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In-House Lawyer (9 Month Fixed Term Contract)

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Work type: Fixed Term (Full Time)
Location: NSW
Categories: Legal

  • Join our leading NFP organisation and provide legal advice across the country
  • Generalist Sydney CBD opportunity - 9 month maternity leave contract
  • Make a meaningful difference to the lives of Australians in need

About Mission Australia

Mission Australia is a non-denominational Christian charity that has been helping vulnerable Australians move towards independence for more than 155 years.

Every day we support people nationwide by combating homelessness, assisting disadvantaged families and children, addressing mental health issues, fighting substance dependencies and much more.

We're generously supported by our funders, partners and tens of thousands of everyday Australians, who make the work of our tireless volunteers and staff possible.

Your Opportunity

We are seeking a motivated, generalist In-House Lawyer with experience in the areas of commercial, litigation, employment, intellectual property and privacy law to join us on a 9 month fixed term contract to cover a maternity leave.  

Reporting to the Head of Legal, Service Delivery, you will provide generalist legal advice to our geographically dispersed not-for-profit organisation.  The role will including provide advice on FOI applications/subpoenas, drafting/reviewing and negotiating MOUs, service agreements and funding agreements, intellectual property considerations, privacy issues, government contracts, tender processes and general advice work.

At Mission Australia, no two days are the same, so a customer-centric approach, self-motivation, flexibility and excellent legal and communication skills will see you thrive in this fast-moving, ever-changing matrixed environment.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Provide quality and cost-effective advice on a range of generalist legal matters and accurately disclose areas of risk and compliance in a timely manner
  • Review, draft, negotiate and analyse a variety of contracts, court documents, license agreements, strategic alliances, development agreements, tender opportunities and projects
  • Assist with litigation, disputes and potential claims e.g. historical claims, escalated or high profile client complaints, employment law matters, contract disputes and investigations
  • Maintain all records, databases and filing systems to ensure tracking, reporting and document management processes are efficient and effective
  • Develop and maintain strong, consultative working relationships with key stakeholders
  • Work with minimal supervision and collaboratively in a collegial team environment
  • Assist in inducting and training and supporting new and existing members including interns

Requirements for Success

  • A current practicing certificate
  • Generalist experience with an emphasis on commercial, employment, litigation, intellectual property and privacy law.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to engage and influence stakeholders across all levels of the organisation
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team environment
  • Good commercial acumen and adherence to company policies and risk tolerance
  • A compassionate, hardworking, proactive and results-oriented attitude and work ethic
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills and organisational awareness
  • A background in the not-for-profit and/or public sector is ideal

Culture & Benefits

A career with Mission Australia will offer you rewarding experiences to make a difference to the lives of Australians in need. We have an innovative and supportive culture guided by our values of compassion, integrity, respect, perseverance and celebration.

To ensure our employees feel valued, empowered and celebrated we provide a range of employee benefits including:

  • Salary packaging of $15,900 in tax-free pay per year (details via Advantage)
  • Discounted childcare rates with participating centers
  • Generous discounts with hotels, travel insurance and major retailers
  • Free, confidential counselling services via our EAP
  • Flexible work arrangements and volunteering opportunities
  • Discounted health care with Medibank Private

Diversity & Inclusion

Mission Australia is an inclusive employer. We celebrate our diversity and strive to reflect contemporary Australian society and all the communities in which we work, in order to better serve our clients. We welcome and encourage applications from Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people, People with Disability, Sexually and Gender Diverse people, people with lived experience of adversity and from people of all ages.

Next Steps

To be considered for this opportunity, please click ‘apply’ and send your cover letter and resume today.

For more information, feel free to view the Job Description via  Position Description - In-House Counsel.pdf

As part of our Employment screening process you will be required to undertake a National Criminal History Check if you haven’t completed one in the last 12 months.

Applications close midnight, Thursday 20th December 2018.


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