Senior Advocate, Independent Mental Health Advocacy

Take on a leadership role in a dedicated team of non-legal advocates, making a difference in the lives of people who are receiving compulsory treatment under the Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic).
Job Details
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Department: Victoria Legal Aid
Work Type: Ongoing - part time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: VLA4
Work Location: Melbourne - Southern Metro
Reference: VG/1638A
Closing Date: 23-Jul-2019
Salary Range: $88,436 - $110,543
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Senior Advocate Dandenong PD #1638.pdf (PDF, 134KB)


Contact: Belinda Brady, Manager - Mental Health Advocacy
(03) 9093 3701

Position Details

  • Part time (0.9FTE) ongoing position, based in Dandenong
  • Salary commensurate with experience, range: $88,436 - $110,543 (pro rata) plus superannuation
  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging

About the role:
In this varied and challenging position, you will supervise and support a small team of non-legal advocates as they deliver quality support services to clients who are undergoing compulsory mental health treatment under the Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic).

As a senior team member, you will provide supervision and mentoring to the team, monitor and manage caseload issues and ensure that effective debriefing practices are upheld to support the health and wellbeing of your team members.

You will provide advocacy services in complex matters and empower your clients to know and exercise their rights within the mental health system, allowing them to participate as much as possible in decisions relating to their own assessment, treatment and recovery.

About you:
You have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and employ these alongside your understanding of the mental health sector to advocate on behalf of your clients. You are dedicated to ensuring your clients have the knowledge and tools available to participate as much as possible in decisions surrounding their treatment and recovery. Your strong belief in the rights of individuals who are experiencing the mental health system will inform your approach to communication, negotiation and strategic influence, as you build positive and mutually beneficial relationships with a broad range of stakeholders; including clients, service providers and clinicians.

Crucial to your success in this role is your experience in supporting and leading a team through often challenging work, and your ability to build a team environment which supports individual and team development and prioritises staff health and wellbeing.

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

Employee benefits:
We offer attractive employment benefits including salary packaging (making part of your salary tax-free), flexible working arrangements, family friendly policies and opportunities for professional development. Whilst the work is challenging, you will be rewarded with a culture that is focused on achieving quality outcomes for disadvantaged Victorians.

How to apply:
Please submit a cover letter, current resume and address the key selection criteria (KSC). You must address the KSC to be considered for this role. Please also include the contact details of two referees.

For further information review the attached position description or contact Belinda Brady, Manager- Mental Health Advocacy on (03) 9093 3701.

No agency applications will be accepted.

Applications close by 11.59pm on Tuesday 23 July 2019


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