Senior Policy and Project Officer, First Nations Services

We are looking for someone who is passionate about improving outcomes for community to oversee and coordinate key projects and initiatives led by Victoria Legal Aid’s First Nations Services team.
Job Details
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Department: Victoria Legal Aid
Work Type: Ongoing - full time or part time
Job Function: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Classification: VLA4 - V4AO7C
Work Location: Negotiable
Reference: VG/01953
Closing Date: 26-May-2024
Salary Range: $98,902 - $123,624
Job Duration: Ongoing
Attachments: Senior Policy and Projects Officer - First Nations Services #1953.docx (Word, 3.23MB)

Contact: Courtney McGann, AD - First Nations Services
(03) 9269 0192

Position Details

  • Full-time ongoing position (part-time (0.8 FTE) considered)
  • Salary based on experience, range: $98,902 - $123,624 (pro rata) plus super
  • Up to $15,900 in salary packaging and hybrid WFH & office model

About the role:
The Senior Policy and Project Officer (SPPO) plays an important role in overseeing and coordinating strategic projects and activities within Victoria Legal Aid's First Nations Services team. This position contributes to the improvement of service delivery to First Nations people, promoting cultural safety within Victoria Legal Aid (VLA)'s workplace and advancing partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.

As an SPPO, you'll work within our First Nations Services team to plan, design, and implement strategic projects aimed at improving service accessibility, cultural responsiveness, and quality for First Nations individuals. Additionally, you'll develop relationships with stakeholders in the legal assistance sector to strengthen our efforts in supporting First Nations communities and advocating for their rights, while also support development of strategies that reflect their needs and goals in our services.

This is a special measures role and only First Nations people are eligible to apply, as per the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

This role is based at our Melbourne CBD office on Wurundjeri Country; however, let us know if you'd prefer to work at one of our other VLA offices across Victoria.

About you:
As our ideal candidate, you will possess:

  • Lived experience working collaboratively with First Nations communities, with an understanding of cultural norms, communication styles, and systemic racism within the legal system.
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and meet strategic objectives.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and stakeholder engagement skills, capable of influencing and negotiating with individuals at all levels.
  • Demonstrated experience in driving service innovation and growth, including client-first approaches and evidence-based decision-making.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to produce clear and well-researched reports and lead program initiatives.
  • Tertiary qualification (or equivalent experience) in law, public policy, or related field (highly desirable).

Don't meet every requirement? At VLA, we understand that your work and life experiences can be just as valuable. If you're excited about this role but your CV doesn't align perfectly with our job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or one of our many other opportunities.

About Victoria Legal Aid:
We provide legal representation to those who need it most. With over 1000 staff employed in 15 offices across Victoria, we help people with their legal problems by providing information, advice and education with a focus on the prevention and early resolution of legal problems.

Our clients come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds and foster a work culture that's inclusive as well as diverse. Your unique ideas and perspectives are valued so that we best represent the people we serve.

Employee benefits:

  • Focus on work-life balance including flexible working arrangements
  • Hybrid work from home & office model
  • Training and professional development opportunities
  • Excellent salary packaging options including General Expenses up to $15,900, Meals & Entertainment up to $2,650 and Novated Leasing
  • Opportunity to join Myki Commuter Club(and salary package the cost)
  • Supportive team environment in modern offices (including free gym and end-of-trip facilities at our CBD office)

How to apply:
To be considered for this role, please submit a current resume and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria outlined in the position description (listed within the file attachments).

If you require adjustment to the recruitment and selection process or need an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our team.

For further information review the attached position description or contact Courtney McGann, Associate Director, First Nations Services on (03) 9269 0192.

No agency applications will be accepted.

Applications close by 11.59pm on Sunday 26 May 2024

Other relevant information:

It is a requirement that staff attend for office-based days at their primary work location. In line with this requirement, interstate applications will be considered only where the candidate is able and willing to relocate to Victoria, unless part of a border community.

VLA is committed to putting the safety and wellbeing of children first.


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