Staff Solicitor – City of Burnaby (Burnaby, BC)

Staff Solicitor

Competition No.: 2020-203
Duration: Temporary Full Time
Salary: $., plus competitive benefits
Last Updated: 11/26/20 9:24 AM

As the third largest City in British Columbia, the City of Burnaby is committed to creating and sustaining the best quality of life for our entire community.  As a City, we provide facilities and services that support a safe, connected, inclusive, healthy and dynamic community.  With this in mind, comes great responsibility – we seek likeminded individuals who are passionate about the community, work with integrity and respect, and are innovative when it comes to the work and services Burnaby provides to our citizens.

The Staff Solicitor is responsible for preparing, negotiating, reviewing and approving commercial contracts and land development related agreements such  as airspace parcel agreements, servicing agreements, access agreements, covenants, statutory rights of way, easements, road closure by-laws, land title documents and other related documents . Prepares, negotiates, reviews and approves commercial contracts including complex partnership and operating agreements, funding agreements, leases, licences, purchase and sale agreements, and other related documents. Oversees completion of property acquisitions and dispositions, including reviewing and approving title searches, land title forms, statement of adjustments, and other related documents. Provides legal advice and opinions on municipal, corporate, real estate, land use, environmental, risk management, procurement and other legal issues to City departments. Provides general assistance to the City Solicitor including but not limited to preparing work plans and budgets; attends Council and Committee meetings and acts as City Solicitor in their absence. Performs related work as required.

Requirements include an LL.B. or J.D. from a recognized law school along with current membership, in good standing, with the Law Society of British Columbia. A minimum of 3 to 5 years of current experience in the practice of law is required, together with solid experience in real estate transactions, leases and commercial contracts, land development and legal drafting. Thorough knowledge of the policies, rules, regulations and legal requirements governing the work and of the City as it relates to the work. Thorough knowledge of Land Title Act, Local Government Act, Community Charter, and related legislation. Sound knowledge of client management techniques. Ability to provide sound legal advice in a logical and concise manner. Ability to provide guidance and lead the work of staff. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders. Experience with myLTSA (i.e. Land Title and Survey Authority electronic services), BCOnLine (i.e. e-government services for Legal Professionals) and legal research resources. Driver’s License for the Province of British Columbia is required.

Two temporary full time positions are available:
March 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021
April 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022

Candidates who apply by Friday December 18, 2020 will be given first consideration.

Copies of relevant professional certificates or degrees will be required at the time of the interview. We thank all candidates for applying, but only those short listed will be contacted.

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