General Counsel

Posting date: May 12, 2022

The National Police Federation is currently hiring a full-time in-house General Counsel to join our growing team.   
Overview of the Role: 
Reporting to: Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) 

Location: Head Office is in Ottawa but candidates across Canada are encouraged to apply 

General Counsel for the National Police Federation is the most senior legal resource in the organization, providing strategic legal advice and risk analysis on key decisions affecting the NPF and its membership. The primary responsibility of the General Counsel is to provide the Members of the NPF with legal representation, mainly by way of instructing external counsel. Reporting to the CAO and advising the President on a daily basis, the General Counsel will manage internal and external legal resources in support of the NPF’s mission to provide strong, fair and progressive representation to our nearly 20,000 NPF Members. 

Maintaining robust internal Legal capacity, the NPF ensures a more strategic, deliberate, and effective triaging of member-related cases. The General Counsel receives, reviews and actions labour relations cases involving Members of the NPF as well as selects and instructs external legal counsel, as necessary, to provide the best and most effective level of support to the Members of the NPF. 

General Counsel also provides advice and guidance on internal policies and procedures, responding to requests for advice relating to governance, contracts, and policy matters. 

Who We Are: 
The National Police Federation (NPF) is the sole certified bargaining agent for regular Members and reservists of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police below the rank of Inspector. The National Police Federation (NPF) was certified to represent ~20,000 RCMP Members serving across Canada and internationally in the summer of 2019. We are the largest police labour relations organization in Canada, the second largest in North America and the first independent national association to represent RCMP Members.  

Our mission is to provide strong, fair and progressive representation to promote and enhance the rights of our Members across the country. 

Our head office is located in Ottawa but over half our staff work remotely across Canada.  We stay closely connected through our active internal communications program and up-to-date I.T. tools.   

Why Work with the NPF? 

  • Competitive compensation package. 
  • Generous Group Benefit package including Health Care Spending Account. 
  • Group Registered Savings Plan (GRSP). 
  • Professional development opportunities. 
  • An inclusive, passionate and fun team environment. 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Senior guidance to an in-house legal team and staff. 
  • Ensuring compliance with laws and regulations at all times. 
  • Advising the President and CAO of the best course of legal action on Member and corporate matters. 
  • Assessing and advising on the management of risk. 
  • Advising on the legal implications or procedures for business development strategic initiatives and planning. 
  • Supporting employment practices including: drafting of contracts, intellectual property agreements, an providing guidance on the full range of matters affecting the staffing process. 
  • Keeping up to date on changes to legislation, regulations, and other legal matters as appropriate.  
  • Coaching and mentoring members of the Labour Relations Team. 
  • Overseeing the continued enhancement of the National Police Federation’s case management systems. 
  • Providing legal advice during collective bargaining, analyzing emerging trends related to the implementation of the Collective Agreement and assessing their impact on the National Police Federation and its Members.  
  • Working in collaboration with the Labour Relations Team and providing the Team with advice and guidance regarding the Collective Agreement, related grievances, and adjudication, the RCMP Act and its relevant Regulations, the Canada Labour Code, the Canadian Human Rights Act, relevant policies, applicable legislation, and other legal matters, related to the representation of Members. 
  • Attending NPF Board meetings, presenting information on the status of legal matters and advising Board Members regarding the NPF’s statutory obligations and associated risks. 
  • Managing the retention of external lawyers as appropriate and providing them with direction on the disposition of referred cases. 
  • Conducting training seminars for NPF staff and elected officials on legislation, policies, legal cases, and precedents. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 


  • This is a remote working opportunity for a candidate in a major Canadian city. This role will require travel to the National Office in Ottawa, or other locations across Canada as required. 

Qualifications/Key Attributes: 

  • LL.B. or J.D.. 
  • Post-secondary study in Business or an MBA considered a strong asset. 
  • 5-10 years of in-house and/or corporate law experience. 
  • Minimum 3 years leadership experience; pragmatic and adaptable leadership style. 
  • Current member in good standing of a provincial or territorial Law Society. 
  • Must be eligible to obtain Top Secret (Level III) Security Clearance. 
  • Bilingualism is an asset. 
  • Strategic thinking and business acumen. 
  • Practiced executive presence where complex legal matters can be clearly and concisely communicated in an effective manner to non-legal minded leaders. 
  • Expert ability to analyze, research, evaluate and interpret legal issues. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Proven ability to be flexible and work in a busy environment. 
  • Must be highly proficient with Microsoft Office Productivity tools (Teams and Outlook). 
  • Strategic and proactive thinking. 
  • Must be available for occasional overnight travel. 

The National Police Federation hires based on merit and is committed to employment equity.  We encourage all qualified persons to apply. 

While we welcome applications from all interested individuals, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.