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Project Lawyer - Child Protection


Employer: Banyule Community Health
Work Type/s: Contract, Part Time
Classification/s: Legal & Human Rights, Youth, Indigenous
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 16 August, 2017.
Applications close: 01 September, 2017. (Expired)

  • Part Time (3 days/per week) for 3 years

Banyule Community Health is seeking to employ a suitably qualified Project Lawyer with a focus in Child Protection. You will be working on a project aimed at improving access to justice for the Aboriginal community. This is a part time position reporting to the WHCLS principal lawyer.

The Project Lawyer will work collaboratively with other project staff as well as the principal lawyer to deliver the objectives of this important Victorian Legal Services Board funded project. The Project Lawyer will provide legal assistance in relation to child protection matters to clients from the Aboriginal community; including referral, information, advice and representation. The Project Lawyer will also contribute to community and professional legal education as it relates to the project. Other tasks will include data collection that underpins the ongoing project evaluation, contributing to the writing of project reports that may include relevant literature reviews, reporting results and analysis.

Enquiries may be directed to Alison Elliott, Acting Executive Manager Quality and Community Programs on (03) 9450 2022 or Mobile: 0429 239 443.

Company Profile

Banyule Community Health has two main sites, one in the heart of West Heidelberg and the other near the train station of Greensborough. The Quality and Community Programs Team provides a range of services, including social work, Aboriginal health, prevention and health promotion projects, maternal and child health, chronic disease related programs as well as this work with local young people.

The key responsibilities for this position include:

  • Provide prompt, sensitive and accurate legal assistance to ATSI clients, including advice, case work and community legal education
  • Actively work with the Project Aboriginal Community Development Worker to ensure service development and provision is culturally safe and appropriate
  • Monitor and review of case load and project deliverables and report progress and key issues to the Principal Lawyer in a timely manner
  • Deliver holistic, person centred care to clients
  • Deliver key project milestones in a timely manner together with other project staff, and to regularly report progress and key issues to the WHCLS Principal Lawyer

The key skills required for this role include:

  • Understanding of the various issues that may impact on the Aboriginal Community when accessing legal services relating to child protection issues
  • Sound interpersonal skills, well developed verbal and written communication skills and the capacity to communicate effectively with members of the ATSI community, and organisations with which WHCLS interacts
  • Well developed organisational skills, including the ability to work with minimal supervision, show appropriate initiative and to be able to effectively manage competing demands
  • At least three years legal practice experience in child protection or the demonstrated ability to quickly acquire understanding of this particular jurisdiction

What we offer

Banyule Community Health promotes employee health and well being, offers flexible work conditions, generous salary packaging, career and professional training and development opportunities.

Banyule Community Health is an equal opportunity employer and are committed to ensuring recruitment processes are fair to all candidates.

How to apply for this job

This job ad has now expired, and applications are no longer being accepted.