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Legal Counsel (req3914)

The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Indigenous engagement is a strategic priority.

Department: Innovation Enterprise
Location: Saskatoon
Status: Permanent
Employment Group: ASPA
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0
Salary Information: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $79,448.00 - 132,331.00 per annum (Specialist Professional/Phase 3). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Posted Date: 2/26/2019
Closing Date: Until Filled.
Number of Openings:

Primary Purpose:

Innovation Enterprise (IE) enables the commercialization of results of University of Saskatchewan research, development and scholarship and fosters innovation, entrepreneurship in order to create value in society and industry.

The primary purpose for Legal Counsel is to provide legal advice and services on contract negotiation and drafting, risk management, policy development and strategic planning, intellectual property matters, and other legal advice and services required to achieve IE’s mandates. 

The position functions within IE for intellectual property and commercialization related matters, but working closely with the contracts unit of Research Services respecting funded research contracts, and other University departments on IP and other legal issues generally related to contracts (e.g. Purchasing Services).

Nature of Work:

Reporting to the IE Senior Legal Counsel, the Legal Counsel advises IE and other University units on a wide range of legal matters with a focus on commercialization and intellectual property.  The Legal Counsel will develop a highly specialized knowledge base regarding the legal aspects of the university’s innovation and research enterprise. The incumbent will participate in planning and implementing strategic projects and initiatives to enable IE to executive its strategic direction.

The Legal Counsel works under the guidance of the Senior Legal Counsel to advise university departments and units/allied centres/institutes (e.g. Canadian Light Source, research services, VIDO-InterVac, Crop Development Centre, etc.) on commercialization and intellectual property matters, ensuring these stakeholders have the knowledge and tools required to enable them to act on their goals and objectives.

The Legal Counsel must possess excellent discretion and judgment, because the impact of error associated with this work is considerable for the University’s reputation. With direction from the Senior Legal Counsel, this position is privy to and works with sensitive, highly confidential information. It also requires the effective and accurate exchange of specialized and complex information, or the referral of issues and information to others.

This is a highly visible position that requires a dedication to representing IE’s values and standard of professionalism, as well as the ability to work under pressure in an environment involving multiple projects and tight timelines.



  • Exercising a high degree of discretion in providing professional legal services, the Legal Counsel is responsible for aiding the Senior Legal Counsel in managing legal risks on behalf of the University, including litigation and potentially litigious situations.
  • Negotiate directly and/or providing legal advice with regards to legal agreements. 
  •  Provide legal advice to IE staff respecting contracts, intellectual property and general legal questions
  • Provide advice with respect to intellectual property and commercialization policies and policy development
  • Provide legal advice to other University units including in particular the Canadian Light Source, Research Services, VIDO-InterVac, Crop Development Centre, the Global Institute for Water Security, and the Global Institute for Food Security, among others
  •  Liaise with external parties and working with external legal counsel as required
  • Educate university personnel on intellectual property and legal matters
  • Work on the development of legal instruments and on various forms of contracts including license agreements, research contracts, confidential disclosure agreements, material transfer agreements and 
  •  Maintain thorough documentation and reporting of work, including ensuring maintenance of accurate records of legal matters handled within IE
  • Represent IE in relevant committees, organizations, etc. and build sustainable relations with all stakeholders
  •  Manage, participate and engage in projects as assigned by the Senior Legal Counsel
  • Other accountabilities as assigned


The Legal Counsel must hold a qualified law degree (JD, LL.B.), and be a member in good standing of the Law Society of Saskatchewan. This role requires seven to ten years’ experience in related areas of practice, along with proven negotiation skills and experience in arranging and concluding complex legal arrangement among multiple parties.

This position is in scope of the Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association.


Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Shelley Jickling at 306-966-8784.  

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.