Associate Solicitor

Municipality of Clarington
Posting Date:
Jan 26, 2024
Municipality of Clarington
Area of Law:
Municipal, Litigation, Real Estate, Administrative, Commercial, Construction. Land-Use Planning, Procurement, Risk Management
Position Type:
Full Time Hybrid
Feb 29, 2024
At least five years' experience practicing law in Ontario, with counsel experience in municipal law, land use planning and real estate


The Municipality of Clarington is a progressive employer committed to equity, inclusion and diversity within its community and organization. We are committed to building an inclusive and barrier-free environment for our team.

We are pleased to accommodate individual needs in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, within our recruitment process. If you require accommodation at any time throughout the recruitment process or in performing your position should you be selected please contact the Human Resources Division at


Associate Solicitor – Corporation of the Municipality of Clarington

Clarington is one of eight municipalities in Durham Region. With a population of 105,000 and one of the fastest growing Municipalities in Ontario, Clarington offers residents a blend of city living and rural charm. The corporation is made up of five departments that report through to the Chief Administrative Officer.

The Municipality of Clarington is an equal opportunity employer and a great place to build a career. We value teamwork, diversity and offer an environment where staff can grow and pursue advancement opportunities while making a difference to the community.


The Opportunity

Reporting directly to the Deputy CAO/Solicitor, the incumbent would be responsible for providing a variety of professional legal advice, services and recommendations to the Corporation and its individual departments. The role will cover a wide range of practice areas including municipal law, litigation, real estate, administrative law, commercial law, construction, land use planning, procurement, and risk management.


Key Accountabilities include:

The following responsibilities and duties of this position includes but is not limited to:

  • Negotiating, drafting, and reviewing legal documents including contracts, agreements, by-laws, land use planning instruments, and legal correspondence, as well as the terms and conditions of agreements for various contractual matters (e.g. leases, development agreements, purchasing contracts).
  • Conducting legal research on a wide variety of legal issues as requested by the Solicitor, for Council and its Committee meetings, Chief Administrative Officer, and departmental staff and on own initiative leading to the preparation of legal opinions, reports, papers, summarizing results and recommending implementation or course of action to be taken.
  • Providing analysis of new and proposed legislation, regulations, policies, guidelines, and directives from all levels of governments which have implications for the Municipality.
  • Assists with freedom of information requests, as required.
  • Providing representation on behalf of the Ontario Land Tribunal.
  • Assisting with the supervision of external legal counsel retained by the Municipality for specialized or complex matters, including inter-departmental co-ordination as required.
  • Preparing reports and memoranda to Council.
  • Providing back-up support to the Deputy CAO/Solicitor.
  • Undertaking special projects and performs other related duties as assigned in accordance with departmental and corporate objectives.




Knowledge, Experience & Capabilities

The successful candidate will be a collaborative leader with high political acumen and a proven track record of working with and partnering with multiple stakeholders on a wide range of issues that are often sensitive and confidential in nature and in support delivery of Municipality wide programs and services. The successful candidate will have:

  • Minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated and progressive experience practicing law in Ontario including demonstrated experience as counsel (preference will be given to candidates with in-house municipal or government experience with a focus on municipal law, land use planning, and real estate related matters).
  • A strong and confident working knowledge of current federal and provincial statues, rulings, regulations, orders and decisions by provincial and federal courts and tribunals.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in handling legal matters independently, along with conflict management, problem solving and superior negotiation skills.
  • Must be able to effectively handle highly confidential information in an appropriate manner, to protect the interests of the Municipality.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to deal effectively and tactfully with a broad range of senior management personnel, elected officials, staff, external agencies, other levels of government and the public.

Qualifications/ Certifications

  • University undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) or Juris Doctor (JD) from a common law program offered by a Canadian university approved by Convocation of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO). Licensed by the LSO to provide legal services as a lawyer in Ontario.
  • Established skills and experience in Microsoft Office and relevant software applications.
  • Possession of a valid Ontario Driver's License Class "G" and access to a vehicle. Proof of Current Automobile Insurance Coverage, current Driver’s Abstract and proof of valid Ontario Driver’s License, and reliable personal transportation.
  • Must be able to legally work in Canada.


Compensation and Work Arrangements

We offer the following for this position:

  • Salary: $153,310 to $186,349 - Code 12 of the 2024 Non-Affiliated Salary Administration Program.
  • A comprehensive benefits and pension program to ensure that your total compensation package addresses both your work and life needs.
  • The ability to attend evening Council/Committee and other meetings as required.
  • Ability to travel occasionally to various work locations in a timely and efficient manner.
  • The Municipality of Clarington offers flexible work arrangements for eligible roles, where employees are empowered to do their best work in the way that works for them. Currently, this position is eligible for a flexible work arrangement option. Further details on this program will be discussed through the selection process.


Application process

If this opportunity matches your interest, experience, and qualifications, please apply online in confidence to providing your application (cover letter and up-to-date resume) by end of day February 29th, 2024.

We thank all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview by the Municipality will be contacted.


Please note:

  • Leadership assessments will be administered as part of the selection process per the Municipality’s policy.
  • Criminal and financial record checks and clearances are required per the Municipality’s policy. Applicants who have been employed with the Municipality within the last year and have provided a criminal reference check within the last 365 days are exempt from providing another criminal reference check.


Applicant information is collected under the authority of The Municipal Act, 2001 and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purpose of evaluating the applicant. Questions about this collection should be directed to the Director of Legislative Services by calling 905-623-3379



Contact Name Arthur Lyons

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