Senior Legal Counsel

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Office of the General Counsel and Board Secretariat – What We Do

The Office of the General Counsel and Board Secretariat advises and assists Ryerson’s Board of Governors and its faculty and staff on policies, law, governance, privacy, compliance, records management and risk management with a mission to guard and uphold the reputation of the university.

The Legal Team within the Office of the General Counsel and Board Secretariat provides legal advice, reviews and negotiates agreements, manages litigation, manages practicum agreements and provides educational outreach related to compliance, legal risks and legal processes.

The Opportunity

The Office of the General Counsel and Board Secretariat is looking to add a Senior Legal Counsel to the Legal Team to advise primarily in the areas of real estate, leasing, construction, and procurement as well as various commercial law matters under the direction of the General Counsel. The Senior Legal Counsel will assess legal risks and ensure the University’s reputation and interests are protected, and will act as senior legal advisor to senior administrative leaders at Ryerson in collaboration with and as a support to the General Counsel.



  • Supports the General Counsel in providing strategic legal and compliance advice to internal clients to further Ryerson’s goals and objectives and to protect the university’s legal and reputational interests.
  • In collaboration with and as a support to the General Counsel, acts as senior legal advisor to senior administrative leaders in furtherance of strategic and operational decision making.
  • Negotiates, reviews and revises a range of general corporate, commercial, real estate, leasing, construction, information technology and procurement documents in relation to various transactions.
  • Acquires and maintains an up-to-date knowledge of current developments in the law, particularly in the areas of real estate, leasing, and construction.
  • Maintains independent carriage of files and independent clients within the university.
  • Provides legal counsel and advice on complex agreements with external parties.
  • Researches and provides legal interpretation of statutes and case law.
  • Ensures legal advice and legal services are provided in a timely and professional manner.
  • Mentors and provides legal oversight to junior legal staff and law practice program candidates.



  • Successful completion of a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or Juris Doctor (J.D) or equivalent law degree is required.
  • Must be a member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario.
  • A minimum of 5 years of post-call experience in a law firm or in-house corporate position. Preference will be given to experience practicing law in the areas of corporate, real estate/leasing, construction, and procurement.
  • Extensive knowledge of specific areas of law (procurement, real property and general corporate and commercial law).
  • Exceptional analytical skills that lend to strong judgment and decision making skills.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including drafting skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to handle sensitive and confidential issues appropriately.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Team player who values building relationships.



  • Candidates may be asked to demonstrate qualifications through occupational testing as a first step in the evaluation process prior to being granted an interview.
  • Candidates must have a demonstrated record of dependability/reliability and a commitment to maintain confidentiality.

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