Solicitor III (Development & Real Estate)

Requisition ID: 38664 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, 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 III (Development & Real Estate) to join its team. 


Specific Duties & Responsibilities

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

  • Preparation and negotiation of:
    • Various legal agreements for real estate 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 housing, civic facilities and infrastructure
    • Ground leases, leases and license agreements
    • Development management and construction agreements to increase the supply of affordable market and non-market housing and other City amenities
  • Review of mortgage and finance-related documents
  • Preparation of air space subdivisions for mixed-use projects
  • Purchase and sale of City lands
  • Real estate development and municipal law issues, including opinions on City by-laws and provincial legislation



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


Where operationally appropriate and subject to change, the City of Vancouver has a Flexible Work Program. This program allows staff to work remotely 1 – 4 days a week from locations that are a daily commutable distance from their work at a City worksite.  At this time this position is eligible to be part of the Flexible Work Program.


The City’s COVID-19 vaccination policy is currently suspended and as a result, vaccination against COVID-19 is not required at this time. However, should circumstances change and the City deem it necessary to re-introduce such policy, you may be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be eligible to continue performing your duties.


Business Unit/Department: Law Department (1040) 

Affiliation: Senior Exempt 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: November, 2023 

Salary Information: Pay Grade RNG-131: $139,902 to $184,084 per annum


Application Close: October 1, 2023

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous peoples, people of colour, 2SLGBTQ+ persons including all genders 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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