Associate Solicitor – Land Use Planning and Development Law

The City of Guelph is a vibrant community with over 120,000 people located in the heart of Southern Ontario, just one hours driving distance from Toronto.  Set in a picturesque natural setting, Guelph is known for its rich architectural heritage, growing economy and excellent quality of life – all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city.

Job summary

Resumes are being accepted for the position of Associate Solicitor – Land Use Planning and Development Law in the Legal, Realty and Court Services Department within the Corporate Services service area.  Reporting to the City Solicitor, the successful candidate will provide legal representation and advice to City Council and City Departments regarding land use planning-related matters. Guided by the City’s strategic plan and its core values, the successful candidate will provide quality service in an environment of continuous improvement. Guided by the goals and objectives of the City of Guelph Administrative Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, excellence and wellness, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the Community Vision – to be the city that makes a difference.

Duties

  • Assist in or assume carriage of a variety of Local Planning Appeal Tribunal matters on behalf of the City.
  • Provide legal advice and opinions on land use planning-related matters in a manner that is responsive to the needs of City Council and City Departments.
  • Prepare, review and negotiate contracts, by-laws and other legal documents related to municipal land use planning law.
  • Negotiate with external groups, lawyers, government bodies and others.
  • Prepare and review Council and Committee reports.
  • Attend Council and Committee meetings and other public meetings, as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Considerable experience related to the duties listed above, normally acquired through the completion of an undergraduate degree and law degree, and five (5) or more years practicing land use planning and development law, preferably at a municipality or a law firm representing municipalities. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
  • Experience working on complex planning litigation matters before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal would be an asset.
  • Experience in environmental law would be considered an asset.
  • Licensed or eligible to be licensed to practise law in Ontario and a lawyer licensee in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.
  • Excellent customer service skills with the ability to resolve inquiries in an effective manner.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with a variety of stakeholders, including senior management, City Council, and external stakeholders.
  • Strong business and political acumen, creativity and sound judgment.
  • Ability to accurately scope out length and difficulty of issues and set priorities.
  • Active listener, approachable and composed under pressure.
  • Ability to explain / present complex ideas in a clear and understandable fashion, and influence others.
  • Ability to provide clear direction to others and comfortably delegate tasks.
  • An understanding of how to motivate others and how to build effective teams.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the key industry trends and legislative changes and the ability to develop legal strategies accordingly.
  • Creative and innovative problem solver with the ability to handle complex and sensitive issues.
  • Strong research, analytical and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple assignments in order to meet deadlines in a very demanding environment.
  • Ability to work well both independently and in a team environment, under tight deadlines, and the ability to adjust to changing priorities in a busy and demanding environment.
  • Considerable knowledge and understanding of planning statutes, regulations and by-laws.
  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written) with the ability to communicate with all levels of staff, stakeholders, the media and the general public.
  • A team player with excellent leadership
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Ontario Human Rights Code, Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Rate

$98,786.96 – $123,483.70

How to apply

Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system by Friday November 1, 2019. Please note all applicants must complete the online questionnaire specific to this position at the time they submit their resume and cover letter in order to be considered. Proof of qualifications will be requested at the interview stage.

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The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer which values diversity in the workplace. We are therefore happy to accommodate any individual needs in keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance.

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