Legal Counsel

May 23 2018
Industries Education, Training
Categories Legal, Paralegal, In-house - Industry - Contract administrator, Municipal - Health - Education - Environment, Legal, Paralegal
Hamilton, ON

Job ID: 19885

Location: Central Campus

Department: Office of Legal Services

Salary Range: $105612.00 – $158418.00 (annual)

Contract Duration: 12.2 Months

Hours per Week: 35

The Office of Legal Services has general oversight responsibility for all legal matters at McMaster University and is the primary point of access for all internal and external legal counsel assignments.  Its complement of legal professionals provides institutional legal support while ensuring both internal and external legal resources are utilized efficiently and effectively.


Job Summary:

McMaster University is seeking to employ a legal counsel to join its Office of Legal Services.  The Legal Counsel will provide effective legal representation and counsel with respect to the following: corporate governance, real estate, contracts, procurement, research commercialization, financial and grant agreements, regulatory compliance, administrative law, policy development, copyright and privacy, as such matters may arise.  The Legal Counsel will work collaboratively with other internal legal counsel in the Office of Legal Services to manage the legal portfolio at McMaster and will consult with McMaster's external legal representatives where appropriate.



  • providing competent, timely, practical and effective legal advice regarding the subject matters mentioned above to clients within the University community, including members of management, the University Counsel and the senior executive, with a view to mitigating legal risk and liability while facilitating the attainment of the University's mission and objectives;
  • providing legal representation in various fora;
  • in collaboration with the University Counsel, managing external counsel relationships and the flow of legal work externally with a view to mitigating external legal costs;
  • in collaboration with external legal counsel, managing to conclusion highly complex and/or litigious legal files, including those of a tortious nature;
  • keeping clients within the University community informed and up-to-date regarding legal developments and legislative/regulatory changes and proactively initiating any required changes to University policy or practice;
  • developing and delivering training programs or workshops as may be necessary; and
  • preparing legal memoranda, legal documentation, reports, analyses, reviews and audits as may be necessary.




  • Undergraduate degree combined with a postgraduate degree in law.
  • Qualified to practice law in Ontario
  • In good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada.



  • 2 – 5 post-call years of experience practicing general corporate/commercial law.
  • Expertise gained in the public sector is preferred.
  • Expertise gained in the Education sector, in particular at a University, is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in legal research, analysis and reasoning, delivering legal opinions, reviewing institutional policies and procedures and related documents and assessing risk and liability.



  • Strong subject matter expertise in corporate law.
  • Excellent business judgment and relationship building skills combined with the ability to work effectively in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to use sophisticated influencing and problem solving skills with internal business partners and external audiences.
  • Highly developed planning and organizational skills to successfully manage complex sensitive issues and changing priorities.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to adjust communication style for the audience.
  • Results-oriented individual with a high level of integrity, commitment to good governance practices, and dependability.

McMaster's core leadership capabilities are designed to nurture employee engagement through best people practices.  All leaders will demonstrate these Leadership Capabilities by:  Taking a Strategic Approach; Communicating and Collaborating; Developing People; Investing in Relationships; Championing Change and Innovation; and Driving Results.

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and, within the lands protected by the "Dish with One Spoon" wampum agreement.

In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of visible minorities, and LGBTQ+ persons. Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247) or the Faculty of Health Sciences Human Resources office at ext. 22207 to communicate accommodation needs.

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