Chief Legal Officer

April 14, 2022
Application deadline closed.

Job Description

Chief Legal Officer – Townsville City Council

– A unique opportunity to be the Chief Legal Officer for the largest city in North Australia
– Lead a team of internal and external legal practitioners
– Reporting at Executive level and operating as part of a large, effective management group

Your New Organisation

Based in tropical North Queensland, the coastal city of Townsville boasts more than 300 days of sunshine every year. Thanks to its position and ease of accessibility, Townsville has established itself as a hub for the surrounding industrial economy. Townsville City Council is the largest local government authority in Northern Australia and provides and maintains over $5.4b worth of community assets whilst employing more than 1700 staff.

Townsville City Council provides significant service delivery to a growing community of close to 200,000 and is committed to the delivery of quality services to facilitate sustainable growth, enhancing the enjoyment of residents whilst unlocking the potential of the region through inspired leadership, community engagement and visionary planning.

Your New Role

As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, you will provide legal services and collaborative solutions in support of the ongoing appetite Townsville City Council have for innovation and growth. Leading governance and regulatory compliance, this role is responsible for a team of 8 internal professionals as well as the external legal team and reports to the Director of Business Services. The Chief Legal Officer is legal counsel to the CEO.

You will provide leadership across the organisation, supporting colleagues on all legal and compliance matters including commercial and corporate legal decisions whilst maintaining a strong collaborative approach within the Executive and Senior Leadership team.

What You Need to Succeed

We are seeking an exceptional legal professional holding a current practising certificate for this opportunity. You will have demonstrable experience in a similar position coupled with Senior Management skills and expertise. On a day-to-day basis you will utilise your natural stakeholder engagement experience along with your ability to identify, prioritise and execute project planning, strategy and leadership. As the subject matter expert, you will be adept at working to a common purpose whilst maintaining a pro-active, commercial approach to leadership and management.

What you get in return

For your commitment to this outstanding opportunity, Townsville City Council offers an attractive executive level salary. There is also a generous relocation package available for those able to consider a lifestyle move to North Queensland.

What you need to do now

A full job description and further information is available from our recruitment partner Tracie Picton at Hays Specialist Recruitment Ph: 07 4049 2903 or email [email protected] Closing date for formal applications will be Sunday 8th May 2022 (midnight). Any direct or indirect enquiries and applications will be forwarded to Hays.