Legal Counsel, Ethical Standards and Investigations

The Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (MFB) is a world class emergency service employing over 2300 people and responding to 36,000 calls per year from Melbourne's four million residents and visitors. Its services include urban search and rescue, response to fires and hazardous incidents, road accident rescue, emergency medical response and marine response. The MFB aims to create a safe workplace, a respectful and achievement oriented culture, and an agile and engaged workforce.
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Department: Metropolitan Fire & Emergency Services Board
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: As per advertisement
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/14092017
Closing Date: 25-Sep-2017
Salary Range: As per advertisement
Job Duration: 12 months
Attachments: PD - Legal Counsel, Ethical Standards and Investigations.pdf (PDF, 643KB)

Contact: Erin Rice
03 9665 4639

Position Details

  • 12 months fixed term maternity leave cover
  • Supportive, high performing team
  • Variety with strong stakeholder engagement
  • MFB 6 $100,513 - $113,038 per annum plus super 

An exciting opportunity exists for an experienced Lawyer to join MFB's Ethical Standards team as Legal Counsel located in East Melbourne. Reporting to the Manager, Ethical Standards Unit this position will be responsible for receiving, investigating and managing a broad range of sensitive, complex workplace issues.   

Working across the organisation, including Senior Operational personnel, the position will provide legal advice, support and guidance in regards to workplace behaviour and integrity investigations and employment law issues in compliance with relevant regulatory and industrial instruments. Key responsibilities will include managing the resolution of workplace complaints, managing litigation relating to employment issues and disciplinary charges, and management and liaison with various internal and external stakeholders including Victorian Ombudsman, IBAC, Victoria Police and WorkSafe.

As a key member of the Ethical Standards Unit, the position will have input and involvement in the delivery of internal training, promotion of best practice and improvement to relevant policies, rules, regulations and practices. 

The successful person will have sound judgement and risk management skills, ability to work autonomously as well as developing professional relationships with key stakeholders. Highly developed interpersonal, communication, and negotiating skills are required to promote confidentiality, impartiality and sincerity in all working relationships.

To be eligible for consideration you will possess a Bachelor of Laws, have experience advising on employment law issues and hold a current practising certificate.

Proven dispute resolution experience is essential with a demonstrated background in workplace investigations is highly desirable.  The ability to apply sound working knowledge of employee relations legislation and principles including ethical standards is required.

Applications should be submitted online via the ‘Apply Now' button. Applicants MUST address the selection criteria in a cover letter and should include their resume with their application.


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