This role is responsible, in conjunction with the General Counsel, for the effective and efficient management of the University's legal practice, including the provision of high level legal advice to the senior executive and other staff members, scrutiny of complex contracts and a wide range of other legal documents, liaising with relevant schools and departments and providing general legal advice as needed.
In the role you will:
- Under broad direction from the General Counsel, and operating with a high level of autonomy, provide legal advice on a range of complex issues including: General commercial matters, contracts including grants, consultancies, deeds and major projects as appropriate. This work includes undertaking research into various legal issues as needed; understanding complex factual situations and related commercial issues; analysing and applying the law in each case to produce well written, succinct and appropriate advice.
- Provide related advice on business and commercial issues including legal compliance, legal risk management, contract and property issues and other matters affecting major projects.
- Ensure that senior staff members are kept generally informed of applicable State and Commonwealth legislation and other legal requirements and provide advice to ensure compliance, and where possible, reflect better practice. Educate and advise academic and professional staff about their legal responsibilities and accountabilities. This may include preparing material and delivering presentations or training from time to time on various legal issues.
- Represent Legal Services and the University on working parties and committees, and in a variety of fora, both internal and external as required
- Liaise with and brief external solicitors as needed, and contribute generally to the work of Legal Services in consultation with the General Counsel. Act in the role of General Counsel if required and contribute to the supervision of other members of staff within Legal Services.
You will be employed on a full-time, ongoing basis.
To be considered, you will have:
- Admitted or eligible for admission as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of Tasmania and eligible to hold a restricted (corporate) practising certificate.
- Substantial and extensive post-admission experience in legal practice, either in private practice or in-house in one or more of the following areas: property, leasing and/or construction law; contract law; and/or corporations law
- The ability to operate effectively as part of a small team of professionals, contributing positively to team operations and working relationships within the team and with client areas.
- Highly developed organisational skills including a demonstrated ability to manage a range of competing priorities, and to act professionally and promptly while providing practical, appropriate and commercially-focussed advice. A demonstrated ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
- Highly developed written and oral communication skills including strong drafting skills; negotiation skills, the ability to communicate at an appropriate level for the target audience and to explain complex legal concepts in plain English.
- Extensive experience in the provision of legally related strategic advice on business and commercial issues including compliance, contract and property policy issues and other matters affecting major projects.
Appointment to this role will be at HEO 8 - HEO 10 and will have a total remuneration package of up to $132,087 comprising base salary within the range of $91,020 to $112,895 plus 17% superannuation.
For further information about this position please contact Andrea McAuliffe, General Counsel, / 03 6226 7559.
**Please note, your application must as a minimum include your resume, a cover letter and your responses to the position/selection criteria.
Applications close Monday, 24 October 2016.