General Legal Counsel

  • Sheridan College
  • Oakville, Ontario, Canada
  • May 13, 2022
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) General Counsel Lawyer (Other) Solicitor

Job Description

Reporting to the Vice President, Strategic Alignment & General Counsel, the Associate General Counsel is a strategic adviser and business partner providing counsel to stakeholders across Sheridan, including the President, PVP, and other senior administrative leaders. The incumbent plays a key advisory role with respect to legal issues, policy decisions, strategic initiatives, and the implementation of recommendations. The incumbent will be experienced in change management and will recommend processes or other interventions that align with Sheridan's vision, strategic plan, priorities, and operational objectives. They will take steps to mitigate the legal risks of the institution. The incumbent will use creative problem solving and consider fair and reasonable solutions on behalf of the institution when advising on complex and challenging cases within the postsecondary and unionized environments. They will conduct analysis systematically and strategically, build strong interpersonal relationships, act with the utmost integrity with a commitment to maintaining confidentiality on highly sensitive and confidential information, and effectively communicate advice to senior management and stakeholders. As in-house counsel, the incumbent serves the entire institution, so the practice areas are varied. The practice areas span corporate/commercial, human resources, administrative, etc. The incumbent directly oversees the following teams: Legal, Policy, Privacy, and Information Management. They provide legal support to Human Resources on HR matters, such as labour relations, terminations, disabilities, accommodations, and low risk grievances and disputes specifically, where there are Human Rights implications or factors. They will also provide legal support to Inclusive communities on investigations, institutional EDI matters, navigating complex cases, and strategic initiatives. The incumbent manages litigation as directed by the Vice President, Strategic Alignment & General Counsel. They are required to identify, assess, and mitigate risks (i.e. legal, public relations, reputational, etc.) at the outset of all matters, including the development of a litigation plan, mitigating steps, and recommendations. The incumbent engages external counsel, as required, and is responsible to manage the work, relationship, and external legal costs.

What You’ll be Doing

As part of the Office of the President, supporting the Vice President, Strategic Alignment & General Counsel in providing strategic and practical legal advice to the Sheridan Community on a broad range of legal matters to further Sheridan’s goals, focusing on protecting the College’s legal and reputational interests;

Providing expert legal advice by identifying and mitigating risk;

Acting as a key liaison on various files at the direction of the General Counsel;

Managing actual/potential litigation and high-risk files (e.g. civil actions, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario disputes, arbitrations, tribunal work, etc.) by assessing and mitigating risks; providing principled legal advice; developing a litigation plan; arguing complex litigation cases in a civil, tribunal, arbitration, or mediation setting, and considering resolution options;

Providing principled and strategic legal advice to the Senior Leadership team and the Sheridan Community on matters that lie at the intersection of human rights, equity, diversity, inclusion, disability, accommodations, accessibility, employment and human resources;

Leading direct and indirect reports within the portfolios of Legal, Policy, Privacy, Records and Information Management;

Responsible for project leadership and meeting various strategic objectives;

Ensuring skills and performance of staff are at the required levels and the efficient and effective use of resources are aligned with corporate priorities;

Fostering a safe, respectful, and supportive workplace while providing coaching and guidance to direct and indirect reports;

Providing education, training and mentoring on legal topics or legislative activities to Sheridan management to ensure stakeholders are in compliance with various legal requirements;

Performing other related duties, as assigned.

About You

You value participating in and creating safe, brave and inclusive environments at work and in the community and want to be a part of a culture where we strive to take actions to ensure no one is left behind.

You demonstrate excellent judgement , initiative , and creative problem-solving and conflict resolution skills .

You have a highly collaborative spirit and interpersonal skills with the ability to work with others to support establishing and achieving collective goals.

You demonstrate an ability to take initiative and ownership of work matters and are able to multitask , prioritize and maintain an organized practice.

You have excellent analytical skills, ability to think strategically and to provide timely and effective solutions in a fast-paced environment.

You have sound negotiation, written/oral communication, relationship-building/management and technical skills.

You are committed to high standards of procedural compliance and have high integrity and commitment to confidentiality and discretion .

You have solid leadership skills, including effective delegation to reports with an ability to influence others towards effective decision-making.

You have an ability to be a team player to diplomatically and pragmatically influence stakeholders across the institution.

The successful candidate will also meet the following qualifications:

4-year bachelor’s degree, along with a law degree from a recognized university

7 years of experience providing legal advice and support, including at an executive, strategic level (equivalency will be considered)

Experience providing legal support in a broad range of practice areas within either a law firm or in-house counsel environment

Called to the Bar in the Province of Ontario and Active Membership in the Law Society of Ontario

Demonstrated experience in unionized and non-unionized environments

Extensive experience in litigation or managing litigation

Experience in conducting or managing investigations

Extensive knowledge and experience with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2000

Who We Are:
Every member of the Sheridan community is passionate about the transformational role we play in people’s lives. Our strategic plan, Sheridan 2024: Galvanizing Education for a Complex World ( https://sheridan2024.sheridancollege.ca/ ), charts a path towards a new ground-breaking model of higher education that reshapes post-secondary education and better prepares students for the future. We are committed to demonstrably advancing equity, diversity, and inclusivity. Diversity is our strength and fuels our commitment to excellence. Across our campuses, we’re making meaningful strides towards developing an equitable and inclusive community.

For more information, visit: Why Work at Sheridan

Other Details

Department: Legal & Records Management

Campus Location: Trafalgar (may be assigned activities at any Sheridan campus) once normal campus operations resume. This position is currently working remotely with occasional on-campus attendance.

Reference #: J0522-0282

Employee Group: Administrative

Payband: NP

Salary Range: $150,240 - $159,630

Application Deadline: June 10, 2022, initial screening to begin May 23, 2022

Sheridan is deeply committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations, Anishinaabe Nation, Huron-Wendat and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Sheridan is situated on these lands, and it is our collective responsibility to honour and respect those who have gone before us, those who are here, and those who have yet to come. We are grateful for the opportunity to be working on this land.

Sheridan values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. Sheridan regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. Sheridan seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism, and inclusion. As such, we encourage applications from qualified candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including those who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, members of racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

Sheridan is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources .

You may be asked to provide copies of your educational credentials at the time of interview. Upon hire, we require official confirmation of educational credentials and Canadian equivalency assessments, if applicable.    

Practice Area(s)

Legal Counsel in Oakville