Legal Advisor, Research and Copyright

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Posting #:AP 12/2014
Posted:May 1, 2014
Employment Status:Permanent Full-Time
Faculty:Not Applicable
Department:Office of the Vice-President, Finance and Administration
Grade:Job Group N
Salary Scale:$59,271 - $91,230 per annum* (effective July 1, 2013)
Hours of Work:

Job Summary

Why Brock?
Our unique philosophy takes students beyond the pursuit of academic excellence. To achieve this philosophy we endeavour to take our employees beyond the pursuit of just a career. Brock is a place where left-brain and right-brain thinking come together. We encourage our employees to utilize their rational/analytical thinking in concert with their emotional/creative sides in order to have an engaging and rewarding career. We’re one of the fastest-growing universities in Ontario, with hundreds of millions of dollars committed to new construction and programs. We’re small enough to be intimate and big enough to attract world-class minds. Located at the centre of Canada's beautiful Niagara Peninsula, Brock offers an exciting work environment with strong undergraduate, graduate and interdisciplinary programs and a vigorous research culture. We are looking for qualified people who will bring their expertise and dedication in support of the University’s goals and objectives.

The Opportunity
Reporting to the General Counsel, the Legal Advisor, Research and Copyright provides advice and education to the University community on legal matters related to research, intellectual property, technology transfer, contracts, and the application of copyright to teaching, learning, research, and scholarly communications.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Providing legal advice and direction to the Vice-President, Research and the Office of Research Services, on research-related matters, including research contracts, research grants, non-disclosure agreements, intellectual property licenses, and the protection of intellectual property
• Providing legal advice and direction to the University Library and the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation, and to faculty and staff across the University, in relation to copyright law, assessing liability risk with respect to copyright practices and determining appropriate responses
• Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating research contracts and copyright agreements
• Reviewing, advising and drafting University policies and procedures for research, copyright, and other related matters
• Providing education and training to faculty members, staff, and students on legal issues related to copyright, grants and contract matters, research, and intellectual property
• Creating and developing web-based information, publications, and tools (checklists, flow-charts, etc.) to facilitate understanding of, and compliance with, copyright law and policy, including the University’s Fair Dealing policy
• Developing, coordinating, and monitoring programs and procedures related to copyright compliance, including initiatives with the Campus Store, Library, and the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation, related to delivery and reproduction of learning materials
• Providing legal advice and assistance on the request of the General Counsel in other legal practice areas as necessary


The ideal candidate will have:
• A relevant undergraduate degree and a Bachelor of Law, or equivalent and a member in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada
• A minimum of 3-5 years of experience in legal practice, preferably within a university environment
• Demonstrated Practice expertise within an appropriate field (post-secondary research contract review, administrative law, etc.)
• Demonstrated knowledge of appropriate legislation and case law, including intellectual property law, contract law, and administrative law
• Familiarity with scholarly publishing and copyright licensing, academic research industry and practices
• Demonstrated understanding of university issues, culture, and organization
• Demonstrated legal research, drafting, and negotiating skills
• Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to present legal opinions, arguments, and information clearly in plain language
• Demonstrated ability to work with people from different backgrounds (faculty, students, staff, industry, and government representatives)
• Strong presentation skills, and the proven ability to creatively disseminate legal material to small and large groups in an informative and appealing manner
• Demonstrated ability to take a pragmatic approach to resolving legal issues
• Proven ability to develop creative solutions and provide effective advice in a variety of areas
• Strong administrative, organization, and time management skills
• Solid computer competency including word processing, spreadsheet, database, web applications and web maintenance, social media, and internet search engines
• Proven ability to work well under pressure and respond to competing demands and changing/conflicting priorities
• Proven ability to think strategically, analytically, and critically, and exercise sound judgment, tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality


This position includes full comprehensive benefits coverage, including tuition waiver. Applicants are invited to submit a resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, by applying online below by Friday, May 30, 2014.

It is Brock University’s policy to give consideration to qualified internal applicants.

We appreciate all applications received; however, we will contact only those candidates selected for an interview.

Brock University is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environment. We will accommodate the needs of the applicants under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. Please advise the Human Resources Department to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measure will be addressed confidentially.

*The salary range indicated is representative of all positions evaluated at this level. Actual salary is determined by examining related skills, experience, budgetary restrictions and both internal and external equity comparators.