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Managing Lawyer


Employer: knowmore
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Legal & Human Rights, Management
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Brisbane & Gold Coast

Job posted on: 10 July, 2019.
Applications close: 31 July, 2019.

About knowmore

knowmore is currently expanding to meet the higher than expected demands on our obligation to deliver legal support services to assist survivors of institutional child sexual abuse to access redress under the National Redress Scheme.

knowmore is a nation-wide, free and independent community legal centre providing legal information, advice, representation and referrals, education and systemic advocacy for victims and survivors of child abuse. Our vision is a community that is accountable to survivors and free of child abuse. Our mission is to facilitate access to justice for victims and survivors of child abuse, and to work with survivors and their supporters to stop child abuse.

Our service was initially established in 2013 to assist people who were engaging with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (‘the Royal Commission’). knowmore was established by and operates as a program of the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC), with funding from the Australian Government, represented by the Attorney-General’s Department. knowmore also receives funding under a grant from the Financial Counselling Foundation.

From 1 July 2018 NACLC has been funded to operate knowmore to deliver legal support services to assist survivors of institutional child sexual abuse to access redress under the National Redress Scheme. knowmore assists survivors by providing information and advice about the options available to them, including claims under the NRS, access to compensation through other schemes or common law rights and claims.

knowmore uses a multidisciplinary model bringing together intake officers, lawyers, social workers and counsellors, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement advisors and financial counsellors to provide trauma-informed, client-centred and culturally safe legal assistance to clients. Services are provided through a national phone line and face-to-face services in key locations, supported by a comprehensive program of outreach and community engagement across Australia. knowmore currently has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Role

The Managing Lawyer will provide key leadership to their legal team within a multi-disciplinary and trauma informed framework.

This role delivers front line service and case work assistance as part of knowmore’s multi-disciplinary model, and supervises service delivery by a local legal team. The role ensures high-quality legal services are delivered to clients and that related legal and other needs are identified and actioned. The role also provides the opportunity to work at a high-level on operational planning and service delivery projects; law and policy reform initiatives; and community engagement activities.

Guided by the organisation’s service plan, the role will involve some intrastate and interstate travel to deliver services to clients on an outreach basis, and to undertake community engagement activities. Accordingly a current driver’s licence is highly desirable, along with the ability and willingness to travel and work, at times in remote and regional locations.

It is preferred that the Managing Lawyer will hold a minimum of 4 years post admission experience, and will have experience of working with clients who have experienced trauma.

Location

This role is based in Brisbane, with a national focus, regular interstate travel may be required.   

Selection Criteria

  • Hold or be eligible to immediately obtain a current unrestricted practising certificate in the relevant jurisdiction and, ideally, be eligible to obtain a principal’s practising certificate.
  • An excellent awareness of the legal issues facing survivors of child sexual abuse and demonstrated extensive experience practicing in a relevant area or areas of law; particularly desirable is experience in personal injury claims.
  • Experience leading teams and managing people, including multi-disciplinary teams of legal and non-legal staff, and demonstrated experience in supervising and assisting more junior legal staff.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and experience in providing culturally safe services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain collaborative working relationships with other service providers to further access to justice for clients.
  • Strong organisational and time management skills, including the capacity to manage competing demands, prioritise tasks and to find creative solutions to improve effectiveness of service delivery for clients.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify broader and systemic issues arising from casework and to develop appropriate responses, including experience in contributing to policy development and law reform.
  • Proactively manage own care and workload.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work in regional, rural and remote areas.

Benefits

A competitive salary commensurate with the not for profit sector is offered together with the availability of salary packaging to achieve a tax effective total salary package. In addition to being a flexible workplace, knowmore offers 10% superannuation (0.5%above the SGC), a 37.5 -hour working week and 4 weeks annual leave, including annual leave loading.

A full position description is attached below.

How to apply for this job

Further Information about knowmore is available at www.knowmore.org.au

Inquiries about the role should be directed to Ainsley Jardine-Wilson, knowmore’s Human Resources Manager, on 02 8267 7400.

Your application must include:

  • A cover letter outlining why you are applying for this position
  • A resume with your skills, experience and qualifications
  • A written response outlining your responses to the selection criteria (maximum of four pages).

Applicants that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

Applications should be emailed to recruitment@knowmore.org.au using the subject line: Managing Lawyer application via EthicalJobs as soon as possible as we will review applications as we receive them, but no later than 31 July 2019 at 12.00pm. 

Due to the volume of anticipated applications, only successful applicants will be contacted.

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