Make A Difference
Do you see yourself working for one of the largest social housing providers in North America that is dedicated to improving the lives of its residents? Are you a dynamic, service oriented individual who is eager to learn and expand on your current skill sets within the Legal/Paralegal field?
If this sounds like you, then we have an opportunity you will not want to pass up!
In this role, under the supervision of Supervisor, Paralegal Services, you will represent Toronto Community Housing in a broad range of litigation matters before various courts, boards and tribunals. Working in a dynamic and stimulating environment, you will give advice and guidance to internal clients on sensitive and confidential matters. You will also provide legal and administrative support to legal counsel on general litigation files.
What you’ll do
- Maintain independent carriage of files including interviewing clients and witnesses, drafting legal documents, conducting research, preparing witnesses and evidence, and appearing before courts, boards, and tribunals
- Represent Toronto Community Housing in administrative matters before the Landlord and Tenant Board and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario
- Represent Toronto Community Housing in Small Claims Court matters including debt recovery actions and commercial contract disputes
- Represent Toronto Community Housing before the Ontario Court of Justice with respect to Provincial Offences matters including Building Code and Fire Code matters
- Provide litigation and administrative support to Toronto Community Housing counsel on major litigation files
- Assist legal counsel in providing proactive advice to Toronto Community Housing’s management and executive teams
- Provide legal advice and guidance to Toronto Community Housing managers and staff on legal matters including residential landlord and tenant matters.
- Assist Toronto Community Housing counsel in providing education, training and mentorship to managers and staff to ensure stakeholders are in compliance with various legal requirements such as the Residential Tenancies Act and the Housing Services Act.
What you’ll need
- Post-secondary degree or diploma in a relevant field of study
- Paralegal license with the Law Society of Ontario
- Minimum of 3 years relevant experience, 5 years relevant experience preferred
- Knowledge of and experience in landlord and tenant law and litigation before the Landlord and Tenant Board
- Knowledge of and experience in civil litigation and provincial offences matters
- Knowledge of and experience in human rights matters
- Knowledge of and experience in commercial litigation, construction liens, procurement, and privacy are considered an asset
- Demonstrated legal research and writing abilities
- Demonstrated knowledge of office procedures and manual/electronic filing systems
- Demonstrated file management skills including file opening, closing and organization
- Superior time management skills including docketing and tickler system practices and the ability to multi-task and deal effectively with competing demands
- Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
- Excellent customer service skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders (including a diverse tenant population) to resolve sensitive issues
- Excellent conflict resolution, problem solving, and negotiation skills
- Proficiency with computerized business applications including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and information databases so as to work independently on the carriage of court, board and tribunal files
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and also as a member of a team
- Working knowledge of legislation that is applicable to Toronto Community Housing including the Residential Tenancies Act, Human Rights Code, Housing Services Act, Fire Protection and Prevention Act, Building Code Act, and City of Toronto Municipal Code
Once you apply, we’ll review your resume and cover letter to determine if your skills and experience match the qualifications for the role. Only qualified candidates will be contacted to move forward in the hiring process. If you are contacted, the process will include one or more interviews and/or assessments and reference checks.
Please note: This is a temporary position to back-fill a maternity leave. This temporary position may be extended or become permanent in order to meet business needs. If this occurs, the position may not be reposted.