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Principal Lawyer

Social Security Rights Victoria
  • Opportunity to join a dynamic team at a specialist community legal centre assisting vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians with Centrelink legal issues
  • Full time, 38 hours per week, ongoing subject to funding
  • Applications for 22.8 hour per week job share are also invited
  • Based in Fitzroy
  • Salary range $101,800 - $105,900 approx., pro rata, depending on experience. Plus leave loading, portable long service leave and superannuation guarantee contributions. Salary packing available.

About SSRV

SSRV is an independent, state-wide community legal centre that specialises in social security and related law, policy and procedure. Our vision is for a fair and just society in which all people are able to receive a guaranteed adequate income in order to enjoy a decent standard of living. SSRV’s contribution to this vision is the provision of legal services to vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians, and those who support them, which assist them to secure and protect their right to equitable social security entitlements.

About the position

This is an opportunity to take on senior position, providing leadership and working collaboratively as part of a small but growing team in a state-wide, specialist community legal centre.

The Principal Lawyer oversees SSRV’s legal practice, undertakes legal casework, advocacy and representation services, and contributes to stakeholder engagement, community legal education and legal policy activities. As the most senior lawyer in the organisation, it is expected that the Principal Lawyer will take on more complex legal matters and lead strategic casework and advocacy.

The position reports to and works co-operatively with the SSRV Director.

What we are looking for

We are seeking an experienced lawyer

  • With at least 5 years post admission experience, preferably with experience in social security and/or administrative law, and with experience as a Principal Lawyer or Senior Lawyer
  • Who holds, or is eligible to hold, a Principal legal practising certificate
  • Who has experience in providing representation in courts/tribunals
  • Who has experience in legal practice management and in meeting regulatory and risk management requirements
  • With experience in supervising legal and paralegal work performed by others
  • Who is keen to make a difference and who is committed to working collaboratively, flexibly and innovatively to do so.

For further information please contact Gillian Wilks (03) 9481 0299.

Please see attached position description.

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