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Queen's University Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Oct 22, 2018
Full time
Senior Legal Counsel About Queen's University Queen’s University is the Canadian research intensive university with a transformative student learning experience. Here the employment experience is as diverse as it is interesting. We have opportunities in multiple areas of globally recognized research, faculty administration, engineering & construction, athletics & recreation, power generation, corporate shared services, and many more. We are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcome applications from individuals from equity seeking groups such as women, racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous/Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, persons who identify in the LGBTQ+ community and others who reflect the diversity of Canadian society. Come work with us! Job Summary Queen’s University is seeking an experienced lawyer who is highly proficient in the field of Corporate and Commercial Law. Reporting to the University Counsel, the Senior Legal Counsel will provide timely and sophisticated advice to multiple university participants in key areas of university operations including: enterprise start-up, strategic partnerships with the public and private sector, general commercial agreements including commercial leasing, construction, insurance and procurement matters, and issues related to charities law. This position offers the opportunity to use your experience and judgment to consult on a wide variety of strategic decisions and initiatives with a great deal of autonomy. You will work across the university with all 5 faculties, a number of administrative units and senior administration, ensuring that every day is both challenging and rewarding. The University Secretariat and Legal Counsel Office is a very collaborative team that works with committees that consist of people with diverse ideas and backgrounds, to which our ideal candidate will add valuable perspective. If your skills and experience meet our requirements, and you are looking for a collaborative environment that offers numerous challenges, we encourage you to apply. Job Description KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Work closely with University Counsel and the University Secretary to provide sound strategic legal advice to the university community, based on subject-matter expertise in corporate and commercial, charities, insurance, real estate andlabour and employment law, as well as other areas affecting university operations. Monitor, review and provide practical and unbiased advice and representation on procedural and contractual arrangements. Ensure the provision of expert, timely, practical, effective and consistent legal advice to clients within the university community and ensure consistency in decision-making processes. Serve as a trusted strategic partner with University Counsel, the University Secretary and with senior management, Departmental leaders, and academic administrators. Engage in meaningful efforts to understand the diverse academic, research and operational needs of the University. Provide clear, accurate assessment of legal issues and risks while respecting business judgment and decision-making authority of university administrators. Represent the university’s interests on procedural and substantive matters. Provide strategic advice concerning dispute and conflict resolution. Conduct thorough and objective research, providing information and effective recommendations to University Counsel, the University Secretary, and other university clients. Participate on committees and working groups as assigned, representing the Office of the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel in a professional manner that builds relationships, encourages inter-departmental collaboration and promotes the University’s strategic goals. Determine the need for, develop and deliver, training programs to university clients as appropriate. Liaise with external counsel, provide litigation support and management. As appropriate, represent the university’s interests before courts and administrative tribunals. Participate in professional development to maintain knowledge of changes to relevant laws and regulations, working with key stakeholders to understand the operational and procedural impacts such changes may have on the university. Perform other duties as assigned. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A law degree (LLB or JD), from an accredited Canadian university, and member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario. A minimum of 12 years’ of experience practising law, including at least 8 years’ prior experience in corporate commercial law, working with a variety of public and private sector clients, with some experience with the not-for-profit and charitable sector. Previous exposure to construction, intellectual property, insurance and procurement law would be an asset. A breadth of general legal knowledge across a variety of fields. Proven success in providing fair and impartial legal guidance regarding complex issues. Prior experience in developing policies and procedures/guidelines in a private or public sector organization. Experience in dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration, and enforcement of policies and procedures/guidelines. Prior legal experience in a post-secondary education setting would be an asset. SPECIAL SKILLS: Ability to cultivate and maintain productive and collaborative relationships with the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel team, with a broad range of university clients including academics, students, staff, senior administrations, and with external legal consultants. Excellent facilitation and mediation skills, with the ability to use these skills to develop solutions that ethically, tactfully and diplomatically respond to the needs and expectations of diverse groups at all levels. Sound judgement and discretion when dealing with confidential and sensitive issues, and the ability to recognize when it is necessary to escalate issues to UniversityCounsel or and the University Secretary. Ability to swiftly prioritize matters and to and manage multiple, competing short and long- term projects, and to shift quickly between substantive areas of law. Excellent communication skills: listening, written and verbal, and the ability to adjust communication style to specific audiences. Possess high standards of ethics and integrity as demonstrated by having the ability to make and communicate difficult decisions and the ability to deliver difficult messages in sensitive situations, while maintaining trust and strong working relationships with colleagues and clients. Exceptional ability to draft accurate, complete contracts and persuasive legal documents such as legal opinions and responses, position statements, legal briefs and correspondence. Proven record of commitment to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. Strong administrative, organizational and time management skills. Ability to work with a variety of software tools including spreadsheets, databases, document management tools, and internet/legal search engines. DECISION MAKING: Facilitates complex decision-making processes, leveraging all identified clients and stakeholders. Determines type and level of information required by University Counsel and/or the University Secretary to support decision-making. Makes effective recommendations to University Counsel and/or the University Secretary concerning university policies and procedures. Provides expert advice and effective recommendations to university decision-makers. Set and direct own work, ensuring task due dates are aligned with portfolio and unit priorities and/or deadlines. Make decisions on completeness of all related process tasks aligned with portfolio and unit priorities. Determines appropriate learning strategy when developing training documents or delivering training programs. Assign work to administrative support staff as appropriate. Closing Statement The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The University provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. Candidates requiring accommodation during the recruitment process are asked to contact Human Resources at hradmin@queensu.ca.
