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Careers & getting involved

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
 

Director of Sustainability

Bring your extensive leadership and organisational management skills to improve the sustainability of both the Federation of Community Legal Centres (CLCs) and the community legal sector in this exciting newly created role.

  • Contribute to the leadership team of a peak body dedicated to improving access to justice for all Victorians
  • Provide leadership and support to a critical sector during a period of significant change
  • Foster innovation and collaboration, supporting CLC’s in delivering, building and improving services and operations
  • Newly created role with access to generous salary packaging based in the Melbourne CBD

The role

The Director of Sustainability is responsible for strategically assessing and responding to the needs of the community legal sector and maximising opportunities and innovation, including across service planning, continuous improvement, operations and funding. The Director will work with our members to develop and oversee major sector wide projects that enhance services through innovation and excellence.

The role is also responsible for supporting the sustainability of the Federation, including overseeing internal operations and working with the executive officer on financial sustainability and reporting.  The role will lead a small team across continuous improvement and major sector development projects.    

Skills Required

To be successful in this role you will need strong senior leadership experience in service delivery, continuous improvement, organisational development or operations. You will have excellent people management and strategic change management skills and a commitment to creative problem solving and improvement of systems and services. You will be motivated by collaboration and collective success. You will be flexible, adaptive and able to work effectively in a small team with limited support. You will respond and easily adjust to changing work demands and inspire and motivate others.  

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please email your resume and a covering letter addressing the essential skills and experience in the position description to administration@fclc.org.au by Monday 19 December at 9am. Interviews are expected to be held in the week commencing 19 December.

Further Information

Any queries about this role may be directed to Serina McDuff, executive officer, via phone on 9652 1500 or email at serina.mcduff@fclc.org.au.

Click here for position description.


Director of Engagement 

This is a pivotal, cross-organisational leadership role responsible for building strong and diverse support for the community legal sector and related social justice issues.

  • Make a positive contribution to the leadership team of a peak body dedicated to improving access to justice for all Victorians
  • Use your engagement and strategic campaigning skills to lead campaign strategy and ensure the Federation is effective and influential in leading social change
  • Newly created role with access to generous salary packaging based in the Melbourne CBD

The Federation of Community Legal Centres

The Federation of Community Legal Centres (Victoria) is the peak body for 49 community legal centres (CLCs) across Victoria. As the peak body for community legal centres, we lead and support excellence in the community legal sector, promote the purpose and value of community legal centres, and advance social justice and a fair legal system. Community legal centres are independent, not for profit community organisations that provide free legal and related services to the public, with a focus on disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised community members. 

The role

The Director of Engagement will drive engagement strategies and campaigns to build a broad support base for the community legal sector and social justice issues, developing relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders including the legal community, community services, government, parliamentarians and the media to advance our advocacy and organisational goals.  

The role is responsible for driving campaign strategy and will engage, organise and mobilise our member organisations and strategic partners to ensure the Federation is effective and influential in leading positive change. Central to this aim is leveraging and translating evidence of service and policy impact into clear and compelling narratives to reach new audiences, increase engagement and influence decision-makers.

Skills Required

To be successful in this role you will need experience working in a senior engagement, campaigns or advocacy role. You will be able to develop productive relationships with diverse stakeholders and partners to work towards shared goals in the interests of our members, the legal assistance sector and the work of the Federation.  You will have a proven record of achieving social or systemic change and the ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalised diverse strategies that led to policy or legislative progress.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please email your resume and a covering letter addressing the essential skills and experience in the position description to administration@fclc.org.au by Monday 19 December at 9am. Interviews are expected to be held in the week commencing 19 December.

Further Information

Any queries about this role may be directed to Serina McDuff, executive officer, via phone on 9652 1500 or email at serina.mcduff@fclc.org.au.

Click here for position description.


Current vacancies in Victorian community legal centres

Family Lawyer - InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence  

This role will see you working in an integrated model of service delivery working with inTouch Case Managers and its Migration Agent to provide a holistic service to CALD women on their journey to safety.
  • 0.6 – 0.8 EFT – Part Time Position,  Fixed Term (18 month, possibility of extension)
  • Salary between $73000 to $77000 depending on experience + super + salary packaging tax benefits

Essential Key Selection Criteria
  • Unrestricted Legal Practising Certificate in the State of Victoria pursuant to the Legal Profession Act 2004;
  • Legal practice experience in family or immigration law and preferably experience in related fields of law (intervention orders; victims of crime assistance; and any other areas associated with family violence);
  • Demonstrated experience in casework including taking instructions; giving advice; preparing court documents; filing documents; appearance at hearings and negotiating outcomes;
  • Advanced interpersonal skills and experience in working with clients from diverse backgrounds in an emphatic and culturally competent manner;
  • Sound decision making skills and the ability to provide timely, accurate and strategic legal advice;
  • Demonstrated time management and organisational skills.

How to Apply
inTouch has an Equal Opportunity Exemption (A23/2012) and requests applications from women only. 
 
Applicants should express their interest through a short covering letter attaching their resume and a brief document addressing the key selection criteria.  A full position description is available on request by emailing ceo@intouch.org.au. Email your application to ceo@intouch.org.au

Applications close on 16th December 2016.


