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Legal Counsel (Contract Specialist) - Legal Services - Temporary Full-time  (222151)

Toronto, ON, CA Posted: 6/23/2022 3:14:39 PM

We currently have a Temporary Full-Time (until approx. August 2023) opportunity for a Legal Counsel (Contract Specialist) in the Legal Services Unit at our Bayview campus.

Hours of Work:

Weekdays: Days; 8 hrs; As per schedule

As a member of the Legal Services team at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (“Sunnybrook”), the selected candidate will report Senior Legal Counsel (Research) and will be required to work independently and collaboratively within a busy client environment with a high volume of work. The focus of this role is to provide legal support for multi-centered Health Canada regulated COVID-19 clinical trials that are part of the Network of COVID-19 Trials Network, as well as supporting other research endeavours.

What is the Network of COVID-19 Trials Networks?

In conjunction with the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group (CCCTG), Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) is leading a CIHR grant funded initiative to establish and further develop a pan-Canadian partnership of over 400 inter-professional members - patient partners, clinical and translational scientists, health care professionals, research coordinators and trainees - at major healthcare centres and many community hospitals across Canada. The Network will champion scalable, context-responsive research approaches, including the parallel evaluation of multiple therapies using adaptive platform clinical trials including COVID-19 pandemic-relevant treatment arms.

Summary of Duties

Key responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide legal guidance, oversight and expertise to leadership of the Network in implementing the project
  • Facilitate and oversee the negotiation, finalization and execution of contracts and transfer agreements required for Network supported projects and activities
  • Liaise with legal counsel, research finance and other research support personnel at Canadian institutions involved in Network supported projects and activities to provide guidance on contractual and other legal procedural trial matters
  • Assist in the development and implementation of efficient processes to enable rapid start up of COVD-19 Network supported trials, including the development and roll out of template agreements for use by sites
  • Provide legal guidance in support of the operations of the Network
  • Other non-Network pre-clinical and clinical research related matters as required, including the drafting, negotiation and finalization of trial specific contracts.

Qualifications/Skills

  • Law degree from a Canadian law school or equivalent.
  • Member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario.
  • Previous experience (1-3 years) in a legal, healthcare or medical research setting will be considered an asset and preferred.
  • Ability to demonstrate a sound use of and familiarity with legal terminology, language and vocabulary, as well as medical terminology is an asset.
  • Superior organizational and communication skills, tact, diplomacy and sound judgment.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision within a dynamic team, where problem-solving ability and enthusiasm will be highly valued.
  • Experience working on special projects and flexibility with regard to types of tasks assigned and processes with initiative to develop new projects.
  • Ability to work under pressure and deal with conflicting priorities and deadlines is critical to the role.
  • Well-developed computer skills are essential, including high level of proficiency in the use and maintenance of computer database systems and data analysis, proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office suite of applications, Adobe Acrobat Professional and related software combined with an ability to learn new applications quickly.
  • Experience working with clients, staff and organizations serving diverse groups is an asset.
  • Experience with research processes in an academic setting would be considered an asset.

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their cover letter and resume (in one document) quoting 222151 to:

Human Resources
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

To apply, please click "Apply for Position" at the bottom of this page.


Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is strongly committed to inclusion and diversity within its community and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: visible minorities, all religions and ethnicities, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


Please be advised that in order to be eligible for employment at Sunnybrook, all new hires must have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada (e.g., two doses of a two-dose vaccine series, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine series); AND have received the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago. Medical exemptions or any other kind of requested exemption based upon the Hospital’s obligations pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code will be considered on a case-by-case basis.