County of Brant
The County of Brant is a municipality of 35,000 people, with a blend of urban and rural activities and a rich heritage, culture, and environment. We are a growing and prosperous region that offers the charm and pace of country life combined with the amenities and lifestyle of an urban centre. Our region’s beauty is renowned as the Grand and Nith Rivers run through our county – allowing our residents to enjoy spectacular hiking, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking with breathtaking views. The County of Brant is located along the Highway 403 corridor and is within commuting distance of the western GTA region, Waterloo region, Guelph and London.
Reporting to the General Manager of Corporate Services, as Solicitor you will provide a full range of legal representation and strategic advice to Council and municipal departments regarding litigation issues, contract law matters, procurement and real estate law. Ideally, you will also have experience handling employment and labour relations issues. Your experience should include the preparation of legal opinions and advice in these areas of law; the preparation and review of contracts, agreements, by-laws, and related documents; assisting with court, administrative or quasi-administrative tribunal proceedings; directing litigation matters; and negotiating with vendors, contractors, litigants, customers and others.
- 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.
- A minimum of 5 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
- 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.
Annual salary range: $96,205 – $112,549 (2017 rate)
35 hours per week
The County offers a comprehensive benefits package and participation in the OMERS pension plan.
For more information about this position, and to apply, please visit careers.brant.ca. The application deadline is Sunday, February 25, 2018.
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.