Solicitor (Gender Lawyer)- Human Rights Law Program- Asylum Seek Resource Centre

The HRLP is looking for an enthusiastic and experienced solicitor to join the Human Rights Law team to contribute to the provision of high quality legal services to asylum seekers. The role of Gender Lawyer is funded specifically to provide advice and representation to vulnerable women with gender based asylum claims, including maintaining a full representation file load and running a weekly Women’s Clinic. The Gender Lawyer will also conduct advocacy and education within the sector for external agencies, and strategic litigation and policy reform work.
  
You will have the chance to work in a team of 10 incredibly committed staff and over 200 volunteers on one of the most contentious and complex human rights issues in Australia.
We are looking for a solicitor admitted to legal practice who is a a registered migration agent, with experience working with refugee law and practice, including gender based claims for protection. Demonstrated competence in advocacy before administrative decision makers and courts is also essential. You must be willing to occasionally work out of hours. 

This is a full time, 12 month contract position based in Footscray. Only female applicants will be considered for this role. This position provides services to vulnerable women and is subject to an exemption under section 28 of the Equal Opportunity Act (2010) (Vic). 

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Applications close 5pm 28th December 2016.


Principal Lawyer - InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence 

This role will see you working in an integrated model of service delivery working with inTouch Case Managers and its Migration Agent to provide a holistic service to CALD women on their journey to safety seeking, amongst other things, permanent residency, family violence and family law orders.

We are seeking a dynamic lawyer with demonstrated legal practice experience in Family Law. This lawyer will be the Principal Lawyer of the practice responsible for the supervision of other lawyers in the team and the Legal Centre’s adherence to the inTouch’s policies and procedures. 
  • 0.8 – 1.0 EFT – Fixed Term (18 months, possibility of extension)
  • Wages between $82,000 and $86500 depending on experience + super + salary packaging tax benefits (up to $16,000) + 5 weeks annual leave
 
Key Selection Criteria - Essential
  • Unrestricted Legal Practising Certificate in the State of Victoria pursuant to the Legal Profession Act 2004;
  • At least 3 years of legal practice management experience and / or at least 3 years of legal practice experience of family or immigration law;
  • Advanced interpersonal skills and experience in working with clients from diverse backgrounds in an emphatic and culturally competent manner;
  • Sound decision making skills and the ability to provide timely, accurate and strategic legal advice;
  • Ability to supervise employee solicitors and their practice;
  • Sound stakeholder management and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated time management and organisational skills.
 
Key Selection Criteria - Desirable
  • Experience in working in a Community Legal Centre environment with knowledge of the NACLC risk management guidelines and cross check procedures.
  • Bilingual

How to Apply
inTouch has an Equal Opportunity Exemption (A23/2012) and requests applications from women only.
 
Applicants should express their interest through a short covering letter attaching their resume and a brief document addressing the key selection criteria.  A full position description is available on request by emailing ceo@intouch.org.au.  Email your application to ceo@intouch.org.au.

Applications close on 16 December 2016.


Policy Officer- Seniors Rights Victoria

Seniors Rights Victoria is the leading organisation tackling elder abuse in Victoria. Elder abuse is a critical social justice issue and a form of family violence intersecting with ageism. This policy position is a unique opportunity to empower older people, positively impact social structures and further law reform.

We seek an experienced and motivated person to:

  • Develop policy positions to advance the interests of older people experiencing abuse
  • Identify and respond to new and emerging issues in conjunction with older people
  • In collaboration with staff and external stakeholders,  prepare briefs, reports, articles, and submissions
  • Support advocacy  to governments, services and others for social, policy and law reforms

This is 1 EFT contract position for one year. SCHCADS Award- Community Development Worker – Level 6, (with pay point level subject to experience and qualifications).  Salary sacrificing is available.

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For a confidential discussion about the role, please call Jenny Blakey, Manager, on (03) 9655 2104. Email application in confidence to info@seniorsrights.org.au using the subject line ‘SRV Policy Officer via FCLC’. 
 
Applications close COB, Wednesday 14 December 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.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)- National Association of Community Legal Centres

The Organisation
The National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) is the national peak body representing 200 community legal centres (CLCs) across Australia covering a range of legal areas including free legal and related services to the public focusing on the disadvantaged and those with special needs and/or on public interest legal work. CLCs also undertake strategic advocacy and law reform work and provide community legal education to build the capacity of individuals and their community to prevent legal problems occurring. The role of NACLC includes;

  • Providing sector sustainability & other services supporting CLC’s in delivering, building & improving services & operations
  • Publicising the work and value of CLCs, lobbying funders & supporting member State and Territory associations
  • Preparing social justice law and policy reform submissions & undertaking advocacy & campaigns

The Role
With sector sustainability, policy and advocacy as your focus you will support the sector during a period of change to legal assistance and funding arrangements. You will maintain excellent relationships with federal and state governments and other legal assistance providers, while continuing to identify alternative income streams. You will promote the sector and oversee the provision of membership services including a new client and services database, and insurance and national accreditation schemes whilst developing and managing complex and nuanced projects, publications and the national conference. You will also be responsible for systemic advocacy and law reform, leading or commissioning research
and consultation processes including;

  • Changes to CLC and legal assistance arrangements
  • Access to justice policy and human rights issues
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement, reconciliation actions, supporting culturally safe services
  • Support of the governance of the knowmore legal advisory service

To apply, please forward your application in MS Word format including your resume, a covering letter and responses to the skills required to cv@ngorecruitment.com quoting #33437 or call Richard Green on 02 8243 0570 to discuss your interest.

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