Community/Junior Lawyer - GVCLC

Advocacy and Rights Centre
Shepparton & Goulburn Valley
Generalists - Law Firm (Legal)
Full time
Posted 16d ago

The Organisation

ARC Justice is an independent, not-for-profit, human rights organisation that incorporates the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre, the Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre and Housing Justice.
Our programs deliver accessible legal services, tenancy advice and support to those in our community in the greatest need. We deliver community education and advocate for systematic change that enhances the rights of rural and regional Victorians. We recognise that housing and legal issues do not occur in isolation and we work with local partners to ensure a whole-of-person approach to our work.

 

Vision

An inclusive community built on a foundation of human rights and equality before the law.

 

Purpose

We promote equality before the law for people in rural and regional Victoria by: providing legal, advocacy and support services; elevating justice as an issue in public discourse; and advocating for systemic change that upholds human rights.

 

Principles that underpin our work

Community: We serve, build capacity and are accountable to the community to which we belong.

Learning: We are inquisitive and receptive to new ideas, use evidence-based practice and shareour knowledge to achieve the greatest impact for our communities. We learn from both our successes and mistakes.

Partnership: We believe partnership and collaboration with individuals, communities and organisations is the only way to create meaningful and sustainable change.

People: We are committed to ethical and sustainable practice that values our people in achieving our purpose.

Recognition of First Peoples: We celebrate the strength, culture and contribution of our First Peoples. We recognise the systemic injustices brought against them, and work in partnership with local Aboriginal communities to bring justice.

Respect: In all of our work, we show respect. We value diversity and acknowledge differences, knowing these strengthen our community.

 

The Role

The Community Lawyer will provide legal assistance to clients in our key practice areas of family violence, child protection and family law, along with other areas relevant to disadvantaged communities, such as summary crime and general civil law practice.  

With support and training, the Community Lawyer will be required to attend outreach court locations to provide advice, consultations and case work in various practice areas.   

The incumbent will have the opportunity to provide their clients with wrap around legal service, working collaboratively with community services and partners. This role involves proactive networking and community engagement, and the opportunity to identify systemic issues and think strategically. 

 

About You

You will ideally be anywhere from an entry level Junior Lawyer, to having 5 years worth of similar experience.

You are looking for an organisation that:

  • Is community orientated and provides court experience
  • Is a social justice driver, and has influential community impact
  • Provides ongoing professional development training, and supervision from experienced lawyers
  • Promotes a flexible and supportive team environment where staff engagement is prioritised

You are able to: 

  • Deliver high quality, accurate legal advice and manage casework 
  • Develop strong relationships with other supporting organisations/services 
  • Communicate with clients and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds 

You will be joining an established and cohesive team that has a strong culture of collaboration and continuous improvement. 

 

The Offer

  • 1 FTE (76 hours per fortnight) ongoing position. 
  • $74,179 - $92,694 per annum, plus superannuation and packaging benefits (base salary is subject to skills and experience)
  • 3 days ex gratia between Christmas and New Year’s Day. 
  • Salary packaging benefits available (up to $15,900 for living expenses + $2650 for meal and entertainment available, see here to determine your potential personal benefits)
  • Relocation assistance is also available for the right candidate.

 

To Apply

Please address applications to Ben Wu, People and Shared Services Manager, via email recruitment@arcjustice.org.au.

Applications must include:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV/Resume)
  • A cover letter
  • Your response to the key selection criteria (essential and desirable skills/experience)

 

Please note that applications that do not respond to the key selection criteria (essential and desirable, found in the position description below) will not be considered for interview. 

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.

 

More Information (Position Description)

To find out more about this role, including details on the key responsibilities and key selection criteria, please refer to the position description on our website.

Enquiries can be directed to Ben Wu via email at recruitment@arcjustice.org.au, or via the phone on 03 5445 0950.

ARC Justice is an inclusive employer. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, members of the LGBTIQ+ and culturally diverse communities encouraged to apply.

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