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WESTERN COMMUNITY LEGAL CENTRE LTD

The Organisation:

WEstjustice is a leading community legal centre providing free services to vulnerable and disadvantaged people. From our offices in Footscray, Werribee and Sunshine and through our outreach services we provide advice, representation and education on a broad range of issues including employment, discrimination, consumer disputes, tenancy, credit and debt, family disputes, family violence, criminal law, infringements, children’s law and more.

WEstjustice believes in a just and fair society where the law and its processes do not discriminate against people experiencing vulnerability. We provide free legal education, undertake law reform activities and work in partnership with their local communities to deliver projects that improve access to justice.

WEstjustice’s purpose is to service the legal needs in the West in a way that addresses the systemic nature of disadvantage.

 

Legal Director – Economic Justice Program

 

  • Legal service providing free services to the Melbourne West community
  • Lead the Economic Justice team to provide access to justice and assist people experiencing economic and financial centric issues.
  • Apply expertise to deliver a best practice and high impact program involving integrated multidisciplinary practice models with an overarching emphasis on law reform, systemic impact and systems improvement.
  • Manage a dynamic workforce and work closely with the CEO and Senior Management Team.

 

Benefits and Culture

  • Competitive salary with salary packaging
  • Up to 5 hours study leave per week
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Passionate, professional and dedicated team
  • Focus on career development
  • Werribee-based location

 

The Role

This is an exciting time to be joining WEstjustice and leading this dynamic program. You will oversee innovative economically and financially centric programs, services and clinics to provide access to justice whilst also addressing the underlying causes and effects of disadvantage and systemic impact reform.

The Economic Justice Team is based at our Werribee office. You will manage a well-regarded and established team of legal practitioners and financial counsellors, as well as multi-disciplinary partnerships, to provide legal, financial and health services to a range of clients experiencing disadvantage.  

In addition to direct service delivery, you will lead the team’s reform agenda to promote systemic change and improve accessibility, laws and processes for people experiencing disadvantage. You will also manage relationships with a range of stakeholders that includes partners, governments and potential funders.

Working closely with the CEO you will collaborate and contribute to the wider organisational strategy to ensure best practice, accountability and impact.

We are therefore looking for a person who is ready to help WEstjustice reform, change and, at times, disrupt the current systems to create better life outcomes for our communities in the West. 

 

Skills Required

You will be qualified in law and have experience as a senior member of a legal team, leading and managing staff with the ability to hold a Principal Practising Certificate. Your background may come from a private law firm, a legal aid commission or community legal services.

You will also have:

  • Extensive experience in general legal practice across a range of areas of law including banking, insurance, debt, consumer, economic abuse, tenancy and infringements.
  • Relevant experience working with people experiencing financial hardship.
  • Experience in leading a team or impact area, including management of program staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and confidently to engage with a diverse range of stakeholders and to build strong partnerships.
  • Ability to collaborate with a senior management team and make strategic decisions.
  • Strong commitment to social justice and community engagement, including a demonstrated understanding of the social context of law and the issues faced by communities experiencing vulnerability and/or disadvantage.
  • Sound time management skills and ability to deal with competing priorities under pressure.
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, WEstjustice’s Vision, Purpose, Strategy and Impact Areas.

 The Position Description is available here.

 

If you want to use your legal and leadership skills to assisting people experiencing disadvantage, please send your resume together with a cover letter responding to the key selection criteria (in the Position Description) to an@westjustice.org.au or melissah@westjustice.org.au no later than COB Friday, 17 December 2021. Alternatively, please call An Huynh on 03 9749 7720 for a confidential discussion.

 

 

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Donate

Please contact us on (03) 9749 7720 if you wish to make a donation to WEstjustice.

Donations over $2.00 are tax deductable.

 

 

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Volunteer

Unfortunately, WEstjustice does not currently have any vacancies. Please feel free to revisit this page in the new year. 

 

WEstjustice relies heavily on the work of legal and non-legal volunteers. Volunteer roles include:

  • Policy volunteers (at capacity)
  • Administrative volunteers (at capacity)
  • Paralegal volunteers (at capacity)
  • Solicitor volunteers (at capacity)

Skills we require of all of our volunteers include:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Reliability and punctuality

We ask that volunteers give us a minimum commitment of twelve months.

Demand for volunteer positions may vary.

If there is a position available and you are a suitable candidate, we will contact you.

How to apply

If you are interested in volunteering with WEstjustice, please complete the Volunteer Application Form and email it along with your resume to admin@westjustice.org.au. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please clearly state in the subject line when (day or night service) and at which branch (Werribee or Footscray) you would prefer to volunteer.

Please contact our office on (03) 9749 7720 if you have any questions.

 

 

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Student Internships

WEstjustice has partnered with Victoria University to offer internships to law students of Victoria University.

Our Victoria University internship program offers law students practical experience in working with vulnerable clients with complex needs in our fines, youth and family law clinics.

Students may also have the opportunity to appear on behalf of clients at Melbourne Magistrates Court, under the supervision of a staff lawyer (Sunshine Youth Office only).

Contact

WEstjustice on (03) 9749 7720 or admin@westjustice.org.au.

 

"I am extremely grateful for the knowledge and experience I have gained at WEstjustice Sunshine. I am not only interning alongside fellow VU classmates but we are supervised by lawyers who are passionate about giving youth a voice in the legal system."

Clinton, Intern, Sunshine Youth Office, appearing at Melbourne Magistrates Court.

 

 

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WE are located

  • Footscray
  • Werribee
  • Sunshine
Footscray

Level 1 / 72 Buckley Street, Footscray VIC 3011

Tel: + 61 3 9749 7720
Fax: + 61 3 9749 8276
Email:  admin@westjustice.org.au

Office hours:
Monday to Friday, 9.00am-1.00pm and 2:00pm-5:00pm. (Office currently closed due to COVID-19 situation)

Please call us to get legal help (appointment time needed).

Werribee

Level 1 / 8 Watton Street, Werribee VIC 3030

Tel: + 61 3 9749 7720
Fax: + 61 3 9749 8276
Email:  admin@westjustice.org.au

Office hours:
Monday to Friday, 9.00am-5:00pm. (Office currently closed due to COVID-19 situation)

Please call us to get legal help (appointment time needed).

Sunshine

Visy Cares Hub, 80B Harvester Road, Sunshine VIC 3020

Tel: + 61 3 9091 8237
Fax: + 61 3 9091 8207
Email:  admin@westjustice.org.au

Office hours:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 9.30am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-4.30pm.

Drop-in service on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9.30am-4.30pm, for people up to 25 years old ONLY.