Paralegal

Toronto Community Housing

Toronto Community Housing (“TCH”) is the largest social housing provider in Canada and the second largest in North America. It is home to approximately 164,000 persons with low and moderate-incomes in its 58,500 residential units. Our tenant population includes seniors, families, singles, refugees, recent immigrants to Canada, and people with special needs. Our tenants come from diverse backgrounds. This diversity includes age, education, language, sexual orientation, mental and physical disability, religion, ethnicity and race as well as increasing diversity in lifestyles and values. Our portfolio includes more than 360 high-rise and low-rise apartment buildings throughout the city.

Permanent Opportunity

Paralegal


File#:TCH#14LSE(E)38
Salary:$58,936.56 - $71,937.28
Location:931 Yonge St.
Division:Legal Services
Class:Exempt Level 5
Unit:Legal Services
Hours:36.25 hours per week
Positions Available:1

POSITION SUMMARY

The successful candidate will represent Toronto Community Housing in a broad range of litigation before courts and administrative bodies. Working in a dynamic and stimulating environment, you will give advice and guidance to internal clients on sensitive and confidential matters. You will also provide legal and administrative support to legal counsel on general commercial and employment litigation files.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintains independent carriage of files including interviewing clients and witnesses, drafting legal documents, conducting research, preparing witnesses and evidence, and appearing in court and tribunal
  • Represents TCH in administrative matters before the Landlord and Tenant Board and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario 
  • Represents TCH in Small Claims Court matters including debt recovery actions and commercial contract disputes
  • Represents Toronto Community Housing before the Ontario Court of Justice with respect to Provincial Offences including Building Code and Fire Code matters 
  • Provides litigation and administrative support to Toronto Community Housing counsel on major litigation files
  • Assists legal counsel in providing proactive advice to TCH's management and executive teams
  • Provides guidance to TCH managers and staff on landlord and tenant matters
  • Assists TCH counsel in providing education, training and mentoring to managers and staff to ensure stakeholders are in compliance with various legal requirements such as the Residential Tenancies Act and the Housing Services Act

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years relevant experience 
  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in a relevant field of study 
  • Paralegal license with the Law Society of Upper Canada (TCH may consider applications from exceptional candidates who are not licensed but have extensive skills, knowledge and experience)
  • Knowledge of and experience in landlord and tenant law and litigation before the Landlord and Tenant Board 
  • Knowledge of and experience in civil litigation and provincial offences matters
  • Knowledge of and experience in human rights matters 
  • Knowledge of and experience in commercial litigation, construction liens, procurement, and privacy are considered an asset
  • Demonstrated legal research and writing abilities 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of office procedures and manual/electronic filing systems
  • Demonstrated file management skills including file opening and organization 
  • Superior time management skills including docketing and tickler system practices and the ability to multi-task and deal effectively with competing demands 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and presentation skills
  • Excellent customer service skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders including a diverse tenant population to resolve sensitive issues
  • Excellent conflict resolution, problem solving, and negotiation skills
  • Proficiency with computerized business applications including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and information databases so as to work independently on the carriage of tribunal and court files
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision and also as a member of a team
  • Working knowledge of legislation that is applicable to TCH including the Residential Tenancies Act, Human Rights Code, Housing Services Act, Fire Protection and Prevention Act, Building Code Act, and City of Toronto Municipal Code


Please note: applications sent by email must only be sent to human.resources@torontohousing.ca. All emails for consideration must include the job title and job number in the subject line.

Toronto Community Housing is committed to equity in employment. Our goal is a diverse, inclusive workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We strongly encourage applications from women and men, people from racialized communities, sexual minorities, persons with disabilities and aboriginal persons.

Persons with disabilities who need accommodation in the application process, or those needing job postings in an alternative format, may e-mail a request to human.resources@torontohousing.ca.

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applications must be received by May 1, 2014 at:

Human Resources Division
Toronto Community Housing Corporation
931 Yonge Street 4th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M4W 2H2
Fax: (416) 981-4260
E-mail: Human.Resources@torontohousing.ca



Posting Date: April 17, 2014