Associate Legal Counsel – One Year Term (Dalhousie University)

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 more than 20,000 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 software license agreements, consulting agreements and research contracts.

Assist university procurement department with the preparation and review of public tender documents and advise on appropriate contractual terms and conditions.

Assist senior counsel in analyzing 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.

Conduct legal research related to laws and regulations relating to university’s operation and provide recommendations based on that research.

Offer support on university projects and initiatives and give legal advice when required.


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 has a vaccine mandate that is currently in place until April 30, 2022. Should the vaccine mandate be in place at the time that the successful applicant begins employment, or should the vaccine mandate be re-implemented at a later date, the successful applicant will be required to provide proof of full vaccination through Campus Check, or may seek an accommodation from Dalhousie’s vaccine requirements on grounds protected under provincial human rights legislation. Please visit the Campus Check website for more information.


Undergraduate degree plus Bachelor of Laws, with a minimum of five years’ related experience (or an equivalent combination of training and experience) is required. Must be a 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, 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 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 is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons with a disability, racialized persons, including persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), 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

Closing Date: Friday, May 6, 2022

Salary Range: DPMG ADM-08 ($80,106 – $108,379 per annum)

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Job Deadline/Expiry Date: 05/06/2022