Employment Opportunities


Legal Director

The Women’s Education and Action Fund (LEAF), a national organization with a 30-year history of advancing women’s equality rights, is seeking a Legal Director. This senior-level position will provide the right candidate with an exceptional opportunity to play a leadership role in LEAF’s Law Program, engaging in litigation, advocacy, and law reform on issues of critical significance to the well-being of Canadian women and girls. Applicants must be dynamic, self-motivated, extremely knowledgeable about feminist legal issues, and be ready to act as a national leader in promoting women’s equality. 

Key Responsibilities

The Legal Director’s responsibilities include:

  • Management of LEAF’s litigation and other legal activities;
  • Acting for LEAF as counsel; 
  • Coordination of the work of the Law Program Committee, a national committee of feminist lawyers and academics;
  • Supervision of the staff lawyer, as well as contract students and legal researchers;
  • Being an effective voice for LEAF in the national media; 
  • Working with the Executive Director to build strong relationships with feminist, social justice and legal organizations.


The successful candidate will have:

  • Membership in a provincial or territorial bar with at least five years of experience;
  • Strong knowledge of Canadian constitutional and equality law;
  • Equality rights litigation experience with a dedicated commitment to women’s equality;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills (public speaking and media relations);
  • Familiarity with the Canadian feminist non-profit sector;
  • A demonstrated collaborative, strategic, and consensus oriented approach.
  • Ability to work in a lean, fast-paced environment, with a small team of dedicated professionals.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted by email only. In the subject line of your email application, please reference “Legal Director” and your name.

Please submit the following as a single attachment: your cover letter, your curriculum vitae and a list of three employment references (contact name, phone number and email address) to hiringcommittee@leaf.ca.  

Applications should be submitted in a PDF format. Please do not submit multiple applications or send additional documents.

LEAF encourages applications from Indigenous women, racialized women, women with disabilities, women with non-normative sexual identities, and women from other marginalized groups.  

Applications for this position will be accepted until noon (Eastern) on January 5th, 2018.

We thank all applicants for their interest. 
Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 
No telephone enquiries please.