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Community legal centres (CLCs) offer the chance to perform rewarding social justice and human rights work in a dynamic environment. Working in a community legal centre is about making a real difference to people’s lives through the law.

Working in a CLC provides opportunities to be involved in a range of justice work including legal advice and representation, community legal education and policy and law reform work aimed at developing a fairer legal system that better responds to the needs of the disadvantaged.

As well as a broad range of stimulating and challenging work, positions in the community legal sector can offer flexible work hours, regular professional development opportunities and generous charity tax benefits through salary packaging (essentially making part of your salary tax free).

Work in community legal centres requires dedication, innovation, resourcefulness, a commitment to excellence, great communication skills and a passion for social justice.

In addition to job opportunities, there are many other ways to get involved in the work of community legal centres, including secondments, volunteering, or joining a CLC management committee/board.

Current vacancies at the Federation of Community Legal Centres

 

Project Manager

Part-time position  - 22.8 hours per week

18-month fixed term

Pro rata of full time salary package $83,048

The Project Manager will lead the reinventing referral, support and co-case management relationships between Victorian community legal centres Project. 

This project seeks to research and test models to improve access to, and integration of, specialisation within Community Legal Centres (CLCs) in Victoria. Currently there are a number of specialist CLCs (those with specialist expertise in particular areas of law or communities) in addition to generalist CLCs in Victoria. This project will research, test and determine effective ways to share expertise between CLCs, thereby building capacity of centres to assist their clients in particular areas and providing better access to justice.
The project will consult with the sector to better understand the current practice, document and analyse a range of approaches and models that could be developed, and co-ordinate testing and evaluation.
The Project Manager will be responsible for day-to-day management and co-ordination of the project, including management of a researcher/consultant to be contracted for 6 months to undertake the research component of the project.

The Project Manager will report to the Manager – Operations and Sector Support and a project steering committee comprising of representatives of a number of community legal centres and staff from Victoria Legal Aid.
The Project Manager will be expected to quickly develop a good understanding of specialist and generalist legal practice in the CLC sector and develop and maintain constructive relationships with all stakeholders throughout the duration of the project


The Project Manager will lead and deliver the project across its two phases:
1. Research Phase (6 months) – This phase will include in-depth consultation with the sector to document current practices and approaches to sharing and accessing specialisation, and development of a range of models to be tested in phase two. This work will be undertaken primarily by a contracted researcher/consultant to be employed and based at the Federation.

2. Pilot Projects Phase (12 months) – This phase will see the testing of a number of models of practice in the sector. This will involve invitation to a selection of CLCs to undertake the pilots, and be involved in planning, co-ordination and evaluation. It is envisaged that each pilot will be led by a CLC in partnership with 1 or more CLCs. It is likely the CLCs involved will geographically include a mix of metropolitan, outer urban, regional and rural CLCs.


3. Duties:
- Develop a detailed project plan, including a work plan which identifies and sequences the activities needed tosuccessfully complete the project and identifies resourcing requirements.  

 

- Manage, coordinate and provide financial control of the project.

- On-going review and refinement of the project scope in collaboration with the project Steering Committee.

- Recruitment and management of the researcher/consultant.

- Organise associated events and meetings.

- Establish a communication schedule to update stakeholders on the progress of the project.

- Ensure an evaluation framework is in place and data is collected during the Pilot project phase.

- Monitor progress and make adjustments as necessary to ensure the successful completion of the project.

- Review the quality of the work completed with the project team on a regular basis to ensure that it meets the project standards.

- Ensure that the project deliverables are on time, within budget and at the required level of quality.

- Evaluate the outcomes of the project as established during the planning phase.

- Provide secretarial support for the Steering Committee.

- Perform other relevant tasks as required.

- For a copy of the full position description and key selection criteria click here.
 

4. Applications
Applications should include a CV and cover letter addressing the key selection criteria. Short-listed applicants will be asked to provide details of at least two referees. Applications via email are preferred.
Applications should be addressed to:
Cate Edwards, Manager – Operations and Sector Support
Federation of Community Legal Centres (Vic) Inc.
Level 3, 225 Bourke Street, Melbourne
E: cate@fclc.org.au
 


Current vacancies in Victorian community legal centres


ABORIGINAL FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND LEGAL SERVICE VICTORIA - Lawyer

Mlebourne location.  Salary range $55,00 - $68, 000 = super - attractive salary packaging

Fixed term to 30 June 2017. May be extended subject to availability of ongoing funding

See full Position Description here.  

