General Counsel Opportunity – Peel District School Board

This is an opportunity for an innovative, collaborative lawyer with demonstrated
strategic skills to contribute to the leadership of a large, complex school board
whose work is guided by the values of equity, service excellence, and sustainability.
If you are interested in supporting the continuous growth and development of an
equitable and empowering education system at PDSB which is committed to inclusion and anti-oppression, read on!

The Peel District School Board is dedicated to the achievement and well-being of each student. Every
day, staff members are privileged to serve approximately 157, 000 students in 250 schools throughout
Peel District School Board and their families in communities as richly diverse and inspiring as any in the
world. The new General Counsel, Legal Services will play a vital role in supporting Peel DSB's policies
and operations by ensuring that Senior Management and the Board have access to the legislative and
legal knowledge they need to make sound, informed decisions aligned with the Board's strategic goals
and commitment to human rights and equity.
 
As General Counsel for the Director and Executive Team of the Board in all legal matters, you will
demonstrate your keen political acumen, strong analytical skills, capacity for strategic thinking and
creative problem-solving. While you will also interact with Trustees on many occasions, your role does
not include providing legal advice to Trustees individually; rather, you will arrange for them to receive
such advice through appropriate external legal counsel. You will also liaise with external legal counsel
and oversee their work for the Board.
 
Reporting to the Director of Education, you will work with the Human Resources Department regarding
collective bargaining as needed, oversee access to external legal services, involvement in litigation,
grievance and arbitration management, and liaise with legal departments at all levels of government.
You will also provide a legal perspective on various matters supporting members of the Executive Team,
regarding civil and criminal litigation, labour arbitrations, expulsions, due diligence actions, and human
rights and provide leadership on Board policies. Candidates will be expected to practise using an anti-
oppressive perspective that recognizes human rights, anti-Black racism, Islamaphobia anti-Indigenous
racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of hate and discrimination.
You are an outstanding communicator with senior-level administrative experience in a large educational
or comparable unionized public-sector institution, or a similarly complex organization, able to motivate
others and implement difficult decisions in an ambiguous, politicized environment. Persuasive, confident
and engaging, you will liaise with federal, provincial and municipal authorities in all contractual and legal
matters, establish productive working relationships with all other Board departments, and facilitate
General Counsel, Legal Services

professional development for the Executive Team and all management employees on current legislation
and regulations.
Peel DSB is seeking an innovative, collaborative lawyer with the demonstrated strategic skills to lead
high-performance teams in a large, complex organization. The right candidate is someone who is
accustomed to working in an environment of high accountability and public visibility and has a strong
track record of working successfully to support the decision-making roles of elected officials. The
General Counsel must be prepared to support the Board’s focussed response to the mandate set out in
the Ministry of Education’s Report on the Peel District School Board released March 13, 2020 to
rebuild confidence in the community in the decisions made by the Board. The candidate must be able
to work with staff and the community in ways that demonstrate a commitment to equity and
establishing faith in the Board’s ability to address the needs of those students and staff who have been
the most historically underserved. An active network in racialized and underserved communities and
provincial government contexts will ensure that you can be a strong advocate for the interests of the
PDSB and the evolving communities it serves.
 
As the successful candidate, you will have a Law degree with additional training/experience in equity,
human rights, human resources, appropriate leadership experience, and a track record as a practising
lawyer in one or more of the following areas: Human Rights, Education Law; General and Corporate
Law; Labour Relations and Employment Law.
 
You have demonstrated success in providing leadership in controversial and complex organizational
issues and possess detailed knowledge of dispute resolution processes. Above all, you must be
extremely familiar with the Education Act and capable of interpreting it in a variety of circumstances,
and be conversant with legislation relevant to a school board and its application in a large, complex
unionized environment.

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter and resume by October 22, 2020 to:
Frank Markel, JMG/LBCG Consulting for Impact fmmphd@gmail.com

Please specify “PDSB General Counsel Application” in the subject line of your email.