Senior Lawyer, Workplace, Discrimination and Disputes Unit (x1 Ongoing- Full Time) About the role The WDD unit advises on and manages discrimination, human rights and employment law matters and other government litigation (eg FOI and privacy). The role supports the work of the WDD team to provide specialist, technical and strategic legal advice primarily on employment and discrimination matters and risk management in relation to schools and the corporate Department. This role encompass a wide range of matters including managing significant, sensitive and high profile litigation in Commissions, Courts and Tribunals and briefing external firms and at times directly briefing barristers. There is also the opportunity for advocacy and appearance work, including representing the Department in mediations and conciliations in the Fair Work Commission, Equal Opportunity Commissions and Department Boards. The successful candidate will have relevant capabilities to work across other units of the Legal Division if required and on general government law matters such as FOI, privacy, administrative law, Ombudsman complaints and other similar matters. About us The Department of Education and Training leads the delivery of education and development services to children, young people and adults both directly through government schools and indirectly through the regulation and funding of early childhood services, non-government schools and training programs. The Legal Division is located within People and Executive Services and provides highly valued legal services across the Department’s portfolios which include early childhood, schools, higher education, and training and skills. The Legal Division consists of: the Workplace and Education Law (WEL) branch; and the Commercial and Legislation (CAL) branch. The WDD unit falls within the WEL branch of the Legal Division and advises on and manages discrimination, human rights and employment law matters and other government litigation (eg FOI and privacy). How to apply Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter, current resume and separate written document addressing each of the 5 key selection criteria outlined in the position description. For more details regarding this position please see attached position descriptions. Department of Education and Training is committed to diversity. The Department places considerable effort and resources into responding to the needs of staff with a disability. People from disadvantaged groups are encouraged to apply for this position. If you require assistance, with the recruitment process, have accessibility or adjustment requirements, please communicate with the contact person listed on this job advertisement or contact the People Division via email: vps.hr.servicesedumail.vic.gov.au Information about the Department of Education and Training’s operations and employment conditions can be obtained from the following websites: www.education.vic.gov.au and http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx. Applications close 25 FEB 2021