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Principal Legal Officer - Cairns

Elias Recruitment

The Client

Our client is a voice for the Aboriginal communities Far North Queensland - focusing extensively on achieving meaningful outcomes for Native Title owners and claimants.

A rare opportunity has emerged to head up the Native Title Unit (NTU) legal function as a Principal Legal Officer.

The role

This role is ideal for a senior legal practitioner with a strong desire to work with the local Aboriginal community with a familiarity surrounding relevant Native Title legislation, case law and Future Acts negotiations.

The role will involve the following:

  • Assist in the development of overall policies and procedures of the organisation;
  • Provide relevant reporting to each council board meeting on associated NTU matters;
  • Manage overall operations of the NTU to achieve stated operational objectives within budget;
  • Mentoring of the other legal and community participants to ensure effective outcomes;
  • Establish and maintain appropriate systems to ensure applicable legal deadlines are met to a high professional standard;
  • Liaise with relevant external stakeholders to provide strategic advice to native title claimant groups;
  • Develop and maintain a good understanding of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth), relevant legislation, regulation, and case law to enable the provision of effective legal advice.

The Candidate

  • A capacity to manage and execute leadership to an in-house legal team;
  • Significant relevant post-admission legal experience;
  • Ability to handle complex legal matters;
  • Advanced written and oral communication skills;
  • Understanding of the cultural, social, economic and political issues that affect the associated Indigenous people;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the Aboriginal community;
  • Strong negotiating skills.

next steps

To submit your application, click Apply Now,

If you have any questions, please call Rachel on 0439 936 199 or rachel@eliasercruitment.com, using the subject line: Principal Legal Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs. 

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