Principal Solicitor

Are you an innovative, experienced lawyer and people leader with a passion for commercial and administrative law?
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Department: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Work Type: Fixed term - flexible
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/50945066
Closing Date: 11-Aug-2022
Salary Range: $127,467 - $170,579
Job Duration: Fixed term - flexible
Attachments: PD - 50945066 - VPS 6 Principal Solicitor (Comm Admin).docx (Word, 182KB)

Contact: Annette Jones
(03) 8508 0207

Position Details

  • Step into a dynamic, delivery-focused environment where your leadership, expertise, risk lens and strong people skills will directly contribute to the design and implementation of projects across Victoria.
  • Join a positive, supportive workplace culture in a highly skilled team environment.
  • Combine your commercial (contracts and major projects) and administrative law and statutory interpretation and skills and experience, to support government operations, decision-making and litigation management across the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) portfolios, including unprecedented levels of renewable energy investment in Victoria.

This is a rare, newly created senior role for an experienced lawyer and people leader provide leadership in the delivery of State significant projects. The Principal Solicitor leads projects, supervises the work of other lawyers and leads multi-disciplinary project teams to ensure the delivery of high quality, accurate, strategic legal advice and litigation support.

We won't be shy in saying we need a Principal Solicitor who rolls up their sleeves, proactively responds to matters that arrive on their desk, is adaptable and engages with all the people they work with. You can be relied on, to not only share your expertise, but to also guide staff genuinely in assisting with their development.

Specialist/Technical Expertise/Qualifications

  • An Australian lawyer within the meaning of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (Victoria), holding or eligible to hold an Australian practising certificate.
  • Demonstrated ability as a senior legal practitioner providing authoritative advice in the core areas of administrative law (including operation of government and an awareness of Constitutional issues) and statutory interpretation, commercial matters including renewable energy projects of varying sizes, and dispute resolution; the required experience at a senior level is mandatory in two of these areas and highly regarded in all three.
  • Strong experience in either broader general in-house or government legal practice and/or some of the department's areas of specialisation (planning and environment, property (Crown land use and development), energy, building, natural resources management and emergency management) is desirable but not essential. 

This is a fixed term position available for a period until 30 June 2023.

To be considered for this position, applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter (no longer than 2 pages) summarising their skills and relevant experience.

For further information please refer to the attached position description.

Applications close at midnight on Thursday, 11 August 2022.

Other relevant information:

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening, including a Declaration and Consent form and a National Police Check.  Recruitment is subject to the prospective employee confirming their vaccination status as up to date or providing evidence that they are medically exempt.

To be eligible for appointment to this role, applicants will possess corresponding work rights for the advertised employment period. Appointment to an ongoing position is only available to an Australian/New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.  

We are building an inclusive workplace to help realise the potential of our employees, embrace our differences, and apply our diverse thinking to innovation and delivering services to Victorian communities. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, young people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

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