ACE Officer

A Unique opportunity to improve delivery of VLA’s services to First Nations clients in the Shepparton Region to access legal services.
Job Details
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Department: Victoria Legal Aid
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Classification: VLA3 - V3AO5C
Work Location: Shepparton - Goulburn
Reference: VG/1690668
Closing Date: 05-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $74,178 - $95,992
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: CAF - ACEO Shepparton #1720.docx (Word, 145KB)

ACE Officer Shepparton PD #1720.docx (Word, 145KB)

Contact: Natasha Vanderheyden

Position Details

Aboriginal Community Engagement Officer, Shepparton

• Full time ongoing position
• Salary based on experience, range: $74,178 - $95,992 plus super
• Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging

About the role:
Victoria Legal Aid's (VLA) Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is centred upon improving access to legal services by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and advocating for systemic change.

In this role, you will directly contribute to improving how VLA delivers services to the First Nations community in the Goulburn region and wider Victoria. This is a specialist, non-legal role predominantly focussing on family violence with client support, community engagement and empowering people through knowledge. At times, you may be required to assist in the often-complex nature of intersecting criminal, family and civil legal needs of an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander client and assist them to access tailored support and legal help.

Based at our Shepparton office, you will work collaboratively and engage with internal and external stakeholders to support First Nations clients and community to access services, including client liaison and warm referrals to appropriate support agencies.

About you:
As our ideal candidate:
• Demonstrated knowledge and lived experience of First Nation communities in Victoria, including an awareness of the social, demographic, economic, health and housing issues that inhibit access to justice and of appropriate services.
• Strong communication skills (written and verbal), with the ability to effectively build rapport and establish relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to support service delivery.
• Qualifications and/or experience demonstrating knowledge and skills working with First Nations people in justice or a community service-related area (desirable).
Please note that this position is only open to First Nations people (mandatory).

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 Natasha Vanderheyden Regional Manager, Shepparton on (03) 92690303

No agency applications will be accepted.

Applications close by 11.59pm on 5th Febuary 2023

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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