Contract Terms: Part time position (3 days, 21 hrs/week). Hours to be negotiated Monday to Friday. Contract term May to mid-December 2021. Occasional evening work may be required.
Location: 4 Station Street, Katoomba, with occasional requirement for travel to other areas in the region.
Remuneration: This position is classified under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 (SCHCADS) Level 3 (calculated for a 35-hour week). Salary packaging benefits are available in accordance with ATO guidelines for Public Benevolent Institutions. Our Enterprise Agreement includes additional provisions including time in lieu and additional leave entitlements.
We are an independent, not for profit, non-government organisation providing free, accessible, legal services to individuals and communities in the Central Tablelands and Blue Mountains regions. Our work supports people most in need, especially those facing socio-economic hardship, to make informed decisions in challenging and complex situations.
We aim to increase our community’s understanding of and access to the legal system by providing:
- Free legal information and advice
- Minor assistance and casework
- Community legal education
- Advocacy for tenants
- Law reform activities
Our Administration and Volunteer Coordinator facilitates the operations of our services across the region. A high level of initiative towards reception and administration duties and the recruitment, coordination and supervision of volunteers is required.
To be successful in this position you will have well developed listening and communication skills with natural empathy, personal drive, great time management and organisation skills, a knack for problem solving and a can-do attitude.
about the role:
Duties and responsibilities include:
- Directing enquiries and warm referrals and providing support as needed:
- Be our first point of contact during opening hours including for walk-in enquiries
- Ensure enquiries made through our admin email and phone line are attended to in a timely manner
- Coordinate call flows for advice lines
- Ensure all warm referrals are passed on to tenant advocates or lawyers in a timely manner
- Support the legal team with other intake and triage functions as required
- Ensuring well organised and efficient administration and operation of the Centre:
- Ensure mail is collected, entered, distributed and posted out daily as appropriate
- Proactively coordinate the ordering of stationery, brochures, resources and consumables
- Ensure equipment are in good working order and coordinate repairs and maintenance as needed
- Assist with filing as required and coordinate archiving processes
- Ensure the office and its facilities are clean, safe and fit for purpose
- Assist with planning and preparation of community legal education and other events as required
- Ensure timely and accurate data entry
- Provide administrative support to all staff as required and directed
- Recruit, coordinate and supervise volunteers:
- Create and manage volunteer rosters to meet organisational needs, ensuring, where possible, that each lawyer and advocate has a volunteer available during advice line shifts
- Recruit new volunteers, including advertising, selection and interviewing
- Provide orientation and training to new volunteers, including database training, that is appropriate to their role
- Manage volunteer workplace issues and absences
- Engage, support and resource volunteers in their work
- Coordinate and attend our Evening Legal service
The following skills, abilities and experience are required to be successful in the role.
- Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work with minimal supervision, accept responsibility, and work as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a complex work environment.
- Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate with a wide range of people including disadvantaged people in distress as well as government and community organisations.
- Demonstrated time management skills showing ability to exercise initiative, prioritise work and meet deadlines.
- Experience in the development and maintenance of records, filing and office systems and processes.
- Completion of Aboriginal specific cultural safety training or willingness to undertake cultural safety training.
- High level of computer literacy including experience with Microsoft suite and a variety of databases and online platforms.
- Experience working in a community legal centre or knowledge and understanding of the sector.
- Experience working in an Apple Macintosh operating environment.
- Current NSW driver’s licence.