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Legal Counsel - ISMAPNG, Alphington,VIC

Use your strong legal knowledge and be part of a small close-knit team. Great opportunity for an exp’d Legal Counsel to work 2 full days per week.

The Organisation:

The Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG) is a Religious Institute of Catholic women who advance the reign of God by engaging in the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. As women of mercy inspired by the gospel and their foundress, Catherine McAuley, their mission is to live hospitality, compassion and justice.

The Role:

We have an opportunity for an knowledgeable Legal Counsel to work on a part-time basis, 2 days per week, for ISMAPNG located in Alphington. You will use your sound Legal experience and your professional approach to become an integral part of a team that values working effectively and in harmony together.

Reporting to General Counsel and being a member of the Standards and Legal team, the Legal Counsel provides legal advice which is tailored to the particular needs of the Institute. Being part of a small and supportive team, the role is varied - no two days are the same! Managing outsourced civil litigation, management of a small number of direct claims and a stream of general law matters are the core responsibilities of the position.

Other areas of responsibility will include the management of claims received by the Institute from a number of different pathways – these may be:

  • Civil claims
  • Redress claims brought under the National Redress Scheme
  • Litigation and court-related procedures
  • Alternative dispute resolution procedures

In addition, you will be required to make recommendations on case management and oversee the resolution of claims, manage all documents and record keeping in an integrated, end-to-end process, handle post settlement transactions, attend mediations in relation to civil claims and assist the General Counsel with budget preparation and forecasting.

To be successful in this role, we are looking for someone who has:

  • A tertiary qualification in law
  • Strong attention to detail and highly developed organisational skills
  • A sound understanding of civil litigation
  • Outstanding communication skills both verbal and written, and the ability to tailor communication to the audience intended
  • Self-motivation and initiative to recommend alternative methods of practice
  • Demonstrated commitment to confidentiality and discretion in handling sensitive information
  • Personal resilience and the ability to work autonomously and manage competing priorities

This position is a 12 month maximum term contract (with potential for extension), working 2 full days per week (15 hours). An attractive salary is on offer commensurate with the role.

The Process:

If you believe you are the right person for this role, please email your cover letter and resume to [email protected] for consideration, or you can contact Vivian Meloni from Complete Recruitment Matters on 0438 001 840 for a confidential discussion

ISMAPNG is committed to creating a culture of safety and respect for all, including prioritising the safety and best interests of all children and vulnerable adults with whom we have contact.

All staff are expected to take all reasonable steps to ensure the protection of children and vulnerable adults and to comply with our safeguarding policies and procedures, including responding to and reporting all suspicions and allegations of abuse.

The institute has a zero tolerance for all forms of abuse and the safety and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults involved in the Institute’s activities, ministries and services if of the highest priority. The role of the Legal Counsel is to promote a culture of safeguarding within the Institute and reduce the risks of abuse and harm.

The successful candidate will also be subject to a clear national criminal history/police check.

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