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Employment & Human Rights Counsel

Date: December 15, 2015
Reports to (Job Title): Senior Legal Counsel
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Department: Secretariat & General Counsel


Main Campus


USG 14
35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

Support and guide the legal and compliance processes of the University by providing counsel on issues relating to human rights, labour and employment law, and related matters to assist in the mitigation of risk to the University, and to perform other duties as legal counsel as may be assigned.

Key Accountabilities:

Position Requirements


Law degree plus a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada


3-8 years of management-side employment law experience with a reputable law firm and/or in-house legal department; advisory and litigation experience is required.

Demonstrated experience in the field of human rights and employment relations, with a strong working knowledge of the law pertaining to labour, employment and human rights.

Experience providing prompt, practical counsel on all aspects of human rights law and employment law while minimizing legal risk.

Experience in a diverse array of legal matters, including without limitation contract and tort law.

Exceptional client-service orientation.

Proven record of high integrity and sound legal judgment.

Strong interpersonal and presentation skills.


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Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Internally, communicates with members of the Secretariat & Office of General Counsel and senior executive to provide sound legal judgement.  Externally communicates with law firms, provincial tribunal offices and other ministry offices.

Level of Responsibility:

The position is responsible and accountable for providing accurate labour and employment law advice to the University Executive, the University Secretary & General Counsel, Senior Legal Counsel, and others in the University as required from time to time. The role will include providing extensive advice to senior university staff, drafting and reviewing university policies and employee agreements, and assisting in the response to employment and human rights litigation.

Decision-Making Authority:

Limited to the exercise of judgment and discretion consistent with the range of responsibilities and accountabilities outlined above

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Minimal demands typical of a position operating within an office environment.

Working Environment:

Minimal exposure to disagreeable conditions typical of a position exposed to stress and pressure in a fast-paced work environment.