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Position Details

Legal Counsel

Applications close 28/02/2021

  • Salary: $88k - $96 per annum + Monthly ADO + Superannuation
  • Permanent Full Time
  • Partner with varied stakeholders, development opportunities, progressive Council
About us
We are building a safe and inclusive culture where our people are empowered to deliver their best work. Embracing innovation and change, we continually deliver richer and higher quality services to a vibrant, diverse and iconic municipality. We are passionate and energetic, working as one team to build a healthy, prosperous and sustainable community. Progress is important to us, and we and make it a priority to invest in our people’s wellbeing, growth and development.

About the role
A newly created position exists for an innovative in-house Legal Counsel to join Stonnington within the Legal team. You will be responsible for advising on a variety of legal matters working closely with a range of stakeholders across Council and the community and reporting directly to the General Counsel.

You will be required to:
• Partner with a broad range of stakeholders to provide accurate specialist advice and encompass strong drafting skills on a range of legal matters involving contracts, procurement, tenders, planning & environment, property, leases, building & construction, and other legal matters
• Support Council’s achievement of statutory and regulatory compliance and governance in its policies, operations and contractual arrangements on a wide range of matters in accordance with Council’s legislative requirements and organisational goals and objectives
• Recommend opportunities for Council to improve regulatory maturity and maintain compliance with relevant legislation and Acts
• Develop standardised legal documentation and process across the Council to support the organisation
• Support Council in an efficient manner with a focus on effectively negotiating and resolving issues

About you
To thrive in this role you will have:
• Excellent analytical, drafting and research skills, and an ability to interpret and traverse across a wide range of legal issues and find pragmatic solutions to potentially complex matters
• Highly developed time management skills, and an ability to prioritise workloads, work autonomously and take carriage of a wide range of matters.
• A willingness to suggest innovative and creative ways to improve work practices across all departments and promote the sustainability and efficiency of the organisation

City of Stonnington is a child safe and equal opportunity employer committed to an equitable, diverse and socially inclusive work environment and a positive, barrier-free recruitment process. We actively encourage applicants from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, people living with disability, LGBTIQ+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to explore the opportunity of a career at the City of Stonnington. If you have any support or access requirements, or would like to speak to someone about employment or an alternative processes, please contact Council’s Talent Acquisition team on 8290 1333.

Work for Stonnington today. Work that matters. People who make a difference.

Submitting your application

We are no longer using Position Descriptions or Key Selection Criteria. Please use your cover letter to demonstrate to us that you can ‘deliver’ the aspects of the role and that you have got what is needed to ‘thrive’. These are the top two sections in the Success Profile below. You do not need to have a heading of each point or address each point individually. Recommended no more than 2 pages for your cover letter.

If you have any support or access requirements, or would like to discuss an alternative application process please contact a member of the Talent Acquisition Team 8290 1333.

To be eligible to apply for this position you must have an appropriate Australian or New Zealand work visa.

For further information on how to apply contact the Council’s Recruitment Officer on Ph: 03 8290 1333.
For position related queries, please contact Fiona Ford on Ph: 0382901333

Success Profile

Position Descriptions
Success Profile Legal Counsel.pdf

The Inherent Requirements for this position can be found here. Please note this document must be read prior to applying for the vacancy.

City of Stonnington has a Workplace Adjustments Policy. Please contact Council’s Talent Acquisition Team on 82980 1333 for a copy