An opportunity for an enthusiastic and diligent Lawyer has become available to join our legal team in Adelaide. This is an opportunity for the right candidate to be part of a reputable organisation with fantastic career progression and professional development prospects. Attractive remuneration package and access to salary packaging.
knowmore is a nation-wide independent community legal centre providing free legal information, advice, representation and referrals, education and systemic advocacy for victims and survivors of child abuse.
knowmore uses a multidisciplinary model bringing together lawyers, intake officers, social workers and counsellors, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement advisors and financial counsellors to provide trauma-informed, client-centred and culturally safe legal assistance to clients. Services are provided through a national phone line and face-to-face services in key locations, supported by a comprehensive program of outreach and community engagement across Australia. knowmore currently has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
About the Role
This role delivers front line legal services and will advise clients who are survivors of child sexual abuse about redress and compensation options, including redress claims under the National Redress Scheme, and acting for clients making such claims. Lawyers will also contribute to knowmore’s policy and law reform work and prepare and deliver community legal education and participate in other community engagement activities, working cooperatively and collaboratively with other staff and service providers.
The role will involve some intrastate and interstate travel to deliver services to clients on an outreach basis, and to undertake community engagement activities.
Duties and Responsibilities are including but not limited to:
- Providing high-quality legal information, advice, representation and referral services to clients who are survivors of child sexual abuse, through telephone and face to face services.
- Contributing as a professional member of a national legal practice; complying with the rules and requirements of relevant legal profession legislation and the Community Legal Centre Risk Management Guide.
- Working cooperatively and collaboratively, both within knowmore’s multi-disciplinary model of teams of legal and non-legal staff, and with external service providers, to ensure client’s legal and other needs are identified and actioned in a consistent, effective and timely way.
- Manage a significant caseload of client matters ensuring all service standards and timelines are met
- Ensure all relevant service data is accurately recorded.
- Making referrals, including warm referrals, to other service providers where appropriate.
- Undertaking legal research and drafting to support knowmore’s contributions to law reform and policy and procedural initiatives relating to its client group.
- Contribute to the preparation and delivery of community legal education and other engagement activities and materials.
- Undertaking and participating in the development and delivery of ongoing training and professional development activities for knowmore staff and service partners.
- Contribute to the day-to-day supervision and co-ordination of the activities of volunteers and pro bono providers.
Key Selection Criteria
- Must hold a practising certificate, or be able to obtain it immediately.
- An awareness of the legal issues facing survivors of child sexual abuse and demonstrated experience practising in a relevant area or areas of law; (such as experience in personal injury law and/or acting for victims of crime or other clients who have experienced complex trauma).
- Understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the ability to provide culturally safe services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to work flexibly, collaboratively and professionally within a multi-disciplinary team, as well as with external stakeholders.
- Demonstrated experience in managing multiple priorities and timelines across a significant caseload of matters and the ability to work at times with minimal supervision, but to consistently consult and report appropriately.
- Capacity to accept and respond appropriately to constructive feedback regarding professional capability and work performance.
- Ability and willingness to travel and work in regional, rural and remote areas, for up to a week at a time.
Location & Hours
- The role is based in Adelaide
- Full-time hours
- Ongoing contract – subject to the funding of the knowmore service.
A competitive salary commensurate with the not for profit sector is offered together with the availability of salary packaging to achieve a tax effective total salary package. In addition to being a flexible workplace, knowmore offers 10.5% superannuation (0.5% above the SGC), a 37.5 hour working week and 4 weeks annual leave, including annual leave loading.
Employees have access to a training and development opportunities as well as our Employee Assistance Program.
Additionally, knowmore offers the ability to partially work from home to facilitate a balanced work life.
Meet Aunty Glendra
Aunty Glendra Stubbs is a Wiradjuri woman and an Aboriginal Engagement Advisor at knowmore. She has been supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients since knowmore began in 2013. In this video, Aunty Glendra shares her story about working at knowmore and supporting her clients on their journey. Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ib4Va2apySU
How to apply
If this sounds like an opportunity you would be interested, please click ‘apply now’.
Your application must include:
- A cover letter outlining why you are applying for this position and your responses to the key selection criteria (maximum of four pages)
- A resume with your skills, experience and qualifications
Application closing date: 18 October at 12pm but the Interviews may be conducted as applications are received.
The role will be required to satisfactorily complete a National Police Records Check and a Working with Children Check.
Due to the volume of anticipated applications, only successful applicants will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted as applications are received.
knowmore legal service is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes applications from workers of all ages, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
Agencies please note: This recruitment assignment is being managed directly by knowmore. We do not require extra assistance at this time
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