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British Columbia Law Institute
Executive Director

The British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) is a not-for-profit law reform agency that works to improve and modernize law. Created in January 1997 by incorporation under the Provincial Society Act, its broad purposes, as described in its constitution, are to: promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its adaptation to modern social needs; promote improvement of the administration of justice and respect for the rule of law; and promote and carry out scholarly research. BCLI carries out scholarly research, writing, and analysis for law reform, collaborates with government and other entities, and provides materials and support for outreach and public information. Within BCLI sits the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL), which is dedicated to improving the lives of older adults in their relationship with the law.

Reporting to a volunteer Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) provides executive management and effective organizational leadership to BCLI and CCEL. Overseeing a small team of professionals, the ED manages several key responsibilities including project development, management, and leadership, revenue generation, financial management and reporting, and more. A distinct and special opportunity for a lawyer interested in leading the professional research, discipline, and creative innovation involved in access to justice issues, support of older adults, and improvements to a broad range of laws, BCLI’s ED is uniquely positioned to collaborate with government and key stakeholders in British Columbia and nationally to address fundamental legal and systemic issues and to develop solutions for a better future for all British Columbians and Canada’s aging population.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about BCLI’s mandate to improve and modernize law. An experienced leader who can support and develop a talented and dedicated staff group and also act as a trusted advisor to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be a proven administrator with the financial and project management acumen to oversee a myriad of diverse, complex, multi-stakeholder projects. They will have experience working with funders to ensure diverse and stable revenue streams, be legally trained in Canada or the commonwealth with experience in non-partisan law reform, and possess the necessary relationship skills and emotional intelligence to work effectively and collaboratively with a wide and diverse range of partners and constituents. The ideal candidate can also ideally demonstrate experience with indigenous legal traditions and/or Access to Justice issues.

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