Senior Lawyer and Risk Adviser

ABOUT MUSEUMS VICTORIA: Museums Victoria cares for the State scientific and cultural collections, providing visitor access, activities and events at five distinct venues: Melbourne Museum, Immigration Museum, Scienceworks, IMAX Cinema and world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building. To learn more about Museums Victoria, please visit
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Department: Museums Victoria
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/MV/9442AB
Closing Date: 31-Jan-2022
Salary Range: $102,637 - $124,183
Job Duration: Full-Time, Ongoing
Attachments: Role Statement - Senior Lawyer and Risk Adviser.pdf (PDF, 123KB)

Contact: Tom Dedman

Position Details


Australia's largest public museum organisation is seeking a Senior Lawyer and Risk Adviser to deliver high quality legal and risk management support within Museums Victoria, including in particular providing legal advice on a broad range of matters to ensure that managers and staff appropriately manage legal and other risks in planning, project management and delivery of organisational objectives.


This position supports Museum Victoria's Head of Legal and Risk in the delivery of legal and risk advisory services across Museums Victoria, including in particular advice and support in relation to:

  • commercial legal matters, including contracts and procurement, intellectual property and information technology
  • management of museum collection items and touring exhibitions
  • employment, industrial relations and workplace health and safety
  • insurance advice
  • litigation management and dispute resolution
  • statutory interpretation and government law
  • risk management advice, including in relation to strategic and operational risks as required.

Some notable skills and experience required:

  1. Significant experience (at least 4 years post-admission experience) in providing authoritative, accurate and practical legal advice in relation to highly complex and time sensitive matters, including in relation to areas of law for which the role has duties or accountabilities, such as commercial law, intellectual property, and collections management.
  2. Demonstrated ability to identify, research, advise on and resolve complex and novel legal issues.
  3. Demonstrated ability to navigate complex issues, documentation and areas of law to provide business areas with simple, plain English advice and guidance.
  4. Demonstrated high level interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to collaborate, influence and negotiate effectively at all levels and a proven capacity to develop effective relationships with a range of key internal and external stakeholders.
  5. Demonstrated conceptual, analytical and decision making skills, including the ability to manage pressure, ambiguity and change, and to self-manage by prioritising tasks, proactively managing client expectations, meeting deadlines and achieving identified outcomes.

Please see position description (Role Statement) for full the Key Selection Criteria required by the successful applicant. Applications that do not address the Key Selection Criteria will not be considered.


This is a full-time ongoing position, although flexible working arrangements will be considered. As a VPS 5 level position, the salary range on offer is $102,637 per (base of grade) to $113,410 per annum; paid pro-rata plus 10% superannuation.


To view the position description, please visit our employment website: and select ‘Current Vacancies'

For more information about this position, please contact Tom Dedman, Head, Legal and Risk on 0468 546 772 or at

To apply, please submit the three following documents with your application:

  • Your Cover letter
  • Your CV
  • Your written responses to the Key Selection Criteria as described in the Role Statement

Applications Close: Monday, 31st of January 2022

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