Senior Lawyer

Seeking passionate Senior Civil Justice Lawyers to provide crucial legal services to communities affected by the 2022 floods in regional Victoria.
Job Details
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Department: Victoria Legal Aid
Work Type: Fixed term - full time or part time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VLA4 - V4LO4B
Work Location: Multiple Locations
Closing Date: 14-Jul-2024
Salary Range: $98,902 - $123,624
Job Duration: Up to 2 years
Attachments: Candidate application form - Flood funded Senior Civil Justice Lawyer #0000.docx (Word, 228KB)

Senior Civil Justice lawyer Region and Services Delivery PD.docx (Word, 234KB)

Contact: Bek Lange, Project Officer, Regions
(03) 5559 7233

Position Details

  • Full time/part time maximum term position up to 2 years
  • Salary based on experience, range: $98,902 - $123,624 (pro rata) plus super
  • Up to $15,900 in salary packaging and hybrid WFH & office model
  • Flexibility regarding office base. Candidates able to identify office preference based on available options: Bendigo, Shepparton, Mildura, Horsham, or Ballarat.

About the role:
We are currently seeking dedicated Senior Civil Justice Lawyers to join our team at Victoria Legal Aid (VLA). In this role, you will be instrumental in delivering essential legal services, including providing expert legal advice, representing clients in courts, and contributing to community well-being.

With a particular focus on supporting communities impacted by the October 2022 floods, you will support the civil justice practice in the regional catchment by implementing services that will assist VLA to reach disadvantaged clients. This includes outreach services, stakeholder partnerships (including the local community legal centre and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations), and community engagement. This is an exciting opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people affected by natural disasters and contribute to building community resilience.

We have 3x full time or part time positions available across our regional VLA offices, namely Bendigo, Shepparton, Mildura, Horsham, and Ballarat.

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

  • A current Australian practising certificate which entitles you to practise in Victoria as a government legal practitioner (mandatory).
  • Proven ability to handle complex legal matters including areas such as tenancy, social security, and mental health law, or other areas of law typically within the scope of VLA's Civil Justice Program.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication abilities, especially when working with disadvantaged clients.
  • Ability to supervise and mentor staff, contributing to their development in civil law.
  • Commitment to working collaboratively and fostering a supportive team environment.
  • Experience working with First Nations Australians, including an understanding of cultural norms and issues.
  • Comfortable traveling frequently to flood-affected regions for outreach, with occasional overnight stays as needed.

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:

  • Focus on work-life balance including flexible working arrangements
  • Hybrid work from home & office model
  • Training and professional development opportunities
  • Excellent salary packaging options including General Expenses up to $15,900, Meals & Entertainment up to $2,650 and Novated Leasing
  • Relocation allowance available for those relocating for the role.

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 Bek Lange, Project Officer, Regions and Service Delivery, on (03) 5559 7233

No agency applications will be accepted.

Applications close by 11.59pm on Sunday, 14 July 2024

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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