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Legal Officer

Adelaide, Australia / Hybrid
$97,50 - $107,932 p.a.
Closing date
20 Jun 2024

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Academic Discipline
Law, Social Sciences
Job Type
Professional Services, Other Professional Services
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Details

  • 12 months Fixed Term | Full-Time (WFH opportunities available)
  • Higher Education Officer Level 7 | $97,50 - $107,932 p.a.
  • Location: Bedford Park
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About Governance, Legal and Risk

Governance, Legal and Risk provide governance, legal, policy, compliance, insurance and risk management support to the University and its staff. The Governance, Legal and Risk team provides advice on university governance and decision-making processes and plays a pivotal role in ensuring that Flinders have policies in place to protect its people, assets, and activities.

About the Role

As a Legal Officer, you will partner with our Colleges and Portfolios to provide general legal advice on a broad range of legal, policy, risk, compliance, and contractual matters. Providing responsive and sound legal advice on various types of contracts and complex agreements, you will research issues, interpret legislation, and draft documents including memoranda of advice to senior management and executives. Relationships with internal stakeholders are an important responsibility for the Legal Officer as you will help educate and develop internal processes for staff related to contracts, audit items, policy interpretation, operational risks, reporting and related legal services to achieve best business practices. Other key responsibilities of the role include providing functional support to Contracts Officers and the wider team and conducting information and responding to applications within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.

About You

To be successful as a Legal Officer you will be an experienced legal practitioner particularly in contract management, including formation, negotiation, administration, and arrangement in a complex business environment. You can demonstrate a high level of accuracy, attention-to-detail, time management and judgment in the interpretation of legal principles and business procedures. You are a strong communicator, particularly when drafting legal memoranda, supervising staff, and working as a team to solve issues.

In addition, you should also demonstrate:

  • A recognised law degree; and be eligible to be admitted as a practitioner of the Supreme Court of South Australia.
  • Well-developed knowledge of contemporary tender and procurement processes.
  • An ability to negotiate strong business outcomes with significant stakeholders including the Commonwealth Government and Industry Partners.
  • Experience in the Higher Education Sector and an understanding of risk management principles (desirable)

Life at Flinders

We're transforming and investing in people and facilities to create contemporary, stimulating, and satisfying learning and work environments that reflect our core values of excellence, innovation, courage, and integrity. Flinders is refocusing its strategic priorities with the aim of elevating its performance to be a top ten Australian university, and amongst the top 1% in the world.

Reaching beyond the limits of buildings, borders, and backgrounds, ours is an inclusive culture that believes absolutely in equality and opportunity for all. We don't just accommodate differences; we embrace and celebrate them. So, why work at Flinders?

  • 17% Superannuation + salary packaging options
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Wide range of professional development activities and services
  • We embrace diversity and promote equity and inclusion for all students and staff
  • Vibrant campus life and amenities including on campus health care servicesgym and childcare centre (Bedford Park, South Australia).

Our Commitment to Reconciliation and Indigenous Employment 

Flinders University is proud to be an organisation that is committed to our Reconciliation Action Plan and Indigenous Workforce Strategy. Our vision is to be a preferred employer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  We are committed to progressing Indigenous advancement in education, research, employment, and wellbeing, and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for all Flinders vacancies. 

Prescribed Conditions for Employment

  • A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.
  • Please note that you may be required to provide evidence that you are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, in line with the Flinders University COVID-19 Vaccination Policy 

How to Apply and Information

  • You are required to submit cover letter detailing your suitability as per the position description position description
  • For more information regarding this position, please contact Belinda Anderson


Applications to be submitted before 10:00 pm:

20 June 2024

At Flinders we embrace and celebrate diversity and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and people of all ages, ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Flinders. Fearless.


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SA 5001

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