Reporting to the General Manager of People, Legislated Services and Planning, and a member of the Senior Management Team, the City Solicitor provides strategic direction, leadership and oversight to the Legal and Real Estate Services Department which includes Legal; Real Estate; Insurance & Risk Management; and the Provincial Offences Administration. As City Solicitor, you will have the general responsibility for the legal affairs of the corporation and for giving professional legal advice and recommendations to the Municipal Council and its administrative staff in relation to a variety of legal matters. You will oversee and provide sound and timely legal advice and business solutions on a variety of complex legal issues, working with a team of in-house lawyers and, as needed, external counsel. You will also provide direction to lawyers appearing before all levels of court and tribunals and ensure the development of the in-house legal team and support staff.
The role requires proven success as a legal advisor to governing bodies, with extensive experience in municipal law, and as a strategic leader in ensuring a responsive service culture in public, private or not-for-profit sectors. It also requires proven results in building and sustaining collaborative, respectful and effective stakeholder relationships both within and outside of the organization, high political acuity and the ability to balance business enabling solutions and services with compliance with legal, legislative and policy frameworks and fiscal responsibility.
Specific accountabilities include:
As a member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario, you have a post-secondary degree in law and a minimum of seven years in a senior management level within a government legal environment or directly related municipal government law experience or equivalent experience deemed acceptable to the corporation – this could be in the public, private or not-for-profit sector with challenges similar to the municipal corporation. Your well-developed knowledge and understanding of relevant provincial legislation affecting municipal operations is supported by strong verbal and written communication skills and your track record as a collaborative and business-oriented practice leader with a passion for serving the community. Able to exercise significant discretion and sensitivity and maintain a high degree of confidentiality with regard to municipal law matters, you have knowledge and experience in managing an effective staff team and the ability to establish an achievable, effective, and responsive departmental work plan.