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Senior Legal Officer - Government Agency

We are seeking two senior lawyers to form part of the small in-house legal team, working under a General Counsel.

Our client, based in Armidale in the Northern Tablelands of NSW is a regulatory agency responsible for the registration and approval of agricultural and veterinary chemicals in Australia.

The opportunity:

We are seeking to recruit two senior lawyers to form part of the small in-house legal team, working under a General Counsel.

As a Senior Legal Officer within the in-house legal team, you will provide high quality, accurate legal advice and support to the Authority across all operational areas.

To be successful, you will be able to demonstrate strong legal and analytical skills, excellent communication skills, and experience in law relevant to the organisation including statutory interpretation, administrative law, regulatory strategy, legislative drafting and commercial law or a capacity to develop an expertise in these areas.

Day to day, you will be responsible for:  
  • Providing high quality, timely and strategic legal advice and support on a range of routine and complex administrative law, statutory interpretation, compliance, FOI and commercial law issues relevant to the organisation.
  • Drafting and developing legislative instruments, operational guidance materials and regulatory documents and instruments.
  • Building and maintaining professional and effective working relationships at all levels within the organisation and external agencies, including external legal providers.
  • Contributing to the development of junior officers and/or the delivery of legal training to areas of the organisation in support of their legal needs.
  • Supporting the Legal and Compliance Programmes in achieving their, objectives and delivering on the strategies of the organisation’s Operational Plan.
Essential for these roles:
  1. Applicants must be admitted as a legal practitioner in the High Court or the Supreme Court of an Australian State or Territory and must hold, or be currently eligible to obtain, a supervised practising certificate issued by the NSW Law Society.
  2. Demonstrated ability to provide quality legal advice in a complex and sensitive environment with a strong focus on client service.
  3. Demonstrated ability to manage major projects and contribute to strategic direction while maintaining a client focus.
  4. Previous staff management experience.
  5. Strong people and negotiation skills, highly developed communication skills and the ability to work collegiately with a broad range of stakeholders from industry, government and the wider community
  6. Sound knowledge of and compliance with legislative frameworks, government decision-making and agency guidelines and regulations (or the ability to readily gain this knowledge), solve complex problems and manage complex issues for internal and external clients
  7. A high level of integrity and discretion and a willingness to abide by the APS Code of Conduct, combined with a demonstrated understanding of the principles and practices of WH&S, equity and diversity in the workplace
The Armidale region boasts spectacular waterfalls, gorges, world-heritage national parks, cool-climate vineyards and a fascinating and diverse cultural heritage.
The city offers a mix of quality education, retail and business opportunities as well as galleries, museums, fine food and wine.
This is a superior opportunity to blend professional life with lifestyle. 

Please Apply here or for a confidential discussion contact Margot McLay on 0475 065 822 or margot@eliasrecruitment.com
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Elias Recruitment

Suite 901
84 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Phone: 02 9555 5711

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Job Summary

Permanent / Full Time
NSW Other
Legal (Professional and Support)
Lawyer - Inhouse
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