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Principal Lawyer / Managing Principal Lawyer

Full Time

Victoria Police

Position number/s: 20038848

About the role:

The Civil Law Division sits within the Legal Services Department and comprises of the Civil Litigation Unit, Employment Law Unit, Commercial Law Unit, Special Counsel, Royal Commission Team and the Privacy and Freedom of Information Unit.

As the successful applicant, you will be an integral part of the legal team demonstrating effective leadership and self-management of performance and workload, as well as managing and supporting the development of junior lawyers (Victoria Public Servant (VPS) VPSG2 – VPSG5) of the Royal Commissions and Inquiries Unit. This role will also include portfolio management responsibilities, as directed by the Superintendent Civil Law Division.

Victoria Police is a contemporary and agile workplace and support flexible working arrangements through negotiation.

Your duties will include:

  • The delivery of the highest standards of advocacy on behalf of Victoria Police as required.
  • Building and promoting the integrity of Victoria Police Legal Services.
  • Appearing for Victoria Police in the higher courts and relevant tribunals as required.
  • Prosecuting on behalf of Victoria Police in matters of complexity in the Magistrate’s and Children’s Court jurisdictions as required.
  • Self-management of case load and service delivery requirements.
  • Building and maintaining sound relationships with stakeholders and partners.
  • Managing a team of lawyers.
  • Mentoring and coaching of junior lawyers.

As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • Extensive knowledge of relevant legislation and experience in the prosecution of complex and sensitive court cases;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills;
  • Experience in policy and Government liaison;
  • Significant demonstrated experience appearing before courts and tribunals;
  • Sound leadership and decision-making skills;
  • Experience managing a team;
  • Strong people skills – including high levels of emotional intelligence and self-awareness;
  • Resilience;
  • A current unrestricted practicing certificate or be eligible to obtain one.

Requirements and relevant information:

  • One (1) full time, fixed term until 30/6/2021 position available.
  • The position will be located at the Victoria Police Centre (VPC), 311 Spencer Street, Docklands.
  • 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.
  • 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 – attached to the job advertisement
  • A copy of your Unrestricted current Practicing Certificate

Applications close midnight, Thursday 12 November 2020.

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: Superintendent Belinda Bales on (03) 9247 6124 or via email [email protected]

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 [email protected] 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.

Find out what it is like working as a Victorian Public Servant for Victoria Police: https://www.police.vic.gov.au/vps