidential information
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with registrants, stakeholders, and the public
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Intermediate to advanced skills with MS Office
  • Knowledge of the Health Professions Act, FOIPPA legislation, PIPEDA and the Privacy Act an asset

Compensation and benefits

As the successful candidate, you will enjoy a generous compensation and benefits package.

How to apply

Please forward your resume and cover letter, indicating where you learned of this opportunity, to The closing date for applications is February 10, 2019.

Thank you for your interest in the BC College of Nursing Professionals.

While we appreciate all responses, please note only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.