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Legal Director - Employment & Equality Law - WEstjustice

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  • Legal service providing free services to the Melbourne West community
  • Lead an innovative program championing the rights of exploited workers
  • Use your expertise to deliver a best practice and high impact program

The Organisation

WEstjustice are a leading community legal centre providing free services to vulnerable and disadvantaged people. Their purpose is to service the legal needs in the West in a way that addresses the systemic nature of disadvantage. From their offices and through their outreach services they provide advice on a broad range of issues including employment, discrimination, consumer disputes, tenancy, credit and debt, family disputes, family violence, criminal law and more.

WEstjustice believe in a just and fair society where the law and its processes do not discriminate against vulnerable people. They provide free legal education, undertake law reform activities and work in partnership with their local communities to deliver projects that improve access to justice.

Benefits & Culture

  • Competitive salary with salary packaging
  • Flexible working, full or part-time
  • Focus on career development
  • Up to 5 hours study leave per week
  • Passionate, professional and dedicated team

The Role

The Legal Director, based in Footscray will lead the WEstjustice Employment and Equality Law Program. You will manage a small, well-regarded team providing legal services and education to a range of clients experiencing workplace exploitation. This includes young people, people experiencing family violence, migrants and refugees with a focus on prevention, early intervention, personal agency and empowerment.

In addition to direct service delivery, you will lead the team’s sector capacity building, advocacy and law reform work to promote systemic reform and improve accessibility, laws and processes for all Victorian workers. You will also manage relationships with a range of stakeholders that includes partners, governments and potential funders.

Working closely with the CEO you will collaborate and contribute to the wider organisational strategy to ensure best practice, accountability and impact.

Skills Required

You will be qualified in law and have experience as a senior member of a legal team, leading and managing staff (ability or interest to get a Principal Practising Certificate is desirable (although not essential)). Your background may come from commercial employment law firms, unions, labour law organisations or community legal services.

You will also have:

  • Strong experience in legal processes relevant to employment and discrimination law
  • Ability to collaborate with a senior management team and make strategic decisions
  • Experience in leading a team or impact area, including management of program staff
  • Ability to engage a diverse range of stakeholders and build strong partnerships
  • Experience in developing and delivering community education programs, law reform and advocacy campaigns, research projects and/or project management including monitoring and evaluation frameworks
  • Proven analytical skills with a commitment driving to best practice
  • A commitment to WEstjustice values and working with their clients and communities
  • A problem solving and innovation mindset

If you want to use your legal and leadership skills to champion the rights of vulnerable and disadvantaged people being exploited in the workforce, please click apply submitting your resume together with a cover letter responding to the skills required section above to quoting reference 698204. Alternatively, please call Anna Skeels on 03 8080 8976 for a confidential discussion.

WEstjustice is committed to building a diverse workforce. They strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people living with a disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, mature age workers and LGBTIQ-identifying people.

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