Adelaide, Australia
28 Jul 2017
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25 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the role

An exceptional career opportunity exists for a professional and motivated Solicitor to provide legal advice and support to the University’s management and staff. This is a new role to add to our established legal team, working within Chancellery and Council Services, and you will focus on a broad range of practice areas including administrative law, corporate governance, public policy, contract arrangements, intellectual property, complex complaints management, property related transactions and legislative compliance, including Freedom of Information.

Skills and Experience

With prior experience in providing specialist and strategic advice on complex and sensitive legal matters, you will have a proven ability to influence, inform and engage effectively with staff at all levels of the business. To ensure success in the role, you will have a sound grasp of relevant legislation and case law that apply to the university’s operations. Demonstrated experience in drafting and negotiating a wide range of commercial and research related contracts, as well as providing accurate and practical legal advice across a range of complex legal issues and areas of law relevant to the tertiary education sector is essential. Proven experience in plain English drafting is important. The ability to manage a complex and significant workload and previous experience in the Higher Education sector will also be advantageous.

If you are looking to contribute your expertise in an independent in-house role at a large and diverse organisation, where your contribution makes a positive difference to tertiary education, then this is the opportunity for you. 

A University of Enterprise

The University of South Australia (UniSA) is an innovative, outward-looking institution known for its strong and engaged research and its experientially-based teaching and learning that is conducted in close collaboration with business, industry, government and the professions.

In recent years, we have maintained a strong upward trajectory across a number of key indicators and are ranked among the world’s top 50 young institutions. We are committed to international education activities and alumni, graduates who are equipped to meet the demands and expectations of the worldwide workforce, a culturally diverse staff and increasing student mobility.

Benefits on offer

At UniSA, we seek to enrich people’s lives through the creation and application of knowledge. Our staff love to be a part of an organisational culture that promotes a strong commitment to educating professionals, sharing knowledge, and engaging with our communities.

Lodging your application

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA. Please refer to the online application form which will indicate which selection criteria you need to address.  For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact Miranda McDonald, Senior Recruitment Specialist on (08) 8302 1700 or via email to

Applications close: 9.00am Friday 25 August 2017

CLICK HERE to access a copy of the Position Description

Important Information:

In addition to your salary, the University will make employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% of salary on your behalf. The amount of superannuation you are entitled to will depend on the nature of your employment. This can be clarified during the recruitment process. You will also be entitled to annual leave loading. See more benefits of working for UniSA

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