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Executive Officer, Legal Services

August 28 2017
Industries Education, Training
Categories Legal, Paralegal, Administrative - Public - Regulatory - Govt.
Toronto, ON

Executive Officer, Legal Services


An opportunity for an innovative, collaborative lawyer with demonstrated strategic skills to lead high-performance teams in a large, complex school board whose work is guided by the values of service excellence, equity, and sustainability.


The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is dedicated to the achievement and well-being of each student. Every day, staff members are privileged to serve approximately 246,000 students in 584 schools throughout Toronto, more than 160,000 life-long learners in its Adult and Continuing Education programs, and families of communities as richly diverse and inspiring as any in the world. The new Executive Officer of Legal Services will play a vital role in supporting TDSB's policies and operations, by ensuring that senior management has access to the legislative and legal knowledge it needs to make sound, informed decisions aligned with the Board's strategic goals.

As Executive Officer, you will act as In-House General Counsel for the Director and senior staff of the Board in all legal matters, demonstrating your keen political acumen, strong analytical skills and capacity for strategic thinking and creative problem-solving. While you will also interact with TDSB Trustees on many occasions, your role does not include providing legal advice to Trustees; rather, you will arrange for them to receive such advice through appropriate external legal counsel.

Reporting to the Associate Director, Operations and Service Excellence, you will manage the Legal/Labour Relations Department and the co-ordination of all collective bargaining, access to external legal services, involvement in litigation, grievance and arbitration management, and liaison with legal departments at all levels of government. You will also provide a legal perspective on various matters as a member of the Executive Team, oversee staff lawyers and civil and criminal litigation, labour arbitrations, expulsions, and due diligence actions, and provide leadership on Board policies.

You are an outstanding communicator with senior-level administrative experience in a large educational or comparable unionized public-sector institution, or a similarly complex organization, able to motivate others and implement difficult decisions in an ambiguous, politicized environment. Persuasive, confident and collaborative, you will liaise with federal, provincial and municipal authorities in all contractual and legal matters, establish productive working relationships with all other Board departments, and facilitate professional development for the senior team and all management employees on current legislation and regulations.

TDSB is seeking an innovative, collaborative lawyer with the demonstrated strategic skills to lead high-performance teams in a large, complex organization, someone who is accustomed to working in an environment of high accountability and public visibility, and has a strong track record of working successfully to support the decision-making roles of elected officials. An active network in both the municipal and provincial government contexts will ensure that you can be a strong advocate for the interests of the TDSB and the evolving communities it serves.

As the successful candidate, you will have a Law degree with additional training in human resource administration, a minimum of 10 years of managerial experience, and a track record as a practising lawyer in one or more of the following areas: Education Law; General and Corporate Law; Labour Relations and Employment Law; and Municipal and Planning Law.

You have had demonstrated success in grievance/arbitration administration, can provide leadership in controversial and complex organizational issues, and possess detailed knowledge of labour law and dispute resolution processes. Above all, you must be extremely familiar with the Education Act and capable of interpreting it in a variety of circumstances, and be conversant with labour relations legislation and its application in a large, complex unionized environment.

To be considered for this senior executive position, please forward your resume to Phelpsgroup, by September 20, 2017, quoting PH179160, to *******@***********.ca.


401 Bay Street, Suite 1400
Toronto, ON M5H 2Y4
Phone: 416-364-6229

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