Trust Assurance Auditor
Employer: NOVA SCOTIA BARRISTERS’ SOCIETY
Position Type: Permanent, Full-time
Job Location: Halifax, NS
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.
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.
the Auditor will be responsible to:
and guidance to the Administrator, Trust Assurance with respect to the planning
and performance of the Trust Audit program and responding to trust account
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
Provide support as needed to the Professional
Responsibility department regarding complaints and investigations, when
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
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
Excellent written and verbal
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The Society will also accept applications from those
interested in working less than fulltime (e.g. 75 – 80%).