General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

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About Toronto Community Housing Corporation

Toronto Community Housing Corporation (“TCHC”) is Canada’s largest social housing provider. We provide homes to 58,500 households with low and moderate incomes, in some 350 developments across the city. Our residents include seniors, families, singles, refugees, recent immigrants to Canada and people with special needs. Our resident population reflects a broad diversity in terms of age, education, language, sexual orientation, mental and physical disability, religion, ethnicity and race, as well as increasing diversity in lifestyles and values. Our 1,600 employees work to achieve our vision of better homes, better neighbourhoods, and a better Toronto for all.

Description

Make a difference

TCHC’s goals are to improve living conditions and quality of life for its 110,000 tenants, connect vulnerable tenants to the supports they need, and be a more efficient, effective and responsive housing provider. As the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary you will have the unique opportunity to support Toronto Community Housing by providing oversight and expertise in across a number of different areas of law in addition to serving as a key advisor and Corporate Secretary to a municipal Board of Directors.  Reporting directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer, you will oversee a team approximately 16 direct and 70 indirect reports to support a diverse portfolio consisting of corporate/commercial transactions, corporate governance and compliance, procurement, employment, development and construction, real estate, insurance, to privacy and access and enterprise risk management for TCHC and its subsidiaries.

What you'll do

  • Manage the legal function providing oversight over all TCHC corporate law & litigation.
  • Serve as key advisor on all major business transactions and on matters related to policy and the strategic direction of TCHC.
  • Manage the Freedom of Information and Access Unit consistent with the obligations set out in the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
  • Implement processes, tools and systems to identify, assess, measure, and manage legal risk.
  • Identify, monitor and implement ways to prevent, detect and investigate internal and external fraud and waste matters that put the organization at risk. 
  • Provide leadership, strategic direction, oversight and subject matter expertise on matters related to fire life safety to ensure a safe environment for all TCHC tenants and staff.
  • Serve as Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors ensuring the implementation of all Board decisions and an appropriate level of transparency in all business transactions.

What you'll need

  • Juris Doctor or LL.B as well as membership in good standing with Law Society of Upper Canada.
  • 10 or more years of progressive work experience as well as previous experience in a leadership role.
  • Previous experience working in a public sector environment is required and past experience working in social housing is strongly preferred.
  • A broad legal background or understanding that includes several of the following areas: corporate/commercial law, corporate governance and compliance, procurement, labour and employment, development and construction, commercial leasing, real estate, secured financings, civil and litigation management, insurance, IT, energy, privacy and access, human rights and enterprise risk management
  • Previous experience managing mid to large size teams.
  • Past experience managing relationships with a public sector Board of Directors. 
  • A demonstrated ability to lead and manage a number of complex files, initiatives and demands concurrently.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills that reflect that information, opinions and observations are understood and acted upon.
  • Strong collaboration, problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
  • Experience with relevant legislation such as the Residential Tenancies Act, Housing Services Act, Human Rights Code, Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

 

 

What’s next

Once you apply, we’ll review your resume to determine if your skills and experience match the qualifications for the role and only qualified candidates will be contacted for next steps. If you move forward, the process may include an interview, written/practical test, and reference check. 

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Accessibility for Applicants

Toronto Community Housing is committed to equity in employment. Our goal is a diverse, inclusive, and barrier-free workplace that reflects the communities we serve.

We will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities at all stages of the hiring process in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and Toronto Community Housing’s Accessibility Policy.

If you are a person with a disability and need the job posting in an alternative format or any other accessible accommodations during the hiring process, please email your request to our Human Resources department at accessibility.hr@torontohousing.ca or call our accessible accommodations line at 416-981-4119. Please refer to the job requisition number when you contact us.

Tips for a successful application

When submitting your application/resume, be sure to include your skills and qualifications that are a match to those specified in the job posting. Once you have submitted your application successfully, you will receive a confirmation email.

Thank you for your interest in Toronto Community Housing! We encourage you to check out our careers page often, as new opportunities become available on a regular basis. Consider setting up a job alert so you'll be notified via email when a job of interest becomes available.


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