Deputy Managing Lawyer, Equality Law

Join our Equality Law team in the role of a Deputy Managing Lawyer for the opportunity to work with the team to promote equality.
Job Details
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Department: Victoria Legal Aid
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: V4LO4M
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/1499Z
Closing Date: 02-Oct-2022
Salary Range: $106,922 - $118,801
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Candidate application form Deputy Managing Lawyer Equality #1499.docx (Word, 145KB)


Deputy Managing Lawyer Equality Law PD #1499.docx (Word, 142KB)


Contact: Melanie Schleiger, Program Manager Equality Law
(03) 9269 0112

Position Details

  • Full time ongoing position available (part time/job share applications considered)
  • Salary based on experience, range: $106,922 - $118,801 plus super
  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging

About the role:
The Equality Law program provides discrimination and human rights law services and engages in strategic advocacy that promotes equality.

In collaboration with the Program Manager, you will deliver day-to-day operational management and legal supervision and mentoring of lawyers undertaking work in the Equality Law Program. You will also work as a senior lawyer in complex discrimination matters and strategic advocacy projects.

You will actively contribute to the Equality Law Program's leadership and profile through stakeholder engagement and contributing to strategic planning and internal and external communications. This includes assisting with the expansion of legal services to victim-survivors of workplace sexual harassment, which is currently underway.

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

  • People management skills with the ability to provide effective leadership, mentoring and support to members of your team
  • Substantial knowledge and/or practical experience in complex discrimination law matters and relevant court procedures
  • High level interpersonal skills with the ability to influence, engage and communicate effectively with a wide range of clients and stakeholders.
  • Strategic thinking with the ability to provide sound advice on legal and policy issues, and experience advocating for law reform and/or social change

We also value candidates' lived experience of issues that many of our clients face, such as experiences of exclusion because of your culture, race, disability, gender, mental health condition, sexuality or other aspect of your identity.

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:

  • Family friendly, flexible hybrid work from home & office model
  • Training and professional development opportunities
  • Supportive team environment in modern offices
  • Salary packaging which allows up to $15,900 of your salary each year to be tax free

How to apply:
To be considered for this role, please submit a current resume and completed candidate application form (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 Melanie Schleiger, Program Manager Equality Law on (03) 9269 0112.

No agency applications will be accepted.

Applications close by 11.59pm on Sunday 2nd October 2022.

Other relevant information:
VLA employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. It is also 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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