Director, Legal Services & City Solicitor

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Job Title:
Director, Legal Services & City Solicitor
Job Number:
Job Code:
Job Category:
Legal Services
Bargaining Unit:
Job Type:
Full Time
Employment Type:
Number of Positions:
Hours of Work:
35 hrs/wk
$133,915.00 - $167,403.00/Year
Date Posted:
January 4, 2021
Closing Date:
February 12, 2021

Opening Statement

Kingston’s vision of being a smart, livable 21st century city is fast becoming reality. History and innovation thrive in our dynamic city located along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, an easy drive from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, in the heart of eastern Ontario. With a stable and diversified economy that includes global corporations, innovative startups and all levels of government, Kingston’s high quality of life offers access to world-class education and research institutions, advanced healthcare facilities, affordable living and vibrant entertainment and tourism activities.

Position Summary

The Director, Legal Services & City Solicitor, provides vision, leadership, and strategic direction and will ensure the City’s governance and operational decisions and actions are informed by and compliant with the law. As leader of the Legal Services department, this position oversees the development and implementation of legal strategies and ensures corporate contractual compliance with applicable legislative requirements and City of Kingston by-laws and policies.

This position provides advice to Council and staff, and evaluates legal matters and risks that could affect the municipality. The Director ensures proper representation of the municipality to the courts and agencies regarding legal issues, and liaises with outside counsel as required for litigation matters.

The Director is responsible for integrating strategic planning, operational activities, and the interests and needs of stakeholders, while ensuring fair, ethical, and responsible decision making, and appropriate management of resources.


Operate the Legal Services department including Provincial Offenses Act division, and lead the department in providing exceptional legal service to Council, Committees, CAO and staff, on a diverse range of issues affecting the City.

With an understanding of the municipal environment, develop strategies and provide advice and guidance that aligns with objectives established by Council and the Corporate Management Team.

Effectively manage the legal team by engaging staff, providing development opportunities, mentoring as required, and fostering a positive environment.

Draft and present reports for both public and closed session meetings, and attend Council meetings and committee meetings as required on varied matters.

Lead investigations and negotiations, and prepare legal opinions, pleadings, minutes of settlement, development agreements, by-laws, and internal policies. Attend to pre-trials, trials, hearings and tribunals as required.

Remain well versed in the legislative and regulatory frameworks affecting the municipality and address emerging issues and trends as necessary.

Demonstrate a high degree of integrity and maintain and project an image of trust and public service.

Qualifications, Competencies

University degree in law (LL.B or J.D.) or a related field.

Membership in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.

7 years of progressively responsible municipal law experience.

5 years experience with municipal planning and development matters including preparations and presentations for tribunals (OMB, LPAT).

Experience with instructing and educating on matters of law and associated principles.

Experience leading a team of professionals.

Skills, Abilities, Work Demands

Excellent communication and public relations skills.

Demonstrated political acumen and the ability to build business relationships, resolve conflicts, negotiate, mediate, facilitate and deliver information to a wide variety of audiences.

Ability to build trust and credibility in a politically sensitive role with competing demands and priorities.

Demonstrated ability to manage financial, human and physical resources.

Excellent leadership skills with the ability to coach, motivate and develop employees.

Knowledge of, and demonstrated ability in, change management design, process and implementation strategies to optimize both quality and cost effectiveness of service delivery.

Strong computer skills particularly with Microsoft Office.

Demonstrated ability to effectively research and analyze, and effectively respond to emerging opportunities and risks.

Candidates are required to obtain a satisfactory criminal record check at own expense.

Closing Statement

Please apply to Career Opportunities at: Your resumé must clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the position. Please upload to your profile, any educational Degrees, Diplomas and/or Certificates that are relevant and required for the position you are applying to. We thank all of those who apply, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. The City of Kingston is committed to fostering a positive and progressive workforce reflecting the citizens we serve. We provide equitable treatment and accommodation to ensure barrier-free employment in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. You can request for accommodation related to the protected grounds at any stage of the City's hiring process, i.e., application, assessment and placement. If you are an individual with a disability and you need accommodation in applying for this position, please email us at, quoting the Job Number and the Job Title. If you are invited to participate in the assessment process, we ask that you provide your accommodation needs in advance at that time. Please be advised that you may be requested to provide medical/other documentation to Human Resources to ensure that appropriate accommodation is provided to you. Information collected will be handled in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.