• The City of St. John's
  • Saint John, NB, Canada
  • Jul 07, 2022
Contract Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector)

Job Description

Our City, Our Future

St. John's is a progressive city with a strong connection to the past and a positive outlook on the future. As one of the oldest cities in North America we have a unique history, but we are also a growing city with the needs and opportunities of a modern urban population. The City of St. John’s is committed to recruiting world-class talent and expertise to join our City staff, more than 1200 strong, who provide a vast array of valued services to the residents of St. John's and the metropolitan area. If you are an innovative thinker with a positive attitude and a commitment to quality, we want you to help us make St. John’s a city where people want to live and feel they belong.

The Opportunity

The City of St. John’s is seeking a lawyer to join its team providing legal advice and services to Council and staff for a six (6) month temporary contract with the possibility of extension.


Reporting to the City Solicitor, the successful candidate must be able to build relationships and inspire confidence in interactions with Council, Staff, and other stakeholders. The primary areas of responsibility for this position will include reviewing and drafting corporate and commercial documents in relation to real estate, municipal prosecutions, and civil litigation files, as well as providing general advice to Council and staff on a variety of matters, under the guidance of senior Lawyers. The successful candidate will also be required to represent the City at Provincial Court and all other levels of Court in addition to appearing at administrative tribunals, hearings, boards, committees, etc.

The successful applicant will be required to participate in all training programs applicable to this position and other related work. The above statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified and shall not be considered a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job.


The successful applicant will have a LL.B. or J.D. from a recognized Canadian law school; be a member in good standing of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador; and have a minimum of one (1) year practice experience.

The successful candidate must demonstrate relevant knowledge and experience; be a person of integrity and sound judgement who is able to work independently and within a team environment; with proven ability to work under strict deadlines. Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal, communication, problem solving, analytical, and organizational skills combined with solid time management, computer, and research abilities.

Hours of Work

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

We wish to express our appreciation to all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. However, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. The City of St. John's does not accept applications in person, by email, fax or mail. Applications will be received up to 12:00 Midnight (Newfoundland Standard Time) on closing date.

This City of St. John's is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the
employment of a qualified workforce which reflects the community's diversity.

Practice Area(s)

Lawyer in St John