MacEwan University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Legal Counsel
Office of General Counsel

MacEwan University inspires students with a powerful combination of academic excellence and personal learning experiences – ours is a connected culture that focuses on learner-centered teaching, and on providing opportunities for students to grow and achieve.

The university provides a transformative education in a creative, collaborative and supportive learning environment. 19,000 full- and part-time students are enrolled in more than 65 programs: four-year undergraduate degrees, applied degrees, university transfer programs and one- and two-year diploma and certificates. Additional offerings include university preparation, English as an Additional Language, professional and personal development courses and workshops, corporate training and the Conservatory of Music.


The Office of General Counsel at MacEwan University is growing and currently has an opportunity for Legal Counsel to join its team. The Office of General Counsel provides advice and direction to the university with respect to contracts, liability, risk, compliance, administrative and regulatory matters, and coordinates the development, monitoring and approval of all institutional policies.

Reporting to the General Counsel and Vice President, Governance, Diversity and Inclusion, Legal Counsel will be responsible for providing legal advisory services affecting the university’s operations; managing and providing input on projects, committees, administrative and regulatory matters, including policy review and development, and legislative compliance; and providing education to faculty and staff on various legal, risk and compliance issues.

Position Requirements

The successful candidate must be a self-starter who works independently with minimal supervision, with the ability to analyze and provide clear and concise advice on a wide range of legal, risk, compliance, and policy matters. The incumbent must be able to lead projects, negotiate and apply principles of conflict resolution; develop and implement legal strategies and solutions; and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders to balance business requirements against risk.


The candidate must have a law degree from an accredited law school, membership in good standing with the Law Society of Alberta and a minimum of two years of experience as a general practicing lawyer with an emphasis on solicitor's work. The successful candidate will have high ethical standards and strong leadership attributes, and experience in employment law (including labour relations), legislative interpretation, and contract drafting, review and negotiation. Knowledge of applicable laws impacting the university’s policies and operations is essential and experience in a government or quasi-government environment within the post-secondary sector would be beneficial.


Members of the MacEwan University team enjoy a competitive salary and a total compensation package that includes generous vacation time, secure pension plan, an excellent benefits package, effective recognition and retention programs, continuous learning culture, and opportunities for career growth.

For general inquiries, please contact careers@macewan.ca.

How to Apply:

Please be advised that only applications received electronically will be considered. To apply, go to www.macewan.ca/careers and select the job posting.

All applications will be reviewed. Only select candidates whose qualifications and experience most closely meet MacEwan's University's needs will be selected for interviews, and only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

This position is included under the Out of Scope employee policy.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Category Full-Time Continuing
Salary Commensurate with education and experience
Closing Date Friday, February 9, 2018
Competition No. 18.01.022

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