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The VIT offers a supportive and inclusive working environment, plus an attractive remuneration package and flexible work options. Our team of diverse, high performing individuals are open, considerate, accountable and value each other and members of the teaching profession.

Every role within VIT provides for the safety and wellbeing of children; our work enables quality teaching and the best educational outcomes for young Victorians.

Current opportunities

Paralegal - Professional Conduct Branch

Do you have a strong administrative background? Do you have exceptional organisation skills and enjoy working in a motivated team? Do others respect your attention to detail and ability to problem solve?

If you fit this profile, then you could join the dynamic Professional Conduct Branch at the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). The Paralegal role offers an outstanding career opportunity for a professional who is passionate about using their administrative skills and expertise to support VIT in its regulation of Victorian teachers.

About you

As an experienced paralegal, you will have legal support experience, preferably within a regulatory environment and have a passion for child safety and wellbeing. You will be organised, resilient and flexible with a proven track record in offering legal support to solicitors.

In addition to this, as the successful candidate, you will have:

  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • High-level planning and prioritisation skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships.
  • Evidence of a legal services (or related) qualification.

About the role

Be part of a forward-thinking, risk based regulator where ideas and opinions are valued. This role will require you to:

  • Communicate effectively with complainants/notifiers while drawing on a good understanding of VIT's operating jurisdiction and current regulatory issues facing the teaching profession
  • Perform a wide range of administrative tasks associated with accurate file and record management including photocopying, data entry, compiling of hearing books and assembling briefs to counsel
  • Open complaint files and liaise with complainants via telephone and in writing
  • Manage incoming and outgoing telephone and email enquiries for the Professional Conduct Branch
  • Under supervision, prepare legal correspondence as required
  • Provide secretariat support for VIT's Professional Conduct Committee including preparing meeting agendas, data statistic reporting, summarising CEO reports, collating and uploading briefing papers to VIT's online file management system and taking meeting minutes as required
  • Assist the legal services team in managing disciplinary proceedings and litigation at the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal.  Regularly communicate with teachers about VIT decisions that impact the status of their registration
  • Identify and apply developments within professional regulation and the teaching profession to problem solving within the Professional Conduct Branch.
  • Establish and maintain a database of legal precedents for use by the Professional Conduct Branch
  • Maintain VIT business systems relating to the management of legal disciplinary matters and undertake associated reporting
  • Work collaboratively across VIT to contribute to the delivery of outcomes aligned with the Strategic Plan, model the Victorian public sector values and VIT behaviours, and contribute to a positive culture and working environment both within the Professional Conduct Branch and across VIT

Please note. Applicants should be aware that this role will involve the review of confronting material relating to children.

Please see the position description for more information.

How to apply

Your application needs to include the following:

  • A cover letter (no more than three pages addressing your claims against the Key Selection Criteria listed in the position description); and
  • A copy of your current resume.

To discuss this role further, please contact Ms Tracy Were, Senior Lawyer, Professional Conduct Branch, on (03) 8601 6132 or by email at tracy.were@vit.vic.edu.au

Applications Close: Midnight 28 July 2021.

Why work at VIT?

We pride ourselves on allowing our staff to grow to their full potential by offering new professional challenges and providing career growth opportunities.

We aim to be an employer of choice by building a healthy, positive and constructive culture. A positive culture supports staff to be successful in their roles and encourages collaboration and communication across the organisation.

We promote and encourage the Victorian Public Sector Employee’s Code of Conduct of responsiveness, integrity, impartiality, accountability, respect, leadership and human rights.

Objective

Our decisions are objective and based on merit. We assess each applicant’s skills, knowledge, attributes and qualifications objectively against the key selection criteria.

Fair, reasonable and equitable

We are fair, reasonable and equitable. We provide equal employment opportunities.

Privacy

We comply with our privacy obligations during the recruitment and selection process.

Recruitment process

The VIT’s recruitment process may include

  • interview(s)
  • psychometric, personality or suitability assessment
  • work sample of job knowledge assessment
  • reference checking
  • criminal record and employment suitability checks.

Preferred applicants are subject to pre-employment screening that may include

  • submitting to a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) that produces a satisfactory result
  • passing a Working with Children (WWC) assessment
  • verifying employment history
  • producing academic records and professional qualifications
  • evidencing residency status.

A successful applicant may also be required to complete a Conflict of Interest Declaration form, and may be subject to a probationary period.

Diversity and equal opportunity

The VIT is an inclusive organisation that promotes diversity and equal opportunity in employment. Should you require support or modification to the recruitment process please contact us.

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Personal information is kept secure and confidential and managed in accordance with our legal obligations including those in the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014, the Health Records Act 2001, and the Public Records Act 1973.

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