Deputy City Solicitor

Reporting to the City Solicitor, provide leadership to lawyers in the Commercial/ Development/Policy Section of the Division as well as assuming carriage of legal files.
Accountable to the City Solicitor for ensuring the Legal Services Program is provided in accordance with City and Provincial guidelines and in the most effective and efficient manner consistent with the City of Hamilton Strategic Plan.


A University degree in Law (L.L.B.) Member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario with progressively responsible management experience in a municipal environment with emphasis on municipal governance, law and policy, land use planning and development, commercial contract, procurement, regulatory, administrative and real estate law.


Possess a high level of professionalism and integrity, and excellent communication skills. 

Highly developed analytical and business planning skills with a proven track record for long-term visioning and big picture thinking.  Experienced in designing and delivering customer focused programs and services; and using a "best practices" approach in developing and delivering quality services in a timely and cost effective manner. 

Highly developed ability to articulate a vision, to lead and inspire others.  Highly effective leadership, facilitation, communication, presentation, interpersonal and organizational skills.    

Highly developed ability to develop work plans and service level agreements; and to design and implement strategies which improve effectiveness and efficiency. 

Demonstrated experience monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the provision of legal services, and staff performance against internal and external benchmarks. Proven ability in conducting performance appraisals, delegating and empowering staff and identifying opportunities for staff development.  

Thorough knowledge and understanding of key statutes, regulations and by-laws affecting the Division and municipality.  

Demonstrated knowledge of the Health and Safety Act and applicable regulations as it relates to the position.

Must have computer skills in a Windows environment utilizing MS Office software.




Be advised that Human Resources frequently audits resumes of internal/external applicants to ensure/validate information provided is consistent and trustworthy. Falsification of information provided at any time throughout the recruitment process may be grounds for disqualification, and for internal applicants, subject to discipline up to and including termination.


The City is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. Consistent with our Values and Corporate Culture Pillars, the City of Hamilton is committed to providing equitable treatment to all with respect to barrier-free employment and accommodation without discrimination. The City will provide accommodation for applicants in all aspects of the hiring process, up to the point of undue hardship.  If you have an accommodation need, please contact Human Resources as soon as possible to make appropriate arrangements. 

We invite you to visit the departmental webpage to obtain further information on the culture and business of this department.

The incumbent shall comply with all Health and Safety Policies and Practices for this position and the workplace.

It is the responsibility of the applicants to ensure that their application reaches Human Resources by the closing date or they may not be considered. It is also the responsibility of applicants to supply qualifications, licences and related experience relevant to the qualifications outlined above for this competition as directed. On the basis of the criteria set out above, this posting is open to all applicants

The statements made by me are true, complete and correct to the best of my knowledge.  I understand that any falsification of statements, misrepresentations, deliberate omission or concealment of information may be considered just cause for discipline, up to and including termination for internal applicants and disqualification for external applicants.



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