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Lead Legal and Industrial Officer - Federal Office

Organisation Name Professionals Australia
Location Melbourne
Date Posted 2023-05-18
Job Type Full-Time
Job Number 1064540
  • Highly regarded membership advocacy organisation for professional workers
  • Provide technical & leadership support in the workplace advice and support team
  • Attractive salary package + 35-hour week + Flexible working hours + RDO


The Organisation

Professionals Australia is a contemporary and innovative union, representing the industrial and professional interests of a range of employees including engineers, scientists, pharmacists, managers, IT specialists, translators and interpreters, and architects. PA provides industrial representation, workplace advice and support, professional development and accreditation programs, and advocates on issues that impact employment opportunities and outcomes for their members. PA’s mission is to support members to achieve personal and professional goals and secure better workplace outcomes by applying collective influence and providing tailored solutions.

Benefits & Culture
  • Attractive leave entitlements + 12 accrued rostered days off per year
  • Generous parental leave provisions + work from home options
  • Collegial, supportive and work life balance friendly environment
  • Access to professional development opportunities

The Role
Reporting to the principal legal officer, this role sits within the workplace advice and support team, advocating for both members’ employment rights and entitlements whilst providing advice and representation for their individual employment issues.  You will collaboratively support the Principal Legal Officer to provide supervision, leadership and technical guidance to the team.
Additionally you will:
  • Provide representation and advocacy on behalf of members before industrial tribunals
  • Work in collaboration with organisers to provide information and advice
  • Assist with enterprise agreement interpretation and negotiation
  • Provide mentorship support to junior employees in the team
  • Potentially on occasion act in the principal lawyer role

Skills Required
You have in depth working knowledge and significant experience of contemporary employment issues with proven ability to deliver results for union members. You offer a demonstrated experience interpreting and applying legislation, industrial instruments and case law to specific matters. Previous experience in representation and advocacy before industrial tribunals and primarily the Federal Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court is required. 
Additionally, you bring:
  • Legal qualifications with eligibility to hold an unrestricted practicing certificate
  • Experience in advocacy, negotiation, mediation, advisory and litigation
  • Influential leadership and management expertise
  • Well-developed research and technical skills
  • A commitment to union values

If you are passionate and driven with a desire to advocate and provide a voice for members, please send a cover letter addressing the essential key skills required and resume or call Gemma Schade on 03 03 8080 8978 to discuss your interest in the role.

Please note there is no formal closing date for this role, if you are interested we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

NGO Recruitment values equitable recruitment practices and is committed to representing candidates reflective of the diverse organisations and communities we work with. We welcome and encourage applications from all backgrounds, ages, and identities, and are happy to adjust our recruitment process to support accessibility needs. If you are interested in this position and have most of the skills or experience we are looking for, please go ahead and apply.

Please be advised you can upload two attachments, including your resume and covering letter when submitting your application.