Managing Principal Lawyer

Provide leadership regarding the prosecution and policing of children and young people across Victoria.
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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/E20034064B
Closing Date: 02-Oct-2022
Salary Range: $127,467 - $170,579
Job Duration: Until 30/10/2023
Attachments: 1. Position Description C3285.docx (Word, 578KB)

2. Application Form.docx (Word, 627KB)

Contact: Jayne Parker
0437 993 878 or

Position Details

About the role:

The Specialist Children's Court Prosecution Group comprises a dedicated state-wide team of police prosecutors and lawyers who conduct matters in the Children's Court of Victoria on behalf of Victoria Police. Team members provide support and leadership regarding the prosecution and policing of children and young people across Victoria. The Specialist Children's Court Prosecution Group sits within the Prosecutions Court Branch of the Legal Services Department of Victoria Police.

Applications are sought for a Managing Principal Lawyer (VPS6) to lead the Specialist Children's Court Prosecution Group. This is an exciting opportunity to progress your career in a diverse and challenging managerial role. You will gain valuable experience as the state-wide strategic lead in an area that continues to grow in scope and complexity.

The position is full time fixed term until 30 October 2023.

Victoria Police is a contemporary and agile workplace and supports flexible working arrangements.

Your duties will include:

  • Management of the Specialist Children's Court Prosecution Group.
  • Oversight of all Children's Court prosecutions managed by Victoria Police across the state.
  • Providing leadership and strategic management of youth justice matters as they relate to the Legal Services Department.
  • Contributing to strategic planning, policy implementation, and other business activities.
  • Providing timely feedback, comment, and analysis of current and emerging trends in the youth justice space.
  • Provision of high-level advice on complex areas of law, contributions to policy and law reform, and extensive stakeholder engagement and collaboration within the youth justice sector.

As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • Admission to practice as an Australian Lawyer (unrestricted Practising Certificate).
  • Ability to oversee and provide leadership to a state-wide network of prosecutors.
  • High level of resilience and emotional intelligence.
  • High level skills, knowledge, and experience as an advocate, particularly in the Children's Court and criminal justice system.
  • A commercial focus with the ability to provide sound management in a challenging and dynamic work environment.
  • A current and valid Drivers' Licence.

Requirements and relevant information:

  • One (1) x full-time, fixed term (to 30/10/2023) position available.
  • This position is located at 456 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.
  • Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa.
  • The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include fingerprint checks and misconduct screening.
  • In accordance with the Acting Chief Health Officer's Direction – COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions, you are required to be fully vaccinated (this includes a booster vaccination) and your employment with Victoria Police is subject to proof of vaccination.
  • As a member of the Legal Services Department you will be located, on selection, at a specific office within a Division for a particular advertised opportunity.  However, given occasional legal service demand issues you may be required at times to undertake varied work within the Department.  This supports the Departments commitment to a flexible and deployable legal workforce and professional development opportunities in a range of legal domains.

Your application must include:

  • Resume.
  • Completed application form – the word document (2. Application form) for you to complete and attach to your submission, is attached to the job advertisement.
  • A copy of your Australian Legal Practising Certificate.

Applications close midnight, Sunday 2 October 2022.

Please Note: All applications will need to be submitted through one of the following platforms; Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) the Victorian Government careers website (Careers.vic) website or Seek.
Applications will not be accepted via other platforms or email.

Current Victorian Government employees must apply via Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE). 

For further information on this role please contact: Jayne Parker on 0437 993 878 or via email No recruitment agency calls please.

If you have a disability/medical condition and require a copy of this advertisement and attached documentation in an accessible format or would like to discuss an access requirements/reasonable adjustment for the recruitment process, please contact VPS Recruitment via email or on (03) 8335 8081.

About Us:

Victoria Police has a dedicated workforce of more than 22,000 employees consisting of police, protective services officers, police custody officers, and public service staff. Each employee plays a vital role in providing the 24/7, 365 days a year emergency response and public safety capability the organisation delivers to its community. As a Victoria Police employee, you have a dedication and commitment to community safety. 

Having a workforce that reflects the community we serve is important to Victoria Police. We want to attract and retain people of all genders, ages, religions, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities, and cultures including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. If you are interested in a position, we encourage you to apply as we celebrate the benefit that diversity brings to our employees, our services, and our community.

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