Associate Counsel Or Senior Associate Counsel

Board of Health Newmarket York Regional Health Service Department
Department: Legal and Court Services Department
Branch: Legal Services Branch
Status: Temporary Full-Time
Length of Assignment: Approx. 24 months
Location: Newmarket / Ontario
Date Posted: October 24, 2019
Date Closing: November 29, 2019
Number Of Positions: 1



Scheduled Shifts

0830 – 1630

Position Purpose

Reporting to the Senior Counsel, is responsible for providing advice on a broad range of legal issues to Regional Council, Committees, departments, corporations, boards and related entities, including providing advice on land acquisitions, expropriations and other real estate matters, primarily supporting the Region’s rapid transit project. Negotiating, drafting and advising on land acquisitions agreements and expropriation matters. Advising on real estate operational issues, strategic initiatives, risk management and general municipal law; representing the Region before tribunals and boards; and negotiating with external agencies and partners at municipal, provincial and federal levels.

Major Responsibilities

•Provides legal and procedural advice to various Regional departments, corporations, boards and related entities on applicable legislation, including the Municipal Act, 2001 and the Expropriations Act.
•Provides risk management advice and strategies.
•Provides general advice on obligations of Regional Council.
•Attends Committee meetings, departmental and cross-departmental meetings, as required.
•Responds to client enquiries directly and/or resolves difficult or highly sensitive complaints either verbally or in writing.
•Negotiates with external agencies and municipal partners, including Provincial and Federal government departments and ministries.
•Supervises staff, including recruitment, selection, hiring, assigning work, determining training and development needs, and conducting performance appraisals.
•Evaluates performance of staff for compliance with established Regional policies and objectives and contributes to attaining objectives.
•Maintains current knowledge of developments in the law and their application to Regional responsibilities.
•Performs other duties as required to meet Branch and Departmental objectives.


•Successful completion of a university degree in Law (LL.B.) or Juris Doctor Degree (J.D.).
•Membership in good standing as a Lawyer in the Law Society of Ontario.
•Minimum one (1) year of practice in the area of real estate law.
•Experience in and familiarity with the public sector would be an asset.
•Demonstrated knowledge of legislation, guidelines, procedures and standards relevant to municipal and real estate law, including the Municipal Act, 2001 and the Expropriations Act and a complete understanding of the Regional government structure.

How to Apply

Please apply online by November 29, 2019. We thank all candidates for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

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