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General Counsel and Company Secretary

  • Ref code: 6579842
  • Part-Time, 0.8 FTE, Ongoing
  • Work for a multi-award-winning iconic community health organisation
  • Generous salary packaging options to reduce your cohealth taxable income

So why cohealth?

cohealth leads the way in reducing health and social inequity in partnership with people and the communities in which they live. Named Premier's Health Service of the Year (Primary) and the Supporting LGBTIQ+ Health Service at the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards. Cohealth's 1000 staff demonstrate courage, leadership, innovation, and agility in their commitment to providing inclusive and culturally safe health services that protect the human rights of all people of all gender identities, sexualities, ages, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, faiths, and abilities.

Our inclusive workplace culture enables staff to bring their whole selves to work, where uniqueness is valued, and people experience a feeling of belonging. Our aim is for everyone to thrive in their role. Please click here to find out more.

About the role

The purpose of the General Counsel and Company Secretary role is to fulfil the statutory and regulatory requirements of the Company Secretary and to lead coordination of Board corporate governance, risk, legal and regulatory obligations and policies and practices.

The role carries a responsibility to ensure that all relevant business is presented to the Board, preparing relevant papers, and giving strategic advice for the Board on legal, governance and risk.

Please refer to the Position Description attached for more information.

Your duties include:

  • Ensuring that members' and directors' meetings are properly called and held.
  • Monitoring compliance with board and committee policy and procedures.
  • Preparing for and attending all annual and extraordinary general meetings of the company.
  • Provide high level practice and strategic legal and policy advice, or consult with external legal counsel, to advise the Executive and Board on a wide range of complex and sensitive matters.

What cohealth offers:

  • Generous salary packaging options to suit you - tax free amount of up to $15,900 p.a (mortgage, rent, or credit cards) and a further $2,650 p.a (meal, entertainment expenses and holiday accommodation). Salary packaging reduces your cohealth taxable income, meaning you pay less tax on your cohealth income.
  • A generous rewards program from our salary packaging provider.
  • Exciting Parental leave benefits
    • cohealth offers primary carers 14 weeks paid parental leave upon completion of only 6 months of continuous service.
    • Eligible co-workers will continue to receive superannuation on unpaid parental leave as well.
  • Novated Leasing available.
  • Counselling services for you and your immediate family through our EAP-Access provider, and mindfulness, resilience, and wellbeing programs.
  • We offer inclusion, equality, and opportunity in a workplace where making a difference counts (based on our guiding principles and values).

Our ideal candidate

  • A tertiary qualification in Law or Business.
  • A current Australian certificate that entitles you to practice law in Victoria.
  • Relevant experience in commercial law, intellectual property law, privacy, governance, and risk gained either in-house or in private practice.
  • Member of the Governance Institute of Australia (previously the Chartered Secretaries of Australia Ltd).

All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory Police Check, a Working With Children Check (WWCC), complete a Statutory Declaration, evidence of legal rights to work in Australia, and evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 (3 doses). Additionally, some roles will also require current AHPRA registration and/or NDIS Worker Screening Clearance.

Roles that are determined to be Risk Category A or B [staff that have direct and/or indirect contact with body substances and are at higher risk of occupational exposure to infections] will be required to provide evidence of immunisation assessment including Influenza prior to commencement [A] or within 12 weeks of commencement [B]. This is in accordance with the Victorian Minister of Health Mandatory Vaccination Orders for COVID-19 and legislated requirement for influenza vaccination.

Application Process

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You will be asked to upload your CV/ resume and answer the Key Selection Criteria. We will be conducting interviews for this role as applications are received. 

If you have any questions regarding this role, please contact Kate Grieve [email protected] using the subject line: General Counsel and Company Secretary enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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