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER WOMEN ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY

Applications close 28th Sept 2016.  


Springvale Monash Legal Service - Community Development Worker

Springvale Monash Legal Service works in partnership with communities in the South East of Melbourne to find solutions for issues that affect them, and work together to address systemic disadvantage.  While we provide legal assistance to individuals, we recognise that structural inequalities cannot be addressed through casework alone. 

Using a preventive approach, we undertake community development projects, provide legal education and contribute to law reform to strengthen our community.  Community development plays a key role in our work towards a legal system which is fair and accessible for all.

As our Community Development Worker, you will lead the successful planning, delivery and evaluation of a variety community development projects designed to empower the community and prevent legal issues. 

The position ensures all staff are made aware of issues facing the community both locally and more broadly of work that could be undertaken by the legal service to achieve its mission.

To obtain a detailed position description and key selection criteria for this role, please contact: info@smls.org.au or visit our website www.smls.org.au/employment 

Applications which do not address the key selection criteria will not be considered. 

Please submit your application to: Ms Kristen Wallwork, Executive Director, Springvale Monash Legal Service, PO Box 312, Springvale VIC 3171 via email to: phyllis.toparlanis@monash.edu by COB, Friday, 7 October 2016.

Applications close: Friday, 7 October 2016


Justice Connect – Lawyer, Self Representation Service 

With funding from the federal government as part of a national program, the Self Representation Service operates in the Federal and Federal Circuit Courts in NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT. The service provides assistance to unrepresented litigants who do not have access to legal assistance and advice through other sources.

We are currently seeking a Lawyer to assist the Manager and Senior Lawyer to operate and develop the service in Victoria and Tasmania. The role supports the delivery of access to justice through pro bono legal services for people experiencing disadvantage and includes building, supporting and engaging a strong commitment to pro bono work among lawyers.

If you are a dynamic litigator with a minimum of 2 years post admission experience, are committed to access to justice through pro bono and a highly accomplished relationship manager, we would like to hear from you. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic organisation that shares your vision of a fairer society.

Applications should be addressed to Tori Edwards and should comprise of a single word or PDF file including cover letter and/or a succinct statement outlining your suitability for the role with reference to the selection criteria (as per the recruitment pack) and a current resume.

Applications should be emailed to hr@justiceconnect.org.au as in a single word or PDF file including “Lawyer, Self Representation Service (VIC)” in the email subject line. Applications close 9am Friday 30 September 2016 and shortlisted applicants will be contacted by telephone.

We welcome and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


Springvale Monash Legal Service - Community Development Worker 

Springvale Monash Legal Service works in partnership with communities in the South East of Melbourne to find solutions for issues that affect them, and work together to address systemic disadvantage.  While we provide legal assistance to individuals, we recognise that structural inequalities cannot be addressed through casework alone. 

Using a preventive approach, we undertake community development projects, provide legal education and contribute to law reform to strengthen our community.  Community development plays a key role in our work towards a legal system which is fair and accessible for all.

As our Community Development Worker, you will lead the successful planning, delivery and evaluation of a variety community development projects designed to empower the community and prevent legal issues. 

The position ensures all staff are made aware of issues facing the community both locally and more broadly of work that could be undertaken by the legal service to achieve its mission.

To obtain a detailed position description and key selection criteria for this role, please contact: info@smls.org.au or visit our website www.smls.org.au/employment 

Applications which do not address the key selection criteria will not be considered. 

Please submit your application to: Ms Kristen Wallwork, Executive Director, Springvale Monash Legal Service, PO Box 312, Springvale VIC 3171 via email to: phyllis.toparlanis@monash.edu by COB, Friday, 7 October 2016.


Justice Connect -  Senior Lawyer, Homeless Law

Homeless Law is our specialist legal service for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. We work closely with pro bono lawyers to provide hundreds of people with legal information, advice and representation. Our services are outreach based and client centred, and we don’t just focus on legal issues. Homeless Law's social workers and our relationships with the homelessness sector build our capacity to understand and respond to clients with a range of non-legal needs.

