Associate Legal Counsel

  • The Salvation Army
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Sep 28, 2020
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector) Lawyer (Other)

Job Description

The Salvation Army is an international Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible; its ministry is motivated by love for God and the needs of humanity.

Mission Statement

The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world.

Core Values

The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda has four core values:

Hope: We give hope through the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Service: We reach out to support others without discrimination.
Dignity: We respect and value each other, recognizing everyone’s worth.
Stewardship: We responsibly manage the resources entrusted to us.

Position Purpose Summary:

The Associate Legal Counsel provides a wide range of legal services, which enable The Salvation Army to fulfil its mission.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Providing legal advice and guidance to senior Salvation Army personnel;
  • Assisting with the resolution of a wide range of legal disputes;
  • Working with individual centres, facilities, divisional command offices and departmental offices to identify, analyse and initiate appropriate action on legal issues;
  • Drafting and reviewing agreements, contracts and a wide range of other legal documentation;
  • Tracking legislation and litigation, assessing future trends and attempting to ensure compliance with new legislation in areas of responsibility;
  • Working with senior administrative officers of The Salvation Army to assist in developing policies and procedures;
  • Working with outside legal counsel to resolve legal problems and disputes, and to devise and implement legal strategies;
  • May be required to sit on committees, boards and counsels when needed;
  • Representing The Salvation Army before Small Claims Court, administrative tribunals and adjudicating authorities.


Qualifications and Education requirements:

  • NOTE: You may be required to provide validated educational documentation.


  • Must have LL.B or JD from an accredited program and institution;
  • Qualified to practice law in the Province of Ontario;
  • Member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario;


  • 3-5 years of working experience as a lawyer;
  • Experience working in-house or in the non-profit sector considered an asset.

Required Skills/Knowledge:

  • Adaptive legal skills; capable of responding to a wide range of legal challenges in both a proactive and reactive manner.
  • Expertise in IT contracts, commercial law and real estate considered an asset.
  • Excellent ability to analyze complex legal documents and manage risks in keeping with The Salvation Army’s mission and values.
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a wide variety of areas of law (commercial, business, corporate, real estate, and non-profit).

Preferred Skills/Capabilities:

  • Quick and independent learner;
  • Strong organisational, communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work in a demanding team-oriented environment;
  • Effective organizational and time management skills;
  • Ability to work in French considered an asset.

Successful candidates, prior to hiring, may be required to provide:

  • Background check consent
  • Education verification
  • Satisfactory reference check.

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The Salvation Army will accommodate candidates as required under applicable Human Rights Legislation. If you require a disability related accommodation during this process, please inform us of your requirements.

In accordance with The Salvation Army policy and legislated requirements, employment is conditional upon the verification of credentials and completion of a background check.

This posting is open to external and internal candidates alike. If you are an internal applicant, please advise your Department Head of your intentions prior to submitting your application.


3-5 years