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Under the general direction of the City Solicitor and Assistant City Solicitor, the successful candidate will be an experienced corporate/commercial solicitor who has at least 3-5 years’ experience negotiating and drafting a wide variety of commercial contracts.

Experienced solicitor with approximately 3-5 years’ experience negotiating and drafting a wide variety of commercial contracts.   A public-sector background (municipal) as well as familiarity with finance, procurement and construction law would be a definite asset.

Bachelor of Laws degree or Juris Doctor (JD) from a recognized University. Admittance to the Bar in the Province of Ontario. Membership in good standing in the Law Society of Upper Canada.  Advanced knowledge and expertise in a defined area of law normally attained through 3-5 years of progressively more responsible practice in the area of law.

Highly effective leadership, negotiation, facilitation, communication, presentation, interpersonal and organizational skills.  Ability to deal effectively with elected officials, representatives from stakeholder groups, Boards and Agencies, management, peers and staff.  Highly developed ability to articulate a vision, to lead and inspire others.

Ability to provide specialized legal services and consultation to the City Manager, senior management and staff at all levels on legal matters.  Adept at providing research, analysis, counselling and advice for City Council, City Departments, Boards, Tribunals, Commissions and Authorities on the legal implications of matter of law, legislations, procedures and operational and strategic decisions.

Proven ability to work under tight deadlines and to prioritize.

Experience in developing and implementing proactive strategies, and in anticipating and identifying legal challenges to protect the interest of the City to reduce exposure to legal risks.  Ability to use skills individually and as part of a team to achieve organizational goals and client satisfaction.

Through knowledge and understanding of statutes, regulations and by-laws affecting the Division.  Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to express ideas effectively, orally in writing and through formal presentations.



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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