ID: 150308

Principal Lawyer; Legal Officers & Legal Counsel (Not-for-Profit & Charity Organisation)

Human Rights Regular - more than 6 months Melbourne VIC, Sydney NSW, Hawthorn VIC, South Yarra VIC, Docklands VIC, Banyule VIC, Canberra ACT, Sydney NSW

About this opportunity

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Support the leadership team with all major legal matters within the organisation including group structure, governance, finance, regulatory obligations, employment law and general commercial transactions.
  • Liaising with key regulators in relation to matters relating to governance and probity, as well as providing advice and supporting other senior managers in relation to their regulatory interactions.
  • Brief senior management on all material legal and regulatory matters.
  • Develop and maintain core legal, governance and probity policies and procedures within the organisation.
  • Support the leadership team to discharge duties to the Board and ensure all board functions are managed efficiently and effectively.
  • Monitor changes in all relevant legislation and the regulatory environment and providing advice to the leadership team in relation to the same.
  • Manage risk by maintaining awareness of, and responsiveness to, legal and regulatory, reputational and commercial factors and assessing their potential to impact on DCSS Australia' business.
  • Liaise with HR with respect to performance management and policy.
  • Draft and execute DCSS Australia's legal documentation such as confidentiality agreements and ensure all documentation is structured correctly and legally sound.
  • Assist in the conducting of extensive due diligence reviews on corporate matters.
  • Draft relevant forms for the use of audio and footage provided by the public and/or third parties.
  • Assist with audits and auditors.
  • Prepare advice, information, regular and ad hoc reports to provide analysis of issues and information to inform and to support effective decision making.

Skills, Qualification and Experience

  • Tertiary qualification in law and holder of a current practising certificate (or ability to readily regain practising certificate)
  • 4 - 8 years post admission experience
  • Strong stakeholder engagement experience, business awareness and management skills
  • Ability to communicate complex legal concepts and requirements, in layman terms to employees within DCSS Australia.
  • Solid understanding of various not-for-profit legal issues and the ability to undertake research at a high level and ability to reason and use judgment and discretion
  • Well-developed conceptual, analytical and problem-solving skills with sound and pragmatic judgement and decision making ability.
  • Strong organisational and prioritising skills with excellent accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Highly level confidentiality, sensitivity, discretion and absolute integrity.
  • Highly developed written and oral communication skills.
  • Self‐motivated, flexible, pragmatic and precise.
  • Ability to compile and interpret statistical data and communicate it in a professional and understandable manner.


Additional requirements

National Police Certificate *. Working with Children Check *.

Every application is based on merit, we have minimum standards which must be met by every candidate and position to work with our organisation.
1. Australian Citizenship/Permanent Resident;
2. Relevant Qualifications and Certificates/Registrations;
3. Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience within Australia;
4. Great communication and listening skills;
5. Ability to commit the required time for the position and be able to commit to a 12-month position (minimum);
6. Upon engagement, you will be required to have or obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC) and a National Police Check (NPC), which is conducted alongside our partnered charity agency.

* May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.
Time Required

10 hours per fortnight (negotiable).

Suitable for
  • Centrelink Volunteers
  • Families with Children
  • Groups of 10 or more
  • Online & Remote Volunteers
  • People with disability
  • Skilled Volunteers
  • Wheelchair Access
Type of work
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Administration & Office Management
  • Companionship & Social Support
  • Counselling & Help Line
  • Disability Support
  • Education & Training
  • Fundraising & Events
  • Governance, Boards & Committees
  • IT & Web Development
  • Library Services
  • Marketing, Media & Communications
  • Mediation & Advocacy
  • Research, Policy & Analysis
  • Safety & Emergency Services
  • Seniors & Aged Care
  • Tour Guides, Information & Heritage
  • Tutoring & Coaching
  • Writing & Editing
Training

Every volunteer in DCSS Australia will undertake the training free of charge: - Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO); - Council of Social Services (QCOSS); - Mandate Report Training, for both Victoria and New South Wales; - Others as required and or negotiated.

Reimbursement

Negotiable