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Associate Legal Counsel

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Associate Legal Counsel
Department/Unit President's Office
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Posting Number S193-23
Employee Group DPMG
Position Type Regular, On-Going
Duration of Contract (if applicable)
Employment Type Full Time
Full-time Equivalency (FTE) 1.0 FTE
Salary Commensurate with experience and education.
Classification ADM-08
Provisional Statement
This is a provisional classification. Formal regular review classification procedures may be initiated at any time by the incumbent or supervisor after the incumbent has worked a minimum of six months in the role.
About Dalhousie University
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 almost 21,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.
Job Summary
Legal Counsel Office provides advice on a broad range of legal issues including corporate commercial contracts, inter-institutional arrangements, research contracts and intellectual property commercialization arrangements. Reporting to the General Counsel, the Associate Legal Counsel will work with other members of the Legal Counsel Office team in providing legal services to the university.
Key Responsibilities
  • Undertake contract review, negotiation and preparation on behalf of the university, including IT agreements, service agreements, and consulting agreements.
  • Assist university procurement department with the preparation and review of public tender documents and advise on appropriate contractual terms and conditions.
  • Analyze operational liabilities and general risk management by assessing applicable law and existing university policies, regulations, practices and procedures.
  • Review of existing university policies, regulations, practices and procedures, and assist in the writing and implementation of new or updated university policies, regulations, practices and procedures as necessary.
  • Support on university projects and initiatives and give legal advice when required. Act as resource for university committees and working groups.
  • Conduct legal research related to laws and regulations relating to university’s operation and provide recommendations based on that research.
The successful applicant will be eligible for hybrid work (combination of in-person work on campus and remote work) as agreed by all parties based on operational requirements and university guidelines.

Dalhousie’s vaccine mandate has been suspended at this time, and employees no longer need to provide proof of full vaccination. However, health and safety risks to our community will continue to be monitored and a vaccine mandate may be reinstated if necessary.
Required Qualifications
  • Undergraduate degree plus Bachelor of Laws, with a minimum of five years’ related experience (or an equivalent combination of training and experience).
  • Practicing member in good standing of Barristers’ Society of Nova Scotia.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others in a variety of contexts.
  • Strong communication and analytical skills.
  • Proven ability to adapt to the dynamic environment of a university community.
Job Competencies
The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie’s core and leadership competencies (, in particular:

- Knowledge & Thinking Skills
- Communication
- Relationship Building
- Service
- Respect and Inclusion
Additional Information
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.
Application Consideration
Applications from current university employees and external candidates are assessed concurrently. Current university employees will be given special consideration.

We sincerely appreciate all applications and note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly by the hiring department or Human Resources.
Diversity Statement
Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQ+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit
Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies One (1)
Open Date 05/18/2023
Close Date 06/09/2023
Open Until Filled No
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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter