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Solicitors / Caseworkers x2


Employer: Refugee Advice and Casework Service
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Legal & Human Rights
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Sydney

Job posted on: 08 August, 2019.
Applications close: 19 August, 2019. (Expired)

RACS is a one of Australia’s oldest and most successful dedicated community legal centres with a vision of justice and dignity for refugees and a world where those who seek Australia’s protection are able to live their lives with security, family unity and freedom. Through individual advice sessions, community education and public advocacy, RACS strives to ensure that individuals and families, at risk of persecution or other forms of significant harm, gain access to equal and fair representation before the law, are granted protection by Australia, and opportunities to seek family unity, in accordance with Australia’s international obligations. Our work is premised on a commitment to fundamental human rights, human dignity and international protection.

RACS demonstrates this commitment through its independent, impartial and professional advice; the integrity of its staff and volunteers; its belief in continuous learning, including through partnerships with other organisations; and the fair and flexible conditions it provides for staff and volunteers.

RACS is committed to working together to achieve a more inclusive community. Our workplace strives to be one that embraces and celebrates diversity and the wide range of skills, expertise and experience we can all bring to strengthen our dynamic, collaborative and responsive environment. RACS encourages people from all different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, people that identify as LGBTIQ+ and people with disabilities.

RACS Solicitor Role

The Solicitor/ Casework is primarily focused on providing services to clients in immigration detention and in the community who are seeking asylum or have refugee status. The position is permanent full- time (35 hours per week). We are currently seeking two candidates with varying skill level. Flexible working arrangements can also be considered. Remuneration for the position is $66,000 – $76,000 pa, (commensurate with qualifications and experience), plus superannuation contribution and salary packaging

The position reports to a RACS Supervising Senior Solicitor. The Solicitor will carry out their duties in accordance with RACS policy and funding guidelines. The successful applicant will be working at RACS’ main Randwick office, but will be expected to travel to our outreach locations, to external meetings, detention centres and other locations as reasonably required.

Selection Criteria

Essential

  • Demonstrated experience as a legal practitioner with knowledge of Australian immigration law and practice, particularly refugee law.
  • Previously had or currently engaged in the direct supervision of volunteers, practical legal trainees or Paralegals.
  • Experience working with clients from torture & trauma backgrounds and or/ culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • High level communication and interpersonal skills, including an ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders in a confident and a respectful manner.
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage time and priorities effectively and meet strict deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team.
  • A commitment to refugee and human rights issues.
  • Holds or eligible to hold a NSW legal practicing certificate with less than 3 years legal experience/PQE or less than 2 years’ experience in the field of Refugee Practice or other relevant experience.

OR

  • Holds or eligible to hold a NSW legal practicing certificate with more than 3 years legal experience/PQE and/or at least 2 years’ refugee or other relevant legal experience.

Desirable

  • Ability to work with limited resources in a community legal centre environment.
  • Demonstrated language skills other than English will be considered favourably
  • Experience with or exposure to working in a court, tribunal or advocacy setting

A full Position Description is attached below.

How to apply for this job

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