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The City of Guelph is a vibrant community with over 120,000 people located in the heart of Southern Ontario, just one hours driving distance from Toronto. Set in a picturesque natural setting, Guelph is known for its rich architectural heritage, growing economy and excellent quality of life - all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city.
Resumes are being accepted for the position of an Associate Solicitor (Temporary Approximately 1 Year) in the Legal & Realty Services Department within the Corporate & Human Resources Service Area. Reporting to the City Solicitor, the successful candidate will provide legal representation and advice to City Council and City Departments regarding planning-related matters. Guided by the City's strategic plan and its core values, the successful candidate will provide quality service in an environment of continuous improvement.
-Assist in or assume carriage of a variety of Ontario Municipal Board appeals on behalf of the City.
-Provide legal advice and opinions on planning-related matters in a manner that is responsive to the needs of City
Council and City Departments.
-Prepare, review and negotiate contracts, by-laws and other legal documents related to municipal planning law.
-Negotiate with external groups, lawyers, government bodies and others.
-Prepare and review Council and Committee reports.
-Attend Council and Committee meetings and other public meetings, as required.
-Perform other duties as assigned.
-Considerable experience related to the duties listed above, normally acquired through the completion of an
undergraduate degree and law degree, and considerable experience practicing planning law, preferably at a municipality or a law firm representing municipalities. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
-Licensed or eligible to be licensed to practice law in Ontario and a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
- Excellent customer service skills with the ability to resolve inquiries in an effective manner
-Creative and innovative problem solver with the ability to handle complex and sensitive issues.
-Strong research, analytical and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple assignments in order to meet deadlines in a very demanding environment. 'Ability to work independently, under tight deadlines, and ability to adjust to changing priorities in a busy and demanding environment.
-Considerable knowledge and understanding of planning statutes, regulations and by-laws.
-Excellent communication skills (both oral and written) with the ability to communicate with all levels of staff, stakeholders, the media and the general public.
• A team player with excellent leadership skills.
-Advanced skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).
-Experience working on complex planning litigation matters before the Ontario Municipal Board would be an asset.
All interested candidates should forward their resume quoting the position title in the subject line by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 25, 2012.
Personal information collected through the recruitment process will be used solely to determine eligibility for employment.
We thank all candidates in advance; however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.