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Publications Assistant


Employer: Australian Lawyers Alliance
Work Type/s: Graduate, Part Time
Classification/s: Administration, Communications & Marketing, Legal & Human Rights, Policy & Research
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Sydney

Job posted on: 27 November, 2017.
Applications close: 15 December, 2017. (Expired)

The Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) is a national membership association of legal professionals working to promote access to justice and the rights of the individual. Our members specialise in areas ranging from personal injury, workers’ compensation, medical negligence, motor vehicle accidents, insurance and catastrophic injury to the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, counter-terrorism laws, financial services and royal commissions. We publish a weekly e-newsletter, Australian Lawyers Alliance News (ALAn) for members, a blog called Opinion and a bi-monthly magazine, Precedent.  Precedent is one of the ALA’s flagship membership offerings and a key tool for attracting and retaining members.

We are seeking an enthusiastic Publications Assistant to support the work of the Publications Manager. The role would suit a recent law graduate or someone returning to work who is interested in all aspects of legal publishing.

The successful candidate will:

  • Assist in the production of Precedent, including researching and commissioning authors, copyediting their contributions (applying the ALA’s style guide), proofreading journal proofs, liaising with authors and working with designers and printers;
  • Commission and manage the Opinion blog and case notes submitted for ALAn;
  • Service and attend monthly Precedent editorial committee meetings;
  • Conduct legal research relevant to submitted copy as required;
  • Act as a guardian of the ALA house style, copyediting and proofreading copy for ALAn, media releases, official correspondence and parliamentary submissions, and marketing materials generated by other internal staff as required;
  • Upload content to the ALA website and to external online legal information databases; and
  • Provide general editorial and administrative support as required.

Skills/experience desired:

  • Editing expertise (legal editing experience preferred);
  • Excellent written English and an eye for detail;
  • Ability to multi-task and juggle competing priorities;
  • Ability to take the initiative;
  • Creative approach to legal journalism;
  • Excellent organisational skills; and
  • Flexible, co-operative and friendly attitude.

We value work/life balance and professional excellence. This is a great opportunity to put your skills to use in an interesting and stimulating role, which offers the scope to grow over time as you gain experience. If you are keen to work for an organisation that advocates for the rights of the individual and to help shape a high-quality and well-respected legal journal, we encourage you to apply. Training will be offered to the right applicant. Initially part time (22.8 hours a week), with the prospect of increasing to a full-time role over the next 18 months to 2 years.

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