"> Current Vacancies: Legal Counsel Officer - First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria

Current Vacancies: Legal Counsel Officer

Legal Counsel Officer

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply for this role.

The Assembly

The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria (the Assembly) is the voice of Aboriginal people in Victoria in the next stage of the Treaty process. It is made up of Victorian Traditional Owners, elected by Aboriginal communities, for Aboriginal communities, to advance our rights, interests and benefits.

Our mandate is to work with the State to establish Treaty processes that recognise our sovereignty as the First Peoples of Victoria, support self-determination, and realise our human rights, to make Victoria stronger for everyone.

Walk with us and make history!

The Role

This role will work to support the Assembly negotiation teams and be responsible for interpreting policy, regulations and legislation which will inform both internal and external Assembly communications.

The role will also assisting with the development of complex and innovative negotiation strategy and policy, including in a cross-cultural context. Working with the CEO, and in collaboration with the Co-Chairs, Committee Chairs and stakeholders you will assist in the development of advice and support in advocating and advising on Treaty and other related matters.

You would also assist in managing the provision of strategic and high-quality legal advice on Assembly business, negotiations, comprehensive reports, briefings, complex correspondence and submissions on Assembly policy and operational issues.

Your previous experience and skill set includes:

  • Technical Skills: Strength in strategy development, law and legal advice, negotiation and alternative dispute resolution, constitutional, international and comparative legal systems.
  • Written Communication: Prepare project briefs, reports, service plans, and policy options and recommendations on complex issues which are clear, exhaustive, and provide strong support for a preferred position or action.
  • Influence and Negotiation: Uses leadership and expertise to effectively address stakeholder issues, influencing others to identify opportunities and broker long-lasting solutions.
  • Problem Solving: Develops and evaluates solutions with consideration for likely business impacts, developing contingency plans and ensuring stakeholders are actively engaged in the problem-solving process.
  • Project Management: Develops and manages key projects, liaising with team members, anticipating and addressing issues, negotiating key elements with stakeholders to ensure project objectives are achieved.
  • Initiative and Accountability: Takes responsibility for actions and proactively implements work plan and addresses issues.
  • Flexibility: Adapts approaches and work to changes in the environment and effectively meets new challenges, remains focused when faced with competing demands, is comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty and learns quickly.
  • Detail focus: Undertakes finely detailed work in a precise and accurate manner.
  • Qualifications: Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Laws, Juris Doctor or equivalent legal qualification conferred by a university in a common law jurisdiction. Applicants must be admitted to practice as an Australian lawyer or eligible to hold a Victorian practising certificate.

Legal Counsel Officer – First Peoples’ Assembly PDF

Apply now

Join an environment immersed in Aboriginal culture and get to work with communities across Victoria.

Apply now by submitting your CV and a cover letter outlining your qualifications and suitability to people@firstpeoplesvic.org

Applications close COB Monday 5 October