Managing Principal Solicitor - Police

  • Exposure to high profile Police issues
  • Operate with autonomy on interesting legal matters
  • Fixed term to 30 June 2020; Full time
  • VPS 6.2 $139,018 - $159,124 + super p.a

About the VGSO
The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) vision is to be the Victorian Government's trusted legal partner.

The VGSO provides responsive legal services exclusively for the Victorian Government and public sector. Our place within government ensures we are at the centre of legal change, reform and problem-solving. We operate as a service-driven legal professional practice and strive for excellence in this competitive environment. In all aspects of our operations, we aim to role model and live by our values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Insight, Collaboration and Excellence.

About the branch and role
We are seeking an senior and experience lawyer to join the VGSO as a Managing Principal Solicitor our Police Branch on a fixed term contract to 30 June 2020.

The Police Branch of the VGSO provides legal services, strategic advice and representation to the Chief Commissioner of Police and, by extension, all Victoria Police personnel across the State. This role offers exposure to a diverse range of matters, including but not limited to:

  • Criminal law, police duties, powers and responsibilities;
  • Statutory interpretation, criminal disclosure obligations and subpoenas;
  • Administrative law, privacy and information sharing;
  • Forensic procedures and intervention order applications; and
  • Summary prosecutions and emergency management.

Reporting to the Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor for VGOS's Police Branch, this role will provide leadership and management of a team of lawyers and provide high level legal and strategic advice, quite regularly under pressure of time in circumstances that require you exercising sound judgement.

About the successful applicant
The ideal applicant will have demonstrated people leadership capability and be eager to supervise, mentor and develop a team of lawyers.

Along with the ability to develop positive and effective client relationships, applicants should have a strong understanding of the structure and culture of government and of the political and legal sensitivities of operating within the public sector.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate sound judgement on complex legal matters based upon significant legal experience. Ideally, this experience will be in a policing or law enforcement environment.

Finally, applicants should have demonstrated experience and understanding of the principles and practice of law, including the provision of expert and authoritative legal advice and representation in the following areas:

  • Police powers, duties and responsibilities;
  • Administrative law and public interest immunity claims; and
  • Discipline and integrity, privacy and information sharing.

Please note a requirement of this role is holding a Negative Vetting 2 security clearance or be willing to obtain one.

In exchange for your hard work, you will receive; competitive remuneration, training and development opportunities and 17.5% annual leave loading. The VGSO embraces flexibility and welcomes a conversation to help you achieve work-life balance.

How to apply
If this sounds like the opportunity for you, click here to apply now! Applications must include a cover letter and resume. Candidates will also be required to complete a few questions covering the Key Selection Criteria as part of the online application form. Please note it is not required to respond to the Key Selection Criteria separately.

To find out more about this role, please feel free to contact Pieta Spencer, Recruitment Consultant, on (03) 9032 3052.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Sunday, 24 March 2019.