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Coordinator / Principal Solicitor

Welfare Rights Centre

An exciting opportunity exists for a person who wishes to lead a dynamic community legal centre with a great record into a new phase.

The Welfare Rights Centre seeks a committed, suitably skilled and experienced solicitor to provide leadership in the management of the Centre and the conduct of the legal practice.

Working with the new Chair, Michael Raper [https://au.linkedin.com/in/michaelraper1], and Deputy Chair, Clancy King [https://au.linkedin.com/in/clancy-king-193b90119], the new Coordinator / Principal Solicitor will be fully supported by a professional Board and experienced and committed staff team to ensure that Welfare Rights is a centre of excellence in client service, governance, legal practice and staff management. The successful candidate will also be supported to learn and develop.

Position summary

Accountable to the Board through the Chair (Michael Raper), the Coordinator / Principal Solicitor role is the key leadership role at the Welfare Rights Centre with responsibility for strategic planning and implementation, staff and organizational management, conduct of the legal practice and representation of the Centre.


Full time, permanent staff member (The Centre is open to negotiation of salary and flexible employment arrangements).

Role and responsibilities

The Coordinator / Principal Solicitor is responsible for:

Coordinator component

  • Strategic planning and reporting
  • Staff employment, team building and leadership to maximize team performance and outcomes
  • Organisational reporting, communications and policies
  • Financial planning, management and accountability
  • Representation of the Centre in fundraising, policy and law reform campaigns

Principal Solicitor component

  • Leading the legal practice including undertaking an appropriate case load at all levels (from advice to second level AAT appeals) to develop and maintain the requisite Social Security expertise
  • Implementation and periodic review of the Centre’s casework guidelines
  • Supervision of all staff within Centre policies and practice requirements
  • Compliance with all relevant legislation and standards
  • Representation of the Centre in legal matters, litigation and public complaints

Selection criteria

  • Capacity and commitment to provide leadership in all areas of responsibility as set out
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence, a collaborative management style and a ‘high performing team’ approach
  • Relevant qualifications and experience (including eligibility to hold an unrestricted practising certificate)
  • Clear understanding of the work of the Centre and a demonstrated commitment to social justice and the Centre’s clients
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Capacity to manage the legal practice and become expert in Social Security law.

Outline of conditions

Salary and conditions are as per the registered Welfare Rights Centre Enterprise Agreement and the Centre’s Board approved policies and practices.

  • Salary as per Welfare Rights Centre salary scale (commensurate with experience) –minimum $100K, negotiable
  • Beneficial salary packaging available
  • Superannuation – 10.25% of gross income
  • Annual leave – four weeks annual leave with leave loading plus an additional five days during the Centre’s Christmas shutdown
  • Other leave as per the Centre’s Enterprise Agreement
  • 19-day month through participation in extended day / RDO system.

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