• Associate Counsel
  • Position: Associate Counsel
  • Job/Opportunity Number: 1299
  • Unit/Department: Office of the General Counsel
  • Organization: CPA Ontario
  • Website: www.cpaontario.ca
  • Location: Toronto
  • Term: Contract - Feb. 2021 - Mar. 2022
  • Posting Date:
    November 25, 2020
  • Deadline to Apply:
  • Compensation:

    At CPA Ontario, we are a regulator, educator, provider, advocate and thought leader. We ensure that our more than 94,000 members and 22,000 students meet the highest standards of integrity and expertise. We provide certifications, continued training and learning for the profession. We serve our members and students with a commitment to quality and efficient delivery. We champion the interests of our profession with the business community. And we develop cutting-edge ideas and thinking that evolve the profession. CPAs represent a globally recognized, premium designation. Our Chartered Professional Accountants are valued by organizations in all industries for their financial expertise, strategic thinking, management skills, global perspectives and leadership.

    CPA Ontario’s strategic priorities include attracting a pipeline of new entrants to the profession, building member connectivity, maintaining high standards and creating a strong brand. As an organization, we are guided by a set of core values and behaviors that are reflected in the work we do, how we treat each other, and how we represent ourselves.

    We protect the public. We advance our profession. We guide our CPAs. We are CPA Ontario. For more information, visit us at cpaontario.ca

    For more information on regulatory bodies and their consumer protection mandate, visit the Canadian Regulatory Guide.

    Position Description

    CPA Ontario is currently in search of an Associate Counsel who will support the Office of the General Counsel in a variety of capacities, particularly in the areas of corporate/commercial and governance legal advice and support, to protect CPA Ontario against legal risk and ensure CPA Ontario satisfies its ongoing legal and regulatory obligations.

    Major Responsibilities
    • Delivery of day to day corporate / commercial legal advice and support to all CPA Ontario business units, including the legal review, negotiation and drafting of corporate contracts and agreements, legal advice on contest rules and regulations, the creation and maintenance of contract templates and forms, and providing support regarding privacy matters and compliance.
    • Legal research and analysis, including the provision of advice, opinions or memos, on matters affecting the organization and/or its members, firms, or students.
    • Drafting and revising corporate policies and procedures (e.g. Contracts Management Policy, Records Retention Policy), including participation in training business units and monitoring compliance.
    • Providing legal advice and support and representing business units in matters arising from regulatory or governance issues, including but not limited to admission, registration, capacity, and custodianship matters. Overseeing protection of the designation against misuse by non-members.
    • Managing external counsel, and acting as counsel for CPA Ontario, both internally before adjudicative tribunals and externally, in court and otherwise.
    Qualification Requirements
    • LL.B./J.D and a member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario is required
    • A minimum of 3 years of experience working in a law firm or as in-house counsel, preferably in a regulatory body is required
    • Excellent research, analytical, problem-solving, critical thinking and judgement skills are required
    • Solid communication (verbal and written), interpersonal, relationship building, and presentation skills are required.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and Microsoft Teams is required
    • Proven ability to work well under pressure with previous experience working in a fast-paced, high volume, deadline-oriented environment with multiple priorities is required
    • Superior attention to accuracy and detail is required.

    We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those being considered will be contacted.

    CPA Ontario is an inclusive employer. Accommodation is available under the Ontario Human Rights Code. If you require a disability-related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please email accessibility@cpaontario.ca with “Accommodation Required” in the subject line to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours.