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Associate - Humanitarian Law

Employer: Salvos Legal
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Legal & Human Rights
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 01 May, 2017.
Applications close: No Deadline – please apply as soon as possible

  • Full time & permanent
  • Be mentored / supervised by the Partner
  • Rare opportunity to use your skills to make a difference in the lives of those most vulnerable.

Are you passionate about human rights and social justice and looking for a career change? Take the opportunity to use your legal training to help some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised members of our community.

Salvos Legal Humanitarian is an award-winning pro-bono law firm owned by The Salvation Army. Funded by our commercial arm, Salvos Legal, we provide free legal assistance in the areas of police matters, family & children's law, credit & debt, housing law, social security law, migration & refugee law and human rights and public interest law. Each week Salvos Legal Humanitarian helps over 200 people at our free advice bureaus in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

If you are an experienced solicitor who has a passion for helping people in need, we’d love to hear from you. You will need to be up for a challenge and have experience in delivering high quality, efficient and professional advice in a fast paced environment. With mentoring from our Melbourne-based Partner, you will supervise junior solicitors and attend our advice bureaus to supervise the delivery of advice by volunteers.

This is a unique and rewarding opportunity to be part of a highly skilled and compassionate team making a difference in the lives of people who may otherwise be unable to access legal advice. The successful candidate will be able to take advantage of our salary packaging benefits and work/life balance.

Selection Criteria - Required:

  • Legal experience in one of our humanitarian practice areas, or litigation generally;
  • Strong administrative and organisational skills;
  • Outstanding communication and client interaction skills (including excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills);
  • Excellent time management skills and a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines; and
  • Demonstrated experience supervising professional staff or volunteers.


  • Possession of an unrestricted legal practicing certificate, or eligibility to hold one
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and be resourceful
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously
  • Experience with vulnerable and disadvantaged clients
  • Experience in a private practice environment
  • Advanced computer skills
  • Exposure to office, business, and/or administrative management
  • Experience in establishing collaborative working arrangements with external stakeholders
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