Senior Legal Counsel, Employment and Dispute Resolution

Melbourne, Australia
Salary Level HEW 10 + 17% Superannuation and Flexible Working Arrangements
18 May 2022
End of advertisement period
08 Jun 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
  • Full-time (0.8 or 0.9 FTE considered), Continuing position
  • Salary Level HEW 10 + 17% Superannuation and Flexible Working Arrangements
  • Based at the Melbourne CBD campus, but may be required to work and/or be based at other campuses of the University

About the Role

Senior Legal Counsel in the Legal Services Group is a service focused, first point of contact for users of legal services within RMIT and supports the Deputy General Counsel and Associate Director to deliver high quality legal advice to clients within RMIT in a timely and customer focused manner.

The Senior Legal Counsel role requires maturity and sensitivity, combined with a strategic mindset, to manage and resolve challenging and complex issues, while building trust with key RMIT stakeholders. As a new role, the successful applicant will have scope to build their legal practice, and bring an innovative approach to inhouse dispute resolution. Our inhouse team is supportive and inclusive, and we aim for our legal services to be relevant and useful for our clients.

RMIT supports hybrid ways of working and will consider applicants wishing to work flexibly, full time or at a reduced load (0.8 - 0.9FTE).

To be successful in this position, you'll have:

  • A current practising certificate as an Australian lawyer under the Legal Profession Uniform Law.
  • Substantial experience working as a lawyer in the area of human resources and employment law (including discrimination law) and administrative law, in a customer-focused team.
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders from a range of experience levels.
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering business-relevant and timely legal advice and outcomes through quality engagement with stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to operate with a high level of confidentiality in a diplomatic manner with the ability to lead and influence others.
  • Excellent oral, written, inter-personal and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously within a fast-moving team environment.
  • Positive, can-do attitude.
  • In-house legal experience is desirable, but not essential.

About the Group

Legal Services Group is responsible for the full range of legal services to all areas of the University.

The Group is committed to:

  • Providing high quality legal services that are aligned and responsive to the commercial needs of RMIT;
  • A high level of customer service which means getting know the different areas of businesses we service and tailoring advice to meet their needs;
  • Assisting RMIT achieve its strategic objectives by working collaboratively with our University colleagues to help them achieve their objectives;
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with subject matter experts within and outside of RMIT to ensure appropriate additional expertise is available when required.

To Apply

Please submit your CV and covering letter addressing your suitability for this position by clicking on the 'Apply' link below.

For further information about this position, please see Position Description below or contact Kassie McKnight (Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor) via email

Applications close on Wednesday, 8th June at 11:59 pm.

About RMIT

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 95,000 students and 10,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

Our purpose is to offer life-changing experiences for our students, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and industry engagement. With strong industry connections forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMIT's leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally focused graduates.

Our Culture

Our Values inspire us, wherever we are in the world, and guide how we live and work together.

Imagination. Agility. Courage. Passion. Impact. Inclusion.

What unites us is our purpose and our values; they are at the heart of who we are, what we stand for, how we make decisions and connect with each other.

Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices.

Bring Your Whole Self to Work

We are better for our diversity. When we listen to those who are different to us, or challenge us, we grow stronger together. When we feel like we belong, we can achieve so much more. We respect each other, embrace our differences and build a sense of belonging in our team and beyond.

We are proud that our dedication to diversity has been recognised by a broad spectrum of external organisations. Visit our Linkedin Life pages to learn more and see some of our most recent wins.

RMIT has a strong dhumbali (commitment) to the employment, development and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within a culturally safe environment; we strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

RMIT is a Disability Confident Recruitment Team and we are happy to adjust the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. Please contact us at telling us your preferred type of communication and we will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss your requirements.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

Please note that whilst we still accept applications from any persons interested in our roles, due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications from those with current working rights in Australia and who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak:

Vaccination Requirements

The COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions, made under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic) and as amended and replaced from time to time (Directions), affect all persons employed or engaged to perform work by RMIT.

As such, offers of employment from RMIT are conditional upon the applicant being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or medically exempt and providing satisfactory evidence of the same. You can access the Directions here:

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