Overview

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Managing Solicitor, Dubbo

 

Prosecution Officer (Lawyer) Level 4

Full-time position

12 months temporary contract, with the possibility of extension or ongoing appointment

The ODPP is looking for a new Managing Solicitor for our Dubbo office. This presents an exciting opportunity for experienced criminal lawyers with strong legal skills, excellent people skills, and leadership capabilities to take the next step in their career.

   

Managing Solicitors at the ODPP are required to lead, coordinate and manage the operations including the objectives of the recent Early Appropriate Guilty Plea reforms and resources of their legal group/office to ensure effective delivery of criminal prosecution services to courts in NSW.

 

The Dubbo Office has approximately 30 staff. It is primarily responsible for the running of criminal prosecutions in the Local and District courts in Dubbo and circuit courts in western NSW on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions. The office has one Managing Solicitor who is responsible for work allocation,  briefing decisions, legal oversight of matters including regular report-writing and also for the management of staff (other than Crown Prosecutors). The Managing Solicitor reports to the Deputy Solicitor (Southern Division) who is based in Sydney. The role is a demanding one which requires excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to lead the office and direct and mentor staff. The successful candidate must possess in-depth knowledge and experience of the NSW criminal law and procedure, have prior management experience, demonstrate sound judgment and be accountable for all operations in Dubbo office including the exercise of legal, financial and administrative delegations. The office also has a Manager Legal Support who reports to the Managing Solicitor.

 

The key accountabilities of a Managing Solicitor at the ODPP include:

  • Identify and promote ODPP initiatives designed to improve systems and work practices;
  • Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Provide advice on complex and sensitive legal issues; and
  • Exercise legal, financial, personnel and administrative delegations to ensure the efficient management of their team.   

 

 

The role offers the successful candidate a rewarding and vibrant career in a busy regional hub, providing significant autonomy and the ability to undertake a leadership role including a broad range of responsibilities and delegations.

              

A comprehensive training program will be offered upon induction along with ongoing performance development opportunities. 

 

For more information:

RD – Managing Solicitor.pdf (nsw.gov.au)

 

Contact:

Anne Whitehead, Deputy Solicitor for Public Prosecutions (Operations), (02) 9285 8996.

  

To apply:

Applicants must apply for this role online via http://iworkfor.nsw.gov.au  (requisition number 00008MR0)

Applications close Sunday 5 December 2021 (midnight)

 

Please note: A criminal record check is undertaken on applicants prior to an offer of employment being made.

The Office welcomes applications from Indigenous Australians, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and people with a disability and provides an environment that values diversity and supports all staff to reach their full potential. If you have individual requirements that need to be accommodated in order to participate in the selection process and join the ODPP team, please indicate this in your application.

 

Key Application Responses

How to Apply

Applicants should submit:

  • a brief CV (maximum three pages) detailing qualifications, relevant work history, skills and knowledge;
  • a cover letter (maximum two pages) that highlights their claim for the role and demonstrates their suitability by responding to the following two targeted questions:

 

  1. Outline the extent of your knowledge and experience of the NSW criminal justice system and NSW criminal practice and procedure; and
  2. Outline your people management experience, including ability to provide effective and inspirational leadership in a changing legal environment, promote a high performing work culture, as well as support staff development and address issues when required.

 

 

  • name and contact details of two referees who can speak of current and recent performance from a supervisory perspective.

 

Interviews

If shortlisted, the interview process will include capability-based assessments. Please be aware that all or some of our recruitment processes may be conducted virtually. This may include the application process, online assessments, video-interviewing and other recruitment-related discussions.