Managing Lawyer, Therapeutic Courts

Join our Criminal Law Program in the role of Managing Lawyer and lead the delivery of our specialist therapeutic court services and the development of criminal law therapeutic legal skills across the State. The role will manage the provision of quality legal assistance to the most socially and economically disadvantaged members of the community experiencing drug addiction and mental health issues.
Job Details
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Department: Victoria Legal Aid
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VLA5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/1815
Closing Date: 05-Jan-2018
Salary Range: $105,196 - $133,886
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Managing Lawyer, Therapeutic Courts PD #1815.pdf (PDF, 179KB)


Contact: Helen Fatouros, Executive Director, Criminal Law Services
(03) 9269 0580

Position Details

  • Lead the delivery of specialist therapeutic court services across Victoria
  • Full time ongoing position based in Melbourne CBD
  • Salary commensurate with experience, range: $105,196 – $133,886 plus superannuation
  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging

About the role:
Reporting to the Program Manager, this new role will provide quality leadership and management of lawyers delivering services in specialist therapeutic courts including Drug Courts, Assessment and Referral Court and the Neighbourhood Justice Centre.

You will lead and supervise a diverse team of lawyers undertaking legal work with a focus on promoting strong therapeutic justice outcomes for clients and the community. You will also provide expert legal advice and conduct high-level casework where appropriate alongside your management duties. This role provides an exceptional opportunity for an experienced managing lawyer to be part of a progressive and dynamic organisation committed to advocating for and delivering innovative and effective therapeutic legal services across the State.

About you:
You are an engaged leader with demonstrated people management and leadership capabilities including proven experience in developing, managing and motivating a team. You will be a senior lawyer with substantial practicing experience in criminal law and the delivery and coordination of legal services within a therapeutic court setting. You will also have a good understanding of current trends, issues and challenges impacting the justice system and needs of vulnerable clients.

Crucial to your success in this role will be your highly developed communication, stakeholder management and negotiation skills in fostering collaborative relationships to enable effective service delivery across specialist therapeutic courts. You will also demonstrate a commitment to our vision and values and a belief in the use of therapeutic approaches within the criminal justice system.

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 14 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 Helen Fatouros, Executive Director, Criminal Law on (03) 9269 0580.

Applications close by 11.59pm on Friday 5 January 2018


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