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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
 

Currently, there are no available positions. 

Current vacancies in Victorian community legal centres

Human Rights Lawyer - AED Legal Centre


Position Details

  • Lawyer for fixed-term contract (7 days per fortnight)
  • Salary commensurate with experience, range: $ 65,000 - $70,000 pro-rata plus superannuation
  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging for PBI

About the role

AED Legal Centre is seeking a lawyer with more than 2 years post-admission experience to join their team for the period 20 February 2017 to 22 December 2017 on a part time basis. Additional funding has become available as part of the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The focus of this role is to act as an advocate by providing high quality legal services to people with disability experiencing disadvantage in their employment or educational setting, because of their disability. You will also conduct casework under supervision and provide high level advice to clients who have complaints lodged at the Fair Work Commission, Australian Human Rights Commission, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Federal Circuit Courts. This role will report to the Principal Legal Practitioner and Legal Manager of the Centre.

Click here for more information and how to apply.

Applications close: Wednesday, 1 February 2017
 


 

Advocate - Seniors Rights Victoria

Seniors Rights Victoria is the leading organisation addressing elder abuse in Victoria. As a form of family violence and stemming from attitudes of ageism in our community, elder abuse is a critical social issue, sometimes having lifelong impact on the most vulnerable members of society. This Advocate position will play a key role in our Advocacy Team and work closely with our Legal Team to deliver a multidisciplinary service to older people. Our work reflects a strong rights approach. 
We seek a suitably qualified and experienced person to:

  • Provide advice, referral, short term case work and advocacy for older people seeking support
  • Support the Seniors Rights Victoria telephone helpline service
  • Contribute to systemic advocacy and law reform projects
  • Facilitate education and training to service providers and members of the general public

This is 0.8 EFT contract position for twelve (12) months. SCHCADS Award- Community Development Worker – Level 5, (with pay point level subject to experience and qualifications).  Salary sacrificing is available. 
For position description please attached.  Applications must address the key selection criteria.
 
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 Advocate” via FCLC’.
 
Applications close  9am, 30 January, 2017
 



Accreditation Coordinator - Seniors Rights Victoria

Seniors Rights Victoria is the leading specialist community legal centre addressing elder abuse in Victoria. As a form of family violence and stemming from attitudes of ageism in our community, elder abuse is a critical social issue, often with legal consequences. This Accreditation Coordinator position will champion the organisation’s commitment to and compliance within a community legal centre quality assurance framework.
 
We seek an experienced and motivated person to:

  • Undertake a review of operational policies and recommend/ implement changes as needed
  • Provide the organisation with practical support and professional advice in quality systems and processes
  • Oversee and implement the preparation for and compliance against the National Association of Community Legal Centers (NACLC) National Accreditation Scheme (NAS) Phase 2
  • Secure staff contribution to the review and accreditation process through effective engagement and training

This is 0.4 EFT contract position for nine (9) months. SCHCADS Award- Community Development Worker – Level 5, (Salary is above award, $25,300).  Salary sacrificing is available.
 
For position description please attached.  Applications must address the key selection criteria.
 
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 Accreditation Coordinator via FCLC’. 
 
Applications close: 9am, 30 January, 2017
 



Community Lawyer, Family Violence – Fitzroy Legal Service

An opportunity exists to join our highly talented team.    If you are passionate about social justice and assisting clients clients who identify as a victim/survivor of family violence please consider applying for this opportunity.   The position will provide a mixture of direct client assistance - legal information, advice, casework, advocacy and referral services - as well as be involved in the delivery of community legal education programs.

Click here for the position description.

Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 25 January 2017.  
 



Migration Agent/Lawyer – Sort It! Deakin Legal Service for Students

ECLC is seeking a motivated and experienced, community minded migration agent/lawyer to deliver migration advice and holistic legal support services to Deakin University students, particularly international students at risk of student visa cancellation.

  • Part-time, 2 days per week, one-year fixed term contract

  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging, leave loading and additional paid leave over Christmas/New Year

For more information about this position including PD, visit ECLC Employment website.

Applications close: 5.00pm on Monday, 6 February 2017
 


 

Training and Outreach Manager - Consumer Action Law Centre

Consumer Action Law Centre has an opportunity for an experienced training specialist to join our legal practice.  Reporting to the Director of Legal Practice, the Training and Outreach Manager will help us provide practical, engaging and targeted training initiatives and build our relationships with community workers across Victoria.

