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Co-ordinator - Mabels / Senior Community Lawyer - Major Projects

Employer: Eastern Community Legal Centre
Work Type/s: Contract, Part Time
Classification/s: Legal & Human Rights, Project Management, Family Services
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 18 January, 2019.
Applications close: 03 February, 2019. (Expired)

  • Part-time (3 days per week/22.5 hours); contract to 31 January 2020 (with possibility of contract extension)
  • Opportunity to be part of an award winning health justice partnership as well as being involved in the establishment of another
  • Opportunity to develop expertise and contribute to integrated family violence legal assistance
  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging, leave loading and additional paid leave over Christmas/New Year

The Organisation

Eastern Community Legal Centre (ECLC) has been working with individuals and communities for over 40 years to resolve legal problems, improve laws and legal processes and alleviate socio-economic disadvantage, ECLC’s vision is a community that respects and upholds human rights, fairness and justice.

ECLC provides legal services, including information and referral, education, advice and advocacy, primarily to people living in Boroondara, Manningham, Whitehorse, Maroondah, Knox and the Yarra Ranges, as well as some specific services in Monash.

ECLC aims to make legal help available to all those in the community who would otherwise not have access to a lawyer, whilst prioritising services and targeting programs to those who experience acute disadvantage.

The Role

Since 2014 ECLC has been engaged in Mabels, a Health Justice Partnership with key stakeholders in the Eastern region to provide integrated, early intervention, family violence legal assistance to women experiencing family violence. Over this time Mabels has proven to be a highly effective model, using a universal service as a platform to connect women with specialist legal support. In 2016, Mabels received the Victorian Early Years Award in the Creating Collaborative Community Partnerships category, providing state-wide recognition of its impact and positive outcomes.

Recently, ECLC has established a Health Justice Partnership with Eastern Health to further meet the needs of women attending the health service at an earlier stage of their experience.

The Mabels team includes:

  • Co-ordinator Mabels – part-time/3 days
  • Community Lawyer – Mabels - part-time/3 days
  • Community Lawyer – Mabels and HJP – part-time/3 days
  • Family Violence Advocate - part-time/4 days; and
  • Intake and Administration Officer - part-time/2.5 days.

The Major Projects team includes ECLC’s integrated practice family violence programs Mabels and SAGE and sit within the Legal Services directorate. Integrated Practice from a community legal centre perspective involves the integration of community lawyers and other community service professionals working together to address the needs of community members. ‘Integration’ can take different forms including co-location, multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary teams or partnerships with community services.

The Senior Community Lawyer - Major Projects, plays an integral role in contributing to the further development of integrated practice by supporting the legal practice of the lawyers within the team.

Skills Required

You will have a strong background in program co-ordination, direct service provision and experience building effective relationships with a broad range of stakeholders. You will have demonstrated ability to operate effectively in an autonomous role and possess outstanding communication, mentoring, consultation and reporting skills. Specifically, you will have:

  • Considerable experience in family violence, family law, child protection and generalist law and the ability to support the delivery of high quality legal assistance to women and their children experiencing, or at risk of experiencing family violence.
  • Demonstrated experience working with or within a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Commitment to meeting the legal needs of women and children experiencing, or at risk of experiencing family violence.
  • Capacity to engage in supportive and constructive mentoring of (staff and volunteer) lawyers and other staff

This position is based at ECLC’s Boronia location (and integrated outreach locations across Melbourne’s East). Attractive remuneration will be negotiated with the successful applicant based on qualifications, skills and experience.

Position description available at or attached below.

How to apply for this job

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