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Director, Commercial and Legislation Law Branch


Job title: Director, Commercial and Legislation Law Branch

Company: State Government of Victoria

Job description: About usThe Department of Education (the department) is responsible for delivering and regulating state-wide learning and development services to approximately one-third of all Victorians across the early childhood and school education sectors. The department is also one of Victoria’s biggest employers, with approximately 80,000 teaching staff and around 5,000 public service employees.The Legal Division provides highly valued legal services to support the delivery of the department’s strategic objectives, key reforms and to manage legal risk. In doing so, Legal Division provides direct, practical and strategic legal advice to portfolio ministers, the secretary, other senior staff and over 1,600 government schools, supporting approximately over 650,000 Victorian Government school students.About the role – Full time – 2 year fixed termWe are offering a rare and unique opportunity to join the executive team of the Department of Education’s premier in-house legal team, as the Director of the Commercial and Legislation Branch. We are seeking a recognised specialist with exceptional skills in construction and property law.In this pivotal role, you will collaborate with a co-Director to lead and manage the Commercial and Legislation Branch. Your primary responsibility will be to lead the property, construction, and commercial legal work for the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA). This role is also responsible for providing strategic input, oversight and advice on the procurement methodology adopted for consultancy, works and land assembly arrangements with a view to minimising risk across the VSBA building program. You will support the Executive Director in strategic, business, and Human Resources functions across the entire Division.Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide expert legal advice to Department senior management including the VSBA on major construction, property and commercial matters.
  • Share leadership and management responsibilities for the Commercial and Legislation Branch.
  • Support the Executive Director in strategic, business, and HR functions for the Division.

About You:

  • Recognised specialist in construction and property law.
  • Demonstrated excellence in managing complex legal matters.
  • Strategic thinker with a strong ability to provide oversight and risk mitigation.
  • Proven leadership and management skills within a legal context.

Why join us?

  • Be part of a passionate, high-performing team – Legal Division is proud to be a 2023 finalist of the Australian Law Awards ‘In-house team of the year’.
  • Meaningful work that is varied, satisfying and rewarding – As part of a career in the public sector you can help shape Victoria’s future, serve the community and follow your ambition. Visit

to find out more about careers in the public service and the available. * Flexible and hybrid working arrangements — Part time, flexible start and finish times, work from home to help manage your work and personal commitments.

  • Diversity and inclusion – As one of Victoria’s largest employers, the department is committed to creating an organisation that is inclusive and ensuring it has a workforce that represents the community it serves.
  • Values – The department has adopted the public sector values which are set out in the Code of Conduct for Victorian Public Sector Employees, which are Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. The department’s Values underpin how we interact with colleagues, students and families, members of the community, suppliers and government.
  • Employee assistance program — For emotional, mental and general psychological wellbeing and support

How to ApplyFor more information, please review the attached position description.Applicants are required to submit a CV and a cover letter (no more than 2 pages).For a confidential discussion regarding the role, please contact Lucy Guthrie, A/Executive Director, Legal Division, 03 7022 0925.Visit for guidelines and tips for applying for government positions.Applications close at 11.59pm on 29 July 2024Job detailsJob Reference: VG/DE/PES/20012385
Location: Melbourne – CBD
Work Type: Fixed term – full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPS STS
Salary Range: $177,488 – $241,387
Job Duration: till 25 July 2025
Date posted: 17-Jul-2024
Application Close Date: 29-Jul-2024
Attachments: (Word, 174KB)
Position DescriptionContact:Lucy Guthrie, A/Executive Director, Legal Division03 7022 0925

Expected salary: $177488 – 241387 per year

Location: Melbourne, VIC

Job date: Fri, 19 Jul 2024 02:11:34 GMT

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