Associate General Legal Counsel

  • The University of Calgary
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Dec 19, 2021
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) General Counsel Lawyer (Public Sector)

Job Description

Position Overview

The President's Office is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Associate General Counsel (Litigation, Student Appeals and Policy).

University Legal Services provides a full range of legal services and strategic legal advice to senior administration, faculties, schools, and administrative units in a multi-facet organization. Legal Services is also responsible for the Office of Protected Disclosure, the development and revision of University of Calgary's policies and procedures and manages compliance with access to information and privacy legislation.

The Associate General Counsel (Litigation, Student Appeals, and Policy) provides advice to senior executive on highly complex matters and works independently in making significant decisions regarding management of litigation, administrative law, legislative interpretations, policy development, and student misconduct and academic appeals.

This position reports to the General Counsel and works closely on a day-to-day basis with a variety of internal and external University stakeholders, as well as with members of Legal Services in a fast-paced, high-intensity work environment.


Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Managing case load, specializing in administrative, education, employment and corporate/commercial law.
  • Provide legal advice on a variety of complex issues advice to senior management, faculty and staff.
  • Assess the University's legal liability and recommend the appropriate steps in risk management.
  • Draft clear and concise legal documents and correspondence.
  • Review contracts and other arrangements to effectively enable the operation of University programs in light of legal concerns.
  • Consistently interpret and administer University policies and assist with regulatory compliance.
  • Provide input to the development and implementation of University policies.
  • Assist with the coordination of legal services with internal and external legal counsel to achieve the most efficient and effective legal service for the University.
  • Develop and provide educational workshops for faculties and units within the University.
  • Remain current in the law particularly with respect to the University.
  • Attend court, arbitrations and other hearings, on behalf of the University on a variety of issues. Prepare for court appearance, quasi-judicial hearings, including researching the law, drafting briefs, and drafting and filing necessary documents required.
  • Make hiring recommendations to the General Counsel.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Minimum of an undergraduate degree and a law degree from a recognized university. Must be eligible to practice law in Alberta.
  • 8 to 10 years experience in the general practice of law including at a managerial level.
  • Member in good standing of the Law Society of Alberta (as required by provincial legislation).
  • Subject area expert in highly specialized fields of law and/or experienced expert in diverse areas of law, with demonstrated excellence as practicing lawyer, excellent legal and analytical skills.
  • Proven ability to perform well on complex matters in a stressful environment, prioritize and deal with multiple assignments, all under significant time and other pressures.
  • Proven ability to work with senior management.
  • Ability to manage and lead professional legal teams.
  • Demonstrated business acumen with ability to balance business requirements against legal risks, formulate legal solutions to advance the needs of assigned client groups.
  • Communicate effectively including delivery of presentations to all levels of the organization.

Application Deadline: January 11, 2022

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is classified in the Management Career Band, Level 4 of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website.

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About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada's leading next-generation university - a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation's most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada's top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.