We are currently seeking a Senior Lawyer to play a key role in delivering a range of high quality legal services to Justice Connect’s Homeless Law program.

If you have significant knowledge of the legal issues faced by people experiencing homelessness, experience in law reform and advocacy, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and a desire to make a difference for human rights and social justice, we look forward to hearing from you. 

We welcome and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Position description, selection criteria and applications details are available in the Recruitment pack

Applications close 9am Monday 3rd October 2016.


Social Security Rights Victoria – Director

Social Security Rights Victoria (SSRV) is seeking an outstanding Director to help forward the strategic objectives of the organisation.  The Director will provide strong leadership to a small staff team and volunteers to deliver innovative legal services to some of the community’s most vulnerable.  Experience in management in a social or community services organisation, and a passion for leading social change, are required attributes of any applicant.  Legal qualifications, including an unrestricted Legal Practicing Certificate, are desired by not essential. 

SSRV is the specialist community legal centre for social security law issues.  SSRV provides legal advice, assistance and education to vulnerable members of the Victorian community. SSRV’s guiding values are social justice, especially rights of natural justice, quality services, responsibility to our clients and stakeholders and integrity in our service provision. SSRV’s mission is to secure the right to equitable social security entitlements for all Victorians by pursing law and policy reform, providing quality legal advice and education and training services. SSRV is a member of the Federation of Community Legal Centres and the National Welfare Rights Network.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversight and management of SSRV strategic direction
  • Working with funders and other key stakeholders to ensure SSRV are compliant with all reporting requirements
  • Provide leadership, supervision and guidance to SSRV staff and coordinate SSRV’s day-to-day operations
  • Involves partnership, community development and stakeholder management activities

 

Hours of work & Conditions

  • 4 day per week position (0.8 EFT), 30.4 hours per week.  Flexible and work from home arrangements can be considered
  • The position is ongoing, subject to a probation period
  • Salary - $78,000 - $82,000 pro rata (based on level of experience)

Further enquiries
Please contact SSRV Director Ben Zika at director@ssrv.org.au or (03) 9481 0299 for a comprehensive position description.
 


Environmental Justice Australia - Lawyer (2 positions)

If you are a new lawyer (up to 3 years post admission) with a burning desire to use your legal skills for justice and sustainability, then we’d like to hear from you. 

As with all of our roles, these positions will involve working with community and environment groups on environmental issues, using your legal skills and experience to support campaigns for environmental justice.  Depending on your experience and interests, we might have you working on projects tackling pollution, energy transition and more.

 

Ideally, on top of your environmental law knowledge and relationship-building skills, you’ll have political or campaigning experience, be media savvy and also a great communicator. You’ll be a strategic big picture thinker, but also able roll up your sleeves and provide support to community campaigns, giving legal advice and writing submissions and reports.

 

Visit the Environmental Justice Australia website for details, position description and how to apply.


Darebin Community Legal Centre - Outreach Lawyer

Contract 30 hours per week until 30 June 2017 If funding permits the position will be extended.

DCLC is a not for profit community legal service, which provides free legal advice and referral to people who live, work or study in the Darebin area.  The Centre aims to empower and support the Darebin community through legal advice, advocacy, education and information.

 

The Centre with its professional staff and large volunteer base provides a range of creative and innovative programs. It has prioritised assisting those who are 'at risk' or are experiencing family violence and provides a duty lawyer assisting applicants at the family violence division of the Heidelberg Magistrate Court, and the Neighbourhood Justice centre.  Outreaches are also conducted to Reservoir, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, youth services and prisons; as well as the more traditional legal night services.

The successful applicant will have a minimum of 2 years post admission experience as a solictor and experience in conducting casework in the particular areas of crime, infringements, civil debt and intervention orders. A knowledge and commitment to community legal issues and social justice principals are essential.   

Applications should be addressed to the Manager and can be posted to: 

Darebin Community Legal Centre, 732 High Street Thornbury 3071 VIC or emailed to manager_darebin@clc.net.au

 

For any questions in relation to the position contact the manager,  Emel Ramadan on (03)9484 7753 or email manager_darebin@clc.net.au

Download the Position Description here.  

Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered. 

Applications close Monday 3rd October 5:00pm 


Justice Connect – Health Justice Partnership Lawyer, Seniors Law (Melbourne)

Seniors Law is Justice Connect’s specialist service for older clients with a legal issue associated with ageing, including clients experiencing or at risk of elder abuse. Seniors Law provides free legal services through partnerships with three health services throughout metropolitan Melbourne.

We are currently seeking a Health Justice Partnership Lawyer (HJP Lawyer) to establish a HJP with Alfred Health, providing legal help to older people accessing our partner’s health services, collaborating with our partner to develop and deliver legal education and contribute to policy and law reform initiatives.

 

If you are enthusiastic, focussed and inquisitive, enjoy engaging with clients, and have a minimum of two years’ post admission experience, we would like to hear from you. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a very committed team who share your vision of a fairer society.

Applications should be addressed to Deborah Di Natale and should comprise of a single word or PDF file including cover letter and/or a succinct statement outlining your suitability for the role with reference to the selection criteria and a current resume.

Applications should be emailed to hr@justiceconnect.org.au as in a single word or PDF file including “Health Justice Partnership Lawyer, Seniors Law” in the email subject line.

We welcome and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Applications close 9am Thursday 6 October 2016 and shortlisted applicants will be contacted by telephone.


Women’s Legal Service Victoria - Social Worker

Women’s Legal Service Victoria is a statewide not for profit legal service specialising in issues arising from relationship breakdown and violence against women.

About the role

This is an opportunity to be part of an exciting organisation at a time when your contribution will be critical to our success.

In this role you will provide high quality social work casework and advocacy. You will be a motivated self-starter who has the ability to work autonomously to deliver results that exceed the client’s expectations. You will have strong communication skills and the ability to build rapport with people quickly.

Provide efficient and appropriate triage and referral in relation to non-legal needs.

Provide clients with information and advice, advocacy and support in relation to a range of non-legal issues including: social security, housing and child care.

Outreach support at court and other locations

This is a part-time (0.6 EFT), fixed-term position, for an initial period of 12 months, with possibility of extension.

Gender Specific Role

This position is for a female. WLSV has exemption #A439 from provision of the Equal Opportunity Act 1995.

To apply

Please click here to obtain a copy of the position description.

If you’d like to apply, send your CV together with a covering letter to caitlin@womenslegal.org.au.    

Applications Close

COB Friday 23 September 2016


Job Watch Inc – Lawyer (2+ years experience in employment law)

The role requires:-

  • The conduct of legal casework;
  • The supervision of the provision of information on the JobWatch Telephone Information Service (TIS);
  • The training, mentoring, support and supervision of TIS workers, student interns and volunteers;
  • Contribution to the community education activities of JobWatch including delivery of workshops and seminars;
  • The development of responses and submissions to government departments, official inquiries and other bodies concerned with exploitative employment practices.

 

How to apply: Applicants are required to provide a cover letter, resume and statement addressing the selection criteria in the full position description to Zana Bytheway, Executive Director, by 5:00 pm on Friday, 30 September 2016. Applications are to be sent to admin@jobwatch.org.au.

View Full Position Description Here.

Applications close Friday 30 September 2016 at 5:00 pm.

Please contact Zana Bytheway, Executive Director on 9662 9458 with any queries.

Further information about JobWatch can be found on the website at www.jobwatch.org.au.


Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria - Human Resource Officer

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY

Abbottsford location, part time, salary range of $70, 000 - $80, 000 

About FVPLS Victoria

Established in 2002, FVPLS Victoria is the only service in Victoria exclusively dedicated to assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims/survivors of family violence and sexual assault. FVPLS Victoria is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation.

FVPLS Victoria provides culturally safe and holistic, frontline legal assistance and non-legal supports to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims/survivors of family violence and sexual assault. 

See full position description here.  

Applications addressing the key selection criteria in a separate document and current CV with three referees must be submitted by MONDAY SEPT 26th 2016


Current vacancies in Australian community legal centres

For jobs in community legal centres across Australia, go to the National Association of Community Legal Centres jobs website.

 

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