Solicitor and Corporate Counsel

Burford, ON, Canada
Full Time
Corporate Services
Senior Manager/Supervisor
REPORTS TO: General Manager of Corporate Services
LOCATION: Initial placement – Burford Administration Office

Minimum Qualifications:
  • A Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) or Juris Doctorate (JD) degree or equivalent from a recognized and accredited university
  • Membership in the Law Society of Upper Canada in good standing
  • Licensed to practice law in Ontario
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience practicing law in Ontario on behalf of a municipality or other level of government, or with a private law firm serving mainly municipal clients, with an emphasis on contract, litigation, planning, procurement or administrative municipal law matters.
  • Expertise with areas of law relating to municipal government operations and relevant legislation, including the:
    • The Municipal Act
    • Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
    • Municipal Conflict of Interest Act
  • Demonstrated experience directing litigation matters and liaising with outside counsel
  • A strong and confident working knowledge of current federal and provincial statutes, rulings, regulations, orders and decisions by provincial and federal courts and tribunals, as they impact municipal government
  • Advanced relationship building skills and a dedication to providing a high level of public service.  The ability to deal courteously and effectively with all levels of staff and government, elected officials, local Boards / Commissions, municipal unions, community groups and organizations, the general public and the legal and insurance communities.
  • Excellent administrative, research, problem solving, communication, negotiation, presentation, analytical, writing, legal drafting, and organizational skills.  Must be able to effectively handle highly confidential information in an appropriate manner, in order to protect the interests of the County of Brant
  • Superior interpersonal and leadership skills, and be able to communicate clearly and effectively (both orally and in writing), demonstrating a sound ability to provide advice and direction to members of Council, staff, external agencies, and other interested parties
  • Highly developed strategic, creative, critical thinking, conflict resolution, and conceptual abilities, and the demonstrated skill to work effectively in a collaborative environment by contributing to the overall goals of the County
  • The ability to work independently under tight timelines, and be able to adjust priorities in a dynamic and demanding environment, with a strong emphasis on providing a high level of trustworthy customer service to internal departmental clients
  • Demonstrated safe work practices
  • Experience with employment and labour relations law in a municipal setting
  • Experience with planning law
  • As a senior staff member, you will provide leadership, co-ordination, implementation, and administration in support of the goals, policies, procedures, services and programs of the Municipality, in accordance with council policy, all applicable law, and statutory obligations in a cost efficient and effective manner
  • Provide professional legal advice to Council / Committees and the County of Brant departmental staff on the diverse and broad range of issues affecting the municipality
  • Instruct and monitor external legal counsel engaged by the County of Brant with respect to requested legal advice, major litigation, administrative tribunals and other matters including coordinating involvement and responses from various internal departments
  • Respond to non-insured claims against the County of Brant, including construction lien and procurement claims, and perform associated follow-up duties to protect the municipality
  • Prepare reports and memoranda for the provision of advice to Council / Committees and County of Brant departmental staff concerning the effect and impact of relevant legislation changes
  • Negotiate, draft, review and finalize terms and conditions for a wide variety of contractual matters and prepare standard contract templates
  • Review and interpret agreements, policies, procedures and other relevant documentation to identify problems with respect to legality, enforceability and form
  • Conduct legal research on a variety of legal issues leading to the preparation of legal opinions, reports and papers summarizing results including recommendations respecting implementation, form or response or course of action to be taken
  • Undertake special projects and perform other related duties as assigned in accordance with departmental and corporate objectives
  • Negotiate with vendors, contractors, litigants, customers and others
  • May be required to support emergency operations under the incident management structure, at the direction of the Emergency Operations Centre Chief
  • Day to day supervision of division staff including Assistant County Counsel.
  • Other duties as assigned
Annual salary range: $135,881 to $158,977 (35 hours per week)

Application Deadline: Monday, February 26, 2024, at 9 a.m.

Date of Posting: Tuesday, February 7, 2024        
The County of Brant is committed to providing accommodations for persons with disabilities.
Accessibility accommodations are available for all stages of the recruitment process. If contacted for an employment opportunity, please advise the County if you require accommodation.

We thank all applicants and advise that only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted. Personal information submitted is collected under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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