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WESTERN COMMUNITY LEGAL CENTRE LTD

The Organisation:

WEstjustice are a leading community legal centre providing free services to vulnerable and disadvantaged people. From their offices in Footscray, Werribee and Sunshine and through their outreach services they provide advice on a broad range of issues including employment, discrimination, consumer disputes, tenancy, credit and debt, family disputes, family violence, criminal law and more.

WEstjustice believe in a just and fair society where the law and its processes do not discriminate against vulnerable people. They 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.

 


Program Manager – Tenancy (Economic Justice Program)

  • Legal service providing free services to the Melbourne West community.
  • Lead a dynamic team of lawyers assisting tenants experiencing vulnerability.
  • Use your expertise to deliver a best practice and high impact service through partnership and collaboration.

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
  • Gratis leave between Christmas Day and New Years Day

The Role

WEstjustice is seeking to employ a full time permanent Tenancy Program Manager.

The Tenancy Program Manager will take on a leadership role in a dedicated team of tenancy lawyers and provide exceptional service delivery to tenants experiencing vulnerability. They will support a team of lawyers by providing training and developing innovative ideas and partnerships to improve the lives of tenants experiencing vulnerability, in line with the strategic direction of WEstjustice.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a lawyer to join a fast paced and dynamic service.

The position will be responsible for leading our innovative tenancy programs, services and clinics to provide access to justice whilst also addressing the underlying causes and effects of disadvantage and systemic impact reform. You will work with the Legal Director and Program Managers of the Economic Justice team to ensure that WEstjustice achieves its purpose, vision and strategic priorities.

Skills Required

The person we are seeking will be on an unrestricted practising certificate with demonstrated tenancy experience and have the proven ability to relate to clients experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage.

Your background may come from a private law firm, a legal aid commission or community legal services.

A copy of the position description is available here.

Please send your resume together with a cover letter responding to the key selection criteria to An Huynh, Operations Director an@westjustice.org.au no later than 11.59pm Sunday, 19 September 2021. Applications will be considered as they come through with interviews potentially being held before the close date.

If you have any questions, please call Matthew Martin on 03 9749 7720 for a confidential discussion.

The successful applicant will require a current Working with Children’s Check and a Police Check or be prepared to apply for both.

Applicants must possess the right to work in Australia.

Remuneration

Salary range - $95,000 – $99,000 per annum (depending on experience), plus employer funded superannuation in accordance with Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 (Cth). In addition, generous salary packaging is available (including access to Accommodation and Meal Entertainment packaging).

 

WEstjustice is committed to building a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people living with a disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, mature age workers and LGBTIQ-identifying people. 

 

 


Change Manager

  • Legal service providing free services to the Melbourne West community
  • Help bring our Digital Management Strategy to life
  • Work closely with humanIT as the IT managed service provider
  • Assist with the design and delivery of training programs and advocate for technology change to effectively support staff transition
  • Implement change management plans to maximise adoption and minimise resistance
  • Use your expertise to coach senior leaders and executives in their role as change sponsors

Benefits and Culture

  • Salary packaging available
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Passionate, professional and dedicated team
  • Part time role with potential to grow (dependent on need)

The Role

This is an exciting chance to join WEstjustice in this newly created role. As part of our new Digital Management Strategy review and process we are seeking to employ a Change Manager on a fixed term 12 month contract at 0.2-0.4EFT with the possibility to increase/extend depending on need.

This is a great opportunity for a self-driven person looking for a part time flexible role to help effectively support change management activities, which in turn will help WEstjustice improve service delivery models and advocate for real and effective change for its clients and community. We are therefore looking for a person who is ready to help WEstjustice reform, change and build staff capacity to adopt technology changes.

The successful applicant may be asked to attend our different office locations (Footscray, Werribee and/or Sunshine – outside of COVID-19 restrictions) to support the delivery of training programs to staff.

Skills Required

You will have experience with change management principles, methodologies and tools and have a working knowledge of community legal centre practices. You will have exceptional communications skills and be able to advocate for and influence others to move towards a common vision.

A copy of the position description is available here.

If you have the skills we are looking for in a Change Manager, please send your resume together with a cover letter responding to the key selection criteria (skills and qualifications section of the position description) to an@westjustice.org.au no later than 11.59pm Sunday, 19 September 2021. Applications will be considered as they come through with interviews potentially being held before the close date.

Please call An Huynh on 03 9749 7720 for a confidential discussion.

The successful applicant will require a current Working with Children’s Check and a Police Check or be prepared to apply for both.

Applicants must possess the right to work in Australia.

WEstjustice is committed to building a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people living with a disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, mature age workers and LGBTIQ-identifying people. 

 

 

 

 

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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.