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Solicitor (Contracts, Property, By-Laws)
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Halifax, NS, CANADA;
Job Category: Legal ; General Law, Legal ; Corporate Law, Legal ; Employment Law
Job Industry: Government and Public Sector
Job Career Level: Entry Level , Experienced
Year(s) of Experience: 2
Number Of Positions: 1
Date Posted: Apr 25, 2013

Job Posting date:  April 25, 2013
Internal / External
Competition #: 13-079N

Solicitor (Contracts, Property, By-Laws)
Legal Services, Insurance and Risk Management Services

The Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), as a deliverer of municipal government services, is involved in a broad range of activities that exposes it to legal challenges including legislative challenges, personal injury litigation, commercial litigation and arbitrations, labour arbitrations and advocacy before numerous tribunals.  With HRM as its client, Legal Services provides quality, cost effective, timely and accessible legal services to meet the needs of HRM through its Council, various departments, boards, commissions, and employees.

The Solicitor is a member of the Legal Services team, reporting to a Team Lead and the director, and is responsible for providing legal services to Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) supporting the assigned area of responsibility in Legal Services.  The Solicitor is responsible for providing legal advice and assistance to HRM staff conducting daily business and long term planning for HRM.  The Solicitor will provide accessible, efficient and expert counsel in legal matters responsive to client department needs.  The Solicitor will be client focussed and a self-motivated individual who will work both independently and with a team of lawyers in the delivery of legal services to HRM client departments.

The Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) requests applications for Solicitor in the assigned area of by-law coordination and drafting, contracts, and real estate.  The successful candidate's focus area will be drafting and interpreting contracts, commercial transactions, research, property transactions, advising on property ownership on tax sales, and coordinating, reviewing and drafting by-laws under the general supervision of the Solicitor Services Team Lead.  The ideal candidate will be able to work independently as well as with a team.

The incumbent supports the team, conducts expert research, and advises internal and external clients on legal procedures and processes.  The successful candidate prioritizes workloads and plays a key role in ensuring team efficiency and providing excellent customer service to protect the legal interests of the HRM.

  • Participates as part of the Solicitor Services team
  • Performs legal research
  • Recommends and advises internal and external clients on legal processes and procedures
  • Communicates with client departments and ensures all relevant information is provided to Legal Services
  • Provides technical advice and guidance to clients / counsel / interested parties / agencies on the application of legislation with respect to the rules and procedures of legal systems
  • Writes legal summaries, reports and letters
  • Updates administrative records / databases / information systems as required
  • Attends meetings and maintains records as required
  • Assist in resolution of property ownership in tax sale process
  • Other
Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor of Law from a recognized university
  • Member of the Nova Scotia Barrister's Society or be qualified to be admitted
  • Knowledge of corporate / commercial law
  • Experience in drafting of corporate / commercial documents
  • Experience with property law and property transactions an asset
  • Drafting of legislation, regulations, or by-laws an asset
  • Demonstrated knowledge of legal theories and principles
  • Proficiency in writing legal analysis / summaries
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Word / Excel

The following competencies are considered essential for successful performance in the area of work:

Quality of Work:  Implies a commitment to meet or exceed a standard of excellence, focusing attention on achieving effective outcomes, demonstrating a sense or urgency, and showing initiative in developing and implementing decisions focused on achieving business results.  It requires an awareness of the business issues, processes and outcomes as they impact the organization's strategic direction.

Client Service:  Implies a commitment to help or serve others, to meet client needs in alignment ot corporate goals and objectives.  It implies focusing one's efforts on building relationships, and discovering and meeting the needs of internal colleagues, citizens, elected officials, or anyone that the person is in contact with.  It also implies demonstrating the knowledge and skills applied to lawyers to prevent, monitor, control and transfer risk.

Communication:  Implies effective, timely and relevant exchange of information that is respectful of the diversity of people and the geography and working environments of internal colleagues, citizens, elected officials, or anyone that the person is communicating with.  It includes receiving information, listening, understanding and responding openly and effectively in interactions with others.  It including assessing inforamtion to understand both content and intent, to detect missing information, errors and contradictions.  It also implies that this information is processed into effective actions.

HRM offers a competitive compensation package and salary which will be commensurate with the individual's experience.  Please submit your application and cover letter by the closing date to be considered for this position.

The Solicitor works in a challenging environment that is constantly changing and is accountable for providing quality work within strict deadlines.  The incumbent works independently with minimal supervision and adheres to professional and ethical behaviour expected of the legal profession.

HOURS OF WORK:  Normal hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with additional hours as required to meet the needs of the client and organization.

SALARY:  Compensation is commensurate with experience and education within the Solicitor I or II pay band ($40,000 - $99,500).  If you are considering a challenging career move that offers a competitive compensation package with benefits and pension plan, and if you are seeking to join the team that provides legal expertise to HRM staff and Council, please submit your application with cover letter.

CLOSING DATE:  applications will be received up to midnight, May 20, 2013.

As an Employment Equity Employer, the Halifax Regional Municipality is seeking to increase the representation of qualified racially visible persons, women in non-traditional positions, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal persons in the workplace.  HRM encourages applicants to self-identify.

Qualified HRM retirees may also be considered for competitions if other qualified candidates are not available, and the retiree possesses specialized knowledge an/or a unique skill set not otherwise available.  In these circumstances, a form of employment may be offered, including term and/or contract employment.

Please note:  Once you have submitted your resume, an on-line questionnaire(s) will appear on screen and must be completed in order to be considered for this position.
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