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I work for NSW | NSW Government

Category:
Government >
Legal

Job Type:
Full-time Permanent/Temporary

Location:
Sydney
Australia

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ABOUT LEGAL AID NSW


Legal Aid NSW is the largest legal aid agency in Australia, comprising a Central Sydney office and 25 regional offices in metropolitan and regional centres across NSW. Legal Aid NSW also has specialist services for priority client groups and an extensive outreach program. It was established under the Legal Aid Commission Act 1979 as an independent authority to assist economically and socially disadvantaged people to understand and protect their rights in the legal system.  People with disabilities, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, women and children, Indigenous people, refugees and people with mental illness are some groups who may experience difficulties when enforcing and defending their rights.

 

ABOUT THE ROLE


The Civil Law Service for Aboriginal Communities (CLSAC) delivers holistic, client-centred and culturally sensitive legal services to Aboriginal people and communities throughout NSW. Through outreach and phone services, CLSAC provides high quality legal advice, casework and community legal education to improve outcomes for our clients. CLSAC works with Aboriginal communities and community workers to increase their capacity to deal with civil law problems as they arise and works in partnership with other legal and non-legal services. Legal problems typically include consumer law, housing, Centrelink, fines and human rights matters. CLSAC also engages in strategic advocacy about systemic issues facing Aboriginal people across NSW.

 

The Solicitor in Charge role provides senior management, direction and leadership of the team to deliver the goals of the service. The successful candidate will:  

  • Provide leadership and expert guidance to legal officers and other staff to ensure the delivery of high-quality legal services and compliance with Legal Aid NSW policies, guidelines and practice management standards. 
  • Develop, deliver, monitor and review service delivery plans 
  • Manage change impacting the team 
  • Manage resourcing and develop staff 
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders 
  • Contribute to the civil law executive and leadership of the civil law division

 

ABOUT YOU


The successful applicant will be an experienced Aboriginal lawyer and manager who has worked with Aboriginal clients and communities and has the capability to manage a large and diverse workforce and legal practice. You will be able to manage change effectively in a high volume and variable work environment. The successful applicant will work collaboratively and find innovative ways to deliver on CLSAC’s vision to contribute to self-determining communities that are culturally and socially strong, healthy and equipped to deal with civil justice issues. 

Note: This position is available for Aboriginal people only. Aboriginality is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised by Section 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act, 1977.

 

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS


  • Aboriginality
  • Qualifications to practise as an Australian legal practitioner
  • NSW Practising Certificate 
  • Drivers Licence
  • Comprehensive understanding and knowledge of working with Aboriginal clients and communities
  • Willingness to undertake a Criminal Record Check and/or working with Children Check
  • Hold Australian or NZ citizenship or Australian Permanent Resident 

 

HOW TO APPLY


Applications MUST be submitted online through www.iworkfor.nsw.gov.au to be considered. No late applications will be accepted.

 
Applicants should read the Role Description and consider the Focus Capabilities and Key Accountabilities when preparing their resume and cover letter.


Applicants are requested to attach:


• current resume / curriculum vitae (CV) (maximum 5 pages)


• cover letter (maximum 2 pages) responding to the following two questions:

 

  1. Describe your approach to leading a diverse team of legal and non-legal staff to deliver best practice, culturally responsive legal services to Aboriginal people and communities. Identify two challenges you may encounter and how you would address them.
  1. Please outline your experience and capabilities responding to systemic issues within the justice system experienced by Aboriginal people.

 

The selection process will include a range of comparative assessment techniques to assist in determining capability and suitability for the role.


This recruitment will be used to fill any current vacancies and may be used to create a Talent Pool for similar temporary or ongoing future vacancies that may arise over the next 18 months.


OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION


Legal Aid NSW welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds, including people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the LGBTI community, and other diverse communities.


Legal Aid NSW provides dignified access to accommodate the diverse needs of our community.  We acknowledge and support the access needs of people with visible and invisible disabilities, as such all of our offices are accessible.


If you require a reasonable adjustment in order to participate in the recruitment process, or you are looking for general information about our reasonable adjustment process, please contact our team via email, and advise your preferred method of communication: erecruitment@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.


FURTHER INFORMATION


• Ongoing opportunity at Central Sydney with opportunities to work flexibly (35HPW)
• Enquiries: Convenor Meredith Osborne on (02) 9219 6327 or meredith.osborne@legalaid.nsw.gov.au
• Applying for a Role
• Working at Legal Aid NSW


To ensure recruitment at Legal Aid NSW continues without interruption during the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual methods may be used for interviews and assessments. This may include interviews conducted by video, telephone interviewing, Microsoft Teams meetings and online assessments.

 

 

 

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