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Legal Counsel (Employment and Labour)

University of Ottawa

This is a Contract position in Ottawa, ON posted November 16, 2020.

Position Purpose

The role of legal counsel involves representing the University before courts and tribunals and providing legal advice and opinions on a wide variety of employment and labour relations matters. These matters could include grievances, arbitrations, wrongful dismissal actions, human rights, employment standards, employment contracts, policy matters, occupational health and safety, pensions and benefits, and faculty and staff immigration issues. The legal counsel also participates in collective bargaining.

The University of Ottawa offers competitive employee benefits, such as health and dental insurance, other group insurance benefits, a defined-benefit pension plan, and financial support to cover the tuition fees of employees and their dependents who enrol in academic courses or programs at the University. You can find more information on the University’s human resources website:

Salary will be based on the experience and qualifications of the candidate.

Essential Qualifications

The University of Ottawa Legal Counsel Office is seeking a lawyer who is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario with at least eight years’ practice in employment and labour relations law and who can provide legal services in French and English.
Knowledge and experience in other areas of law that affect the University, such as intellectual property law, contract law, and administrative law, are an asset.

Key Competencies

Key competencies required at the University of Ottawa:
Planning: Organize in time a series of actions or events in order to achieve an objective or a project. Plan and organize own work and priorities in regular daily activities.
Initiative: Demonstrate creativity and initiative to suggest improvements and encourage positive results. Be proactive and self-starting. Show availability and willingness to go above and beyond expectations whenever possible.
Service Excellence: Reflect a positive attitude, demonstrate competence and professionalism, treat members of the community with respect, exercise care, devote full attention and find solutions. (Visit the section ”Useful links” on the home page to read the detailed definition).
Teamwork and Cooperation: Cooperate and work well with other members of the team to reach common goal. Accept and give constructive feedback. Adjust own behaviour to reach team goals.


All qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and racialized persons. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us of any particular adaptive measures you might require.

This position is excluded from all union accreditation units. All applications will be considered equally. Priority will be given to employees who have an entitlement as defined by their collective agreement or university policies. This posting may appear simultaneously on external websites. Schedule with an average of 35hrs/week. Requirements related to skills and experience are determined by the University of Ottawa, and all positions are subject to relevant laws, collective agreements, and regulations. Please note that we will only communicate with candidates who are chosen for a preselection test or for an interview. Remember to upload a copy of your diploma(s) or a certificate of merit as well as a current version of your CV into the My documents section of your career profile (please include the job ID number, i.e. J0000-0000, in the title of your document).