Legal Officer

Sippy Downs, Australia
04 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
20 Aug 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time

Role Statement

SALARY LEVEL: Classification Level 7 (Salary range A$82,499 to A$90,184 gross per annum plus up to 17 percent employer super contributions).

APPOINTMENT: Full-time, ongoing


USC will be a university of international standing, a driver of capacity building in the Sunshine Coast and broader region, and an unsurpassed community asset.


The University will be:

  1. A comprehensive university of 20,000 students by 2020;
  2. Positioned in the global tertiary education community as a top-100 university under 50 years of age; and
  3. A primary engine of capacity building in the broader Sunshine Coast region, from Brisbane to the Fraser Coast.


The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for the oversight, facilitation and strategic development of various planning, financial viability and resource management activities as well as services and facilities to support the University. Functions which come under this portfolio include: financial services, human resources, information technology, asset management, capital and commercial operations, marketing and external engagement, and clinical trials. The Office of the Chief Operating Officer is responsible for overseeing a range of business functions to support the Chief Operating Officer, including: secretary to University Council, strategic and operational planning, risk management, audit, legal and compliance services and University insurance.


The Legal Officer will support the Senior Legal Officer in the provision of a range of legal advice and services to the University. These services include advising on a wide range of general legal issues, which may include: administrative law, commercial and contractual arrangements, industrial relations/employment, research and commercialisation work, grant agreements, intellectual property and related compliance and policy issues.

The Legal Officer is expected to serve the best interest of the University but is also to comply with the standards of conduct required for members of the legal profession. They are expected to develop a close working relationship with relevant areas across the University, as well as developing productive working relationships with external legal service providers.

The successful candidate will hold a relevant university degree with at least 4 years’ subsequent experience as a practicing lawyer, or possess an equivalent combination of relevant work experience and education/training.

This position requires well developed research, analysis, and written communication skills including the ability to prepare briefing papers on complex issues; develop policies; and prepare documentation such as standards, procedures and reports. Demonstrated interpersonal skills that enable the appointee to liaise and negotiate effectively with University staff at all levels are also required. Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills, with the ability to use judgment and initiative in diverse situations. Sound knowledge of legislative and governance frameworks in a university environment; and a demonstrated ability to interpret legislation, policies and procedures and apply within the workplace.

Additionally, in accordance with the University’s Staff Code of Conduct – Governing Policy, all staff are expected to display professional behaviour, communicate respectfully, and perform their duties responsibly.

A role statement is not intended to limit the scope of a role but to highlight the key aspects of the role. The requirements of the role may be altered in order to meet the changing operational needs of the University.


Swain Roberts
Senior Legal Officer
Office of the Chief Operating Officer
Telephone: +61 7 5456 5235


Midnight, Sunday 20 August 2017


All applicants MUST provide both a statement of claims and resume/curriculum vitae. 

Information regarding how to prepare your application and write an effective statement of claims is available on our website information for applicants

As part of your role, you may be required to travel to any one of USC's locations.

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USC values diversity, enables access and promotes inclusion.
USC strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.