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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 mission is to service the legal needs in the West in a way that addresses the systemic nature of disadvantage

 

Program Manager - Employment and Equality Law Program

  • Rare opportunity for a senior employment lawyer to lead the delivery of critical legal services in the Western suburbs, in an ongoing role
  • Develop and maintain innovative programs that seek to address systemic disadvantage and unmet legal need
  • Be part of a well-regarded specialist service providing free employment and discrimination law advice to communities experiencing disadvantage

 

BENEFITS AND CULTURE

  • Competitive salary with generous salary packaging
  • Up to 5 hours study leave per week
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Full or part time work
  • Based in Footscray with outreach work at other sites

THE ROLE

This is an exciting ongoing opportunity for an experienced senior employment lawyer keen to work in an innovative community justice environment with clients experiencing disadvantage, and to be involved in addressing the systemic issues that contribute to workplace exploitation.

Reporting to the Legal Director, Employment and Equality Law Program (EELP), you will use your employment and discrimination law experience to improve the lives of workers by managing the delivery of legal advice, casework, advocacy, information, education, and community engagement activities.

You will undertake and supervise work with a range of clients including young people, people from newly arrived communities, international students, and women experiencing family violence. Our program assists with a wide range of employment matters including underpayment of wages and entitlements, sham contracting, unfair dismissals and general protections, unsafe work practices and employment-related discrimination and sexual harassment.

In addition to direct service delivery, you take a lead role within the team in coordinating and developing its outreach services and systemic impact advocacy, including proactively identifying law reform or policy issues and opportunities to make submissions and delivering those projects. You will contribute to organisational best practice, maintain relationships with a range of stakeholders that support our services, including pro-bono partners, volunteers, and interns, and represent the EELP at external forums and working groups.

The Program Manager will be primarily based at our Footscray office but may be required to work at our other offices (located in the western suburbs of Melbourne including Sunshine and Werribee, or the CBD) and/or partner organisation sites, depending on program need.

Generous salary packaging is available (including access to Accommodation and Meal Entertainment packaging).

SKILLS REQUIRED

You will be qualified in law and hold an unrestricted Victorian practicing certificate or be eligible for one.

You will also have:

  • a minimum of five years post admission experience
  • significant legal practice experience in employment and equality law, including supervising junior staff
  • demonstrated systemic advocacy experience, including leading and coordinating highly effective systemic impact work or campaigns.

The full key selection criteria are contained in the position description available here.

Please apply by midnight 21 August 2022 by sending your resume together with a cover letter responding to the each of the key selection criteria in the Position Description to recruitment@westjustice.org.au. Alternatively, please call Jennifer Jones, Legal Director, EELP, 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.

  

Operations and Practice Manager

  • Legal service providing free services to the Melbourne West community
  • Lead a passionate, professional, and dedicated Operations 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
  • Part-time role (0.6 FTE)

 

The Role

This is a great opportunity for a motivated and highly skilled person to join our friendly, dynamic and supportive team and lead the development and transformation of our legal and general practice.

The Operations and Practice Manager will be responsible for our operations and administration team and development and implementation of our systems and processes across our organisation

You will report to the Chief Executive Officer, engage with the management team, and oversee a well-regarded administration, data, and digital team.  

Skills Required

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

You will also have:

  • Leadership skills, including initiative, innovation, capacity to work and think independently and interest in driving system improvements and reform
  • Ability to work autonomously with limited direction from management
  • High interpersonal skills in dealing with public and/or other organizations
  • Experience in managing and supporting a team
  • Excellent time management, initiative, planning and organisation skills, including an ability to prioritise work and meet deadlines
  • High degree of professionalism and judgement with the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Ability to engage a diverse range of stakeholders and build strong partnerships
  • Prior change management experience and budget management
  • Prior legal practice management experience
  • Ability to work across a multidisciplinary team, including legal professionals, financial counsellors, social workers, community educators and development officers and administrators
  • A commitment to WEstjustice values and working with their clients and communities
  • A collaborative and innovative mindset

If you want to use your expertise to lead a high performing legal practice, please send your resume together with a cover letter responding to the skills required section above to recruitment@westjustice.org.au. Alternatively, please call Theresa Mai on 03 9749 7720 for a confidential discussion.

 The full key selection criteria are contained in the position description available here.

 

People and Culture Manager

  • Lead a dynamic, high performing and kind group of people and help shape our culture
  • Support our team to deliver integrated legal services to the Melbourne West community

 

The Organisation

WEstjustice is 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 and services across 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.

Our mission is to service the legal needs in the West in a way that addresses the systemic nature of disadvantage.

WEstjustice is committed to working towards justice for marginalised groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.  WEstjustice is committed to being a culturally safe, responsive and respectful organisation. Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is integral to these objectives and will provide the framework for our reconciliation journey. You can view our RAP at https://www.westjustice.org.au/about-us. 

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.

 

Benefits and Culture

  • Competitive salary with salary packaging
  • Study leave
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Passionate, professional and dedicated team
  • Focus on career development
  • Werribee-based location
  • Part-time role (0.6 FTE) (neg)

The Role

This is a great opportunity for a motivated and highly skilled person to join our friendly, dynamic and supportive team and lead the People and Culture function of our legal and general practice.

