Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada's leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region's intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our 18,500 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, celebrating 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.
Reporting to the President, General Counsel is the University's most senior legal position and manages all legal services for Dalhousie. The General Counsel and Managing Director is called upon to provide the President and Senior Executive Team with expert legal strategic advice on a variety of issues affecting the University. This is a position of leadership and oversight and plays a critical role in the University's risk management process.
Qualifications: Qualified candidates will possess a LLB or JD degree, be eligible to practice law within Nova Scotia, and be a member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society. Must have significant experience as a practicing lawyer. Current knowledge of the university legal environment and a solid understanding of the university community is preferred. Familiarity with human rights and Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, particularly within a post-secondary context is preferred. Must have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with a wide range of individuals tactfully and diplomatically in a wide variety of circumstances. Demonstrated appreciation of issues surrounding equity and diversity is required, including cultural competency with historically disadvantaged communities in Nova Scotia. Must have experience providing advice to multiple stakeholders, including underrepresented groups, with diverse interests in a complex organization. Demonstrated ability and experience in recruiting, retaining, leading and inspiring a high-performing team in a legal services office or similar environment is required.
Must demonstrate effectiveness in Dalhousie's Core and Leadership Competencies https://www.dal.ca/dept/leaders.html, in particular:
Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.
Apply online by October 14th 2018 to competition EXAD-18003.
Applications from university employees and external candidates are given concurrent consideration. Among short-listed candidates, university employees will be given special consideration. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit www.dal.ca/hiringfordiversity.