The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide

General Counsel and Executive Director Legal Services


Closing in 14 days

The University of Adelaide - a member of Australia's prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities - stands tall among the world's leading institutions of learning and innovation. Ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide and a major employer in South Australia, it has an international reputation for research and teaching excellence. The University now seeks an accomplished senior legal professional for the role of General Counsel at this pivotal time.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer and working closely with the Vice- Chancellor and the Executive Leadership Group, the appointee will lead a high- performing team of legal practitioners in providing strategic legal and compliance advice that underpins sound decision-making. It's an exciting time at the University of Adelaide, and whilst the position will be focused on the provision of GC capability, this role will contribute to creating the new Adelaide University by 2026.

Applications are encouraged from appropriately qualified and proven legal executives with experience in a comparable role, ideally within a large and complex entity in a highly regulated and publicly accountable domain. University experience is not a prerequisite. Commercial and political acumen, strong communication, collaboration and negotiation capabilities and organisational awareness will be essential for success in the role. Your considered, calm, versatile, pragmatic partnering approach, coupled with your communicative and adaptable people leadership style will be well regarded qualities. You are a leader that embraces the shared values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery.

The position will be offered as a 3-year contract from early 2024, and we encourage interest from candidates open to relocating to Adelaide who are passionate about joining this iconic organisation in a historical period of change.

We are partnering with Hender Consulting in recruiting this position. Please visit to apply and for a job and person specification.

Applications should be addressed to Andrew Reed and Bernie Dyer ideally by COB Monday, 4 December 2023. For a confidential discussion, please call (08) 8100 8827

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application.

Job details


General Counsel and Executive Director Legal Services


The University of Adelaide




November 17, 2023

Application deadline

December 17, 2023

Job type



Business and Economics,Education,Law,Political Science,Social Science

About the employer

The University of Adelaide (informally Adelaide University) is a public research university located in Adelaide, South Australia. Established in 1874, it is the third-oldest university in Australia. The university's main campus is located on North Terrace in the Adelaide city centre, adjacent to the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum and the State Library of South Australia.

The university has four campuses, three in South Australia: North Terrace campus in the city, Roseworthy campus at Roseworthy and Waite campus at Urrbrae, and one in Melbourne, Victoria. The university also operates out of other areas such as Thebarton, the National Wine Centre in the Adelaide Park Lands, and in Singapore through the Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre.

The University of Adelaide is composed of five faculties, with each containing constituent schools. These include the Faculty of Engineering, Computer, and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of the Professions, and the Faculty of Sciences. It is a member of the Group of Eight and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. The university is also a member of the Sandstone universities, which mostly consist of colonial-era universities within Australia.

The university is associated with five Nobel laureates, constituting one-third of Australia's total Nobel Laureates, and 110 Rhodes scholars. The university has had a considerable impact on the public life of South Australia, having educated many of the state's leading businesspeople, lawyers, medical professionals and politicians. The university has been associated with many notable achievements and discoveries, such as the discovery and development of penicillin, the development of space exploration, sunscreen, the military tank, Wi-Fi, polymer banknotes and X-ray crystallography, and the study of viticulture and oenology.

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