Supervising Lawyer

Job Details
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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/JE20041906
Closing Date: 13-Dec-2021
Salary Range: $102,637 - $124,183
Job Duration: Until 30 June 2022
Attachments: 1. Position Description - C3284.docx (Word, 579KB)
Job Specification

2. Application Form.docx (Word, 641KB)
Self Assessment

Contact: Supervising Lawyer, Jayne Parker or (03) 8628 3280

Position Details

About the role:

Victoria Police is a contemporary and agile workplace and support flexible working arrangements. This is an exciting opportunity to progress your career and obtain valuable experience working as a Supervising Lawyer in the Specialist Children's Court Prosecution unit (SCCPU) within Victoria Police's Legal Services Department.  The department is increasing its advocacy response to meet the expansion of specialist courts across Victoria to address recidivism and unique offending patterns.  Victoria Police seek enthusiastic, skilled and dedicated advocates to prosecute a range of complex criminal and family violence related matters across multiple courts, jurisdictions and locations across the state.

There are two (2) positions available within the Specialist Children's Court Prosecution Unit (SCCPU) and will be subject to ad hoc outreach and appearing in complex advocacy across the state. The primary responsibilities of these roles will be to perform as a manager / legal supervisor to staff at SCCPU, to undertake complex advocacy, legal and policy work on behalf of Victoria police and offer a strategic approach to specialist prosecutions for complex criminal law matters in the Children's Court jurisdiction.  The role will require effective management of a hybrid team of police prosecutors, lawyers and legal support staff, all with varying skills and experience.

The role will require you to develop and maintain collaborative internal relationships as well as work with external stakeholders across agencies as part of a broad network that will ensure cooperative and proactive approaches to addressing community harm and reducing youth recidivism. This will include working closely with key internal and external stakeholders. 

You will assist the Managing Principal Lawyer to provide timely feedback, comment and analysis of current and emerging trends as well as legislative and policy reforms in the youth justice space, support the SCCPU state-wide program.

You will also be required to oversee and provide briefings regarding data and statistical reports regarding court compliance and processes whilst reporting on the work performance and professional development needs of your designated work unit.  You will also provide training and development of Police Lawyers whilst ensuring compliance with legal professional supervision requirements. 

The SCCPU's primary functions is to service the Melbourne Children's Court and to provide support, advice, ongoing training and specialised advocacy to more than 80 Youth Prosecution Portfolio holders across the state. 

As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • Admission to practice as an Australian Lawyer (Unrestricted Practising Certificate).
  • Ability to work in a team, in a developing and emerging work environment.
  • High level experience of written and oral advocacy matters including routinely appearing in complex indictable contested hearings, preferably in the Children's Court.
  • Ability to manage high level projects and support the State-wide SCCPU Managing Principal Lawyer with complex projects and policy works.
  • High level of resilience and emotional intelligence.
  • High level understanding and experience as a court advocate across all jurisdictions, with extensive experience in criminal law and/or Children's Law.
  • High level experience in coaching, mentoring and developing junior Lawyers to undertake high-level advocacy work.
  • A formal management qualification and formal teaching or training qualification would be advantageous.
  • A current and valid Drivers' Licence would be advantageous.

Requirements and relevant information:

  • Two (2) positions available, both full time, fixed term until 30/06/2022 opportunities.
  • Positions will either be based at 456 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne or regional centres, negotiable to successful applicant's residential address.  
  • 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 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 unrestricted practising certificate

Applications close midnight, Monday 13 December 2021.

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

For further information on this role please contact: Supervising Lawyer, Jayne Parker via email or (03) 8628 3280.

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 is a large organisation employing police, public servants and protective services officers. Victoria Police provides support to the community 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. 

At Victoria Police our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve. We continually seek to attract and retain a diverse workforce which includes people of all genders, ages, religions, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities and cultures including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. 

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