Trust Assurance Auditor 

Employer: NOVA SCOTIA BARRISTERS’ SOCIETY

Position Type: Permanent, Full-time

Job Location: Halifax, NS

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society regulates the legal profession in Nova Scotia in the public interest. Our mandate is to protect the public by ensuring, in part, that lawyers are competent and ethical, and practise law in accordance with the standards set by the Society.

Trust Assurance Auditor

Reporting to the Director, Finance and Administration, the Trust Assurance Auditor conducts risk based compliance audits in accordance with the Society’s Trust Account Regulations to ensure compliance with the rules and regulations that relate to lawyers’ trust accounts, including those regulations relating to other client property, unclaimed trust funds, client identification and verification rules, and applicable Practice Standards.

In addition, the Auditor will be responsible to:

  • Provide leadership and guidance to the Administrator, Trust Assurance with respect to the planning and performance of the Trust Audit program and responding to trust account inquiries.

  • Conduct visits to new and established law firms throughout NS to perform compliance audits to ensure lawyers comply with the trust accounting rules and to identify potential and actual regulation violations and risks related to trust accounts handling.

  • Work with the Education & Credentials department to educate lawyers on the skills and competencies required to appropriately open and operate a trust account.

  • Provide feedback to lawyers regarding their level of compliance with the rules and what steps should be taken to remedy any deficiencies, and make recommendations for education or further investigation of non-compliant firms.

  • Review annual Trust Report submissions (Lawyer and Accountant) and use professional judgment to determine the risk level and response when a firm is non-compliant.

  • Compose letters and review correspondence from lawyers regarding Trust Reports, Regulation violations and other risk matters.

  • Oversee the process of working with lawyers to clear out unclaimed trust fund balances and ensure that proper documentation and materials are provided in support of Court applications by the Society for this purpose.

  • Respond to inquiries regarding trust accounting, trust administration and trust account rule interpretation.

  • Support and assist other staff with interpretation of trust account Regulations, accounting procedures and analysis of trust accounting issues.

  • Participate in the review and refinement of the Trust Assurance Program, including the continued development of audit procedures, review and revision of the Trust Account regulations, and reference material such as the on-line Trust Account FAQs and other resources.

  • Assist in developing and delivering resources and tools to new firms or those opening new trust accounts to assist them in understanding and applying the trust account regulations and best practices.

  • Provide support as needed to the Professional Responsibility department regarding complaints and investigations, when required.

  • Support the Society by providing research and advice in areas of potential risk and fraud including E-Commerce, cybercrime, money laundering and other.

  • Liaise with Trust Audit counterparts across the country.

 

The Trust Assurance Auditor should possess the following qualifications, skills and competencies:

  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation is required

  • At least 5 years of Auditing or related experience 

  • Advanced training in fraud related courses or CFE, CIA or CAMS designation considered an asset.

  • Considerable knowledge of computer applications including accounting software, related technology and audit techniques is required.

  • Knowledge of the business operations of professional service organizations/firms is an asset.

  • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to engage with and educate lawyers through different means such as presentations and facilitated training sessions.

  • Confident and professional demeanor when dealing with complex and risk situations

  • Ability to work independently in an environment where a high level of attention to detail, accuracy and confidentiality are paramount.

  • Travel will be required so must have a valid NS Driver’s license and access to a vehicle.

 

Closing date: Applications required by October 18, 2017, however, this posting will remain open until the position is filled.

Submit your application (including cover letter, resume and salary expectations) via email to hr@nsbs.org. The Society will also accept applications from those interested in working less than fulltime (e.g. 75 – 80%).

 

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society values diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted.