Town of Whitby
Whitby combines a small town atmosphere with the sophistication and amenities of a larger urban centre. Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, Whitby boasts two beautiful heritage downtowns, one of the finest recreational harbours with two marinas, year round sports and recreation activities, parks, trails, beaches and a robust arts and culture scene, all of which are part of the extraordinary amenities that Whitby residents enjoy every day. With a population projected to grow to 200,000 people within the next 15 years, Whitby has an exciting and aspiring future.
The Town of Whitby is accepting resumes for the position of Associate Solicitor in the Legal and By-law Services Department. Reporting to the Commissioner of Legal and By-law Services/Town Solicitor, you will provide legal representation and strategic advice to Council and municipal departments regarding litigation issues and contract law matters. Ideally, you will also have experience handling employment and labour relations issues.
Licensed to practice law in Ontario and a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada, you will have at least five (5) years of experience practicing litigation, contract, and administrative law in Ontario on behalf of a municipality or other level of government. Experience in employment and labour law would be an asset. Your experience should include the preparation of legal opinions and advice in these areas of law; the preparation and review of contracts, agreements, and related documents; conducting or assisting with court, administrative and quasi-administrative tribunal proceedings; directing and handling litigation matters; and negotiating with vendors, contractors, litigants, customers, and others.
- Provide professional legal advice to Council/Committees and Town of Whitby departmental staff on the diverse and broad range of issues affecting the municipality in the areas of litigation and contract law, together with employment law issues as appropriate.
- Assist with and provide representation on behalf of the Town of Whitby before the courts, and in administrative and quasi-administrative tribunal hearings, including all aspects of conducting such litigation.
- Instruct and monitor external legal counsel engaged by the Town of Whitby with respect to requested legal advice, major litigation, administrative tribunal and other matters, including co-ordinating involvement and responses from various internal departments.
- Respond to non-insured claims against the Town of Whitby, including construction lien claims, and perform associated follow-up duties to protect the municipality.
- Prepare reports and memoranda for the provision of advice to Council/Committees and Town of Whitby departmental staff concerning the effect and impact of relevant legislative changes.
- Negotiate, draft, and finalize terms and conditions for a wide variety of contractual matters.
- Review and interpret agreements, policies, procedures, and other relevant documentation to identify problems with respect to legality, enforceability, form and substance, recommendations, and drafts.
- Liaise with other levels of government, local Boards/Commissions, community groups/agencies, external lawyers, etc. on all manner of municipal responsibilities, functions, and processes.
- Provide advice, interpretation, guidance, direction, and recommendations respecting by-law enforcement matters as requested.
- Attend Council/Committee and other meetings as required to provide responses to Council questions, including the presentation of reports or other information to Council in a public or closed session meeting environment.
- Provide back-up support to the Town Solicitor for the effective administration of the Legal Services Division.
- Conduct legal research on a variety of legal issues leading to the preparation of legal opinions, reports, and papers, summarizing results and including recommendations respecting implementation, form of 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.
- A post-graduate university degree in law (LLB or JD), including the completion of Law Society Admission Exams and articling.Must be a member in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada and be qualified to practice law in the Province of Ontario.
- A minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated and progressive experience practicing law, either with a municipal/governmental organization, or with a private law firm serving mainly municipal/government clients, with an emphasis on contract, litigation, and administrative municipal law matters.Experience with employment and labour law in a municipal setting will be considered an asset.
- Demonstrated experience handling litigation matters independently, including experience representing clients in Superior Court and/or the Ontario Court of Justice, and in administrative and/or quasi-administrative tribunals.
- Excellent working knowledge of municipal functions and responsibilities, municipal legislation and regulations and numerous others as they relate to municipal jurisdiction and powers, litigation, contracts, municipal procurement, employment, labour relations, and legal matters affecting local government.
- 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.
- 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 Town.
- 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.
- 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, Town of Whitby 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 client, team and departmental goals.
- The ability to effectively work independently under tight deadlines, 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.
- Class “G” driver’s licence in good standing and a reliable vehicle to use on municipal business.
- The availability to attend evening Council/Committee and other meetings as required.
To be considered for this challenging opportunity, please fax, mail, e-mail or deliver your confidential application/resume before the application deadline: Friday, February 24, 2017 to:
The Corporation of the Town of Whitby
Human Resource Services
575 Rossland Road East,
Whitby, ON L1N 2M8
Please quote Posting Reference No.: 17-M003-334D
The selection process may include assessment methods to further determine a candidate’s knowledge and skills for the position.
The Town of Whitby is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environments. Please advise Human Resource Services of any accommodations needed to ensure your access to a fair and equitable process. Any information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.
Acknowledgement will only be forwarded to those applicants who are invited for an interview.
Personal information provided is collected under the authority of The Municipal Act, 2001 and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.