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University Secretary and General Counsel - Legal Counsel - UOIT14-336

Competition Number: UOIT14-336

Department: University Secretary and General Counsel

Number of Positions: 1

Position Title: Legal Counsel

Appointment Type: Limited Term - One Year Contract (Possible Extension)

Level: Professional Managerial Unassigned

Posting Date: August 19, 2014                    

Job summary: The Legal Counsel will report to the University Secretary and General Counsel to with a dotted line to the Director, Research Services:

  • Perform general legal responsibilities with a particular focus on Research and Intellectual Property
  • Provide analysis, conduct research and assist in developing policies and performing a range of activities in support of the Board of Governors and Academic Council  
  • Participate in the university appeals process.



  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders to negotiate contractual terms with third parties
  • Deliver educational sessions and provide recommendations and advice to internal stakeholders on a variety of legal matters including intellectual property issues, risk mitigation, compliance with University policies and procedures, privacy, compliance with applicable provincial and federal laws and regulations, and other legal topics
  • Retain and liaise with external counsel as required
  • Assist faculties in interpreting University policy regarding appeals ensuring a procedurally fair, consistent and transparent appeal process for students
  • Review and summarize student appeals (academic and non-academic) for the relevant appeals committee, assist with oral hearings and draft decision letters for students
  • Respond to questions from faculties regarding the Academic Calendar
  • Support General Counsel and Board of Governors to advance the corporate governance agenda.


  • Negotiate, draft and/or review collaborative research agreements involving industry partners, granting agencies and community partners and associated agreements (e.g. data use agreements, licenses confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements, and internal research participation agreements with faculty and students)
  • Ensure contractual obligations are in compliance with University policies relating to research, academic freedom and intellectual property
  • Provide functional advice to the VPRII and Director of Research Services.  Prepare internal communications for partnership officer, grants officers and researchers to summarize material rights and obligations within research agreements


  • A law degree in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada
  • In-house legal counsel experience preferably in a post-secondary environment
  • A proven track record demonstrating effective leadership ability and project management skills and an ability to set priorities and manage multiple ongoing projects
  • Consultation and relationship management skills to provide legal advice and successfully implement policies and best practices
  • Excellent communication skills to listen to and consult with a range of internal and external stakeholders and prepare effective reports and presentations
  • Team player with a willingness to pitch in and support colleagues as required
  • Strong analysis and problem solving skills
  • Knowledge of corporate governance, meeting management and minute taking.
  • A knowledge of intellectual property law and/or experience in intellectual property licensing would be an asset". We should post as soon as possible.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to quoting competition number UOIT14-336 and their name in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted until or until a suitable candidate is found.  We appreciate all applications received; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from qualified women and men, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.






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