When you join the Department of Justice, you become part of a people-focussed organisation working hard to make our community a fairer and safer place to live.
The State Solicitor's Office is the longest standing legal office in Perth having been established 1838. Today the Office is highly regarded as a leading legal service provider offering a broad range of legal services to the West Australian State Government and Ministers, and to over 120 client departments, instrumentalities and statutory corporations.
Centrally located in the Perth CBD, the State Solicitor's Office has a staff contingent of approximately 246, including 155 lawyers, 10 law graduates, 3 professional assistants and 78 administrative, research, paralegal and support staff.
About the role
The State Solicitor's Office has an outstanding opportunity for an experienced senior lawyer to fill a vacancy within our senior executive legal team.
The appointee to this position will be responsible for providing high level legal advice on matters involving the State and its instrumentalities. The Adviser will support the Deputy State Solicitor in providing leadership to the Advice, Policy and Public Law (APPL) practice team, and undertake a key leadership role within the Office as a member of the Senior Executive Legal Team.
An attractive remuneration package will be offered including salary, superannuation and private use of a motor vehicle (or notional value), with the salary to be determined by the WA Salaries and Allowances Tribunal (www.sat.wa.gov.au).
This position is being offered on a five (5) year contractual basis. Options for renewal exist subject to satisfactory performance.
This position is available on either a full time or part time (minimum 0.8 FTE) basis.
We are seeking to appoint a senior advisings lawyer - an accomplished and successful member of the profession. Whilst very high ethical standards, personal integrity and honesty are assumed in the role, the successful candidate will also possess outstanding skills necessary to develop and maintain effective relationships with Government Ministers, Chief Executive Officers, Executive Directors and other public servants at all levels.
Significant intellectual and conceptual ability is essential to enable success in situations with high levels of complexity and conflicting priorities.
All employees are required to undergo employment screening, which includes a National Criminal History Check and other checks that may be relevant to the position requirements.
How to apply
Please ensure you review the attached position information package and JDF for further information about the work-related requirements of the position. This information will assist you with the preparation of your application.
We require you to submit:
- A covering letter;
- A current comprehensive CV including the contact details of at least two (2) recent professional referees;
- Copies of formal qualifications of proof of admission to practice;
- A statement of no more than five (5) pages outlining:
a) How you would approach the role of Adviser, Advice Policy and Public Law (APPL).
b) What you have achieved in your legal career that will demonstrate an ability to effectively fulfill the role of Adviser (citing specific and verifiable examples).
c) How you would judge your success in the role.
Please ensure you allow sufficient time to submit your application, as late applications will not be accepted.
To submit your application click the “Apply for Job” button at the bottom of this page. Emailed applications will not be accepted.
If required we may choose to supplement the field of applications by conducting a Candidate Search.
Equity and Diversity
The Department of Justice is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to growing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce as a part of EEO Management Plan and its Aboriginal Workforce Development Strategy. We embrace diversity and encourage applications from a diverse field, people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, young people and people with disability including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Applicants found suitable but not recommended for this vacancy, may be considered for subsequent similar vacancies in the Department of Justice in accordance with Part 5 (General Appointment) of the Commissioner's Instructions: Filling a Public Sector Vacancy.
If you would like further information on this opportunity please contact Nicholas Egan, State Solicitor on 9264 1871 for a confidential discussion. If you would like information on how to apply, please contact Keith Whitehouse, General Manager on 9264 1897.