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Head, PIL and Court Programs - Melbourne / Sydney

Justice Connect

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join one of Australia’s most successful public interest and social justice organisations. In the face of rising levels of unmet legal need, Justice Connect designs and delivers high impact interventions to increase access to legal support and progress social justice.   

We are committed to taking an impact-focused approach, applying research and design principles to develop our products and services to ensure they make a tangible difference for our clients and sector peers. 

We deliver services that assist both people and community organisations. Those we assist often struggle to navigate the law, are unable to use the law in their daily lives and experience the impacts of harsh and unjust laws. We aim to prevent and to solve legal problems so that we can prevent the negative impacts on people’s lives and organisations and empower the community to use the law as a force for good.  

Given the scale of the challenges we address, we use digital innovation to extend our reach and impact, supporting us to be more efficient and accessible, while helping us capture and use data to better understand legal need and underlying systemic issues. 

We harness the extraordinary pro bono contributions of over 50 member firms and the barristers we work with across the country. We channel pro bono effort through our innovative service models to ensure that pro bono hours deliver real impact for the community.  

We develop strategic interventions to help address the system-level drivers of legal problems and barriers people face when engaging with the legal system. By addressing root causes of flawed or unfair laws and poorly designed systems, we prevent the long-term challenges that people and organisations continue to face.  

Our creative and passionate staff drive us forward with a commitment to evaluation and iteration that ensures our impact increases year on year.

The Head role is a member of Justice Connect’s organisational leadership team with responsibility for leading the newly combined PIL and Courts team, as well as leading management of pro bono partnerships across Justice Connect. 

The Court Programs and Public Interest Law teams at Justice Connect were brought together to form a new team in January 2021.  The team’s new strategy, aligned to Justice Connect’s strategy, aims to scale services reach more people, to strengthen our capacity to respond to emerging legal issues, and to carry out strategic work to address the drivers of unmet legal need and system-level issues.

You are a lateral-thinker, who is looking for a role in an organisation that values creativity, a desire to get stuff done, and working collaboratively to achieve the highest impact we can from our work. You will have experience in managing people, and in building and managing high-level stakeholder relationships. 

We know our team and our organisation is stronger with a diversity of backgrounds and experience, including lived experience of the issues we work on. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of colour, people from culturally and linguistically diverse and refugee backgrounds, people with diverse religious beliefs, gender diverse people, LGBTIQ+ people and people living with a disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

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