The People and Culture Manager will be responsible for the people related activities across our organisation and will report to the Chief Executive Officer, engage with the management team, and oversee a well-regarded team. 

With a focus of leading the development and implementation of our high performing legal practice, key focus areas will include:

  • Lead the development of our organisational culture
  • Manage the performance, compliance and wellbeing of employees, volunteers, and students.
  • Manage HR policies and procedures development and review application and risk management.
  • Maintain and enhance employee benefit programs.
  • Build and develop strong relationships with key stakeholders and people at all levels.
  • Advise and assist the management team on all people related matters – from recruitment to onboarding, development, performance management through to exits.
  • Contribute to the implementation of the WEstjustice Strategy 2020-2023 and the Impact Areas 2020-2023.

Skills Required

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

You will also have:

  • Leadership skills, including initiative, innovation, capacity to work and think independently and interest in driving system improvements and reform.
  • Experience in Human Resources function within an organisation of similar size to WEstjustice.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills in dealing with complex HR matters and employee wellbeing
  • Prior change management experience
  • Strong data and information technology skills, including a high level of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Excel),
  • Excellent time management, initiative, planning and organisation skills, including an ability to prioritise work and meet deadlines
  • High degree of professionalism and judgement with the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Ability to work across a multidisciplinary team, including legal professionals, financial counsellors, social workers, community educators and development officers and administrators.
  • Strong commitment to social justice, including a demonstrated understanding of the social context of law and the issues faced by vulnerable communities and the ability to contribute to WEstjustice’s systemic impact work.

 

The full key selection criteria are contained in the position description available here.

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 a service and workplace that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. We encourage all applications from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability, people from all genders, people from the LGBTQI community or people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. If there is any way we can make the application process more accessible, please do not hesitate to contact Theresa Mai. 

If you want to use your expertise to lead a high performing legal practice, please send your resume together with a cover letter responding to the skills required section above to recruitment@westjustice.org.au. Alternatively, please call Theresa Mai on 03 9749 7720 for a confidential discussion.

 

Youth Lawyer and Senior Lawyer 

Would you like to work for a courageous organisation that continuously strives to respect its people, advocating on behalf of Melbourne’s western suburbs youth and making a real impact?  Then we may have a lawyer and senior lawyer role that may be ideal for you!

Both roles will provide in reach and outreach criminal and civil legal services to children and young people aged 10-25 in diverse settings including at youth service hubs, residential care homes and schools.

The legal work includes advice, case work, in court advocacy and developing and delivering community legal education.  You will also contribute to law and policy reform activity and the achievement of our strategic advocacy priorities that aspire for excellent legal, including life, outcomes.  

You will be based at our Sunshine office but be required to work across our other offices in the Western suburbs (Footscray and Werribee) and outreach sites and report to the Program Manager/s.

Our ideal candidates are people who are admitted to practice, have demonstrated criminal law practice experience and ability to engage and communicate effectively with children and young people, many of whom have experienced childhood disadvantage, discrimination and trauma. The ideal candidate will also have a demonstrated ability to engage with a range of cross sector stakeholders.

Remuneration:

Salary range - $$91,429  for a lawyer p.a. or $95,000 to $99,867 for a senior lawyer 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).

For a copy of our position description for Lawyer available here.

For a copy of our position description for Senior Lawyer available here.

To apply, please email a short cover letter, your CV and your responses to the key selection criteria to recruitment@westjustice.org.au addressed to Theresa Mai, Senior HR Officer, by 5.00pm on Sunday 11th of September 2022. Please use the subject line: Youth Lawyer [your name] application via [website].

If you have any questions in relation to the role, please contact our office on 9749 7720 and ask to speak to Anoushka Jeronimus, Director Youth Law.

Late applications will not be considered.

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

Due to the role involving outreach, it is preferred that the applicant has access to their own vehicle. 

Applicants must possess the right to work in Australia.

About WEstjustice:
WEstjustice is a multidisciplinary, community-based legal centre committed to improving justice outcomes for the people of western Melbourne, and especially the most vulnerable in our community. It was formed in July 2015 through the amalgamation of the Footscray, Wyndham and Western Suburbs Community Legal Centres, which brought a long and proud history and experience to the new organisation.

 

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

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.

 

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

Workspace365, Level 2, 90 Maribyrnong St, Footscray VIC 3011 (temporary relocation)

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 to public due to COVID-19 situation)

To get legal help (appointment time needed) please use our Online Enquiry Bot by clicking HERE or call us

Werribee

Level 1 / 8 Watton Street, Werribee VIC 3030 | Mail: PO Box 2199, 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 to public due to COVID-19 situation)

To get legal help (appointment time needed) please use our Online Enquiry Bot by clicking HERE or call us

Sunshine

Visy Cares Hub, 80B Harvester Road, Sunshine VIC 3020 | Mail: PO Box 627, Sunshine VIC 3020

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

Office hours:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 9.30am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-4.30pm. (Office currently closed to public due to COVID-19 situation)

To get legal help (appointment time needed) please use our Online Enquiry Bot by clicking HERE or call us