Careers

Why join the Office of Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC) team?

The OPCC performs a vital role in BC by promoting accountable policing in our communities and enhancing public confidence in policing. We provide impartial and transparent civilian oversight to the police complaints process. You could be part of this valuable service.

We are an independent office of the Legislature and offer excellent benefits, competitive salaries, and a healthy work-life balance. We play an important role in advising, assisting, and informing the public on how to voice concerns about municipal police or department conduct. Your work at the OPCC is both challenging and rewarding.

Our office is centrally located in BC’s capital, Victoria, on Vancouver Island. It offers beautiful Pacific Northwest coastal views of the ocean and mountains. OPCC staff locations are located in Victoria, unless otherwise indicated in the career opportunity posted. We support flexible work options including remote and hybrid work arrangements with formal telework agreements where possible and appropriate.

If you have any questions about opportunities with the OPCC, please contact recruitment@opcc.bc.ca.

Current Opportunities

Legal Counsel
Band 5

Salary range: $119,600.00 – $152,599.97
Regular Full-Time
Victoria, BC


The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC) is a civilian, independent office of the Legislature which oversees and monitors complaints and investigations involving municipal police in British Columbia under the Police Act.

The role of the OPCC is to oversee investigations into police misconduct and the administration of police discipline. As an independent Office of the Legislature, their work is independent of government and the police, and is guided by the BC Police Act. The OPCC’s responsibilities do not involve deciding misconduct complaints or allegations on their merits. Rather, the OPCC is generally tasked with carrying out a gatekeeping role of ensuring that allegations of misconduct are dealt with appropriately in the public interest and in accordance with the legislation. The OPCC is generally responsible for advising, informing, and assisting all parties involved in the complaint process, including complainants, police officers, Discipline Authorities, police boards and adjudicators appointed under the Police Act.

The Legal Counsel acts as in-house legal counsel, providing legal advice, managing legal matters and, as directed representing the Police Complaint Commissioner on matters that arise during the exercise of the powers and duties of the Commissioner under the Police Act.  This includes but is not limited to interpreting legislation, conducting legal research and analysis, preparing legal opinions, drafting statutory notices or other written material, and managing adjudicative processes and other proceedings.

Qualifications

This position will be of interest to applicants who demonstrate the following:

Required Qualifications:

  • LL.B. or J.D. is required.
  • A lawyer in good standing with the Law Society of BC, with relevant practical experience, and minimum five years of call to the BC Bar.
  • Progressive experience in a legal role related to the mandate of the OPCC, which may include:
    • Administrative Law
    • Administrative investigations or inquiries
    • Criminal Law
  • Successful completion of an Enhanced Security Screening will be required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • More than five years of call to the BC Bar.
  • Experience with or knowledge of the Police Act.
  • Experience working in an Independent Office of the Legislature.

Complete qualifications, including competencies, are outlined in the job profile, which can be found linked at the bottom of this page.

This posting is for one permanent full-time position. An eligibility list for similar temporary or permanent future opportunities may be established. Temporary positions may become full or part-time, permanent status. This position is excluded from union membership. This will be a Victoria based position. Resident in office.

The OPCC seeks to foster an inclusive work environment that values diversity, equity, inclusivity and respect. It is our goal to have a workforce that reflects the British Columbians we serve. To support employment equity and diversity in the workplace, we welcome applications from all groups. This includes women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+), and others who may contribute to diversity in the BC Public Service. Qualified applicants from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply and to indicate in your cover letter if you belong to one of the designated groups.

Applicants who identify as Indigenous may choose to seek assistance with their application by accessing the Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service available through the BC Public Service.

TO APPLY:
Your application package must be submitted by email to Recruitment@opcc.bc.ca, quoting the competition number 110082 in the subject line.

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete application package, which includes:

  • Your cover letter
  • Your resume

Your application package must clearly demonstrate how your education and experience meet the position requirements and preferred qualifications. You must identify which positions you are relying upon to meet the criteria of relevant experience and how the position meets that criteria. In describing your education and experience, please pay particular attention to the job profile, including the competencies and qualifications. The OPCC recognizes unique styles, perspectives, beliefs and creativity that support a diverse, respectful, inclusive and collaborative work environment.

Following the instructions above, only those applications received by 12:00 pm PST (noon) on Monday, March 4th, 2024 will be considered. Incomplete applications or late applications will not be evaluated or acknowledged, and only those applicants who pass all initial screening requirements will be considered for the next step in the selection process. Your resume and Employment Application Form may be evaluated as part of the screening process with respect to the position requirement to be able to communicate in writing in an effective and clear manner. Candidates may be required to complete a written assignment or other assessment(s) as part of the selection process.

To apply for this position, you must be eligible to work in Canada. You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada or authorized in writing to work in Canada under the federal Immigration Act. For further information, please refer to the BC Public Service website.

NOTE: If your degree was obtained outside of Canada, you will need to confirm it has been assessed for equivalency through a recognized Canadian Credential Evaluation Service. Education credentials will be subject to verification before an offer of employment is made and will be requested if required.

If you have questions related to the application process, please email the HR team at Recruitment@opcc.bc.ca, quoting the competition number 110082 in the subject line.

By submitting your application, you confirm that you have worked on it independently and you have not used AI technology or paraphrasing technology to prepare it.

Legal Counsel Job Profile

Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner

Effective and accessible civilian oversight that builds trust in police accountability. 

www.opcc.bc.ca

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