Queen's University Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Aug 19, 2018
Full time
About Queen's University Queen’s University is the Canadian research intensive university with a transformative student learning experience. Here the employment experience is as diverse as it is interesting. We have opportunities in multiple areas of globally recognized research, faculty administration, engineering & construction, athletics & recreation, power generation, corporate shared services, and many more. We are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcome applications from individuals from equity seeking groups such as women, racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous/Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, persons who identify in the LGBTQ+ community and others who reflect the diversity of Canadian society. Come work with us! Job Summary Reporting to the Dean, the Programs Counsel is responsible for providing a full range of legal and policy advice to academic decision-makers, including appeal committees, academic integrity panels, academic program leaders, senior management, and other Smith School of Business faculty and staff. The Programs Counsel is a key member of the senior management team and responsible for developing, implementing, and ensuring adherence by Smith to its academic policies and procedures, and to the University’s overall legal responsibilities. The incumbent ensures that Smith academic program policies incorporate principles of administrative law and procedural fairness in relation to academic regulations, academic appeal committees’ terms of reference, and throughout the academic appeal process. Programs Counsel is an expert advisor, making effective recommendations regarding issues of jurisdiction, academic program policies and procedure, and university policies. Programs Counsel provides strategic legal advice and guidance to committee chairs and committee members. The incumbent may attend committee appeal hearings as appropriate to advise the committee chair on procedural issues that arise during the proceeding, allowing committees to assess the relevance and significance of the evidence presented. Programs Counsel ensures that their client (i.e. committee, academic integrity panel, etc) operates in such a manner as to ensure processes are fair to all those who appear before it. Programs Counsel collaborates with the University Secretariat, Legal Counsel, the Office of the University Ombudsman and other Queen’s units, as required, to ensure a successful resolution of issues. Job Description KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Provides sound legal advice to decision-makers at Smith by investigating the background to the issue, providing information and/or possible solutions, making recommendations on remedies the situations, and identifies any policies, rules or procedures that appear unclear, equitable, or unfair. Provides advice, direction and representation on procedural and substantive matters to support Smith decision-makers. Identifies and mitigates risks based on comprehensive knowledge and experience with Smith and University policies and procedures, as well as previous cases. Conducts thorough and objective investigations regarding both individual and systematic issues with a focus on rigorous fact-finding, fairness, timelines, and attention to detail. Program Counsel drafts, reviews and advises decision makers on all legal matters as they pertain to contracts and agreements. Advises and educates decision-makers on the rules of procedural fairness and application of Smith and university policies. Advises and supports decision-makers, including ensuring all documents that are to be provided to all of the parties appearing before the decision-making body (as indicated by the appropriate policies and/or procedures) are distributed, and advising the decision-maker (i.e. a committee chair) in the event that some information is subject to claims of confidentiality. Reviews the decision-maker’s drafted decisions to provide some assurance that the decision made by the committee complies with Smith’s policies or academic regulations, or those of the university, and that the decision remains within the committee’s jurisdiction. Acts as a resource regarding consistency between decisions. Notifies on the extent of the committee’s participation in an appeal of its decision. Prepares documents, attends appeal proceedings, and advises on restricting comments to the committee’s jurisdiction, the standard of review, and its policies and procedures. Assists in the preparation of appeal materials submitted in response to a student appeal to the University Student Appeal Board or assists in the presentation of the program’s response to the appeal. Programs Counsel serves as the Smith “FIPPA Contact”, working with the University’s Chief Privacy Officer to ensure Smith complies with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). Plans, prioritizes and manages the work of the Programs Counsel’s employee(s), providing strategic and tactical advice, guidance and coaching. Identifies the need for staff resources related to this position, participates on staffing committees, and makes effective recommendations regarding employee selection. Also responsible for managing performance of their employee(s) by establishing performance standards, reviewing and evaluating performance and conducting formal performance reviews on an ongoing basis. Assesses staff training and development needs, and ensures that direct reports receive training required to improve and sustain successful performance. Investigates, addresses and resolves employee/labor relations issues involving their employee(s), including making disciplinary decisions regarding disciplinary and discharge matters. