Director of Legal and Clerk Services/Town Solicitor
The Director of Legal and Clerk Services / Town Solicitor will be responsible for the provision of legal services to the Corporation, including elected officials and staff. The Director will work closely with, and report to, the Chief Administrative Officer. The Director will supervise the Town Clerk and ensure that all duties assigned to the Clerk are completed and managed appropriately and professionally. The Director will also supervise the Solicitor.
- Act as the Town Solicitor and provide legal advice to Council and Administration.
- Provide legal services to the Town in a cost-efficient manner, utilizing internal legal resources. When required, hire and supervise external lawyers. Provide all manner of legal services, including solicitor and barrister work, including but not limited to, litigation, insurance, real estate, land use planning, by-laws, and enforcement, and drafting and review of all manner of contracts and agreements. In particular, the Director will represent the Corporation in Court and Tribunals when required.
- Develop, implement and interpret policies, by-laws, acts, regulations, etc.
- Supervise the Clerk of the Town and ensure that all statutory responsibilities associated with such appointment are completed, including but not limited to, all duties outlined in the Municipal Act, 2001, issuing marriage licenses under the Marriage Act; being the Division Registrar under the Vital Statistics Act and conducting elections under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.
- Establish and maintain systems for the retention, retrieval, and destruction of all records of the Corporation, as well as the preparation and appropriate distribution of agendas, minutes, and by-laws.
- Respond to inquiries from media and the public in relation to matters before Council and communicate decisions of Council to interested parties.
- Oversee the response to all requests pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
- Prepare and present reports to Council as directed or required.
- Prepare or direct the preparation of all by-laws for Council approval and establish and maintain systems for submitting for further agency or government approvals, when necessary.
- Regularly attend meetings of Council and serve and participate as a member of the Senior Management Team.
- Responsible for providing direction and supervision of employees in the Legal and Clerk Services Department and provide leadership for the department, including performance reviews, training, coaching.
- Adhere to all corporate policies and procedures. Ensuring all staff operates within the confines of policies and procedures. Ensures that occupational health and safety standards are strictly enforced in all areas and locations.
- Prepare and submit an annual business plan and budget (operating and capital) for the department. Monitor the performance of the department, the strategic plan, and the budget. Initiating corrective action as necessary.
- Perform other duties as assigned following corporate objectives.
- Law Degree from a recognized Canadian university and a member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.
- Minimum of five years’ experience practicing law in a municipal or public sector organization.
- Experience as a municipal clerk is an asset.
- Knowledge of provincial statutes, including the Municipal Act, 2001 and Planning Act, together with all applicable regulations.
- Knowledge of structure of local government systems and the relevant issues affecting local government.
- Strong leadership skills with a minimum of five years’ experience.
- Excellent computer skills. Knowledgeable in Microsoft Office software and other related software packages.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills to prepare reports, presentations to Council, Courts, and Tribunals, and provide policy advice.
- Ability to effectively and efficiently manage staff in an unionized environment.
- Work is in an office environment with some evening committee meetings and weekend work required.
- After-hours work is required to meet deadlines and workload.
- Attendance at Council meetings is required.
$119,611- $149,514 ,Comprehensive benefits package, Non-union position.
If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume to the HR Manager. Applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 11 , 2021.
Human Resources, The Corporation of the Town of Kingsville, 2021 Division Road North, Kingsville, Ontario N9Y 2Y9