Employment

Community Lawyer –Mabels, WELS and Family Violence Initiatives

ECLC is seeking a motivated and experienced lawyer to deliver intensive and integrated family violence legal assistance to women experiencing or at risk of experiencing family violence.

  • Full-time, ongoing contract
  • Opportunity to be part of innovative Health Justice Partnerships and Integrated Practice Programs
  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging, leave loading and additional paid leave over Christmas/New Year

About the Role

The Family Violence Initiatives Team provides a multidisciplinary approach to legal assistance to ensure that the intertwined legal, health, social and financial needs of women and their children experiencing family violence are considered.

Since 2015, ECLC has been engaged in Mabels, a health justice partnership with key stakeholders in the Eastern region that provides an integrated, wrap-around service to women and children at risk of, or experiencing family violence, particularly at an early stage.

In 2016, the SAGE program was developed to provide a unique model for providing intensive wraparound legal, family violence and financial counselling support to women with increased vulnerability experiencing, or at risk of, family violence with multiple legal issues.

In 2019, Eastern Community Legal Centre and Eastern Health partnered to establish WELS, a Health Justice Partnership, based on the Mabels model, that seeks to provide an earlier intervention for women experiencing or at risk of experiencing family violence attending the health service for antenatal care.

The Community Lawyer (Mabels, WELS & FVI) will have the opportunity to work across these programs and will ideally have considerable experience in family violence, family law, child protection and generalist law and the ability to deliver holistic and high quality early intervention legal assistance to women and their children experiencing, or at risk of experiencing family violence.

Skills Required

You will be eligible to hold an unrestricted Victorian Practising Certificate and have demonstrated post-admission experience in a broad range of legal matters.  You will be a compassionate person who respects people, their circumstances and decisions and take a holistic approach to your work.  You are comfortable operating both autonomously and within a cohesive team, and have the ability to prioritise and manage multiple, competing demands.  Specifically, you will have:

  • Demonstrated post-admission experience in a range of matters including family violence, family law, child protection and generalist law.
  • Commitment to meeting the legal needs of women and children experiencing, or at risk of experiencing family violence.
  • Experience in working within an integrated or multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to work within an early intervention family violence legal assistance model.

This position is based at ECLC’s Boronia location (and integrated outreach locations across Melbourne’s east) however, due to the current restrictions in place in Victoria, this role includes an initial working from home arrangement. Working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, you will be expected to have exceptional communication and the ability to build positive relationships to support your role.

For more information: Position Description – Community Lawyer -Mabels WELS and Family Violence Initiatives (Nov 2020)

If you want to contribute to the 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, 22 November 2020 to Michael Smith, Chief Executive Officer; employment@eclc.org.au.

For questions please contact Susan Amos, Co-ordinator – Mabels – on 0437 743 549.

Applications must clearly address the selection criteria. Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.


Intake and Administration Officer – SAGE

This is an exciting opportunity for a passionate and motivated individual to join a program delivering intensive and holistic legal, social and financial counselling support to women responding to family violence.

  • Part-time (2 days per week), ongoing position
  • Boronia Location with initial working from home arrangement due to current pandemic
  • Attractive employee benefits including tax effective salary packaging, leave loading, additional paid leave over Christmas/New Year and on-site parking as well as flexible working options and flexi-time/time in lieu

About the role

As a key member of ECLC’s SAGE program, the Intake and Administration Officer (SAGE) will work as part of an integrated team including a community lawyer, family violence advocate, financial counsellor and other professionals to assist in improving access to justice and support services for women who have experienced family violence.

The role of the Intake and Administration Officer (SAGE) provides: program administration (including data reporting); administrative support to the SAGE team; and, provides accessible, efficient and effective intake services to those seeking assistance through SAGE including: information provision; initial legal needs identification; and risk assessment.

Skills Required

You will hold a relevant qualifications in community services, youth work or similar and experience in administration and client services within the community legal sector.

You will also have demonstrated experience working with vulnerable client groups and those with complex needs. You will be a compassionate person who respects people, their circumstances and decisions.

Specifically, you will have:

  • exceptional organisational and administrative skills
  • commitment to social justice and equality, particularly for women experiencing family violence
  • high level written and oral communication skills

For more information: Position Description – Intake and Administration Officer (SAGE)

Applications can be made by apply by forwarding a cover letter, CV and responses to the key selection criteria contained in the position description to the Chief Executive Officer, Michael Smith; employment@eclc.org.au. Applications close midnight on Sunday, 29 November 2020


Eastern Community Legal Centre welcomes candidates with experience of disability, and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for this position.

Eastern Community Legal Centre has zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to creating and maintaining a child safe organisation where protecting children and preventing and responding to child abuse is embedded in the everyday thinking and practice of all employees, contractors and volunteers.

Eastern Community Legal Centre is committed to supporting those within the workplace who are experiencing family violence and to create a workplace in which family violence has no place.

Eastern Community Legal Centre welcomes applications from current volunteers of the Centre. It is the position of Eastern Community Legal Centre however, that a person cannot be engaged as both a paid employee and a volunteer of the Centre. Please note that if successful in the recruitment process, any current volunteer would be unable to continue in their volunteering role for the duration of their engagement.

Eastern Community Legal Centre reserves the right not to make an appointment in a position.

ECLC employees are expected to comply with the ECLC Code of Conduct.

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

 

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