AMENDED - French Legal Translator

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Closing date: Jun 8, 2018

Location: Yellowknife

Department: JUS Legislative Drafting

Job Code: 15399

Salary: $89,505 - $104,208

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

About the Job

Department Information

The mandate of the Department of Justice is to administer justice, including policing, community justice, victims services and corrections in the Northwest Territories. This mandate will be carried out in a manner which respects community and aboriginal values and encourages communities to assume increasing responsibilities.

Job Information

Legislation Division is responsible for the preparation of bills, regulations and other statutory instruments for the Government and the Legislative Assembly, and is responsible for publication of legislation in print and online. Legislation is essential to the implementation of Government policies and programs, and Government is bound by the Official Languages Act to provide all legislation in both English and French.

Reporting to the Director, Legislation Division, the Legal Translator is responsible for preparing French or English versions of bills, regulations and other legal material, as assigned, and for ensuring that the legal meaning expressed in both English and French versions of the legislation or other material is the same.

The Legal Translator is required to make decisions and recommendations as to the organization and the content of the French versions of legislation. In preparing legal translations, subject to the law and the context of the English version, the Legal Translator has as much latitude as is required to permit achievement of the goals of the instructing Department.


• Law Degree (required);
• Strong knowledge of the law and legal terminology, and strong legal research skills;
• Demonstrated ability to translate complex legal and legislative documents;
• Solid understanding of the application of technical legislative rules, in both English and French;
• Demonstrated knowledge of government structure;
• Strong analytical skills;
• Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills in French and English, including proven   ability to apply grammatical and technical rules in both languages;
• Proven ability to work independently;
• Demonstrated organizational and problem solving skills.
• Proven ability to work well in a team.
• Proven ability to work under pressure.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

A Bachelor of Laws Degree plus six months' experience in translation, or a Bachelor of Laws degree plus six months' post-secondary training in translation.

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Transfer Assignments

Transfer Assignments may be considered.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $44.75 per hour to $53.44 per hour (approximately $87,263 - $104,208) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,450.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.


Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.


Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 15399        

Closing Date: June 8, 2018- 23:59, Mountain Standard Time


GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor 
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445