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Legal and Compliance Officer

Organisation : Compassion Australia

Location : Australia (Newcastle)

Work type : Full-time

Profession : Community Services, Fundraising, Legal, Operations Management, Other

Sector : Community Development, Law, Justice & Human Rights, Overseas Aid & Development

Salary type : Annual Package

About the role

  • Preferable: Based in Newcastle - Flexible remote working for right applicant
  • Full-Time Position
  • Salary Packaging Available

As Legal and Compliance Officer, you will be responsible for supporting the ministry of Compassion Australia by providing in-house legal support, and assisting in developing, implementing, reviewing and monitoring compliance with Compassion’s organisational risk management framework.
You will passionately and pragmatically work to build greater risk management awareness and ownership within the Compassion Australia team, ensuring that risks are effectively identified, assessed, managed and monitored. 

Key Accountabilities

  • Provide in-house legal support for Compassion, including advising on contracts, processes and applicable legal and regulatory rules, including proposed changes to those rules.
  • Liaise with external legal advisors, when required, to obtain specialist legal advice on matters relevant to the Ministry and its operations.
  • Assist in managing the relationship of Compassion with external stakeholders, such as regulators and accrediting bodies.
  • Support the development, implementation and ongoing review of Compassion’s risk management framework, working with key internal stakeholders to embed a culture of effective risk management throughout the organisation.
  • Assist in reviewing organisational policies and processes and other risk controls.
  • Assist in developing and implementing an effective risk management compliance program across the organisation.
  • Develop and manage enhanced risk and compliance reporting, particularly to the Risk Committee and Executive team.

Qualifications, Experience and Skills

  • Exemplary interpersonal skills, including the ability to build and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent analytical & research skills
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to explain and discuss complex and sensitive subjects with various stakeholders
  • Tertiary qualifications in law.
  • In-depth knowledge of risk management principles and processes
  • Knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements for not-for-profits, particularly faith-based organisations, in areas of tax, governance and development practice.
  • Experience working in a legal and compliance role

The successful candidate will be strongly aligned to the values of this leading Christian not-for-profit and be looking for a role where you can be “hands on” in applying your skills and experience. You will be a “big picture” thinker, and equally comfortable diving into the detail. A strength will be your ability to build and maintain effective relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders. 
To express your interest in this position please download the information pack and click “Apply Now” to upload your application including your resume and cover letter by midnight Sunday 28th November 2021.

For any enquiries about the role please contact People & Culture via email at

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Compassion Australia

How to apply


Please quote in application: Legal and Compliance Officer via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Community_Services, #Fundraising, #Legal, #Operations_Management, #Other
Sector: #Community_Development, #Law_Justice_and_Human_Rights, #Overseas_Aid_and_Development

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