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Faculty/Department: Office of the General Counsel
Employee Group: Administrative
Campus: Trafalgar (May be assigned activity at any Sheridan Campus)
Reference Number: 18/A/78
Hiring Range: $85,631 - $90,983
Salary Range: $85,631 - $107,039
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Application Details: This is a contract position that may continue up until December 21, 2018
Reporting to Legal Counsel, the Junior Legal Counsel will assist with the provision of legal services to the institution. This includes: contract review and revisions; support legal review of agreements from Research and Procurement Services; legal and academic research; drafting letters and memoranda; assisting with the review, investigation and resolution of complaints; policy development and related research; answer questions from business units; assist with the day-to-day operations of the Office of General Counsel; and other legal-related tasks as assigned. Due to confidential aspect of work, considerable discretion and judgement is required.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
• Drafting and reviewing legal documents, policies, procedures, position papers, reports, correspondence and memoranda, as required, on a wide variety of legal issues;
• Writing legal opinions and other communications in an accurate, succinct, professional manner that meets the purpose of each communication ;
• Drafting legal documents as requested that are well¬ organized, clear, succinct and meet the intended purpose, both with and without the use of precedents;
• Assisting with drafting legal agreement templates for business units;
• Conducting extensive legal research on a diverse range of legal matters including corporate / commercial real estate, corporate governance, Board governance and legislative issues as directed by Legal Counsel; Providing legal assistance on the interpretation of same;
• Identifying issues, selects resources and records, analyzes, applies and communicates results;
• Assisting in the review, resolution and investigation of issues as requested including reviewing and analyzing documentation, identifying issues, conducting legal research, preparing investigation plans, attending meetings with internal clients and stakeholders;
• Assisting in the review and development of organizational policies including providing advice on any relevant legal obligations and recommends amendments to existing and draft policies and procedures as a result of relevant legislative or regulatory changes.
The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:
• 4 year Bachelor’s degree and Bachelor of Law degree along with 1 year articling experience.
• Qualified LLB and/or JD Program student graduate, in good standing with an accredited Law School or candidates certified under the National Committee on Accreditation.
• Must also be in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including oral, written and superior listening skills
• Able to prepare a variety of written materials (e.g., letters and memos of law)
• Strong research skills - Research skills via web and other resources (e.g. government documents, databases and e-resources)
• Strong analytical and problem solving skills to assess the applicability of legal principles and relevance of evidence; Impeccable attention to detail and accuracy
• Conflict resolution skills
• Ability to exercise sound judgment and deal with high level issues in a balanced and fair manner
• Client service orientation ; consultative style; Skills to build appropriate and constructive relationships
• High level of professionalism, discretion, confidentiality and diplomacy
• Exercises sound judgement and displays initiative and resourcefulness
• Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
• Able to manage a demanding workload and multiple projects, with changing or conflicting priorities
Sheridan welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including visible minorities, Indigenous People, and persons with disabilities. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Sheridan is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process. At any stage of the hiring process, Human Resources will work with applicants requesting accommodation.
Note: Copies of educational credentials are requested at the time of an interview. As a condition of employment, Sheridan requires confirmation of educational credentials in the form of an official Canadian transcript or an official evaluation of international credentials which determines Canadian equivalency.