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Under the general direction of the City Solicitor and Deputy City Solicitor, provides high quality and effective legal advice, advocacy and services to City Council, management and staff and related boards and agencies in areas of that include municipal, corporate/commercial, contract, procurement, construction, development and administrative law, public health proceedings/operations, privacy and freedom of information, administrative tribunals and appeals, human rights, risk management and policy development in the broad range of municipal operations including public works, public health, planning, economic development, finance, building, emergency services and fire prevention enforcement of statutes and by-laws and related by-law drafting.

GENERAL DUTIES

Provides specialized legal services and consultation to the City Manager, Senior Management and staff at all levels on legal matters with the mandate as required.

Develops and implements proactive strategies, anticipates and identifies legal challenges that help to protect the interests of the City and to reduce exposure to legal risks.

Ensures that legal services are provided so as to contribute to the effectiveness of programs and services throughout the City.

Provides research, analysis, counselling and advice for City Council, City Departments, Boards, Commissions and Authorities on the legal implications of matters of law, legislation, procedures, operational and strategic decisions.

Reviews and prepares documents, policies and procedures to ensure that they are clear, concise, comply with all applicable laws and so as to minimize exposure.

Provides legal opinions and advice on matters that pose significant risks to the City to assist decision-makers at all levels in making decisions regarding their service and program delivery.

Represents the City before Tribunals, Inquiries and at all levels of Court.

Participates in the development and implementation of a preventative law program aimed at precluding and remedying anticipated legal problems arising out of day-to-day operations or projects.

Assists City Solicitor and staff with service delivery.

Works in accordance with the provisions of applicable Health and Safety legislation and all City of Hamilton corporate and departmental policies and procedures related to Occupational Health and Safety.

Performs other duties as assigned which are directly related to the responsibilities of the position.

QUALIFICATIONS

1. Bachelor of Laws degree or Juris Doctor (JD) from a recognized University.  Membership in good standing in the Law Society of Ontario.  Advanced knowledge and expertise in a defined area of law normally attained through 10 years of progressively more responsible practice in the area of law.
 
2. Possess a high level of professionalism and integrity, and excellent communication skills.

3. Highly developed analytical and bsiness 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.

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

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

6. 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.

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

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

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

Disclaimer:

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.

Terms:

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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