• City of St John
  • Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Jun 07, 2023
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector) Solicitor

Job Description

The City of Saint John is accepting applications for the role of Solicitor or Senior Solicitor in the General Counsel Office. Reporting to the General Counsel, the solicitor/senior solicitor will support the General Counsel in the delivery of innovative and excellent customer service through the provision of advice that will enable The City of Saint John to deliver on its strategic priorities. As part of the City’s legal team, the solicitor/senior solicitor will support the General Counsel in providing accessible and expert legal advice to the municipal council and the civic administration respecting matters of relevance to the municipality.

Key Responsibilities:
To provide a full range of legal services to the civic administration, generally in the areas of litigation, by-law enforcement/prosecution, legislative drafting, real estate and contracts. The nature of the services provided by the General Counsel office will require that the position provide legal services in other and varied areas from time to time. The solicitor/senior solicitor’s responsibilities include:

  • Representing the City before Courts and administrative bodies;
  • Providing legal support to the City’s Human Resources Department on labor and employment matters;
  • Providing advice and legal support in procurement related matters;
  • Managing the work of outside legal counsel;
  • Managing crises that involve legal issues including the development of strategies that minimize the risk exposure to the City;
  • Preparing a wide range of contracts to which the City is a party and supporting the civic administration in the development of the content thereof and supporting the contract management function;
  • Researching and providing legal advice on different matters of relevance to the City;
  • Managing and closing real estate and commercial transactions.

Essential Qualifications:

  • A Law Degree (LL.B. or J.D.) from a recognized university.
  • A minimum of 6 years at the Bar with experience directly related to the key responsibilities of this position.
  • Membership in good standing in the Law Society of New Brunswick (LSNB) or ability to become a member of the LSNB.
  • Ability to work independently and manage time efficiently.
  • Strong analytical and research skills.
  • Creative problem solving.
  • Initiative and independence.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Excellent customer service orientation.
  • Teamwork focused and collaborative.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Please note: It is a condition of employment with the City of Saint John to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a valid certificate of medical exemption from vaccination. Those who provide a valid certificate of medical exemption are required to comply with the City’s Vaccine and Test Policy. Failure to comply with this condition of employment is cause for termination.

Equal Opportunity Employer:
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we live and which we serve. We encourage and support applications from Indigenous, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minority groups. Candidates who belong to such groups, who are qualified, will be given preference at the time of selection.

The successful applicant will be eligible to work a compressed work week of 4 days (Monday to Thursday) throughout the trial period of the City’s recently adopted Compressed Work Week Trial. This schedule is subject to change.

Applications will be accepted through our online system only. Qualified applicants should submit cover letters and resumes to:

City of Saint John
Attention: Hiring Committee