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Director, Legal Services / Town Solicitor, Town of Fort Erie

Organization Name Town of Fort Erie Town of Fort Erie
Industry Municipal Services
City Fort Erie
Province/State Ontario [ON]
Country Canada [CA]
Overview / Background

Fort Erie is a town on the Niagara River in the Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada. It is directly across the river from Buffalo, New York and is the site of Old Fort Erie which played a prominent role in the War of 1812. A recent census indicated a population of 32,354 for the Town of Fort Erie based on the Town's Community Profile in 2019. Fort Erie is one of Niagara's fastest growing communities and has experienced a high level of residential and commercial development in the past few years.

The Town is recruiting a self-managing, positive, seasoned candidate with excellent communication skills. The ideal candidate should also have a proven ability to lead and direct a team and demonstrates ethical conduct, political sensitivity, discretion, integrity and reliability.

Position / Responsibilities / Requirements

Under the direction of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Director, Legal Services/Town Solicitor acts as the principal legal counsel for the municipality and is responsible for delivering a wide range of legal services in areas of law affecting the Town, including but not limited to municipal and administrative law, planning and development, construction, real estate, corporate law, contracts, and by-law enforcement.  The Director, Legal Services/Town Solicitor provides legal advice and opinions to Senior Managers, staff and Council, prepares legal documents including contracts and agreements, manages and conducts litigation before civil and administrative tribunals, and prosecutes municipal by-law contraventions.

You possess a Court of A Bachelor of Law Degree or equivalent and successful completion of the Ontario Bar Admission Course and have successfully completed the Ontario Bar Admission Course or the Barrister Licensing Examination and Solicitor Licensing Examination. You are a member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario and have a minimum of seven (7) years of legal practice with demonstrated experience in municipal law.

You also possess a solid understanding and experience in legal research, drafting, negotiation, mediation and litigation and demonstrated experience before courts and administrative tribunals including the Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Justice and Ontario Land Tribunal. In addition, demonstrated success in a senior management position in a municipal corporation and experience leading prosecutions and representing both plaintiffs and defendants and appearing before the courts and quasi-judicial bodies, particularly the Ontario Municipal Board is needed.

Search & Application Process

If you wish to be considered for the position, please forward a cover letter and your resume by email to Kartik Kumar at by November 24th, 2023 @11:59 pm.

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Thank you once again for your interest.

Legacy Partners and the Town of Fort Erie are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognizes that a diverse staff is essential to organizational excellence. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals and encourage women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity to confidentially self-identify at the time of application. In accordance with the provincial legislation, accommodation will be provided by Legacy Partners and the organization throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities.

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