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: LL.B/J.D. from an accredited law school in Canada; membership in the Law Society of Ontario, licensed to practice in Ontario and in good standing, combined with a minimum of 10 years of legal experience in delivering legal services to or within a complex organizational structure is required. Education, training, and experience in a discipline related to dispute resolution, mediation, and negotiation. Knowledge of administrative law, tribunals, and procedural fairness. Ability to provide procedural advice to decision-makers where the parties are represented by lawyers. Experience in the development and/or review of policies and procedures/guidelines to enhance operational effectiveness, limit legal exposure, and manage institutional risk. Knowledge of labour relations, grievance procedures, and employment-related legislation, human rights legislation/requirements; familiarity with the University’s human resources policies and procedures. Extensive knowledge of University structure, governance, policies, academic programs, regulations, and appeal procedures, as well as student governance and student services. SPECIAL SKILLS: Excellent communication (oral and written), conflict resolution, mediation and negotiation skills including the ability to listen, articulate, and advocate effectively, and problem-solve creatively. Must have the capacity to listen, understand, assimilate and reconcile complex situations and divergent perspectives, usually in situations where some level of conflict is present. Ability to work collaboratively, and to communicate effectively, with multiple and diverse constituencies, such as students, staff, executive level professionals, senior academics, and external lawyers. The Programs Counsel owes an ethic of care to the student, program administrators, and the Smith School of Business. Proven success in providing legal guidance in the context of complex organizations and a deeply held commitment to the value of collaborative decision making. Incumbent must be objective, fair, impartial, and flexible without compromising standards and established policies of the Smith School of Business. Ability to assist in or provide advice, expertise, consultative services in managing complex disputes, and communication activities to inform, educate, obtain feedback on and gain support for the resolution of complaints and appeals. Empathy and understanding to address complex student concerns and issues related to program delivery and service. Ability to work with diplomacy in resolving interpersonal conflicts. Demonstrated commitment and contribution to fostering and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. Report writing, which includes identifying the issues raised during discussion or investigation, making findings of fact in respect of those issues based upon the evidence, determining policies or law that applies to the facts, and applying these to the facts to reach a decision. In other instances, the incumbent may be required to draft a memorandum of agreement/understanding. Ability to move from high level conceptualization to detailed and thorough implementation with the ability to engage in both independent and consultative decision-making so as to move issues forward and build necessary consensus around a resolution. DECISION MAKING: Facilitates complex decision-making processes, leveraging all identified decision makers and stakeholders. Makes effective recommendations on policies and procedures for Smith School, including authoring rules, drafting forms, participating in discussions of draft decision. Provides expert advice to decision-makers in interpreting Smith and University policy and regulations. Makes independent decisions to identify alternatives or a range of solutions to a particular problem or set of interrelated problems through discussion with the parties to the dispute. Determines the viability of negotiated resolution or whether to proceed to the Smith School’s formal process. Determines appropriate positioning, tone, and content for communications and reports to various audiences depending upon the need for advice, advocacy, writing, or training. Provides procedural direction to decision-makers during proceedings where the parties are represented by lawyers. Determine and recommend solutions to risk management problems. Decides when to alert the Dean or senior administrators to an emerging situation or where to direct a recommendation for implementation or review, and to formulate recommendations for remedial actions. Makes decisions on strategy and revisions to existing policies, rules, or procedures and offers legal advice on the development of new policies, rules or procedures to ensure efficient and effective application and functioning. Evaluates job candidates and makes effective recommendations on suitable hires for jobs reporting to this position. Makes decisions and/or effective recommendations regarding transfers and promotions. Evaluates their employee(s)’ performance and decides on appropriate training or coaching to address lack of proficiency in carrying out responsibilities, or remedial action for staff disciplinary situations. Assesses investigation outcome of grievances and makes effective recommendations on appropriate course of or next steps on grievances. Makes effective recommendations about their employee(s) on level of discipline up to discharge and probationary termination. Closing Statement The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The University provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. Candidates requiring accommodation during the recruitment process are asked to contact Human Resources at hradmin@queensu.ca.  
