Director – Legal Services (Principal Lawyer)

  • Full-time (or part-time neg.); fixed term contract to April 2019
  • Senior leadership position
  • Attractive employee benefits including tax-effective salary packaging, leave loading on annual leave and additional paid leave over Christmas/New Year

 The Organisation

Eastern Community Legal Centre (ECLC) has been working with individuals and communities for over 40 years to resolve legal problems, improve laws and legal processes and alleviate socio-economic disadvantage. ECLC’s vision is a community that respects and upholds human rights, fairness, and justice.

ECLC aims to make legal help available to all those in the community who would otherwise not have access to a lawyer, whilst prioritising services and targeting programs to those who experience acute disadvantage.

The Role

The Director – Legal Services (Principal Lawyer) provides leadership, management and oversight across the Legal Services Directorate, the legal practice and a number of key projects, particularly in relation to family violence. The Director also manages and guides the strategic advocacy, law reform and policy initiatives of ECLC.

ECLC’s Director – Legal Services has been appointed as the CEO of the Federation of Community Legal Centres on a 10-month secondment. The Centre seeks a suitably qualified community lawyer and sector leader to act in this role for that period.

Although the role requires considerable legal expertise and experience, the Director undertakes very limited direct client work. As a growing dynamic organisation addressing diverse community need, the Director also engages with key partnerships and services across the region and beyond, through a layered collaborative approach.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leadership and strategic direction
  • Oversight of the Legal Practice
  • Supervision and support of Managing Lawyers, Manager Major Projects
  • Partnership and Community development
  • Developing Integrated Practice
  • Strategic Advocacy and Law Reform

There is no closing date of applications. Applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and document addressing the key selection criteria contained in the position description at their earliest convenience to employment@eclc.org.au.

Director – Legal Services (Principal Lawyer) Position Description Word/ PDF

Feedback: ECLC does not have capacity to provide feedback to all applicants. Those who are interviewed will be provided feedback on request.

ECLC employees will be expected to comply with the ECLC Code of Conduct.

All terms and conditions of employment are contained in the ECLC Enterprise Agreement 2013-2016.

Project Officer – Free from Violence (Elder Abuse)

Seeking a skilled professional to engage in community consultation and to coordinate the development and delivery of an elder abuse project.

  • Part-time (2 days per week/15 hours)
  • Fixed term contract to July 2019
  • Opportunity to enhance elder abuse prevention in the eastern region
  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging, leave loading and additional paid leave over Christmas/New Year

The Organisation

Eastern Community Legal Centre responds to the legal and related needs of the communities across Melbourne’s east, with a focus on those most vulnerable. Professional and innovative services are delivered from three offices and numerous outreach locations.

The Role

The Project Officer – Free from Violence will work directly with communities to better understand the drivers of elder abuse and project partners to build capacity within the sector to undertake prevention work. The Elder Abuse Prevention Co-ordinator will have a broad understanding of elder abuse within the context of family violence, a strong partnership and advocacy background, and commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable older people.

Skills Required

You will hold tertiary qualifications in the social, health or behavioural sciences, or have significant experience in a relevant field, and be a compassionate person with the ability to explore and understand the multiple dimensions of elder abuse and challenges facing older people

Additionally, you will have:

  • Demonstrated project coordination experience in a community setting
  • Understanding of and experience working within a primary prevention framework
  • Experience engaging in community consultation, particularly with members of disadvantaged and vulnerable communities
  • A highly consultative and collaborative approach and the ability to engage with agency stakeholders

This position is part-time based at ECLC’s Boronia location (providing specialist services across Melbourne’s East).

Attractive remuneration will be negotiated with the successful applicant based on qualifications, skills and experience.

Position Description: Project Officer – Free from Violence (Elder Abuse) Position Description Word/PDF

If you want to contribute to the growth and success of an organisation working towards a community that respects and upholds the values of human rights, fairness and justice, please apply by forwarding a cover letter, CV and responses to the key selection criteria contained in the Position Description by Sunday, 9 September to the Chief Executive Officer: Michael Smith; people@eclc.org.au.

Applications must clearly address the selection criteria contained in the position description. Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered

 Feedback: Unfortunately, ECLC does not have capacity to provide feedback to all applicants. Those who are interviewed will be provided feedback on request.

Page updated August 20, 2018
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