Deputy Managing Lawyer

Make a profound and meaningful impact by joining our innovative Legal Help team as the Deputy Managing Lawyer.
Job Details
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Department: Victoria Legal Aid
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VLA4 - V4LO4M
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DMLLHV2
Closing Date: 24-Sep-2023
Salary Range: $109,071 - $121,188
Job Duration: Up to 12 months
Attachments: Deputy Managing Lawyer Legal Help Position Description.docx (Word, 225KB)

Contact: Gary Lung - Managing Lawyer
(03) 9269 0490

Position Details

  • Full time maximum term position up to 12 months
  • Salary based on experience, range: $109,071 - $121,188 plus super
  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging

About the role:
In this dynamic role you will manage and lead team of Senior Legal Help Lawyers, assist in day-to-day operations, establish stakeholder partnerships, provide legal supervision and assistance with complaints and review and update service agreements and protocols.
You will stay up to date with legal developments and contribute to direct service delivery. Additionally, you will support staff operations and foster a positive team culture and undertake additional duties as needed to support program and strategic plan.
This role is more than just a job. It's an opportunity to make a real impact and to create meaningful change and empower those who seek justice.

About Legal Help:
Legal Help is an innovative access to justice contact centre. It is the gateway to Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) and proposed main entry point to the legal assistance sector in Victoria under the Access to Justice reforms.
This program is a leader in technology and the law. It provides responsive and targeted high-quality legal help to community members by diagnosing legal problems in a wide range of areas, providing legal information, legal advice and referrals to legal and non-legal services. Legal Help facilitates much needed access to legal advice and information for people living in rural or regional areas who may not be able to travel to a legal office.

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

  • People management and leadership capabilities in motivating a team, providing supervision, mentoring and debriefing, and fostering a cooperative and supportive team environment.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work as a highly skilled lawyer and/or legal policy officer in complex matters including criminal law, family law and/or civil justice.
  • Substantial knowledge or practical experience in the law and relevant court procedures across a range of jurisdictions.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with a range of stakeholders, including clients from diverse backgrounds.

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 cover letter.

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 Gary Lung, Managing Lawyer on (03) 9269 0490.

No agency applications will be accepted.

Applications close by 11.59pm on Sunday 24 September 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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