Associate Director, VLA Chambers

Senior leadership opportunity within VLA Chambers
Job Details
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Department: Victoria Legal Aid
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VLA6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/1515B
Closing Date: 26-Aug-2018
Salary Range: $136,230 - $156,705
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Associate Director Chambers - 1515 PD.pdf (PDF, 191KB)

Associate Director Chambers 1515 Candidate Application Form.docx (Word, 270KB)

Contact: Tim Marsh, Chief Counsel
(03) 9269 0578

Position Details

Full time ongoing position
Salary commensurate with experience, range: $136,230 - $156,705 plus superannuation
Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging

About the role:
We are seeking to appoint an outstanding candidate to lead and manage the operations of VLA Chambers by ensuring the efficient and effective use of in-house counsel. You will lead a coordinated briefing practice and policy to ensure that quality in-house and external counsel are developed, deployed and evaluated in the interests of legally aided clients.

As Associate Director you will be responsible for managing work allocation, developing and monitoring briefing practices, liaising with external stakeholders and driving change within VLA to ensure that efficient briefing is supported by appropriate business processes. You will coordinate professional development and training across a group of 23 advocates and assist Chief Counsel in performance management.

About you:
You will be an influential leader with extensive knowledge and experience of the Victorian justice system, legal issues and law reform. You will have demonstrated experience in operations management preferably gained within the public legal sector. You will have demonstrated management experience with sound knowledge of finance processes and experience adhering to strict budgets. You will be results driven with proven ability to deliver results in complex operational and strategic settings.

You will have good knowledge legal practitioners and advocates, including their experience, strengths and capabilities. You will rely on your excellent communication skills to effectively manage and resolve conflict, and have solid knowledge of, and experience in dealing with major trials (experience dealing with regional circuits will be highly regarded).

Crucial to your success in this role will be your highly developed stakeholder management skills and your ability to build mutually beneficial relationships with key stakeholders to influence and generate engagement towards common outcomes and systemic benefits that improve VLA's staff and client experience. A strong commitment to VLA's vision and values is a given.

About Victoria Legal Aid:
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. We also provide legal representation to those who need it most. We employ over 800 staff in 14 offices across Victoria. Our vision is for a fair and just society where rights and responsibilities are upheld.

Employee benefits:
We offer attractive employment benefits including salary packaging (making part of your salary tax-free and increasing take-home pay), flexible working arrangements, family friendly policies and opportunities for professional development. The work is both challenging and rewarding and our staff are supported by experienced and capable managers as well as a range of internal departments and programs committed to staff safety and development. VLA has a friendly and inclusive culture of people working to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged Victorians.

How to apply:
Submit a current resume and completed Candidate Application Form addressing the specified key selection criteria. Separate responses to all of the key selection criteria outlined in the position description are not required. You must complete the candidate application form to be considered for this role.

For further information review the attached position description or contact Tim Marsh, Chief Counsel on (03) 9269 0578.

Closing date for applications: 11.59pm Sunday 26th August 2018.

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