Legal Editor

Practice Point

We have an immediate opening for a Legal Editor. Reporting to the Director of Publications, the Legal Editor is responsible for planning, creating, and updating new and existing CLEBC legal content (including print and online books and other digital products) in response to new legal developments and the needs of legal professionals and the legal community. The Legal Editor is also responsible for developing networks of legal experts as volunteer contributors.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Understand the Legal Market

  • Keeps up to date on legal developments in assigned practice areas in order to identify opportunities for new product development, to enhance existing resources, and to assess the frequency required to update existing resources
  • Researches and understands the practice needs of legal professionals who work in assigned practice areas. This includes activities such as interviews, surveys, and analysis of data, working individually and collaboratively with CLEBC colleagues
  • Based on research on practice needs, works collaboratively with CLEBC colleagues to develop practice area strategies and to create content that matches identified needs
  • Actively cultivates relationships in the BC legal community

Develop and Update Products

  • Participates in the department business planning each year to identify update projects and new opportunities
  • Creates and maintains a publishing plan for each publishing project
  • Recruits, nurtures, and manages relationships with expert advisors and contributors with goals of developing content for new and existing publications products
  • Reviews materials submitted by contributors and conducts research to ascertain accuracy as required; edits and rewrites material where necessary, working in consultation with the authors and editorial boards to finalize the content and to organize the material in the most appropriate format
  • Monitors the production aspect of projects from word-processing, copy-editing, and production activities, providing direction and guidance to ensure completion of the product, on schedule and on budget
  • Works closely with marketing to prepare the marketing and advertising of each product

 The ideal Candidate will possess the following education, skills and abilities:

  • Degree in Law plus a minimum of three years law practice experience (practice in the area of wills and estates an asset)
  • Ability to conduct in-depth legal research and draft or edit accurate and practical legal resources
  • Excellent organization and project management skills
  • Excellent writing, editing, and legal research skills, including excellent knowledge and use of the English language
  • Self-motivated with analytical skills and ability to solve problems and propose solutions
  • Ability to work independently and in teams
  • Confident in cultivating relationships in the legal community, including recruiting contributors and managing projects with volunteer contributors
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; a collaborator who works well in teams

CLEBC is committed to equity and diversity and welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities or expression. CLEBC hires on the basis of merit; all qualified persons are encouraged to apply.

CLEBC offers competitive compensation and extended health benefits in a collegial and professional environment. If you are interested in the position, please provide a cover letter and resume to hr@cle.bc.ca by June 18, 2018.

The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLEBC) is the most respected source of continuing professional education and information for British Columbia lawyers and their staff. We believe continuous learning is key to the success of our team; we foster a culture of innovation by hiring great people and supporting them in developing their talents.

CLEBC publishes a variety of resources to assist the legal profession. We have approximately 50 practice manuals published in print and as online resources that are updated regularly and cover all of the major practice areas. CLEBC also puts on more than 75 courses a year covering 20 practice areas for audiences of 50 to 200 lawyers attending live or by webinar.

CLEBC is a non-profit society that is self-funded from the sale of products and services.