Practice and Briefing Manager, Chambers

Senior leadership opportunity overseeing the operations of VLA Chambers.
Job Details
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Department: Victoria Legal Aid
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VLA5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/1515MAY18
Closing Date: 27-May-2018
Salary Range: $107,037 - $136,229
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Practice and Briefing Manager, Chambers - 1515 Candidate Application Form.docx (Word, 271KB)


Practice and Briefing Manager, Chambers - 1515 PD.pdf (PDF, 167KB)


Contact: Tim Marsh, Chief Counsel
(03) 9269 0578

Position Details

  • Full time ongoing position
  • Salary commensurate with experience, range: $107,037 - $136,229 plus superannuation
  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging

About the role:
This role manages coordinated briefing practices and policy in VLA Chambers and is responsible for the core Chambers function of promoting the efficient and effective use of in-house and external counsel. The Practice and Briefing Manager will also be responsible for key Chambers initiatives including the Trial Counsel Development Program and training and staff development projects. In addition, the Practice and Briefing Manager leads the Briefing Manager and team of clerks and assists in the management of the group of 23 Advocates. 

About you:
You will be an influential leader with extensive knowledge and experience of the Victorian justice system, legal issues and law reform. You will have demonstrated experience in operations management preferably gained within the public legal sector. You will have demonstrated management experience with sound knowledge of finance processes. You will be results driven with proven ability to deliver results in complex operational and strategic settings. You will have good knowledge of private advocates, including their experience, strengths and capabilities. You will rely on your excellent communication skills to effectively manage and resolve conflict, and have solid knowledge of, and experience in dealing with major trials (experience dealing with circuits will be highly regarded).

Crucial to your success in this role will be your highly developed stakeholder management skills and your ability to build mutually beneficial relationships with key stakeholders to influence and generate engagement towards common outcomes and systemic benefits that improve VLA's staff and client experience. A strong commitment to VLA's vision and values is a given.  

About Victoria Legal Aid:
We help people with their legal problems by providing information, advice and education with a focus on the prevention and early resolution of legal problems. We also provide legal representation to those who need it most. We employ over 800 staff in 14 offices across Victoria. Our vision is for a fair and just society where rights and responsibilities are upheld.  

Employee benefits:
We offer attractive employment benefits including salary packaging (making part of your salary tax-free and increasing take-home pay), flexible working arrangements, family friendly policies and opportunities for professional development. The work is both challenging and rewarding and our staff are supported by experienced and capable managers as well as a range of internal departments and programs committed to staff safety and development. VLA has a friendly and inclusive culture of people working to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged Victorians.  

How to apply:
Submit a current resume and completed Candidate Application Form addressing the specified key selection criteria. Separate responses to all of the key selection criteria outlined in the position description are not required. You must complete the candidate application form to be considered for this role.  

For further information review the attached position description or contact Tim Marsh, Chief Counsel on (03) 9269 0578.  

*Closing date for applications has been extended: 11.59pm Sunday 27 May 2018.  


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