Job Title : Principal Legal Officer – Litigation Job Grade / Classification : Environmental Officer Class 13 Employment Type : Temporary up to 24 months with potential for extension Location : Parramatta / CBD (satellite office) / Flexible work arrangements available Environment Protection Authority – Principal Legal Officer • Conduct litigation and provide expert legal advice regarding environmental regulatory laws. • Engage with key internal and external stakeholders. • Work in a strong team of expert lawyers. About the Environment Protection Authority The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is the State‘s primary environmental regulator. The EPA works to protect the community and the environment as a leader, partner and protector. With a vision for New South Wales to have a healthy environment, healthy community and healthy business, the EPA believes healthy ecosystems are the foundation for healthy communities, a healthy economy and for enhancing liveability. The EPA leads in protecting the air, waterways and land to ensure a healthy community for the future; works with communities, government and business to reduce impacts on the environment; and holds people and organisations to account through licensing, monitoring, regulation and enforcement. For more information on the work we do at the EPA, go to www.epa.nsw.gov.au/your-environment About the role and the team The EPA’s Litigation Team is a high performing group of specialist in-house lawyers who prosecute and defend EPA cases in Court and who provide legal advice to the EPA across all areas of its work. The Team has a role available at the Principal Legal Officer (Environment Officer Class 13) level. Reporting to the EPA’s Director of Litigation, you will prepare and conduct litigation for the EPA to enforce environmental laws, support the development and administration of environmental legislation and provide advice, training and education to EPA staff. You will also supervise a team of lawyers working on important environmental issues and conducting litigation for the EPA. A talent pool from this process may be used to fill additional roles at the same level within the next 18 months. Key accountabilities The key accountabilities relevant to the role include but are not limited to: • Manage, supervise, prepare and conduct complex, controversial and/or politically sensitive prosecutions and civil litigation for and on behalf of the EPA, and represent the EPA in inquests and inquiries. Defend the EPA’s administration of environmental laws to maximise positive outcomes for the EPA and the Minister. • Contribute to the development of strategic plans and programs that are commensurate with government and corporate strategies and priorities. • Plan, set and monitor priorities on a task and project basis, to address emerging issues within its ambit, and ensure staffs achieve defined outcomes and operational and strategic aims. • Assist with the performance management and development staff so that all resources are matched to program priorities and the capacity for proactivity is maintained at optimum level. • Brief the Environmental Counsel and barristers representing the EPA and maximise the environmental and strategic outcomes of litigation whilst minimising the risk of cost orders against the EPA. • Provide independent legal and policy advice to key internal and external stakeholders on complex litigation issues to ensure the effective resolution of legal issues. • Develop and conduct legal and investigative education seminars and training programs to promote and achieve environmental compliance through successful civil and criminal law enforcement. To be successful, you will be a senior lawyer with strong litigation experience. In addition, you will ideally have: knowledge of the legislation administered by the EPA and legislation relating to criminal and civil enforcement; knowledge of environmental principles and practices; and exposure to the complexity of the environmental debate. You will have strong attention to detail and excellent organisational and stakeholder management skills and experience in the provision of complex legal advice at a senior level. You must be admitted or immediately eligible to hold a practising certificate in NSW. Essential Requirements • Admitted or immediately eligible to hold a practising certificate in NSW. • Considerable experience and well developed skills in conducting high level litigation. • Extensive knowledge of the legislation administered by the EPA and of criminal and civil enforcement of those laws within NSW. • Knowledge of environmental principles and practices and exposure to the complexity of the environmental debate. • Experience in the provision of complex legal advice at a senior level. Please read the following documents prior to preparing your application • Role Description. • Application Guide. • Applying for a role in the NSW Public Sector . Job Notes A Recruitment Pool may be established for future roles with similar focus capabilities. The Recruitment Pool may be available to hiring managers across NSW Public Sector agencies over a 18-month period. To Apply • Click the APPLY button at the end of this advertisement. • Provide your personal information as prompted. • Attach your resume that sets out your education, work history and other facts about yourself that relate to the role (maximum of 4 pages). • Attach a cover letter that is relevant to the role. Our commitment to diversity and flexibility The EPA strives to be an inclusive workplace for all people. We recognise that we operate in a diverse community and welcome and encourage applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ community, veterans, refugees and those with disability. We understand that flexibility means different things to different people and are committed to offering flexible work arrangements where and when possible. Applications Close: Sunday 7 February 2021 at 11:59pm Should you require further information about the role or additional information prior to making an application please contact Caterina Giglio – caterina.giglioepa.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 9995 6187. Thank you for your interest in this position. We look forward to receiving your application.