Managing Principal Lawyer (Specialist Sex Offences)

Provide specialist leadership and legal supervision and guidance and responses on behalf of Victoria Police to all relevant legislative and policy reform initiatives and recommendations relating to sexual offences.
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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/JE20043120
Closing Date: 02-Oct-2022
Salary Range: $127,467 - $170,579
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 1. Position Description.docx (Word, 578KB)

2. Application Form.docx (Word, 626KB)

Contact: Luisa Di Pietrantonio
(03) 8628 0356

Position Details

About the role:

The Managing Principal Lawyer (Specialist Sexual Offences) is a specialist role that leads and manages the Specialist Sexual Offences Prosecutions Unit.  It is aligned to the Senior Management Team of the Courts and Specialist Prosecutions Division and reports to our Special Counsel.

Providing specialist leadership and legal supervision, this role has oversight and responsibility of the Specialist Sexual Offences Prosecutions Unit and is the portfolio holder for sexual offence prosecutions and related legal enquiries within the criminal justice system and the Legal Services Department (LSD).

The Managing Principal Lawyer (Specialist Sexual Offences) is required to proactively participate, engage, and represent Victoria Police in several internal and external stakeholder working groups, committees, and forums. The incumbent will also oversee specialist advocates, legal personnel, administrative support officers and sworn police prosecutors who appear in complex and highly sensitive matters across metropolitan and regional courts.  Similarly, the unit provides specialist state-wide sexual offence legal advice to frontline personal, investigations and operations.  Critically, the incumbent will continue to build and expand the group and unit and develop it into a centre of excellence for the prosecution of sexual offences, particularly in the Magistrates & Children's Courts.

As the lead portfolio holder for the LSD in relation to sexual offences, this role is the central contact point for all relevant internal stakeholders (including Victoria Police's Sexual Crime Squad, state-wide Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Teams, Family Violence Command and the Legal Policy Unit), as well as for external stakeholders (including the Magistrates' Courts of Victoria, Victoria Legal Aid and the Office of Public Prosecutions).

Additionally, and importantly, this position provides lead guidance, input, and responses on behalf of Victoria Police to all relevant legislative and policy reform initiatives and recommendations relating to sexual offences. 

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

Your duties will include:

  • Manage a team of specialist advocates, prosecutors and support personnel (both legal and administrative) in the preparation and conduct of the most complex and sensitive summary sex offence prosecutions in the Magistrates' and Children's Courts.
  • Develop and grow sexual offence legal expertise within Victoria Police.
  • Establish and maintain a state-wide pre-charge legal advice and quality assurance regime to assist, support and guide internal stakeholders.
  • Participate in, and contribute to, internal and external stakeholder working groups, committees, and forums, and be the central contact point for all sexual offence stakeholder engagement.
  • Craft, progress, drive and champion innovative processes, practices and projects to achieve more efficient outcomes relating to the prosecution of sex offences in the summary jurisdiction.
  • Provide expert written and verbal legal advice to LSD executive management on all matters relevant to the specialist sex offence prosecution unit.
  • Other duties as directed.

As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • A law degree, with at least 10 years post admission experience.
  • A valid, current, and unrestricted legal practising certificate (or the ability to rapidly acquire one).
  • Demonstrated expert understanding and practical experience in the conduct of sexual offence prosecutions in Victoria. 
  • A comprehensive and practical understanding of criminal, bail and evidence law, practice and procedure, especially as it relates to sexual offences.
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder engagement skills.
  • Contemporary management and leadership skills and experience.

Requirements and relevant information:

  • One (1) x full-time, ongoing 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
  • Cover Letter (no more than 1 page)
  • 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, 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: Special Counsel, Luisa Di Pietrantonio on (03) 8628 0356 or via email or Director, Adrian Serratore on 8533 1513 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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