City Solicitor

September 24 2018
Industries Recruitment, Employment services
Categories Legal, Paralegal, Administrative - Public - Regulatory - Govt., Municipal - Health - Education - Environment
Lethbridge, AB


As a member of the Senior Management Team this professional position provides legal advice directly to City Council and legal advice to the Leadership Team, Administration and City staff under the general direction of the City Manager.  Additional professional advice is provided on specific projects or initiatives identified by the City Manager or Council.

Key Activities and Accountabilities:

  • ·Provides advice to City Council both in public and "In Camera".
  • ·Provides legal advice to City staff on the initiatives undertaken by the City.
  • ·Seeks, retains and manages external litigation expertise.
  • ·Key participation in land acquisitions, including all aspects of conveyancing in real property matters.
  • ·Active involvement in negotiation, documentation and implementation stages regarding economic development initiatives.
  • ·Advisor and participant in risk management and claims settlement negotiations.
  • ·Corresponds and liaises with lawyers for external parties.
  • ·Provides leadership and guidance to the members of the City Solicitors Department, including Solicitors and Legal Assistants.
  • Solicitor provides advice on procedural requirements to allow substantive decisions of Council and the Administration to withstand challenge. 
  • Signing authorities for the City rely on the Solicitor's opinion that documents submitted for execution have been authorized by the appropriate party.
  • Works in collaboration with other senior officials to ensure proper documentation of City initiatives, adherence to the provisions of the Municipal Government Act and compliance with Council and Administrative policies and procedures.


  • Experienced legal practitioner with an emphasis on superior Solicitor skills and a minimum of ten years in municipal law, including related fields such as land use planning or administrative law.
  • Solid understanding of corporate hierarchy roles and responsibilities necessary to sustain compliance with the provisions of the Municipal Government Act.
  • Expert understanding of the principles and procedures pertaining to the acquisition and disposal of real estate/land development and contract law is required.
  • Experience in the development and drafting of bylaws and policies would be an asset.
  • Familiarity with FOIP legislation and information technology impacts from a legal perspective would be an asset.


  • Commitment to public service - Committed to the City of Lethbridge and have confidence in their ability to become a respected and valued member of the City's management team.
  • Communication -  Well developed communication skills, both written and verbal. Active listener. Ability to communicate technical(legal) information to any audience.
  • Politically astute - Has a solid understanding of the workings of municipal government, structure and culture. Understands political environment but is not "political". Strategically and systematically evaluates the impacts of potential decisions.
  • Strategic leadership - Progressive forward thinker with the ability to lead, support and engage a team ensuring desired results and goals are achieved. High personal accountability and emotional intelligence.
  • Collaborative - Honest, open and consistent approach to working with others. Seeks input and appreciates there are differing opinions and perspectives. Contribute to and strive to maintain  a positive productive culture within their team and across the organization.
  • Sound judgement - Guided in their actions by their knowledge, solid business instincts, strong ethics and judgement that comes from experience. Seen as credible, competent and trusted advisor. Knows the appropriate time and place for what needs to be said or done.
  • Relationship builder - Demonstrated ability to build, maintain and nurture key relationships across the organization and externally. Demonstrates a proactive approach to resolve issues prior to conflicts arising.

Success in the above responsibilities and accountabilities assures the citizens of Lethbridge, senior levels of government and Council that appropriate civic behaviour and good governmental practices are the culture of the City of Lethbridge and its officials.


A competitive compensation package will be provided including an attractive base salary and excellent benefits.  Further details will be discussed in a personal interview.


Allan Nelson    or    Laura Youngberg

Leaders International Executive Search

530, 1000 – 7 Avenue SW    

Calgary, AB  T2P 5L5

Phone: (403) 263-0600

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