Legal Counsel

  • Calgary Board of Education
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Jun 06, 2019
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

Job Opening ID: 35473

Competition Close Date:  Sunday June 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM

Purpose and Accountability 

Reporting to the General Counsel, the purpose of this job is to counsel to all levels of the CBE including identifying and analyzing legal issues, drafting key documents, presenting clear recommendations, and assuring legal compliance.

The Legal Counsel is accountable for:

  • Counsel and general advice on a broad range of legal issues including education law, privacy law, torts, contracts, family law, employment and labour law, construction law, commercial leasing, intellectual property, insurance law, administrative law and general litigation (and such other areas as may arise).
  • Working closely with Calgary Board of Education (CBE) service units and schools to identify, assess and evaluate legal outcomes of major decisions impacting the organization and to write legal opinions and memos which may require extensive research of statutes and regulations.



Under the direction of General Counsel:

  • Draft, review, and negotiate legal documents, and advise on legal complexities and risks and outcomes of agreements including but not limited to: employment/consultant contracts, commercial leases, service contracts, partnership and collaboration agreements, software licenses, purchasing, RFQ, RFP, and other documents as assigned.
  • Negotiate with outside parties and represent the CBE in dealing with others including, but not limited to, negotiating with third parties, interpreting and assisting with contract negotiations, commercial lease and property matters, technology and other business-related issues.
  • Draft and review sensitive correspondence content for potential political/reputational ramifications.
  • Gather required information, research the law and prepare reports, opinions, memos and legal documents. Write legal opinions in areas as assigned.  Conduct research of statutes, regulations or court decisions, as required.
  • Provide ongoing advice and interpretations to service units and schools in assigned areas. Provide factual information, counsel and guidance on legal questions or issues in a timely, responsive manner.
  • Respond to Human Resources issues and/or concerns and work with Human Resources to provide legal advice or recommendations of system significance.
  • Act as liaison, as requested by General Counsel, with the public and outside agencies on legal matters concerning the CBE where duly authorized to act.
  • Ensure adherence to Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Develop legal protocols as appropriate to secure authorization to take specific actions/positions on behalf of schools and service units.
  • Respond to legal processes and represents the organization’s position, as directed by General Counsel, in litigation and administrative law processes.
  • Performs other related responsibilities as assigned to meet organizational goals and objectives.



Education and Experience

  • Law degree from an accredited university.
  • Must be qualified to practice law in Alberta.
  • A minimum of four years experience in corporate/commercial, public sector procurement and contracting, and/or labour/employment. Experience with privacy law is considered an asset.
  • Experience with public sector organizations or experience with educational institutions is preferable.
  • Familiarity with the School Act and legislation relating to work of the Calgary Board of Education.


Demonstrated Skills and Competencies

  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative decision-making and communication skills.
  • Works effectively in both team and independent settings with the ability to work cross-functionally.
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills.
  • Superior written and legal research skills.
  • Sound professional judgement and pays attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; capable of communicating with a wide variety of audiences.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and efficiently.
  • Confidence to interact with all levels within and outside the Calgary Board of Education.
  • Demonstrated professionalism and diplomacy in carrying out job responsibilities.
  • Personal suitability.


Conditions of Employment 

In order to ensure and maintain a safe and secure working and learning environment, applicants new to the Calgary Board of Education WHO ARE OFFERED EMPLOYMENT must complete and pass a police security clearance before employment is confirmed. 


Closing Statement 

We thank all candidates for their interest in this position however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Practice Area(s)

Corporate/Commercial, Public Sector Procurement and Contracting, and/or Labour/Employment. Experience with privacy law is considered an asset.


A minimum of four years experience in corporate/commercial, public sector procurement and contracting, and/or labour/employment. Experience with privacy law is considered an asset.