Associate Legal Counsel – Dalhousie University

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 19,000 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

Reporting to the General Counsel, the successful candidate will work with other members of the Legal Counsel Office team in providing legal services to the university. 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. The successful candidate will work both independently and in a team environment.

Key Responsibilities

  • Undertake contract review, negotiation and preparation on behalf of the university, including research contracts.
  • Assist senior counsel on arrangements relating to the commercialization of intellectual property and industry engagement in research.
  • Assist senior counsel in analyzing operational liabilities and general risk management.


The successful candidate must have a minimum of two years of private practice and/or in-house experience in all or some of the described areas, and must be eligible to be a practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others in a variety of contexts, strong communication and analytical skills, and the ability to adapt to the dynamic environment of a university community are prerequisites.

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 university employees and external candidates are given concurrent consideration. Among short-listed candidates, university employees will be given special consideration.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Diversity Statement

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

Salary Range: $68,116 – $92,158 per annum (DPMG – ADM-07)

Job Deadline/Expiry Date: 02/26/2021