Legal Counsel

  • SickKids
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Aug 14, 2021
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

About SickKids

Dedicated exclusively to children and their families, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is one of the largest and most respected paediatric healthcare centres in the world.  As innovators in child health, we lead and partner to improve the health of children through the integration of healthcare, leading-edge research and education.  Our reputation would not have been built – nor could it be maintained – without the skills, knowledge and experience of the extraordinary people who come to work here every day.  SickKids is committed to ongoing learning and development, and features a caring and supportive work environment that combines exceptionally high standards of practice.

When you join SickKids, you become part of our community. We share a commitment and determination to fulfill our vision of Healthier Children. A Better World.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to work alongside the world’s best in paediatric healthcare.

Position Description

The SickKids Legal Services team is looking to add a congenial and collaborative Legal Counsel on a two-year contract.  Reporting to the Deputy General Counsel, this role will provide comprehensive legal support to a portfolio of internal hospital departments and affiliated entities.

Here’s What You’ll Get To Do:

  • Identify, address and manage legal needs in support of the Hospital’s business and strategic objectives through effective fact-finding, research and the provision of high-quality legal advice and in a manner that reflects the organization’s risk tolerance
  • Review, draft and negotiate a high volume of contracts
  • Identify potential areas of legal risk/opportunity and make recommendations on risk tolerance and mechanisms to manage risk/opportunity
  • Support the Deputy General Counsel and General Counsel, as well as senior management and leaders across the Hospital, in implementing strategic and operational initiatives
  • Monitor changes to law relevant to the Hospital, and communicate developments/implications to management and staff, as appropriate
  • Develop strong professional relationships with internal and external stakeholders to facilitate ongoing communication throughout the organization, to anticipate and proactively manage legal needs and risks, and to keep current on best practices and emerging trends in legal practice within relevant sectors

Here's What You’ll Need:

  • You must possess a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctorate and be a lawyer in good standing with the LSO.
  • The ideal candidate has at least 5-7 years of post-call experience in private practice, in-house, or a combination thereof
  • You should have solid contract drafting and negotiation skills and experience in general corporate/commercial law.  
  • Strong preference will be given to lawyers who have expertise in one or more of IT law, public procurement law, construction law, or privacy law  
  • Experience working within a hospital or other healthcare sector organization is an asset
  • We are seeking service-oriented lawyer with strong conceptual thinking and decision-making skills, who is capable of managing a high volume of competing priorities  
  • You are a team player with excellent diplomacy and interpersonal skills  

 Employment Type: Permanent, Full-Time

Our Commitment to Diversity

The children and families we care for are diverse, and so are our employees. All are welcome to join our unique organizational culture and be part of our inclusive team.

If requested, SickKids is proud to make available accommodations to support applicants with disabilities during the interview and assessment process.  Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially. SickKids is also committed to providing services in both official languages and our preference is to hire employees who are fluent in both English and French whenever possible.

Thank you for your interest in joining SickKids. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. In accordance with our Hospital policy, employment at SickKids is conditional upon the Hospital’s receipt of all necessary documentation.

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