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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.

 

Legal Director – Mortgage Wellbeing Service 

  • Provide free services to the Melbourne Western suburbs community with regard to mortgage stress and related issues.
  • Create and lead the legal practice and services in the Victorian state-wide expansion of the Mortgage Wellbeing Service to provide access to justice and assist people experiencing mortgage stress.
  • 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.
  • Build and manage a dynamic workforce and work closely with the WEstjustice 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
  • Part time or full time option

 The Role

 This is an exciting time to be joining WEstjustice and leading this dynamic program. Working with the Director of Strategy - Mortgage Wellbeing Service, you will be responsible for leading the expansion of our Mortgage Wellbeing Service from its western suburbs catchment into a Victorian state-wide legal centre. You will oversee the legal and financial counselling practices and facilitate best practice to create opportunities to be at the forefront of new and improved ways in which we can work with clients to improve service delivery models and advocate for real and effective change.  

The Mortgage Wellbeing Service Team is based at our Werribee office. You will manage a well-regarded team of legal practitioners and financial counsellors, as well as social work partnerships, to provide legal, financial and health services to a range of clients experiencing mortgage stress.  

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 mortgage stress. 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 and greater Victoria. 

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. Fundraising, budget management ability to think “outside the square” is advantageous. 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, and infringements.
  • Relevant experience working with people experiencing financial hardship.
  • Demonstrated experience (minimum of 3 years) in a leadership role, and substantial experience in a policy development or influencing role including:
    • Experience in leading a team or impact area, including management and supervision of program managers, senior and junior staff.
    • Expertise in handling and resolving challenging situations or issues.
    • Capability to make reasoned, strategic decisions in a collaborative manner, including about competing priorities in a busy workplace.
    • Ability to work autonomously with limited direction from the CEO.
  • Ability to set and deliver work outcomes.
  • High level of organisational awareness and understanding of political processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and confidently to engage with a diverse range of stakeholders and to build strong partnerships.
  • 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.
  • Highly developed ability to engage with, communicate with and assist clients experiencing vulnerability and/or disadvantage.
  • Ability to coordinate and supervise the work of volunteers and students.
  • Sound time management skills and ability to deal with competing priorities under pressure.
  • Demonstrated experience in specialist writing, editing and communication skills.
  • Excellent organisation and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, WEstjustice’s Vision, Purpose, Strategy and Impact Areas.

A copy of the position description is available here.

Please apply now by sending your resume together with a cover letter responding to the skills required section above to an@westjustice.org.au or melissah@westjustice.org.au no later than COB Tuesday, 26 October 2021. Alternatively, 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.

Remuneration

Salary range - $108,000 – $114,000 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. 

 

 

Director of Strategy – Mortgage Wellbeing Service

  • Provide free services to the Melbourne Western suburbs community with regard to mortgage stress and related issues.
  • Create and lead the development of the Victorian state-wide expansion of the Mortgage Wellbeing Service including strategic leadership, general management, stakeholder engagement, supervision, support of service delivery and advocacy functions, and operational and compliance matters.
  • 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.
  • Build and manage a dynamic workforce and work closely with the WEstjustice 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
  • Part time or full time option

The Role

This is an exciting time to be joining WEstjustice and leading this dynamic program. The Mortgage Wellbeing Service Team will be initially based at our Werribee office. Working with the Legal Director - Mortgage Wellbeing Service, you will be responsible for leading the expansion of our Mortgage Wellbeing Service from its western suburbs catchment into a Victorian state-wide legal centre and ultimately creating an independent entity.

You will oversee the strategy and operations of the service to create opportunities to be at the forefront of new and improved ways in which we can work with clients to improve service delivery models and advocate for real and effective change. You will lead risk management systems and overall compliance, implementation of policies and procedures, resource allocation, financial management, recruitment and development of staff, and implementation of the strategic direction and objectives of the service.

In addition to expansion and operations, you will lead the team’s reform agenda to promote systemic change and improve accessibility, laws and processes for people experiencing mortgage stress. 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 and greater Victoria. 

Skills Required

You will be qualified in law and have experience as a senior member of legal and operations teams and leading and managing staff with the ability to hold a Principal Practising Certificate. You will have significant experience in the community and/or not for profit sector, particularly in community legal centres.

