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Associate Solicitor (Temporary Approximately 1 Year)

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Employer
City of Guelph
Posted
November 8, 2012
Closes
December 8, 2012
Location
Guelph
Area of Law

Further information

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.


DUTIES:
-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.


QUALIFICATIONS:
-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.


Rate: $42.71-$53.38


All interested candidates should forward their resume quoting the position title in the subject line by email at careers@guelph.ca 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.

City of Guelph

City of Guelph