Legal Counsel

FFA Legal Counsel

Football Federation Australia (FFA) is responsible for the organisation, promotion and administration of football in Australia including the Australian national teams as well as the Hyundai A-League, Westfield W-League and Westfield FFA Cup.

Based in Sydney, this is an exciting opportunity to join the world game and to work in an exciting and dynamic collegiate in-house environment. 

Key Responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of Legal, Business Affairs and Integrity, the position will work generally across the commercial and regulatory practice areas of FFA’s business, including:

  • Commercial contracting in the field of sponsorship, licensing, digital and IT, marketing, servicing and event organisation;
  • Advising on intellectual property and privacy issues;
  • Assisting on the drafting and formulation of competition regulations and policies;
  • Advising on the application of the FIFA and FFA Statutes to FFA’s Member Federations and Clubs, Players and Officials participating in FFA’s national leagues and national teams;
  • Assisting with the administration of the national grievance and disciplinary systems and servicing of the independent judicial bodies of the FFA;
  • Assisting with the delivery of education sessions to Clubs, Players and Officials participating in FFA’s national leagues;
  • Providing ad hoc advice and support to various FFA business units including league operations, digital, commercial and community; and
  • Assisting the FFA Integrity Unit.

Essential Skills & Experience Required

The role will suit one lawyer with 4-6 years post qualification experience.  The structure of the team is currently being reviewed which may result in an additional role becoming available for a lawyer with 2-4 years’ post qualification experience.  The successful applicant(s) will require:

  • Excellent drafting skills;
  • Prior exposure to IP and privacy law issues;
  • Understanding of the operation of sporting tribunals;
  • A strong work ethic, flexibility and the ability to juggle numerous tasks under pressure;
  • Integrity and excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to develop solid relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • A strong track record in being a team player;
  • An ability to work autonomously as part of a small in-house legal team;
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong time management skills;
  • An ability to communicate clearly and succinctly.

Private practice and/or in-house experience in sports or entertainment will be viewed favourably.

How to apply

To apply, send your CV and cover letter supporting your application to recruitment@ffa.com.au with the following text in the subject line of the email ‘{insert full name}’s application for the FFA Legal Counsel position’.  Applications close on Wednesday, 23 May 2018. 

Only candidates selected for the short list will be contacted in relation to this role.