Director - Policy, Projects & Advocacy (APAC)

17 Dec 2018 2:00 PM | Tanya Khan

About ACC

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is a global legal association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporations, associations and other private-sector organisations through information, education, networking opportunities and advocacy initiatives. With more than 40,000 members in 85 countries, employed by over 10,000 organisations, ACC connects its members to the people and resources necessary for both personal and professional growth.

Job Summary:

The purpose of the role is to: manage the successful development and implementation of the GC100 program (a membership group for the ASX100 General Counsels), as required manage the provision of legal advice to ACC and ACC Australia (in consultation with ACC’s Vice President and Chief Legal Officer); identify and coordinate responses on advocacy issues relevant to our members; and support the VP & MD to deliver on ACC’s strategic priorities in Australia and Asia Pacific.

This position shall also support ACC’s globalisation efforts in Asia Pacific in collaboration with the Membership, Legal Resources, CLO Services, and Advocacy departments.  The role works cross-functionally and creatively with ACC colleagues to develop, deliver and promote high quality services that advance ACC’s goals to be the global voice of the in-house community, to more deeply engage general counsel in the region, while supporting the development of first-rate legal resources, and service to large law departments. 

Essential Responsibilities:

1.            Manage and support the GC100, grow the individual and team memberships for the GC100, identify and develop materials that achieve the objectives of GC100 and implement strategies to improve the value to and engagement of the GC100 members.

2.          Develop and implement plans and activities that support the advocacy platforms and position of ACC and the profession, compliant with the ACC Advocacy Guidelines and in conjunction with relevant stakeholders. Also assist to ensure the Advocacy Guidelines are followed. Provide support and guidance to the ACC Australia advocacy committee in identifying issues relevant to our members and coordinating an appropriate response to those issues on behalf of our members.

3.         In consultation with ACC’s Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, manage the provision of legal advice as required to ACC and ACC Australia.  

4.         Manage the ACC Australia Peer Referral Program and triage enquires.

5.         Provide member guidance on Australian professional issues where appropriate.

6.         Provide content and ideas for, as well as review, Australia and APAC member communications and services to advance ACC’s credibility on the cutting edge of practice management, technical and regulatory issues.

7.         Collaborate with and support the ACC Legal Resources Department with the identification of development of practice management and substantive materials appropriate to the Australia and Asia Pacific region.

8.         Collaborate with and support ACC global staff to more deeply engage general counsel and large legal teams by conducting private roundtables and undertaking environmental scanning in Australia in the Australia and APAC.

9.         Promote and support organisational policies, values, mission, cultural, principles and standards of ethics and integrity.

10.      Undertake such other duties as required by the VP and Managing Director, including providing support to drive initiatives that enhance value for our members and meet ACC’s objectives within the region.         

Supervisory Responsibilities:


Minimum Requirements:

To perform this role the incumbent shall be required to participate in a reasonable number of conference calls outside work hours to accommodate other time zones.


Essential: An undergraduate degree.


Highly desirable: Law degree.


Desirable: Admitted to practice in Australia; current Australian Practising Certificate.




Highly Desirable: Minimum 5 years’ experience in government, corporate or not-for-profits in a legal, policy, advocacy or project management capacity.


Desirable: Minimum 5 years’ experience in private practice or in-house (in-house counsel experience highly desirable). 


Essential: Complete fluency in English (speaking, reading and writing) and fluency in a second language.


Highly Desirable: Highly developed analytical skills; high degree of self-awareness, and strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. 


Desirable: Strong knowledge of the in-house counsel profession with a wide understanding of the general counsel role and issues they face; sound understanding of the legal and regulatory framework of Australia (and desirable for other Asia Pacific regions);



To excel in the role, the incumbent must be capable of: building enduring relationships with members and stakeholders, seeking and interpreting substantive legal and business topics, taking complex information and communicating it in a succinct, interesting and meaningful manner; applying creative thinking to situations to innovate; understanding and communicating issues from an executive perspective; working cross-functionally and collaboratively, independently and as part of a team; conversing with and presenting to stakeholders and general counsel in a matter that enhances the organisation’s reputation; prioritising and managing workflow.


Environmental and Physical Conditions:

1.    Indoors and normal office environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, fumes vibrations, and temperature changes.

2.    Frequent computer use at desk and frequent cordless headset phone use.

3.    Frequently works at fast pace with unscheduled interruptions.

4.    Travel within Australia up to 5 times a year, and internationally as needed.

5.    Moves frequently around office to undertake work.

To apply:

Please send your CV and a cover letter addressing the following:

·         Your work experience, skills and capabilities relevant to the role

·         Why you are interested in the role

·         Your English and second language skills

·         Your education

·         Your available start date

to Tanya Khan at by 11 January 2019.

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