Deputy Chief Legal Officer

September 16 2022
Industries Healthcare, social assistance
Categories Generalist, Govt., NPO, Social & Community Work, IP, Patents, Trademarks, Legal, Paralegal
Vancouver, BC • Remote

The Deputy Chief Legal Officer reports to the Chief Legal Officer (CLO) and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Legal Services Department of PHSA. This is an in-house legal position that provides strategic leadership and legal counsel to PHSA and BCEHS. The DCLO oversees a broad range of legal activities pertaining to regulatory, privacy, intellectual property, clinical and corporate commercial legal matters and advises on political, public relations, financial and enterprise risk matters to ensure alignment of PHSA and BCEHS mandates from the Ministry of Health. In collaboration with the General Counsel, the DCLO provides thought leadership to enable tactical informed decision making and pragmatic business and legal advice on all strategic, corporate and major change initiatives, corporate governance, policy matters, and significant contracts, and in respect of complex legal matters and legal implications pertaining to health practice legislation, contract law, business law, employment law, regulatory compliance, risk management issues, and other complex legal issues as they arise.
The DCLO oversees the functioning of in house Legal Services, and general legal services; determines the need for and oversees external counsel and legal consultants hired as required with a commitment to carry out as much work in-house as practicable and utilize external resources advisedly and measuredly.

What you’ll do

  • In consultation with the General Counsel, the DCLO identifies and evaluates new initiatives, business development and partnership opportunities for PHSA to meet its provincial mandate. Makes recommendations to the General Counsel on strategic organizational-wide policies, programs and initiatives, and responsible for stewarding initiatives through the approval processes. Collaborates with the other members of PHSA and BCEHS leadership on the evaluation and coordination of recommendations. Facilitates the implementation of approved initiatives to support efficient and effective delivery of health care services across PHSA and its agencies, divisions, programs, and services.
  • Provides expert legal counsel and guidance to and senior leadership across PHSA on a wide variety of legal matters, focusing on those with high risk and high profile operational requirements. Reviews, researches, interprets and prepares legal opinions. Anticipates and identifies legal issues, and counsels senior leadership regarding strategies and solutions to address, prevent and/or eliminate situations of legal risk.
  • Provides advice on regulatory compliance and public law principles, including principles of good governance, transparency and public accountability. Initiates and participates in legislative reviews relating to PHSA, its agencies programs, and services.
  • Negotiates and drafts material contracts to which PHSA or its agency entities are a party including those under the direction of the Board of Directors (PHSA and/or BCEHS) or the President & CEO of PHSA. Drafts, reviews and amends proposals, policies, guidelines, and strategy papers for legal effect. Provides guidance on implications and courses of action and represents the organization in negotiations with external organizations and agencies. Advises on business risk mitigation strategies and alternative courses of action where legal exposures exist.
  • Develops and maintains a service delivery model for the functional areas within the portfolio across PHSA. Manages workforce planning for the portfolio as well as annual operating and capital budgets, and ensures expenditures are within established parameters. Ensures that the portfolio services plan is managed effectively and efficiently. Develops and implements corporate-wide policy for the portfolio including retention of legal services.
  • Oversees non-insured litigation claims and all legal work placed externally. Ensures prudent and appropriate referral of issues to external legal firms as required and obtains, manages and oversees the work of outside legal firms and consultants. Works with assigned lawyers to ensure organizational objectives are present and encompassed on positions presented through various processes. Has authority to retain, direct, and approve compensation for legal services.
  • Supervises and evaluates the work of staff, as well as the work of external counsel and legal consultants. Provides leadership and supervision including assessment of performance, financial management, and operations. Recruits staff and maintains an organizational structure for the portfolio that provides the highest level of quality service within budget parameters. Ensures maximum individual and team performance through acquiring, organizing, developing, coaching and motivating teams and promoting continual learning and excellence. Provides leadership to all staff by encouraging an atmosphere which stimulates, guides, and encourages the staff to realize their maximum potential.

What you bring

Law Degree from an accredited University. Current member in good standing of the Law Society of British Columbia. Ten (10) to Fifteen (15) years’ recent, related in-house and/or external legal experience in a wide range of matters including corporate-commercial law, health law, privacy law, employment and labour law, intellectual property licensing, and corporate governance. Previous experience as a senior executive of an organization. Previous responsibility for non-legal functions.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of BC corporate and commercial, healthcare, privacy, intellectual property, labour and employment law and regulations and a track record of building a team environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of legislative policy development and processes of various levels of government, as well as relevant acts, regulations and legislation. Proven ability to analyze, research, evaluate and interpret complex legal issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide legal opinions and advice in a manner which is practical and understandable. Demonstrated expertise in corporate governance and related emerging best practices.
  • Excellent customer service, strong leadership, communication and engagement competencies, in addition to the integrity, trust and professionalism that the role requires. Highly skilled negotiator; strength in negotiating for proposals and/or resources such as budgets, human resources, technology and finding mutually agreeable compromises. Ability to mediate and assist in achieving consensus.
  • Demonstrated track record of developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders. Superior leadership, managerial and strategic thinking skills. Demonstrated ability to create and execute strategic legal plans. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in a complicated, diversified or technical manner, and write effectively in a clear, concise manner. Mastery of the essence, subtleties and impact of communication in order that exchanges are understood at all levels with a complex internal and external network.
  • Superb critical thinking and problem solving skills with a global perspective in order to incorporate the organization’s systems and strategies when developing viable solutions to problems. Proven ability to establish courses of action for self and others that are results oriented. Ability to take initiative in understanding the needs of others and take action to achieve helpful results. Demonstrated commitment to the value of continuous learning.
  • Demonstrates the organization’s core values of patients first, best value, results matter, excellence through knowledge, and openness to innovation. Leadership Capabilities in the areas of leading self, engaging others, achieving results, developing coalitions, and system transformation are required.

What we bring

Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth and development.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Perks include access to fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.

Job Type: Regular, Full-Time
1333 West Broadway, Vancouver
Closing date:
Open until position is filled
Hours of Work:
9:00 – 17:00
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What we do

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.

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PHSA is committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

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