Managing Principal Solicitor

The Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) is an independent statutory authority responsible for preparing and conducting criminal prosecutions in Victoria on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Matters prosecuted by the DPP and the OPP involve serious crimes or matters that are of significance to the fair and effective operation of the Victorian criminal justice system. The OPP consists of the Solicitor for Public Prosecutions and a staff of approximately 465 providing legal and corporate support to the DPP, the Chief Crown Prosecutor and Crown Prosecutors in the exercise of their independent roles in the criminal justice system.
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Department: Office of Public Prosecutions
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/OPP730B
Closing Date: 07-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $127,467 - $170,579
Job Duration: 3 Years or 12 Months (parental leave backfill)
Attachments: Position Description - Managing Principal Solicitor OPP730 -January 2023.docx (Word, 198KB)

Contact: OPP Recruitment

Position Details

Managing Principal Solicitor

(x1 12 Month Fixed Term and x1 Up to 3 Years Fixed Term Available)

The primary role of the Managing Principal Solicitor (MPS) is to provide operational and strategic leadership in the day-to-day management of their team of solicitors and to provide support to the Trial Division Manager as required.

The MPS will model the OPP values and drive a culture of professionalism, courtesy and respect within their team and across their organisation. They will be accountable for day to day workloads, while actively supporting positive culture and the wellbeing of their team. The MPS will also encourage the development of staff, embracing change and helping build a diverse practise through learning and development.

As an experienced solicitor, the incumbent will be allocated complex files as per the workload guidelines and will be required to manage files of staff, at relatively short notice, particularly during staff absences.

There are 2 MPS roles available, one is a fixed term parental leave backfill position for 12 Months and the other is a fixed term contract for up to 3 Years.

About the Role:

  • Manage and lead a team of solicitors and support them on a day-to-day basis to meet the operational requirements of the Office.
  • Pro-actively monitor and review the quality and standard of work performed by staff within the team, including user compliance with the OPP's practice and document management systems, and provide regular feedback and advice to the Trial Division Manager on team performance.
  • Proactively support the early engagement with victims and witnesses by working collaboratively with the Social Work Team Leader and Social Workers within the Trial Division.
  • Represent the group and OPP in a variety of forums, including internal meetings, user groups, workshops & internal and external committees as required.
  • Assist and support the Trial Division Managers and the Executive with organisational and strategic projects that enhance our people, performance and outcomes.

As our ideal candidate you will have:

  • Proven ability to engage, motivate and manage a diverse group of legal professionals.
  • High level conceptual, professional judgement and analytical skills and the ability to formulate and implement innovative solutions to meet business needs.
  • Highly developed organisation and planning skills gained within a legal practice.

The Office is committed to providing a safe working environment for staff and may require employees to be fully vaccinated against preventable diseases such as, coronavirus (COVID-19) and other transmissible diseases based on Victorian Chief Health Officer's Directions as issued and updated from time to time.  Where relevant, proof of immunisation status may be required.

To apply, you will need to submit a resume, cover letter and complete the online questionnaire which can be found on the last page of the application process. This questionnaire will ask you to address some of the Key Selection Criteria which you must complete. Separate responses to the KSC outlined in the position description are not required.

In accordance with the VPS recruitment process all candidates are subject to complete a pre-employment misconduct screening declaration. Further information is available on the VPSC website:

Applications close 11:59pm Tuesday 7 February 2023

The OPP is committed to building a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.  People from all cultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply, particularly applicants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, or those who may experience disability related barriers in securing employment. If you require assistance with the recruitment process, or have accessibility requirements please contact

Persons considering applying for these positions should note that the recruitment process may be used to fill a commensurate position/s within 3 months of the completion of the recruitment without any further advertisement or interview. Please note this recruitment process, including interviews, will be conducted remotely.

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