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Trainee Lawyer 2020

Applications for our 2020 Trainee Lawyer position are now open.  Applications open 9am, Friday 9th August 2019 and close 12midnight, Sunday 18 August 2019.  Interviews will be conducted in the week beginning 16th September 2019.  The position will commence in March 2020.

Candidates must email Fitzroy Legal Service the following as one PDF document:

  • A covering letter, no longer than one page;
  • A document which addresses the key selection criteria set out above;
  • A resume which includes your contact details, education, previous work and volunteer experience; and
  • A copy of your academic transcript (if you are selected for interview you will be required to submit a certified copy of your transcript).

Applications should be addressed to:

Claudia Fatone

Chief Executive Officer

Email: cfatone@fitzroy-legal.org.au

As we anticipate a high level of interest in this position, please email any enquiries to Jennifer Black, Principal Lawyer, via jblack@fitzroy-legal.org.au.

For further information read below or click here.

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Employment opportunity Night Service Coordinator

We are seeking an experienced lawyer to co-ordinate the delivery of the evening legal advice service at the Reservoir office, providing support and supervision to legal and non-legal volunteers.

The position will work closely with the Principal Lawyer Night Service, Volunteer Coordinator and Administration Staff in the effective conduct of the night service, including provision of referrals of night service clients to the FLS Day Practice and/or to other CLCs and non-legal agencies.

This role is pivotal in the smooth functioning of the night legal advice service, not only assisting in the delivery of quality service but in the enhancement of camaraderie and a sense of belonging of the volunteer workforce.

For further information click here.

Applications close 5pm Friday 16 August 2019.


Submission to the Legal and Social Issues Committee in support of Spent Convictions Legislation

We have provided a submission to the Legal and Social Issues Committee of the Victorian Parliament in support of Spent Convictions Legislation.

With this legislation, Victoria has an important opportunity to learn from other jurisdictions and to be a leader in expanding the attainability of a second chance, developing a scheme that genuinely pursues the values articulated in the Inquiry’s terms of reference namely; transparency, fairness, rehabilitation and reintegration and community safety and wellbeing.

Our submission includes eighteen recommendations for consideration in establishing a Spent Convictions Scheme in Victoria.   Read our full submission by clicking here.


Employment opportunity - Outreach Lawyer

The purpose of the Outreach Lawyer is to create strong connections with the Darebin community, providing legal advice, casework and community legal education for community members, engaging in community development activities in partnership with local agencies, and providing secondary consults and training for community workers.

You will be a lawyer, with demonstrated experience in the provision of high quality legal advice, advocacy, and casework in a range of areas including summary crime, tenancy, VOCAT, family violence, infringements, and civil debts.  High level verbal and written communication skills are a must, as well as the ability to engage and liaise successfully with a diverse range of stakeholders in the community and legal sectors.

This is a 12 month contract position as the incumbent is acting in another position for 12 months.

For a full position description further please click here.

 


Employment Opportunity - Community Lawyer (Family Violence)

This new position will focus on the provision of family violence assistance for clients who identify as a victim/survivor through a range of health justice partnerships.   This position is offered for an initial 12 month contract with extension depending on funding. 

We are seeking a motivated lawyer with experience in the provision of high quality legal advice, advocacy, and casework in the area of family violence, including knowledge of Family Violence legislation and processes and its impact on community. High level verbal and written communication skills are a must, along with the ability to work with other professionals to provide appropriate referrals to a range of non-legal services so as to achieve a holistic, inter-disciplinary response for clients.

For a full position description further please click here.

Applications close 5pm Wednesday 31 July 2019.


Employment Opportunity - Finance and Operations Manager

The Finance and Operations Manager is a newly created position, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, to ensure organisational effectiveness by providing leadership in financial and operational functions.  This position will be a key member of the Fitzroy Legal Service Leadership Team, along with the CEO, Principal Lawyer Legal Practice and Principal Lawyer Night Service.   The full position description can be downloaded here or read below.

Classification and conditions

The terms and conditions of employment are set out in the Community Legal Centres 2006-2009 Multiple Business Agreement (MBA) and Fitzroy Legal Service policies.   This position is classified at Level 7 of the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services (SCHCADS) Industry Award and is offered as a full-time (38 hours per week) position. A less than full time equivalent position will be considered.  

All positions at Fitzroy Legal Service are subject to the continuation of external funding. 

Salary in the range of $87,000-$93,000 per annum, dependent on skills and experience.   Employer funded superannuation is paid in accordance with the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992, and is in addition to the salary offered.   The benefits of tax-effective salary packaging, plus an additional three days ex-gratia leave between Christmas and New Year’s Day also provided.

Duration

Ongoing

Location

This position can be based at either the Reservoir or Fitzroy office and will involve travel to the other office, on a weekly basis.

Responsible to

Chief Executive Officer

Direct Report/s

Finance Assistant

Volunteer Program Manager

Office Manager (Reservoir)

Client Services & Administration Officer (Fitzroy)

How to apply

Candidates are requested to email the following as one PDF document:

·         A covering letter, no longer than one page;

·         Responses to the Key Selection Criteria; and

·         A resume which includes details of education, work and volunteer experience.

Applications should be addressed to Claudia Fatone, Chief Executive Officer, and emailed no later than 5pm Friday 28 June 2019 to cfatone@fitzroy-legal.org.au.  Enquiries can be directed to Claudia Fatone on 0403 234 156.

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Quarterly News April 2019

The start of 2019 has been an exciting period at Fitzroy Legal Service (incorporating the Darebin Community Legal Centre). With the initiation of a new Divorce Clinic supported by Gadens, an expansion of our Drug Outreach Lawyer Program and the continuation of our Women Transforming Justice Project; our team is set for a busy year ahead. The amalgamation of Fitzroy Legal Service and Darebin Community Legal Centre became official on 1 February 2019 and our new Board has held it's first two meetings. Read on for more details. 

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Employment Opportunity - Manager, Women Transforming Justice

Women Transforming Justice was established in response to the increasing number of women in Victorian prisons and provides an integrated, women-specific and community-based response for women in custody on remand. It is a specialised program that can work with women to enhance their prospects of bail and support them to live safely and stably in the community

The Manager of the Women Transforming Justice project has three key responsibilities:

  • managing and coordinating the project’s integrated service delivery
  • designing and leading the project’s plans for systemic reform
  • supporting and working with women with lived prison experience who are participating in the Women’s Leadership Program.

This role is an exciting opportunity to conduct high profile advocacy and drive systemic change across some of Victoria’s most pressing social justice issues, including women’s over-incarceration, Victoria’s housing crisis, the implementation of recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Family Violence and the chronic under-resourcing of mental health services. This systemic advocacy is significantly enhanced by the role’s close connection to direct service delivery. This role also provides an opportunity to participate in a genuinely peer-centred project, by working closely with women who have been criminalised and in prison to achieve the project’s objectives.

Candidates are requested to email the following as one PDF document:

  • A covering letter, no longer than one page;
  • A resume which includes details of education, work and volunteer experience.

Applications should be addressed to Claudia Fatone, Chief Executive Officer, and emailed as soon as possible but no later than 5pm Friday 29 March 2019 to cfatone@fitzroy-legal.org.au.  

The full position description can be downloaded here.