As the third largest City in British Columbia, the City of Burnaby is committed to creating and sustaining the best quality of life for our entire community. As a City, we provide facilities and services that support a safe, connected, inclusive, healthy and dynamic community. With this in mind, comes great responsibility - we seek likeminded individuals who are passionate about the community, work with integrity and respect, and are innovative when it comes to the work and services Burnaby provides to our citizens.
Our Corporate Services Department is seeking a talented, detail-oriented individual to join our team.
Reporting to the Assistant City Solicitor, the Staff Solicitor is responsible for preparing, negotiating, reviewing and approving legal documents and agreements related to property and land development, including covenants, statutory rights of ways, easements, and housing agreements required in connection with complex rezonings, subdivisions (including air space parcel subdivisions), and phased strata applications. The Staff Solicitor is also responsible for preparing, negotiating and reviewing commercial contracts including leases, licences, purchase and sale agreements, operating agreements, funding agreements, and other related documents. An incumbent will have the opportunity to oversee the completion of property acquisitions and dispositions, including reviewing and approving title searches, land title forms, statement of adjustments, and other related documents. The Staff Solicitor provides legal advice and opinions on municipal, corporate, real estate, land use, environmental, risk management, procurement and other legal issues to City departments. In addition, the Staff Solicitor also provides guidance to administrative personnel engaged in legal and clerical functions, and performs related work as required.
Qualifications include a Bachelor of Law (i.e. LL.B ) or Juris Doctor (i.e. JD) from a recognized law school along with current membership, in good standing, with the Law Society of British Columbia. A minimum of 3 to 5 years of current experience in the practice of law is required, together with solid experience in land development, real estate transactions, leases and commercial contracts, and legal drafting. Thorough knowledge of the policies, rules, regulations and legal requirements governing the work and of the City as it relates to the work. Alongside the knowledge of Land Title Act, Local Government Act, Community Charter, related legislation and knowledge of client management techniques. This position requires an incumbent to have the ability to provide sound legal advice in a logical and concise manner; to provide guidance and lead the work of staff; to communicate effectively orally and in writing; and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders. Experience with myLTSA, BCOnline and legal research resources. Driver's License for the Province of British Columbia is required.
This is a temporary full time position until February 28, 2025.
Please submit your application no later than November 30, 2023.
Copies of relevant professional certificates or degrees will be required at the time of the interview
At the City of Burnaby, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workforce that authentically mirrors the vibrant community we proudly serve. We consistently embrace diversity and endeavor to build an inclusive workforce that celebrates the richness of our community. We warmly welcome applicants of all genders, ages, ethnicities, cultures, abilities, sexual orientations, and life experiences to join us in shaping a more vibrant and equitable future together.
Please contact People and Culture at 604-294-7303 if you do not receive a confirmation email within one hour of submitting your application online.
We thank all candidates for applying, but only those short listed will be contacted.