Director Legal Services Jobs Vacancy in Ottawa Community Housing Ottawa
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OCH is seeking its first Director of Legal Services to provide guidance, leadership and legal advice to support its strategic plan. Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance, the Director, Legal Services will build, integrate and provide leadership for a legal team and the delivery of legal services for the organization in the areas of corporate law, procurement, litigation, privacy, real estate development, residential tenancy, issues management and other identified OCH legal matters. The Director has a consolidated view of all OCH legal matters, enabling a coordinated approach to legal risk management. The Director is a strategic business partner and provides expert advice and leadership to the executive team and internal clients on legal matters and on the coordination of external counsel where required. The Director will establish standards including policies and procedures, and will develop and provide a consistent approach to the review of agreements and other obligations entered into by OCH with the view of mitigating risk and ensuring all agreements meet the needs and values of OCH.
SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Leads the design, build and organizational integration of a Legal Services business unit
Directs a team and provides leadership in the delivery of client centred legal services to the senior executive team and internal client groups in support of business needs, including on commercial agreements, real estate, procurement, residential tenancy law, privacy and other identified corporate legal matters.
Oversees the development, implementation and maintenance of policies and procedures related to area of responsibility, and provides advice and input on other corporate policies as required
Monitors for statutory and regulatory changes, and emerging case law, and provides related advice, guidance and support to client groups
Provides strategic and expert advice, consultation and guidance, and integrates a business perspective in support of corporate decision making
Manages the provision of privacy and access to information services and activities
Coordinates and supervises external legal counsel on identified matters
Oversees the delivery of legal administrative services, including title searches and the review of mortgage documents
Prepares and makes advocacy submissions on statutory changes and government consultations that impact OCH
Oversees OCH’s representation before courts, boards and tribunals, and on municipal or provincial work groups related to area of oversight
Implements and oversees a risk management framework to identify and manage risk, providing advice, analysis and recommendations on risk management practices
Oversees the negotiation of terms of agreements related to area of oversight
Provides advice and support to Business Services, including through a risk analysis of processes, tools and controls, and the mediation and negotiation of settlements to complex and high risk vendor contract or performance disputes
Manages and supports the administration of non-residential leases, third party agreements and activities related to OCH’s condominium interests
Ensures appropriate records management within area of responsibility
Identifies, implements and evaluates plans, practices and activities that drive effectiveness, efficiency and continuous improvement
Prepares budgets, monitors expenditures, ensures the timely validation and approval of expenses, and ensures costs are controlled
Provides leadership and overall management of staff within areas of responsibility, including assigning, monitoring and evaluating work, setting work plans, priorities and expectations, coaching, developing and motivating staff, and ensuring effective service delivery
Identifies, plans for and manages human resources needs for assigned area of responsibility, including hiring, termination, discipline, investigations and grievances
Oversees the effective and efficient operation of areas of responsibility, identifying, monitoring and reporting on adherence to targets and performance indicators, and driving continuous improvement
Manages collaborative and results oriented relationships, acting as a respectful, courteous and professional representative of OCH with all work-related contacts
Acts a senior strategic resource and supports the activities of the Board of Directors and Committees, including the preparation and delivery of reports and presentations
Participates in management team meetings, departmental and corporate workgroups, committees and initiatives as identified
Works in collaboration with other staff in a team approach to service delivery
Ensures the timely investigation, response to, and documentation of workplace incidents
Ensures that own work and the work of staff aligns with OCH values, interests, plans and objectives
Ensures that own work and the work of employees is carried out in accordance with applicable health, safety and privacy legislation, policies and procedures, and all other legislation, policies and procedures relevant to area of work
EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
A typical candidate will have the following qualifications and experience. Exceptional candidates with different qualifications will be considered at the discretion of the employer if demonstrated experience, knowledge and ability warrant.
Completion of a University degree in Law (LL.B or J.D)
Member in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada
A minimum of ten (10) years of progressive senior legal experience in the specified legal areas, including five (5) years of experience managing and leading teams in an in-house legal unit
Experience providing legal advice on business decisions
Experience as a member of a senior leadership team
Experience designing and building organizational functions
Experience managing large contractual agreements
Experience working in a unionized environment preferred
Advanced legal knowledge, including corporate law, procurement, litigation, privacy, real estate development, residential tenancies, issues management, and other identified OCH legal matters
Comprehensive knowledge of best practices related to contract development and administration
Knowledge of risk assessment and management frameworks and practices
Knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, database applications and other standard corporate software
Understanding of the values, vision and mission of Ottawa Community Housing and a commitment to support those objectives
Knowledge of applicable health and safety legislation, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and supervisors
Must be familiar with applicable statutory requirements, policies, procedures and guidelines relevant to area of work
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Business acumen and an ability to bring a business lens to legal analyses
Ability to assess complex situations and define appropriate course of action
Excellent interpersonal skills including a demonstrated ability to communicate and work with a wide range of people, including professional contacts
Strong written and verbal communication skills including the ability to tailor complex material to diverse audiences
Ability to write clearly and grammatically, to draft legal documents and to organize written material coherently
Effective negotiation and mediation skills
Results-oriented and use of good judgment in order to achieve desired results
Ability to recognize when a situation may be politically sensitive or liable to create media interest, and to escalate as appropriate
Proficient in the use of information technology such as mobile devices and computer systems in the performance of work
The core competencies to effectively perform in this position are Delivers Great Service, Builds Strong Work Relationships and Puts Learning to Work.
The leadership competencies to effectively perform in this position are Leads People, Leads Strategy and Leads Results.
It is expected that these behaviours are demonstrated up to and including the specified level for each competency. Click here for the full competency profile.
Delivers Great Service
Builds Strong Work Relationships
Puts Learning to Work
Oral fluency and reading and writing abilities in English is required
Oral fluency and reading and writing abilities in French is an asset
Satisfactory Criminal Records Check
Valid “G” driver’s license and use of a vehicle for business purposes
OCH is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, please notify Human Resources and we will work with you to jointly address your needs.