Solicitor (Employment, Workplace Relations and Administrative Law)

Camperdown, Australia
Competitive remuneration package including 17% superannuation
08 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
19 Feb 2023
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time, 12 month fixed-term opportunity for a Solicitor to join the University's Office of General Counsel (OGC)
  • Provide expert legal advice in the areas of workplace relations and employment law.
  • Offering a competitive remuneration package including 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

We are in a period of exciting development within the OGC, striving to deliver expert and professional advisory services in support of the University's strategic and operational objectives. As a result, we are seeking a Solicitor (Workplace Relations, Discrimination and Administrative Law) to join the team. Under the direction of the Director, you will provide expert legal advice, and will represent University clients in the areas of workplace relations and employment law.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • provide strategic, timely, commercially-focused legal advice to the Vice-Chancellor, senior executive officers, Human Resource leadership group and other University personnel
  • support a key University project in relation to compliance
  • provide expert advice in relation to the resolution of disputes and complaints
  • attend meetings with unions and other representatives of staff and students, and assist in the resolution of matters
  • review, draft and negotiate legal documents, to protect and enhance the University's interests.

About you

  • extensive working experience as a solicitor with proven expertise in workplace relations and employment law
  • capability working with and interpreting complex industrial instruments, including enterprise agreements and awards (favourable)
  • experience in knowledge of and familiarity with the higher education sector (advantageous)
  • excellent analytical and legal research skills
  • strong drafting skills, and clear and concise communication skills to convey complex messaging to various audiences
  • highly developed relationship management skills and the ability to operate with a high degree of tact and professionalism across all levels of diverse internal and external environments
  • an agile and flexible approach that is able to pivot and contribute to overall program success.

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

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For a confidential discussion about the role, a copy of the position description or if you require reasonable adjustment or any documents in alternate formats, please contact Nayomi Siriwardane, Recruitment Operations on (02) 8627-9740 or by email to

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Applications Close

Sunday 19 February 2023 11:59 PM