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Employment opportunity - Drug Outreach Lawyer

A wonderful opportunity exists to join our legal team in the role of Drug Outreach Lawyer .   This position is offered as a full time role, for a contract period of 6 January 2020 to 18 December 2020. 

By providing casework services, legal advice, referrals and advocacy, the Drug Outreach Lawyer will aim to address and assist marginalized and vulnerable drug users in the City of Yarra with legal problems related to drug use. The position works closely and collaboratively with our clients and our health partners in providing a holistic legal service with the broader social goal of contributing to improved wellbeing / quality of life amongst people who use alcohol and other drugs. The Drug Outreach lawyer works closely and collaboratively with community to advocate for laws and policies that respect the right of people who use drugs and reflect a harm minimization approach

We are seeking a lawyer with post-admission experience, particularly in criminal law, and strong court based advocacy skills. A good understanding of issues arising for individuals with drug problems and an ability to work within a harm minimization framework and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clients and stakeholders are a must.

A full position description can be viewed here.

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 Jennifer Black, Principal Lawyer Legal Practice, and emailed no later than 5pm Friday 29 November 2019 to jblack@fls.org.au Enquiries can be directed to Jen Black on 0421 782 603.


Employment opportunity - Lawyer (Prison Advocacy Program)

A wonderful opportunity exists to join our Public Interest Law team in the role of Lawyer - Prison Advocacy Program.   This position is offered as a four day per week role, for an 11 month contract period.    

In this role you will provide legal advice, information and advocacy on prison law to prisoners and their families in Victoria, as well as support our broader public interest work, including policy submissions, community legal education, and strategic litigation.

We are seeking a lawyer with at least one year post-admission experience in administrative law (preferably but not necessarily in a prison law context) along with experience delivering high volume legal advice, information and advocacy services to socially and economically disadvantaged clients.   You will also have a commitment to social justice and highly developed communication and interpersonal skills.

A full position description can be viewed here.

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 Karen Fletcher, Managing Lawyer, Public Interest Law, and emailed no later than 5pm Monday 7 October 2019 to karen@darebinclc.org.au. Enquiries can be directed to Karen Fletcher on 9484 7753 (before 20 September 2019) or Jennifer Black on 9419 3744 (after 20 September 2019)


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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