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Executive Director, Legal Services: General Counsel

State of Victoria - Melbourne, VIC

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Executive Director, Legal Services: General Counsel

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) works hard to create equal opportunities for all Victorians to live a safe, respected and valued life. Our areas of focus are child protection, housing, disability, the prevention of family violence, multicultural affairs, LGBTQI+ equality, veterans, women and youth. The work we do benefits thousands of Victorians, particularly those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable. We work in a variety of community-based settings, including people's homes, residential facilities and secure settings across metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria. We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage applications from Aboriginal people and people from diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Department: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing

Work Type: Fixed term - full time

Job Function: Executive Management

Classification: SES2

Work Location: Melbourne - CBD

Reference: VG/DFFH/LS/605262

Closing Date: 07-Apr-2021

Salary Range: $249,701 - $360,000

Job Duration: Five (5) year executive employment contract


  • Newly created executive role
  • Unique opportunity to build, lead and manage a legal team
  • Focus on community wellbeing and the social recovery of Victoria

About the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH):

The creation of the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) allows a dedicated focus on the community wellbeing and the social recovery of Victoria. DFFH will continue to support Victorians, focus on better services in 2021 and beyond, and create opportunities to deliver important work started before the pandemic and to lead bold and innovative reform.

DFFH includes the former Department of Health and Human Services portfolios of Child Protection, Prevention of Family Violence, Housing and Disability, Ageing and Carers. It is also responsible for the key portfolios of Multicultural Affairs, LGBTQI+ Equality, Veterans and the Offices for Women and Youth, enhancing the alignment with policy areas and portfolios focusing on the recovery and growth of diverse communities.

The Legal Services Branch provides a full suite of legal services including, legislative interpretation, property, planning and personal injury advice, contract and workplace law, dispute resolution, commercial transactions, brand and intellectual property rights, occupational health and safety and liability issues.

About the role:

In a new department that is focussed on equality and fairness, the newly created role of Executive Director, Legal Services is the department's General Counsel and provides a unique opportunity for an experienced lawyer to build and lead a large, results-oriented legal team in the provision of strategic legal advice and services to portfolio Ministers and the Department to ensure integrity of decision making; effective public policy making; and efficient delivery of education and regulatory programs. The General Counsel is expected to provide thought leadership on law reform issues in addition to managing the usual transactional elements of the position and leading and influencing the culture of the team. The role also leads the provision of support to the department's child protection functions with a strong focus on child safety and family wellbeing.

About you:

Crucial to your success in this position will be your sound leadership, communication and management skills. You will have at least 10 years' post qualification experience in either law firm practices, the public sector and/or private enterprise. Strong commercial and political acumen, a good “risk radar”, a customer focused approach, good judgment, and the ability to build and maintain effective relationships with both internal and external stakeholders are key attributes.

As a talented and motivated lawyer, this is an ideal opportunity to perform at a high level, building, leading and mentoring a team of committed lawyers.

To apply online, please click on the appropriate link below.

For a confidential discussion regarding this position please contact our exclusively retained consultant, Nalini Moore at Mahlab:

Click 'Apply Now' to submit your interest in this position.