Reporting to the Senior Counsel, is responsible for providing advice on a broad range of legal issues to Regional Council, Committees, departments, corporations, boards and related entities and the Police Services Board, including advice on Municipal Law operational issues, strategic initiatives, risk management;
and negotiating with external agencies, private sector interests and partners at municipal, provincial and federal levels.
Provides legal and procedural advice to various Regional departments, corporations, boards and related entities on applicable legislation.
Provides risk management advice and strategies.
Provides general advice on obligations and responsibilities of Regional Council.
Attends departmental and cross-departmental meetings, as required.
Responds to client enquiries directly and / or resolves difficult or highly sensitive complaints either verbally or in writing.
Negotiates with external agencies and municipal partners, including Provincial and Federal government departments and ministries.
Maintains current knowledge of developments in the law and their application to Regional responsibilities.
Performs other duties as required to meet Branch and Departmental objectives.
Successful completion of a University Degree in Law (L.L.B.) or Juris Doctor Degree (J.D.).
Membership in good standing as a Lawyer in the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Associate Counsel I : Minimum one to three (1-3) years general and / or specialized experience in the area of Municipal Law.
Associate Counsel II : Minimum five (5) years advanced expertise in the area of Municipal Law.
Knowledge of legislation, regulations, guidelines, procedures and standards relevant to Municipal Law, and a complete understanding of the Regional governmental structure.
Demonstrated knowledge of and demonstrated ability in corporate core competencies including customer service, communication, team work, initiative / self-
management and accountability, and flexibility / adaptability.
Effective interpersonal and presentation skills to interact with members of Regional Council and staff of Regional departments, corporations, boards and other government agencies.
Computer literacy utilizing MS Office software applications.
Proven analytical and decision making skills.
Ability to exercise appropriate judgement and discretion in dealing with privileged or controversial matters.
Demonstrated political acumen and ability to negotiate, facilitate, mediate and present information to a varied audience.
Ability to work outside normal business hours as required