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Legal Officer, Governance, Legal And Performance, Administra...

Queensland University of Technology - Brisbane City, QLD

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Source: uWorkin

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Legal Officer is responsible for providing
in-house legal advice to officers of the
University, including the Vice-Chancellor,
University Registrar and other members of the
senior executive, on a wide range of general
legal issues, which may include commercial
contracts on matters such as procurement, IT
services, property transactions, together with
other matters such as employment,
discrimination and student issues.

The Legal Officer is expected to serve the best
interests of the University but is also to comply
with the standards of conduct required for
members of the legal profession.

This position reports to the Legal Manager for
supervision, workload management and for
Performance Planning and Review (PPR).

Key responsibilities include:

Providing QUT staff (including senior
officers where necessary) with practical
legal advice on:
o legal risks and liabilities relating to

commercial transactions, legislative
compliance, individual disputes,
discrimination and student issues;

o contractual issues;
o insurance issues, in particular, on

management and settlement of claims
under QUT’s insurance policies;

o dispute resolution in relation to general
commercial disputes.


precedent legal documents, including
precedents to be shared with the lawyers
in the Division of Research and Innovation.

Researching complex legal issues
affecting QUT, such as statutory
obligations imposed under legislation,
contractual and common law issues.

Dealing with applications under the Right
to Information and Information Privacy
Acts as required.

Advising on matters where QUT is or may
become a party to or involved in legal
proceedings. This duty includes:
o Advising QUT on its exposure to liability

as a result of QUT being a party to legal
proceedings, including the risk of
pecuniary loss, statutory fines or
convictions;

o Instructing QUT’s external legal
providers in respect of mediation, court
proceedings or arbitration, where
applicable;

o Responding, in conjunction with
relevant business areas, to notices of
non-party disclosure, subpoenas,
warrants or similar served on QUT.

Providing practical advice to QUT on its
compliance with legal obligations and
policy requirements including competition
and consumer/trade practices issues, and
administrative law.

Educating and providing written material to
QUT staff on legal and related issues,
including presentations, training
workshops, etc.

Implementing best practice and continuous
improvement processes in the
management of legal issues by the
University and to ensure that external legal
firms meet QUT’s service standards.

Compliance with health and safety
policies, procedures, hazard reporting and
safe work practices.


To ensure job flexibility the successful
appointee may be required to:

perform any other duties as nominated by
the University consistent with the relevant
classification descriptors detailed in the
Enterprise Agreement. Staff undertaking
any new duties will receive training;

participate in job rotation or multiskilling in
consultation with their supervisor;

work across campuses

Type of appointment

This appointment will be offered on an
ongoing, full-time basis.

Location

Kelvin Grove campus.


Selection Criteria

1. Education, training and/or experience
equivalent to a degree in Law, and
admission as a Legal practitioner in the
State of Queensland with an unrestricted
practising certificate.

2. Demonstrated ability to draft a wide variety
of legal documents, with particular
emphasis on drafting of contracts and
agreements in a plain English drafting style.

3. Demonstrated ability to provide practical
advice on a variety of legal matters, and
demonstrated ability to handle and resolve
complex legal issues.

4. Demonstrated interpersonal and
negotiation skills to effectively
communicate and liaise with clients within
the University at all levels.

5. Demonstrated written communication skills,
including the ability to communicate
practical legal advices to a diverse range of
clients across the University.

6. Demonstrated ability to work independently
and prioritise tasks to manage competing
deadlines and meet timeframes required for
advices and agreements, with the proven
ability to manage a high volume of work
with broad direction and minimal
supervision only.

7. Demonstrated attention to detail with a high
degree of accuracy with minimal
supervision.


Remuneration and Benefits

The classification for this position is Higher
Education Worker Level 9 (HEW9) which has
an annual remuneration range of $133,814 to
$140,187 pa. Which is inclusive of an annual
salary range of $114,040 to $119,470 pa and
17% superannuation.

In July 2020 QUT staff voted in favour of a
variation to its Enterprise Agreements. The
variations were approved by the Fair Work
Commission in August 2020.

The variation impacts leave loading (for new
staff no loading will be paid or accrued during
the period the variation is in effect), salary
increases (the salary increase which was due
to occur in the first full pay period of December
2020 has been deferred until the first full pay
period of December 2021) and superannuation


(superannuation will be paid to staff as though
the salary increase which would have been
paid in December 2020 has taken effect and,
subject to the rules of the superannuation fund,
a defined benefit member will continue to make
contributions in alignment with the contributions
made by the University). A link to the variation
is here.

Beyond personal and professional fulfilment, a
career at QUT brings a broad range of tangible
benefits. With competitive remuneration
including superannuation, the University offers
real and generous benefits.

QUT is a high quality and flexible organisation
that is proud of its excellent employment
conditions which include but are not limited to:

Reduced working year scheme

Parental leave provisions

Study support encompassing leave and
financial assistance

Comprehensive professional development

Salary Packaging

Further benefits can be found at the Working at
QUT page.