The role:

  • You’ll need to plan, design and implement training courses and outreach sessions;
  • To do this effectively, you’ll spend time establishing, nurturing and managing stakeholder relationships;
  • You’ll be project manager, administrator, key contact and customer relationship manager, so you’ll need to be flexible, pragmatic and a quick thinker, as well as confident dealing with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Coaching our staff team, and helping lawyers, financial counsellors and policy officers to improve presentation skills will be a key part of your work.

More information on this role can be found by clicking here.
 


 

Intake & Administration Officer (Outer East) - Eastern CLC

  • Part-time hours (4 days per week)
  • Ongoing training and development opportunities
  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging, leave loading, additional paid leave over Christmas/New Year and on-site parking

As a key member of Eastern Community Legal Centre’s Intake and Administration Team, the Intake & Administration Officer (Outer East) is part a wider team of professional staff (paid and voluntary) in the delivery of exceptional client and administrative services within a community legal practice.

For more information about this position including PD, visit ECLC Employment website.

Applications close: 5.00pm on Monday, 6 February 2017
 


 

Financial Counsellor Job Advertisement - Western Community Legal Centre

 WEstjustice is seeking to employ a full time financial counsellor on a one year fixed term contract (the position may be ongoing depending on availability of federal funding).
 
The financial counsellor will join the WEstjustice team to undertake work that will improve the lives of vulnerable clients through information, support and advocacy.
 
The Financial Counsellor will be based predominately at our Footscray office, but may be required to attend other locations as the role requires.
 
A salary range of $60,000 - $65,000 per annum (depending on experience) plus salary packaging is available.
 
A copy of the position description is available here.
 
For more information about WEstjustice, please visit our website (www.westjustice.org.au)
 
To apply, please email a short cover letter, your CV and your responses to the key selection criteria to admin@westjustice.org.au addressed to Mr Denis Nelthorpe, CEO, by 5.00pm on Friday 3 February 2017. Late applications will not be considered.
 
The successful applicant will need to pass a Working with Children Check.
 


 

Domestic Violence/General Community Solicitor - Murray Mallee Community Legal Service

  • Work closely with the community and help resolve family issues;
  • Real social justice opportunity with community legal service;
  • Beautiful regional VIC location with great cost of living and lifestyle benefits

For more information and how to apply, please click here.
 


 

Project Officer: Innovations & Transformation - Flemington & Kensington Community Legal Centre

An exciting opportunity for a senior Project Officer to work with three dynamic community legal centres on an collaborative legal needs and transformation project.

We are seeking a highly motivated, dynamic, skilled and collaborative individual. You’ll need to be an engaging, confident networker with outstanding stakeholder relationship and project management skills and the ability to build strong, positive relationships with a range of people.

The position will work closely with three neighbouring community legal centres to coordinate a joint jurisdictional legal needs analysis and develop a collaborative strategic planning framework.  The role will also examine and assist in the development of a sustainable business model for the state-wide rollout of the police accountability legal services currently being run within the Flemington Kensington Community Legal Centre. 

Supported and guided by a Steering Committee, the Project Officer will: 

  • Coordinate and undertake consultations, research and report writing in relation to a three-centre jurisdictional legal needs analysis;
  • Coordinate and undertake consultations, research and report writing in relation to a statewide police accountability legal needs analysis;
  • Convene and facilitate a set of key planning and decision making fora throughout project;
  • Compile and write primary collaborative jurisdictional planning framework for the three centres;
  • Compile and write a Victorian police accountability legal service business plan.   

Click here to apply. 

Closing Date: 5.00pm Monday January 30, 2017.
 


 

Employment Project Senior Solicitor - Western Community Legal Centre

Western Community Legal Centre (WEstjustice) is seeking an experienced full time Employment Project Senior Solicitor for a fourteen month maternity leave contract (to begin in March 2017).
 
The WEstjustice Employment Law Project seeks to improve employment outcomes for newly arrived and refugee communities in the Western suburbs of Melbourne. The Employment Project Senior Solicitor’s role will be to supervise and continue to deliver employment law and community legal education services to eligible clients and services, and conduct ongoing advocacy work arising from the Project.
 
The Employment Project Senior Solicitor will be based predominately at our Footscray office, but may be required to attend other locations as the role requires. Requests for part time job share arrangements will be considered.
 
Click here for position description. Click here for more information about WEstjustice.

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter including your responses to the key selection criteria to admin@westjustice.org.au addressed to Mr Denis Nelthorpe, CEO, by 5.00pm on 29 January 2017. Late applications will not be considered.

 


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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