You will also have:

  • Demonstrated experience in a leadership role, and substantial experience in a policy development or influencing role, including:
  • experience leading an organisation, team or impact area, including management and supervision of program managers, senior and junior staff;
  • ability to handle and resolve challenging situations or issues;
  • an ability to make reasoned, strategic decisions in a collaborative manner, including about competing priorities in a busy workplace;
  • ability to work autonomously with limited direction from the CEO;
  • ability to set and deliver work outcomes.
  • Significant experience in project development and fundraising, budget monitoring and financial acumen, with an ability to understand and address the opportunities and challenges that face the Mortgage Wellbeing Service, including the development of a long term funding strategy.
  • High level of organisational awareness and understanding of political processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and confidently to engage with a diverse range of stakeholders and to build strong partnerships.
  • 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 the ability to coordinate and lead systemic impact work.
  • Highly developed ability to engage with, communicate with and assist clients experiencing vulnerability and/or disadvantage.
  • Strategic, intellectual, conceptual and analytical thinking skills, with the ability to conceive, conceptualise and express innovative ideas with impact.
  • The ability to operate in a culturally diverse organisation with multiple external and internal stakeholders.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills including networking, relationship and alliance building, and collaboration with a wide range of different institutions, interest groups, stakeholders and individuals in various settings including government, private and community sectors.
  • A collaborative, enthusiastic, motivational and team-oriented leadership style.
  • The ability to develop an open, respectful, accountable and non-threatening feedback culture.
  • Awareness of own impact and influence and use of it to improve the functioning of the Mortgage Wellbeing Service.
  • Well-developed public speaking skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to WEstjustice’s Vision, Purpose, Strategic Plan 2020-23 and Impact Areas 2020-23.

A copy of the position description is available here.

Please apply now by sending your resume together with a cover letter responding to the skills required section above to an@westjustice.org.au or melissah@westjustice.org.au no later than COB Tuesday, 26 October 2021. Alternatively, 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.

Remuneration

Salary range - $108,000 – $114,000 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. 

 


Program Manager – Policy (Family Violence and Family Law Program)

  • Legal service providing free services to the Melbourne West community.
  • Lead a portfolio of policy work within the Family Violence and Family Law team.
  • Use your expertise to develop the program through innovative ideas and partnerships.

Benefits and Culture

  • Part time of full time option
  • Competitive salary with salary packaging
  • Up to 5 hours study leave per week
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Passionate, professional and dedicated team
  • Gratis leave between Christmas Day and New Years Day

The Role

WEstjustice is seeking to employ a part-time or full time Program Manager – Policy (12 month contract) to join our Family Violence and Family Law team to focus on developing our portfolio of policy work in accordance with our strategic objectives within the team.

The Program Manager – Policy will also manage our Health Justice Partnership with Mercy Hospital and will lead the development of our policy work in this area. Other main areas of policy focus include the policing of family violence as well as the mis-identification of victims as perpetrators.

This exciting opportunity is available for an experienced policy worker and lawyer eager to work in a social justice environment within a friendly and committed team focused on assisting victim-survivors of family violence through intervention order hearings and family law casework.

The Program Manager - Policy will manage a portfolio of policy work within the Family Violence and Family Law team. They will work closely with the Program Manager – Legal to identify systemic issues arising from casework, conducting researching and identifying opportunities and a plan to create systemic change. Previous experience undertaking policy work within a strategic framework with a focus on systemic change will be highly regarded.

The Program Manager – Policy will also help develop the program through innovative ideas and partnerships to improve the legal as well as life outcomes of our clients, in line with the strategic direction of WEstjustice. They will have the ability to work collaboratively to build strong stakeholder relationships and partnerships across sectors, to assist our clients.

The successful candidate must hold an unrestricted practicing certificate and will need to have sufficient experience in family violence and family law to supervise the Health Justice Partnership lawyer. They will also provide court based family violence services through our duty lawyer program and early resolution service program on a weekly basis.

The Program Manager will be primarily based at our Footscray office but may be required to work from time to time across our other office locations at Werribee and Sunshine.

Skills Required

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to focus the next step of their career on systemic policy work, whilst still maintaining legal practice experience in family violence legal work.

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, 17 October 2021. Applications will be considered as they come through with interviews potentially being held before the close date.

If you have any questions, please ask to speak to Annette Au Yeung 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. 

 


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 as soon as possible. Applications will be considered as they come through.

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. 

 

 

 

 

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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.