About the role:
Victoria Police’ Mission is to provide a safe, secure and orderly society by serving the community and the law.
Victoria Police achieves this by:
- Preserving the peace.
- Protecting life and property.
- Preventing offences.
- Detecting and apprehending offenders.
- Helping those in need of assistance.
The delivery of frontline (operational) policing services is supported by a range of organisational Departments and Commands. The Legal Services Department provides expertise across a range of diverse, often complex, legal issues for and on behalf of the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police.
As its name suggests, the Legal and Prosecutions Specialist Branch (L&PSB) forms a key role in the delivery of specialist prosecutions on behalf of the Chief (Legal) Counsel to the Chief Commissioner. The establishment of the L&PSB has provided an opportunity for the establishment of dedicated In-House Counsel, driving the recruitment of experienced Senior Advocates who act for Victoria Police in the higher courts and in matters of complexity in relevant Tribunals, Magistrate’s and Children’s Courts.
The commitment to increasing organisational standards and expertise in legal advocacy and legislative performance is aligned with (and compliments) the Victoria Police Capability Framework.
Reporting to the Superintendent L&PSB, the Principal Advocate will be part of the Senior Advocacy Team responsible for prosecuting matters on behalf of Victoria Police and for coaching/mentoring junior Government Lawyers in advocacy skills. There will be significant focus on advocacy in the higher courts with the need for expertise in prosecuting family violence matters and complex matters in the lower courts as required. The successful applicant will actively engage with internal and external stakeholders from across the legal environment, government agencies, the courts and the community - including victims of crime.
The Principal Advocate will demonstrate effective leadership and self-management of performance and workload, as well as supporting the development of junior lawyers (Victorian Public Servants (VPS) VPSG-2 – VPSG-5). The role will also include portfolio management responsibilities, as directed by the Superintendent LPSB.
Victoria Police is a contemporary and agile workplace and support flexible working arrangements.
Your duties will include:
- The delivery of the highest standards of advocacy on behalf of Victoria Police.
- Building and promoting the integrity of Victoria Police Legal Services.
- Appearing for Victoria Police in the higher courts and relevant tribunals.
- Prosecuting on behalf of Victoria Police in matters of complexity in the Magistrate’s and Children’s Court jurisdictions as required.
- Self-management of case load and service delivery requirements.
- Building and maintaining sound relationships with stakeholders and partners.
- Mentoring and coaching of junior lawyers.
As the successful applicant, you will have:
- Extensive knowledge of relevant legislation and experience in the prosecution of complex and sensitive court cases.
- A demonstrated history of providing advocacy in the higher court jurisdictions.
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
- Sound leadership and decision-making skills.
- Strong people skills – including high levels of emotional intelligence and self-awareness.
Requirements and relevant information:
To be eligible for consideration you must:
- Be admitted to practice as an Australian Lawyer.
- Possess a current Australian Practising Certificate which authorises the holder to supervise legal practice by others.
- The position will be located at the 456 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000.
- The successful applicant may be required to undergo National Security Vetting, achieve and maintain a security classification as determined by the Department Head. To achieve this, applicants must be an Australian Citizen.
- The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include fingerprint checks and misconduct screening.
- As a member of the Legal Services Department you will be located, on selection, at a specific office within a Division for a particular advertised opportunity. However, given occasional legal service demand issues you may be required at times to undertake varied work within the Department. This supports the Departments commitment to a flexible and deployable legal workforce and professional development opportunities in a range of legal domains.
Your application must include:
- Completed application form - attached to the job advertisement.
Applications close midnight, Monday 5 October 2020.
Please Note: All applications will need to be submitted through one of the following platforms; the Victorian Government careers website (Careers.vic), Job Skills Exchange (JSE) website or Seek.
Applications will not be accepted via other platforms or email.
For further information on this role please contact: Stephen Payne (Managing Principal Advocate) on (03) 8628 3635 or via email Stephen.x.Payne@police.vic.gov.au.
If you have a disability/medical condition and require a copy of this advertisement and attached documentation in an accessible format or would like to discuss an access requirements/reasonable adjustment for the recruitment process, please contact VPS Recruitment via email VPSRECRUITMENT@police.vic.gov.au or on (03) 8335 8081.
Victoria Police is a large organisation employing police, public servants and protective services officers. Victoria Police provides support to the community 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
At Victoria Police our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve. We continually seek to attract and retain a diverse workforce which includes people of all genders, ages, religions, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities and cultures including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage.
Find out what it is like working as a Victorian Public Servant for Victoria Police: https://www.police.vic.gov.au/vps