Associate Legal Counsel

  • City of Ottawa
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Aug 30, 2023
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector)

Job Description

Requisition ID: 9597
Department: Legal
Service: Employment & Labour Law Service
Employment Type: 1 Full-time Temporary - Up to 1 year
Work Hours: 35.00 hours per week
Affiliation: MPE
Salary Information: $88,335.52 - $111,718.88 annually (2022 rates of pay)
Location: City Hall,110 Laurier Avenue West
City: Ottawa, ON
Job Category: Legal Services
Application Close: 12/09/2023


Legal Services provides a comprehensive and complex range of legal services to elected officials, all City of Ottawa departments, and various boards and commissions (i.e. Ottawa Police Services Board, Ottawa Community Land Development Corporation and the Ottawa Public Library), in the areas of civil litigation, labour and employment law, prosecutions, and corporate, municipal, planning, development, environmental, and commercial law.

Under the guidance of more senior legal counsel, you are responsible for providing a wide range of legal services to City Council, Committees, Departments, local boards and agencies, in one or more of the following areas:

Employment law and labour relations focusing on labour arbitrations, Labour Relations Board and Human Rights Tribunal proceedings, pay equity, occupational health and safety, workers’ compensation, wrongful dismissal, litigation and other labour relations and employment law issues generally.

You provide legal opinions and policy advice to an assigned client group and are responsible for protecting/advancing the legal interests of the City, advocating and defending corporate positions before the courts and external decision-making bodies. You also provide guidance and mentoring to more junior Legal Counsel, Articling Law Students and Paralegals/Law Clerks in the respective practice area.


Completion of Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree (3 year program after first degree).

Minimum of 2 years of broad legal experience in the practice of municipal law, as outlined in the Job Summary, which may include experience before civil courts, administrative boards and tribunals, or specific experience directly related to the assigned area of practice.


Licensed by Law Society of Ontario and called to the Bar of Ontario


  • Knowledge of the Municipal Act 2001
  • Knowledge of the Code of Professional Conduct of the Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Working knowledge of municipal operations, City organizational structures, and departmental business requirements, complexities, and inter-relationships
  • Working knowledge of the specific legislation, regulations, policies/guidelines and methods/procedures relating to the assigned area of practice
  • Working knowledge of the law of civil procedures and practice before the courts, and or administrative boards or tribunals
  • Working knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures relating to interviewing, facilitation, negotiation, dispute resolution, and mediation
  • Protocols for developing submissions, briefings, reports
  • Protocols for responding to inquiries, and preparing reports, briefing notes and other communiqués
  • Knowledge of Employee Code of Conduct as well as applicable health and safety legislation, including the rights and duties of workers.


  • Able to work independently, with minimal direction, and collaboratively with all staff as part of a team
  • Able to professionally represent the City before the courts and or administrative tribunals, and at meetings involving multiple shareholders and the general public
  • Possess leadership and human relations skills to provide ongoing mentoring, training, and coaching to more junior Legal Counsel, Articling Law Students, Paralegals and Law Clerks
  • Possess organizational skills and flexibility to plan, initiate, organize and prioritize own work, to manage multiple projects, and to deal effectively with multiple demands, conflicting priorities, pressures and timelines
  • Able to consult with internal corporate clients and provide problem solving advice, opinion and guidance on legal matters
  • Able to undertake research, investigate/define issues, isolate key components of diverse issues, analyze/evaluate/interpret information, present findings and make recommendations
  • Possess articulate and persuasive communication skills and strong influencing/negotiating skills/abilities in order to handle the advisory, adversarial and administrative nature of the work
  • Able to describe legal concepts in readily understandable terms, and provide timely, constructive professional advice/information to all clients to assist in the decision-making process
  • Skilled in composing and writing pleadings, opinions, reports and summaries and other documents for assigned client group
  • Able to write contract language, memoranda, settlement documents, reports and proposals
  • Skilled in public speaking and in preparing/delivering presentations
  • Possess computer literacy in MS Office Suite and the ability to utilize specialized software and internet resources for legal research
  • Able to maintain and secure detailed documentation, records and files
  • Self directed in applying judgement, initiative and creativity to address unique situations
  • Demonstrates leadership capabilities
  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills
  • Thorough and attentive to detail
  • Demonstrates tact , diplomacy, political awareness, sound judgement and discretion in protecting the privacy, confidentiality, and security of information
  • Resilient, and able to deal with difficult individuals and situations


  • Language Requirement: English oral, reading, writing
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We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


The City of Ottawa promotes the principles of diversity and inclusion and adheres to the tenets of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. We encourage applications from members of Indigenous, Black and other racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women and non-binary persons, persons of all ethnic origins, religions, sexual orientations, classes, gender identities and expressions.
Candidates are encouraged to self-identify as a member of one or more designated employment equity groups in the self-identification questionnaire.


The City of Ottawa provides accommodation during all parts of the hiring process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If contacted to proceed to the selection process, please advise us if you require any accommodation.


Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. Please contact the HR Service Centre at 613-580-2424, extension 47411.