Senior Solicitor, Child Protection

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Job Details

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Department: Department of Health and Human Services
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: Ssol
Work Location: South West - Victoria
Reference: VG/DHHHS/WWD/387973SS
Closing Date: 28-Jan-2019
Salary Range: $96,942 - $117,293
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - Senior Solicitor - Wimmera and South West.doc (Word, 977KB)
Job Specification

Position Description - Senior Solicitor - Wimmera and South West.pdf (PDF, 103KB)
Job Specification

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Contact: Emma Orchard

Position Details

Number of vacancies available: 1
Location flexible at one of these Family Friendly Regional Locations - Warrnambool, Hamilton, Portland, Horsham
Position Summary:

Industry Leading Child Protection Program

Generous Employee Benefits

The Senior Solicitor Child Protection position will work within the DHS Child Protection Program, based in the West Division. The area responsibilities include the South West Area. On occasion, and as business needs direct, you may be required to present at other courts in Victoria.

As a leader, you will be expected to perform under limited direction, and will be required to be fully operational in this position. You will be responsible for the provision of expert legal advice, professional support to Child Protection employees and managers; and representation for Child Protection in matters before courts. A demonstrated ability to problem solve and provide accurate and appropriate advice to other team members will be vital. The Senior Solicitor role also conducts litigation on behalf of Child Protection in a range of higher jurisdiction matters and other related jurisdictions (e.g. VCAT) as necessary.

In return, you will receive:

  • Attractive salary and flexible work arrangements
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Excellent professional development opportunities
  • Exposure to innovative social work practices

Take the next step to pursue a challenging and rewarding career.

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How to Apply:

Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

Please note:

For this role, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review our Careers Page. This page provides information on the department's recruitment and safety screening processes.

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Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.

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