Advocate, IMHA

Seeking an advocate to join our IMHA program and make a real difference in the lives of people at risk of or subject to compulsory treatment
Job Details
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Department: Victoria Legal Aid
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Other
Classification: VLA3 - V3AO5C
Work Location: Melbourne - Northern Metro
Reference: VG/2573
Closing Date: 03-Dec-2023
Salary Range: $75,669 - $97,921
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Advocate IMHA - Position Description.docx (Word, 231KB)

Candidate application form - Advocate IMHA.docx (Word, 232KB)

Contact: Emma Wilcox Davies - Manager, IMHA
(03) 9093 3718

Position Details

  • Full time ongoing position
  • Salary based on experience, range: $75,669 - $97,921 plus super
  • Up to $15,900 in salary packaging and hybrid WFH/office model

About the role:
In this role, you will provide intake and advocacy services to people at risk of or on compulsory treatment orders, assist people to understand and exercise their rights and enable them to participate in decisions about their treatment, care, and recovery. You will respond to enquiries from users of the program, mental health organisations and services including, but not limited to; hospitals, peer support workers, social workers, lawyers, caseworkers and other advocates.

About IMHA:
Our Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) team is a non-legal advocacy program that is staffed and led by professionals with diverse backgrounds including in community development, consumer advocacy, mental health advocacy, community sector advocacy, social work, mental health service provision or other similar fields.

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

  • Strong communication and negotiation skills, with an ability to quickly build trust and rapport with a diverse range of consumers and internal and external stakeholders.
  • A deep understanding of the challenges impacting Victorians when subject to compulsory treatment, and an ability to ‘stand up' on behalf of consumers.
  • A flexible, patient and supportive approach while remaining transparent. You will be a creative problem solver with either mental health support and/or advocacy experience.
  • Experience in one or more areas including; community development, mental health advocacy, community sector advocacy, social work, mental health service provision including in lived experience roles or other similar fields. If you bring mental health consumer experience, we would love to hear from you.
  • The ability to travel independently and readily through metropolitan and regional Victoria.

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 Emma Wilcox Davies - Manager, IMHA on (03) 9093 3718.

No agency applications will be accepted.

Applications close by 11.59pm on Sunday 3 December 2023

Other relevant information:
It is 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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