‘The George’ is 600+ people globally focused on improving the health of millions of people. A medical research institute affiliated with leading universities and with projects in approximately 50 countries, we are challenging the status quo in healthcare to find the best ways to prevent and treat chronic disease and injury, and to influence policy and practice worldwide.
An opportunity exists for a Legal Counsel to join our growing organisation. The Legal Counsel will be working within the Global function of The George Institute, based in the Sydney office. The Legal Counsel will be accountable for the provision of legal services and advice to the organisation globally, with a focus on privacy compliance, and contract review / drafting
Key responsibilities of the role will include:
Provide high quality advice on legal and regulatory issues of importance to the organisation globally
Further develop, implement, and oversee the organisation's privacy management framework to ensure compliance with local and international requirements, including the Australian Privacy Act and GDPR
Coordinate and prepare responses to privacy incidents and requests
Prepare responses to requests under the FOI and GIPA Acts
Draft, review, and negotiate contracts and other legal documents for the organisation globally
Update, coordinate, and prepare legal templates for use across The George Institute Group
Manage (along with other members of the team) The George Institute Contracts Register and related records
Monitor changes and developments in the legal and regulatory environment in which the organisation operates and provide recommendations to the LD, COO, and other staff, as appropriate
Provide training on relevant legal topics to employees and management teams, as appropriate, and maintain excellent relationships with all business units of the organisation
Participate in team meetings and activities
Desired Skills and Experience
Tertiary qualification(s) in law and admitted to practise as a solicitor in NSW, holding a current practising certificate
More than 5 years' experience gained from a combination of private practice and in-house roles and demonstrated experience in general commercial law, privacy, IP, and employment law
Extensive privacy compliance experience, preferably from a multi-national organisation
Extensive experience in reviewing, drafting, and negotiating contracts, and general corporate matters; and skilled in matters relating to governance and risk management
Ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines whilst maintaining attention to detail, seeing the big picture and a strong focus on quality
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
Strong problem solving, analytical skills, and strategic thinking with the ability to be flexible and adaptable in the face of changing organisational priorities and ambiguous external global environments
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work autonomously, in small teams, and with a wide range of varying stakeholders with a demonstrated ability to act with integrity in all matters
Experience within a medical research institute and or Not For Profit sector is preferred
We offer a flexible and inclusive work culture with excellent staff benefits including, salary packaging arrangements and sound learning opportunities.
The George Institute is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; people who identify as LGBTIQ; mature-aged adults and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Why work at the George?
We are committed to attracting, developing, rewarding and retaining the best people
in their fields to conduct and support our innovative and highest quality research