Queen's University Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Aug 04, 2018
Full time
Senior Legal Counsel About Queen's University Queen’s University is the Canadian research intensive university with a transformative student learning experience. Here the employment experience is as diverse as it is interesting. We have opportunities in multiple areas of globally recognized research, faculty administration, engineering & construction, athletics & recreation, power generation, corporate shared services, and many more. We are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcome applications from individuals from equity seeking groups such as women, racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous/Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, persons who identify in the LGBTQ+ community and others who reflect the diversity of Canadian society. Come work with us! Job Summary Queen’s University is seeking an experienced lawyer who is highly proficient in the field of Administrative Law. Reporting to the University Counsel, the Senior Legal Counsel will provide timely and effective advice to multiple university participants about compliance in key areas of university responsibility: accessibility, accommodation, data protection and privacy, human rights, and records management. In addition, there is a particular emphasis on supporting university adjudicative processes related to academic and non-academic issues such as: academic appeals; academic integrity matters; and, student conduct. This position offers the opportunity to use your experience and judgment to consult on a wide variety of strategic decisions and initiatives with a great deal of autonomy. You will work across the university with all 5 faculties, a number of administrative units and senior administration, ensuring that every day is both challenging and rewarding. The University Secretariat and Legal Counsel Office is a very collaborative team that works with committees that consist of people with diverse ideas and backgrounds, to which our ideal candidate will add valuable perspective. If your skills and experience meet our requirements, and you are looking for a collaborative environment that offers numerous challenges, we encourage you to apply. Job Description KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Work closely with University Counsel and Corporate Counsel to provide sound strategic legal advice to the university community, based on subject-matter expertise in administrative law, tribunal hearings, human rights, labour and employment and other areas affecting university operations. Monitor, review and provide practical and unbiased advice and representation on procedural and contractual arrangements. Ensure the provision of expert, timely, practical, effective and consistent legal advice to clients within the university community and ensure consistency in decision-making processes. Serve as a trusted strategic partner with University and Corporate Counsel and with senior management, Departmental leaders, and academic administrators. Engage in meaningful efforts to understand the diverse academic, research and operational needs of the University. Provide clear, accurate assessment of legal issues and risks while respecting business judgment and decision-making authority of university administrators. Represent the university’s interests on procedural and substantive matters. Provide strategic advice concerning dispute and conflict resolution. Conduct thorough and objective research, providing information and effective recommendations to University Counsel, Corporate Counsel, and other university clients. Participate on committees and working groups as assigned, representing the Office of the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel in a professional manner that builds relationships, encourages inter-departmental collaboration and promotes the University’s strategic goals. Determine the need for, develop and deliver, training programs to university clients as appropriate. Liaise with external counsel, provide litigation support and management. As appropriate, represent the university’s interests before courts and administrative tribunals. Participate in professional development to maintain knowledge of changes to relevant laws and regulations, working with key stakeholders to understand the operational and procedural impacts such changes may have on the university. Perform other duties as assigned. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A law degree (LLB or JD), from an accredited Canadian university, and member in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada. A minimum of 12 years’ of experience practising law, including at least 8 years’ prior experience in administrative law, working with a variety of administrative boards and/or tribunals. Previous exposure to corporate/commercial, construction, intellectual property and procurement law would be an asset. A breadth of general legal knowledge across a variety of fields. Proven success in providing fair and impartial legal guidance regarding complex issues. Prior experience in developing policies and procedures/guidelines in a private or public sector organization. Experience in dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration, and enforcement of policies and procedures/guidelines. Prior legal experience in a post-secondary education setting would be an asset. SPECIAL SKILLS: Ability to cultivate and maintain productive and collaborative relationships with the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel team, with a broad range of university clients including academics, students, staff, senior administrations, and with external legal consultants. Excellent facilitation and mediation skills, with the ability to use these skills to develop solutions that ethically, tactfully and diplomatically respond to the needs and expectations of diverse groups at all levels. Sound judgement and discretion when dealing with confidential and sensitive issues, and the ability to recognize when it is necessary to escalate issues to University Counsel or Corporate Counsel. Ability to swiftly prioritize matters and to and manage multiple, competing short and long-term projects, and to shift quickly between substantive areas of law. Excellent communication skills: listening, written and verbal, and the ability to adjust communication style to specific audiences. Possess high standards of ethics and integrity as demonstrated by having the ability to make and communicate difficult decisions and the ability to deliver difficult messages in sensitive situations, while maintaining trust and strong working relationships with colleagues and clients. Exceptional ability to draft accurate, complete and persuasive legal documents such as legal opinions and responses, position statements, legal briefs and correspondence. Proven record of commitment to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. Strong administrative, organizational and time management skills. Ability to work with a variety of software tools including spreadsheets, databases, document management tools, and internet/legal search engines. DECISION MAKING: Facilitates complex decision-making processes, leveraging all identified clients and stakeholders. Determines type and level of information required by University Counsel and Corporate Counsel to support decision-making. Makes effective recommendations to University Counsel or Corporate Counsel concerning university policies and procedures. Provides expert advice and effective recommendations to university decision-makers. Set and direct own work, ensuring task due dates are aligned with portfolio and unit priorities and/or deadlines. Make decisions on completeness of all related process tasks aligned with portfolio and unit priorities. Determines appropriate learning strategy when developing training documents or delivering training programs. Assign work to administrative support staff as appropriate. Closing Statement The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The University provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. Candidates requiring accommodation during the recruitment process are asked to contact Human Resources at hradmin@queensu.ca.