Managing Principal Solicitor

• Lead key work programs in an innovative, dynamic workplace with a positive workplace culture

• Combine your technical excellence as a government lawyer with strong people leadership and excellence in customer service, collaboration & capability building

• Location: Melbourne CBD

An exciting opportunity exists for a senior lawyer to build and lead a team of commercial and administrative lawyers within a high performing in-house government legal and governance practice.
Job Details
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Department: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Work Type: Ongoing - Flexible
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/932462
Closing Date: 27-Jan-2019
Salary Range: $118,908 - $159,124
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: PD - 932462 VPS6 Managing Principal Solicitor.docx (Word, 126KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Myles Tooher
(03) 9637 8535

Position Details

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.

The Managing Principal Solicitor role will suit a candidate who is a strategic thinker and is highly organised with excellent management, conceptual and analytical skills and a proven ability to build strong relationships and partnerships across client business areas and with other key stakeholders.  You will manage a team of approximately six in-house government lawyers with varied experience from junior to senior, with responsibility for leadership in the provision of responsive, high quality, practical and commercial legal advice, and support for the strategic management of litigation.   You will also support your team to assist in the delivery of the legislative program and other key strategic projects across the department.

The team's work is sharply focused on supporting the delivery of priority government programs and initiatives and, as such, the role will suit a person who enjoys designing a strategic work program to provide support to key work streams where it is needed most, in the most effective manner possible.  You will play a key role in supporting the transition of the Division's legal function to be a proactive, highly respected strategic advisory service for complex, high-value work.

While the work will extend to all practice areas relevant to the department's operations, it will include a core component relating to property, commercial and administrative law matters.  Broader work will include employment, major projects, grants management, licensing administration and reviews, commissions and inquiries, and work supporting the management and delivery of the Division's strategic plans.

To be successful in applying for this role, you will have a track record in building strong relationships with staff and stakeholders alike, motiving people to perform at their best, delivering a busy work program to meet strategic objectives, and in providing authoritative legal advice in relation to the delivery of government operations. 

You will have well-rounded expertise in government legal frameworks, including administrative law, project delivery and contracting, gained through at least 7 years experience as a practising lawyer. 

This is an ongoing position.

To be considered for this position, your application should include a supporting statement demonstrating that you meet the key selection criteria and any job requirements specified in the position description. 

Applications close at midnight Sunday 27 January 2019.

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