General Counsel and Executive Director, Legal and Legislation

The Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions is firmly focused on driving a strong and resilient economy that benefits all Victorians – by creating more opportunities for people through jobs and skills; supporting businesses and industries to grow and prosper; and building vibrant communities and regions.

Established on 1 January 2023, our work spans numerous portfolios, supporting departmental ministers and operating across metropolitan, regional and international offices. We oversee various public entities, including public corporations, regulatory authorities and specialist boards.

The Department strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and offers reasonable adjustments for applicants with disabilities.

Our values are accountability, integrity and respect, and underpin everything we do.
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Department: Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Executive Management
Classification: SES2
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/030048B
Closing Date: 14-Jul-2024
Salary Range: $290,601 - $419,000
Job Duration: Fixed Term up to Five (5) Years
Attachments: Position Description - 030048 General Counsel and Executive Director, Legal and Legislation.docx (Word, 190KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Heather Ridley
0400 206 731

Position Details

General Counsel and Executive Director, Legal and Legislation

  • Lead the department's Legal and Legislation branch at an executive level
  • Support the department's strategic priorities through expert advice in legal, policy, regulatory, and commercial matters
  • Senior Executive Service Band 2 (SES2), Fixed term up to Five (5) years

The Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions (DJSIR) is looking to appoint a General Counsel and Executive Director for Legal and Legislation. The most senior legal role within the department, this position oversees the executive leadership of the Legal and Legislation Branch, which provides high-quality legal and legislative advice and services across a wide range of departmental matters.

Reporting to the Deputy Secretary for Corporate Services, the General Counsel leads a team that delivers timely and top-quality legal counsel on issues including public law, administrative law, litigation, freedom of information, and commercial law. The position ensures the department maintains robust legal frameworks and supports strategic goals through expert legal, policy, regulatory, and commercial advice.

In addition to providing strategic legal guidance to senior departmental officials and Ministers, the General Counsel builds strong relationships with key stakeholders in the public sector, including the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office, Office of Chief Parliamentary Counsel, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of Treasury and Finance, and counterparts in other public service departments.

The ideal candidate will be an exceptional leader with extensive senior-level experience in the public sector, adept at leading teams and possessing a deep understanding of governmental operations. Alongside necessary qualifications and admission to practice law in Victoria, they should be widely recognised in the legal community for their expertise, professional ethics, integrity, and sound judgement.

Further Information

Enquiries about this position should be directed to Heather Ridley, Deputy Secretary Corporate Services on 0400 206 731.

The department is committed to creating and maintaining a child safe organisation. We have zero tolerance of child abuse and are committed to taking the necessary steps to protect children from harm by adopting a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety in accordance with the Child Safe Standards.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a National Police Records and Qualification checks prior to commencing employment with the Department. For further information on the position, please refer to the attached position description.

We respect and welcome people of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities, abilities, and cultures.

How to Apply

Please click the ‘Apply Now' button at the bottom of this advertisement. As part of the application process, you will need to include a resume and covering letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria outlined in the Position Description.

Applicants should view the full Position Description attached to this advertisement prior to applying. 

Applications close midnight on Sunday 14 July 2024


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