The Chief Legal Officer leads a team of lawyers and other staff in providing a range of legal services to support the functions of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission including areas of law such as administrative law, regulatory compliance, employment law, commercial law and corporate governance. The Chief Legal Officer is the designated Privacy Champion for the Commission. The Chief Legal Officer leads a team of approximately six lawyers and four policy and administrative staff.• Provide and manage a broad range of legal services including the provision of comprehensive legal advice and strategic policy direction on a range of issues pertaining to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, including statutory regulation, administrative law, employment law, commercial law and corporate governance.• Provide leadership, supervision and mentoring to support the development and retention of senior and junior lawyers within the unit.• Develop and implement strategically aligned legal frameworks, processes, systems, policy and guidelines that meet the needs of the Section and the Commission.• Assist and respond to the impact of changes in legislation and changes in the Commission’s operating environment to manage risk and support the effective regulatory operations.• Support the Executive in managing risk by advising on measures to monitor the Commission’s compliance with requirements relating to the use of statutory powers.• Draft a wide range of contracts, briefs and other documentation for significant and complex legal transactions.• Instruct external legal providers where appropriate, including in relation to hearings or inquiries on behalf of the Commission.• Support the legal work associated with the Commission’s participation in external processes such as hearings and inquiries.• Provide input on legal matters relating to the regulation of specific Commonwealth funded aged care services.• Coordinate the Commission’s response to freedom of information inquiries in accordance with legislative requirements.• Represent the interests of the Commission with relevant stakeholders including other Australian Government, State and Territory representatives as well as the private sector as necessary.• Provide strategic advice, problem solving and issues management in relation to complex and potentially controversial matters for the Chief Operating Officer and the Commission.• Prioritise and allocate resources to manage the Legal team and deliver value for the Commission.• Assist with the management of critical and sensitive issues to deliver consistent strategic and quality messaging in line with current policies and objectives.• Provide leadership, direction and support to staff working in a fast-paced, high workload environment during a period of change.• Provide leadership on broader strategic privacy issues and promote a culture of privacy within the Commission that values and protects personal information.• Provide leadership in relation to the Commission’s privacy management plan, progress against the privacy management plan.• Provide regular reports to the Commission’s executive regarding any privacy issues arising from the Commission’s handling of personal information.Skills and capabilities• Highly developed leadership and management skills, including the ability to lead a team in a dynamic environment and foster a positive and supportive team culture.• Demonstrated ability to provide high quality legal services across the range of legal issues relevant to the Commission particularly in relation to aged care, regulatory compliance and associated litigation support.• Demonstrated legal research, analytical and problem-solving skills.• Demonstrated high standard of oral and written communication and client liaison skills.• Demonstrated ability to effectively manage interpersonal relationships with respect and communicate with influence with internal and external stakeholders;• Demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, work effectively under pressure and work effectively in a team environment as well as to work collaboratively with other legal staff in the Commission.• Capacity to work in a busy environment, working with competing priorities and ability to effectively manage and prioritise workload among a team to deliver agreed outcomes.Note: All EL2 employees are expected to meet the EL2 level capabilities outlined in the APS Integrated Leadership System and it is recommended that applicants familiarise themselves with the behavioural expectations outlined in this framework to support preparation of an application. Essential requirementsTertiary legal qualifications with a strong academic recordAdmission as a legal practitioner in an Australian Court with a minimum 8 years’ relevant post-admission experienceEligibility to hold an unrestricted Government practising certificateEligibility for baseline level security clearanceDesirable requirements Experience working in governmentUnderstanding of the Commission’s role as a regulatorOnly candidates who hold Australian citizenship can apply. Appointment is conditional on successfully completing a national police check.Your application will be assessed on your ability to demonstrate that you possess or have the potential to quickly acquire, the required skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications to perform the role as outlined above. You will be required to provide a response against the 2 targeted questions below (maximum 400 words per question):Q1- Provide an example of how you have managed organisational legal risks, advocated persuasively, and provided strategic advice on broader regulatory, administrative, commercial and information law matters.Q2– Provide an example of where you have provided leadership, supervision, mentoring and support to a team in a dynamic environment and fostered a positive and supportive team culture.
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