Vacancy Details

Position title: Assistant Manager, Legal Services

Section: Governance and Legal Services

Classification: EL1

Immediate supervisor: Program Manager, Governance and Legal Services

Status: 12 month non-ongoing, with the possibility of ongoing appointment. 

Full time position – flexibility of hours may be considered for suitable candidates seeking part time or flexible work hours. 

Location: Canberra, ACT

Application close date:11.30pm (AEDT) on Sunday, 9 October 2022

Position contact: Belinda Carman, Program Manager, Governance and Legal Services on or 02 62085216

The job opportunity

The National Museum of Australia has an exciting opportunity for an experienced lawyer to undertake the duties of Assistant Manager, Legal Services. The position reports directly to the Program Manager, Governance and Legal Services, and is responsible for a range of activities including, but not limited to:

providing accurate, appropriate and timely legal advice on a broad range of matters including contracts and procurement, employment law, copyright/IP and collection acquisitions

undertaking freedom of information and privacy functions

advising on the Museum’s enabling legislation, statutory compliance and governance or Council matters

developing and delivering legal awareness training and resources. 

What will the successful candidate bring to the role?

The successful candidate will have a sound knowledge and understanding of governance processes and the Australian public sector. They will have high-level analytical, problem-solving, written communication and legal research skills. The ability to deliver results and manage high volumes of work with competing priorities and deadlines is essential. They will possess strong coordination and organisational skills and demonstrate well-developed influencing and negotiation skills.

Selection criteria

Applicants must respond to each of the following selection criteria (maximum of 2 pages in total), provide a current CV and include contact details for two referees in their application.

1. Experience in providing practical legal advice across a broad range of subject areas.

2. Excellent communication skills, including writing in a way that is clear, concise and is readily understood by the intended audience.

3. Able to influence, engage and build internal and external relationships and to exercise sound judgement.

4. Capable of working productively and independently in a busy environment.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and those from culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The National Museum of Australia is an equal employment opportunity workplace. 

The National Museum of Australia is committed to ensuring a child-safe and child-friendly environment. All employees are expected to demonstrate a commitment to, and support for these principles in theory and practice.


To be eligible to apply for this vacancy, applicants must: 

- be an Australian citizen

- have a law degree from an Australian tertiary institution or equivalent

- undergo a number of pre-employment checks, including a police records check.