Assistant City Solicitor

January 13 2020
Industries Public administration
Categories Legal, Paralegal, Municipal, Health, Education, Environment
Markham, ON

Job Summary

The City of Markham is seeking an Assistant City Solicitor with a minimum of 5 years of planning, development, litigation, and general municipal law experience to join its Legal Services Department. Reporting to the City Solicitor, you will provide legal advice to Council/Committees, the CAO, the Executive Leadership Team and staff on a broad range of issues affecting the City. The successful candidate will be solution-oriented with a demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently on files, while simultaneously being able to effectively manage shifting priorities and timelines in a fast-paced environment. This position offers candidates the opportunity to join a dynamic and committed legal team that is dedicated to delivering an exceptional level of service to all City of Markham stakeholders.

To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter by January 31, 2020.


  • Providing practical, timely, and innovative legal and procedural advice to Council and its committees, City staff, local boards and related entities on a diverse range of sophisticated planning, development, litigation, and municipal law issues.
  • Working closely with staff, drafting and presenting both public and in-camera committee reports on matters related to development applications, litigation matters, general municipal issues and by-laws, and the mitigation of risk to the municipality.
  • Advising on land use planning and development matters, including representing the City at administrative tribunals such as the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, Committee of Adjustment, and in Court as required.
  • Negotiating and drafting legal opinions, pleadings, minutes of settlement, development agreements, by-laws, and internal policies.
  • Maintaining a substantive and up-to-date knowledge of the Municipal Act, 2001, Planning Act, Development Charges Act, 1997, and other relevant legislation and case law and providing legal analysis on the implications of same to municipal operations and strategic decisions.
  • Managing files assigned to outside legal counsel and facilitating the flow of information between consultants, stakeholders, and City staff.
  • Coordinating investigations, developing legal strategies, conducting examinations for discovery, retaining external experts, negotiating and settling actions and attending mediations, pre-trials and trials.


  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience as a solicitor and currently a member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.
  • Experience advising on planning and development matters, general municipal law issues, as well as litigation management, preferably within a municipality or government entity.
  • Ability to provide proactive legal advice, with a desire to achieve progressive solutions to novel challenges facing the municipality.
  • Capability to work collaboratively with an inter-disciplinary team of professionals.
  • Strong communication, negotiation, drafting, time management, dispute resolution, and organizational skills.
  • Service Excellence: Focuses organizational resources on understanding and responding effectively and efficiently to customer needs.
  • Change & Innovation: Encourages innovation and effectively leads, implements, assesses and sustains change initiatives.
  • Teamwork & Relationship Building: Develops collaborative and high performing teams as well as effective relationships with colleagues and partners.
  • Communication: Adapts communication approach to needs of audience and situation, and develops staff in this area.
  • Accountable & Results Oriented: Ensures work group behaves ethically and complies with expectations, policies and legislation; focuses work group efforts to work plan.
  • Management & Leadership: Builds an engaging environment that supports learning, career development and regular feedback, and that attracts and retains high performing staff.
  • Strategic Thinking & Planning: Understands and assesses complex concepts, trends and relationships; participates in business planning; makes decisions that align with the City’s strategic direction.

The City of Markham is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. We thank all those applicants who have applied however only those applications selected for an interview will be contacted.

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