Enforcement and Legal Counsel

Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA)


Location

City/Town
Toronto

Department Name
Legal

Description
About Us

Since 1997, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) has delivered public safety services on behalf of the government of Ontario. With headquarters in west Toronto, the TSSA is a self-funded, not-for-profit organization that employs approximately 400 staff across Ontario. The roles within the TSSA are as diverse as the Province we serve. It takes all kinds of people with varied skillsets and backgrounds to meet our organizational goals, but all our employees share a few key traits:

  • We are passionate about public safety.
  • We are highly skilled, problem-solvers.
  • We are collaborators who are invested in the communities we work in.
  • We are more than employees; we are serving the greater good.
  • We are committed to life-long learning and development.
  • We operate with the highest integrity.

No matter which area you work in, you will collaborate with experts across diverse fields, backgrounds and cultures, expanding your knowledge and helping you realize your full potential.

We are currently looking for an* Enforcement and Legal Counsel* to join our team.

Position Summary:

As an Enforcement and Legal Counsel, you will support TSSA’s regulatory and enforcement actions. Reporting to Assistant General Counsel, you will counsel TSSA on external and internal regulatory matters, review cases, draft information, review search warrants, draft Notice of Proposals (NOPs), prosecute cases before the Ontario Court of Justice and represent the TSSA before the Director on NOPs.

You will also be responsible for external and internal appeals. As our Enforcement and Legal Counsel, you will provide legal advice to inspectors and investigators. You will draft statutory instruments and consult on various policy matters.

To be successful, you must possess an advanced knowledge of regulatory law, rules of evidence, court processes, strict liability processes and procedures. You will need excellent Communication skills: strong verbal and written (technical paper development and presentations, public relations/public speaking) skills and ability to understand and communicate complex technical concepts.

So does this sound like you? If so, this could be your next big opportunity!

What you will do?

  • Support prosecution of offences under the Technical Standards & Safety Act and its associated regulations and the Provincial Offences Act, from inception to conclusion, as assigned.
  • Support TSSA’s business and regulatory initiatives by conducting enforcement and administrative litigation; assisting management in resolving regulatory and enforcement issues (administrative hearings and appeals).
  • Provide timely information to customers (e.g., providing legal advice and direction to management concerning statutory and regulations interpretation, corporate, commercial, regulatory and policy issues;). demonstrate TSSA’s corporate values; and adhere to and promoting ethical business practices.
  • Support the development of policies and procedures on issues relating to prosecutions under the Act.
  • Share expertise and best-practices (e.g., legal counsel, interpretation and recommendations to staff); participate in the training and development of others; and provide back-up for colleagues.
  • Develop, share, and apply business and technical knowledge; establish personal networks; identify opportunities for improvement at a personal and corporate level.
  • Provide legal advice and delivers training to inspection and engineering staff on legal processes and requirements.

What do you need to succeed?

  • Must have university degree and Law Society of Upper Canada Membership
  • Called to the Bar in Ontario with 5 or more years’ relevant experience and at least 3 years’ prosecution experience.
  • Prior experience prosecuting provincial offences under POA preferred
  • Legal analysis and research skills. Litigation related analytical problem solving ranges from intermediate to complex.
  • Communication: strong verbal and written (technical paper development and presentations, public relations/public speaking) skills. Ability to understand and communicate complex technical concepts
  • Advanced knowledge of regulatory law, rules of evidence, court processes, strict liability processes and procedures
  • Advanced knowledge of administrative law, and constitutional / charter law
  • Knowledge of investigative procedures / requirements, evidence law, criminal and provincial offences procedures
  • Business acumen: concepts, processes, policy development
  • Advanced level proficiency in MS Office Suite

Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Employment

TSSA is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are committed to building and maintaining collaborative, caring and positive work environments so that our employees bring their whole selves to work each and every day. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply without regard to race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or disability. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please note that applicants who receive any conditional offer of employment from TSSA will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada as a condition of employment and to maintain their status as fully vaccinated as a condition of continued employment. TSSA will consider individual requests for accommodation by applicants who cannot be fully vaccinated due to grounds protected under the Human Rights Code

Job Type: Full-time

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