Requisition ID: 33423 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and Canada's Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.


The City of Vancouver’s Legal Services Department has a vacancy for a Solicitor.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Providing legal advice to City departments and related Boards and handling a broad range of matters, including:

  • Public procurement contracts (including construction, engineering and information technology acquisitions), intellectual property matters and corporate matters
  • Ground leases, leases and license agreements and development agreements to increase the supply of affordable market and non-market housing and other City amenities
  • Review of mortgage and finance-related documents
  • Legal issues associated with the renter’s office, including advice on protection of tenant’s rights, tenant protection agreements and policies
  • Major land development projects, where the City is acting in a regulatory capacity through the rezoning, subdivision and development permit processes and/or as property owner in the construction of buildings and infrastructure
  • Complex air space subdivisions for mixed-use projects
  • Purchase and sale of City lands
  • Legal issues associated with the City’s revenue generating mechanisms, such as development cost levies, community amenity contributions and real property taxation



Education and Experience:

  • A Professional Law Degree and membership in the Law Society of BC
  • A minimum 5 years’ current related experience


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the proven ability to manage conflict situations effectively
  • Strong organizational skills, with a proven ability to meet deadlines in a multiple task environment
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • PC computer skills


Salary Range:

Compensation includes a competitive annual salary (commensurate with years and relevancy of experience) and an excellent pension and benefits package.


Please send resumes and direct questions to:  Frances Connell, City Solicitor and Director of Legal Services, City of Vancouver by mail: 453 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1V4 or by e-mail:    


All City of Vancouver employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire and ongoing employment.  Candidates may only be exempted from this requirement if they request and are approved for an accommodation based a reason related to a Human Rights Code ground (such as disability). Such a request must be made during, not after, the recruitment process. 


Business Unit/Department: Law Department (1040) 

Affiliation: Senior Exempt 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: January 2022 


Application Close: November 30, 2021

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion


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