Toronto Community Housing Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nov 15, 2018Full time
Make a difference Toronto Community Housing is looking for Legal Counsel-Litigation to join our Litigation Team within our Legal Services Division. In this role, you will provide strategic legal advice and opinions to internal business clients on a range of matters, deliver high quality representation in legal proceedings before a range of courts and tribunals, and develop staff training on legal issues for the Corporation. What you will do Provide advice and representation to Toronto Community Housing in proceedings on a range of matters before courts, boards, and tribunals including but not limited to: Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court, Court of Appeal for Ontario, Supreme Court of Canada, Small Claims Court, Ontario Court of Justice, Provincial Offences Court, Landlord and Tenant Board, Information and Privacy Commissioner, and Human Rights Tribunal. Draft all pleadings as applicable, prepare witnesses, compile and review evidence, conduct research, related to all matters that arise within any particular proceeding, and represent Toronto Community Housing at all stages of proceeding. Provide summary legal advice on day to day matters that arise, including: questions from Operating Unit staff about legal issues involved in tenancy and property administration, advice and representation to the Risk Management and Insurance Team in relation to property loss and liability claims, identify risks for the organization, suggest litigation strategies, and make suggestions to reduce future risk or loss, respond to questions from various divisions and departments regarding statutory interpretation, legal decision making, etc. Review existing and/or proposed corporate policies, directives, etc. for legal compliance; assist with planning and scoping stages of policies, projects, etc.; provide strategic legal advice in relation to corporate policies, directives, legislative developments, legislative compliance as policies are drafted, etc. Provide strategic legal advice and opinions to Toronto Community Housing on various matters. Provide written and verbal reports to Executive Leadership Team, Senior Management, and/or Board of Directors as required. Assist with / draft agreements related to tenants including, but not limited to: Tenant Relocation and Assistance Implementation Plan (TRAIP) agreements pursuant to s. 37 of the Planning Act with the City of Toronto in relation to Tenant Relocation for redevelopment; Tenant Relocation Agreements for tenants relocating due to redevelopment; Temporary licenses to occupy units during repair of leased unit, etc. Consult with third parties including:City of Toronto, legal clinics, other housing providers, Housing Services Corporation, ministerial staff, adjudicative bodies, agencies and/or other stakeholders or third parties, as directed by the corporation. Mentor Junior Legal Counsel - Litigation, Paralegals, Litigation Law Clerk, Administrative Assistant – Litigation, Students-at-Law, Paralegal Placement Students, Summer Students, Interns, and Volunteers as applicable. Be an engaged member of the Toronto Community Housing Senior Management Team. Other tasks as assigned. What you will need License to Practice law in Ontario (L1 license and membership in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario). Bachelor of Laws, Baccalaureate of Law, or Juris Doctor. 3 - 7 years post-call litigation experience in related field. Knowledge and experience in general litigation and administrative law. Ability to research and provide advice on a wide variety of legal issues including social housing related issues, landlord and tenant matters, commercial litigation, insurance defence work, appellate advocacy, privacy, human rights issues, etc. Proven ability to interact effectively with, and engage, a variety of stakeholders including: staff, tenants, business partners, and community groups. Excellent conflict resolution skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills and presentation skills. Excellent organizational skills. Proficiency with computerized business applications including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software applications. Working knowledge of Toronto Community Housing’s operations, policies and procedures and relevant legislation that is applicable to Toronto Community Housing. Hiring Process Once you apply, Toronto Community Housing will 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 may include some or all of an oral interview, written/practical test, and reference check. Please note: This is a temporary position for 12 months which may be extended to 18 months or become permanent in order to meet business needs. If this occurs, the position may not be reposted.