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Solicitor - Katoomba

Central Tablelands and Blue Mountains Community Legal Centre

The Central Tablelands and Blue Mountains Community Legal Centre (CTBMCLC) are seeking a passionate and motivated solicitor to join a team of dedicated professionals. CTBMCLC staff share a commitment to social justice, we respect diversity and we value the strengths and abilities of our communities with whom we work. We value collaboration, flexibility, integrity, respect and initiative.

We are seeking a solicitor to work out of our office in Katoomba, but who will be providing regular outreach to Bathurst and other towns as required. The position is permanent part-time (21 hours a week). Flexible work arrangements are possible.

We are seeking a solicitor with experience in the area of family law, ADVOs, victims support. Attendance at Bathurst Local Court or Lithgow Local Court on AVO list day is likely to be required. Experience with trauma informed practice is essential.

Key responsibilities

  • All aspects of legal service delivery including representation, advocacy, casework and advice
  • Manage your file load autonomously
  • Building and maintaining relationships with other legal and non-legal service providers
  • Participation in community legal education programs

People from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background are encouraged to apply. The position is graded at SCHADS grade 7, with above award conditions, including 2 weeks paid leave over summer holidays, as well salary packaging available.

Please apply as soon as possible, following the application instructions. The position will be filled as soon as a suitable applicant is found.

The position description and selection criteria are attached.

For enquiries about the position contact Centre Director/ Principal Solicitor, Arlia Fleming on 4704 0203 or arlia@ctbmclc.org.au using the subject line: Solicitor - Katoomba enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Selection Criteria

These are tasks/education/experience specific requirements, which the candidate must have in order to carry out the position:

Essential

  1. Demonstrated understanding and commitment to the philosophy of community legal centres, the promotion of human rights, social justice and meeting the legal needs of socially and economically disadvantaged people and groups.
  2. Hold, or be eligible for, an unrestricted practising certificate in New South Wales.
  3. At least 2 years’ post admission experience at least two or more of the following areas of law: victims of crime, domestic/family violence, sexual assault, family, care and protection. Family violence and family law experience are essential for this position.
  4. Ability to identify and understand both legal and non-legal issues facing socially and economically disadvantaged members of the community
  5. Demonstrated ability to undertake casework, community legal education and policy and law reform activities.
  6. Demonstrated ability to take initiative, accept responsibility, and work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, including the supervision of a broad range of volunteers.
  7. Demonstrated ability to communicate and negotiate effectively with clients, other parties, government and community organisations.
  8. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  9. Demonstrated time management skills with an ability to exercise initiative prioritise work and meet deadlines.
  10. Completion of Aboriginal specific cultural safety training or be willing to undertake cultural safety training.
  11. Computer literacy.
  12. Hold a current NSW driver’s licence and have access to a roadworthy car.

Desirable

  1. Experience working in a community legal centre or knowledge of the sector
  2. Experience in community legal education
  3. A willingness to undertake other training as identified or required.
  4. Experience with Apple Macintosh computers, Sharepoint and Teams

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