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Part Time Company Secretary and Legal Counsel

Job Title: Part Time Company Secretary and Legal Counsel
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Sydney
Salary: Competitive
Start Date: 2021-03-10
Reference: BH-28135
Contact Name: Rob Macmillan
Contact Email:
Job Published: March 11, 2021 16:08

Job Description

Southern Cross Care (NSW & ACT) Limited (SCC) is public company limited by guarantee.  A not-for-profit registered charity with a vision firmly focused on enabling older people to live life to the full. SCC delivers integrated services across Residential Aged Care, Retirement Communities and In-Home Services. They have established an outstanding reputation over the past 50 years for providing the highest standards of care and placing customers and their families at the centre of support and care-based decisions.  SCC provides services to over 3,500 customers across 60 locations, employing 2,200 staff and with annual revenue of around $170 million p.a.
SCC are seeking to appoint the newly created role of Company Secretary and Legal Counsel to partner with the CEO, Board and Executive leadership team. In this collaborative and customer-focused culture, you will:
  • Act as SCC’s chief governance officer and ensure compliance with all statutory requirements pursuant to the Corporations Act 2001 and the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission Act 2012; and provide advice to Board members on all aspects of relevant statutory requirements, as required;
  • Collaborate with the Chair and CEO to develop, implement and manage all Board and SCC’s governance processes and systems (non-clinical);
  • Assist the leadership team in the preparation of high-quality Board papers and management of Board documentation and communications;
  • Develop and implement a Continuous Improvement Plan in relation to Board Governance;
  • Collaborate with the leadership team in developing and maintaining processes to ensure compliance with consumer law, aged care legislation and other legal obligations;
  • Review and advise on commercial contracts, property leases and redevelopment contracts;
  • Advise on disputes, inquiries and investigations as required.
To succeed in this role, you will possess a blend of company secretarial and general commercial law experience (in-house or private practice), excellent legal credentials and a current practising certificate. You will demonstrate strong legal drafting skills, in particular plain English drafting for consumer facing documents. We are seeking excellent communications skills, first class organisational abilities and an ability to manage complexity and risk within an organisation which puts its clients at the centre of all that they do.  Your experience may have been gained within the aged care / disability / human services sector or alternatively an adjacent setting; whatever your background, and affinity and connection with SCC’s values and mission is essential.     
This represents a rare opportunity for the right individual to thrive in an environment of change and contribute to the development of this values-based organisation which truly impacts the communities it serves.  It also offers family friendly working hours, a part time career option, 2 or 3 days per week, and a team culture which promotes diversity and equality. 
To request further information or to apply, please email Rob Macmillan, Partner - Health, Derwent Search or Zoya Salah at quoting reference 28135.
To apply for this role you must not be a person who is disqualified from managing corporations under the Corps Act 2001 (Cth).

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