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Financial Counsellor

Women's Legal Service Victoria
  • Melbourne CBD
  • Immediate start
  • Hybrid working model
  • Part time - negotiable (minimum 0.6EFT), Ongoing
  • Be a part of a feminist community organisation supporting Victorian women.
  • A fantastic opportunity to build the role and make it your own!
  • Your expertise will directly contribute to building a more gender-equitable society.
  • A welcoming, passionate, and supportive work culture.

Your new role

As a Women’s Legal Financial Counsellor, you will deliver specialist family violence financial counselling services to women experiencing family violence, working collaboratively with lawyers and social workers as part of an integrated model of service.

  • Conduct intake and assessment to determine whether a service user is eligible for financial counselling assistance.
  • Assist service users to understand their consumer rights and advocate to creditors and service providers.
  • Monitor and assess Family Violence risk using the MARAM framework
  • Source Family Violence payments where applicable.
  • Work with our teams in the development and delivery of community education and training programs.

This is a part-time (minimum 3 days) position.

What you’ll need to succeed

To succeed in this role, you should have experience providing financial counselling in a community or not for profit organisation. Your ability to formulate financial action plans, coupled with high level knowledge of the financial impact and issues that relate to family violence, will be key. A diploma of financial counselling and eligibility for membership with Financial Counselling Victoria Inc is required.

  • Proven experience (minimum 3 years) providing financial counselling to clients in a community or not for profit organisation, experience within an integrated practice is preferable.
  • Knowledge of relevant State and Federal credit, debt and social security legislation.
  • A commitment to advancing the public interest and social justice.
  • Demonstrated experience using trauma informed practice working with clients.

What you’ll get in return

In return for your dedication, we offer competitive remuneration, bonus leave days, flexible work arrangements, salary packaging, and a vibrant, supportive work culture.

The detail:

  • Up to 7 bonus leave days outside of annual leave (yes, outside of annual leave!) to support a well-rested end of year break
  • Above-award remuneration
  • A strong commitment to your professional development, personal development, and wellbeing
  • A very flexible working environment that supports work-life balance
  • A hybrid working model that supports both in-office and work-from-home arrangements
  • Salary packaging (which can add up to $15,900 in tax-free pay every year)
  • Fresh fruit available in the office
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program

Our Purpose:

To improve outcomes for all women, with a specific focus on victim-survivors of family violence by:

  • Providing high quality legal services for Victorian women who are disadvantaged or marginalised by structural and systemic barriers​​​​​​​,
  • Assisting women and professionals that work with women, to better understand the law and navigate the legal system safely, and
  • Advancing gender equality by challenging unsafe and discriminatory policies and laws and informing and advocating for legal and policy initiatives that respect and promote the rights of women

Our culture

We’re continually building on our culture of inclusivity, collaboration and safety so our teams and individuals thrive. Our values are more than words – they are actions we take together.

Together, we are:

Authentic: We are reliable, trustworthy and transparent about how we work. We reflect on our work and take responsibility for our actions.

Collaborative: We are stronger when we work together. By sharing power and privilege with diverse voices, we achieve better outcomes. We respond to requests for help with generosity.

Courageous: We are brave, resilient and face challenges with integrity. We unapologetically advocate for our goals and back one another to take considered risks to increase our impact.

Inclusive: We believe respect, equality and opportunity must be afforded equitably and to everyone. We understand this will require critical reflection on where power lies and how it functions, and active effort to disrupt it.

Purposeful: Our services respond to the community, laws and people we work with. We value curiosity and relish opportunities to improve our work.

To apply

Click "Apply Now". Submit a resume and covering letter to tell us how you are the right candidate for this role. Please ensure the cover letter addresses how you personally align to Women’s Legal values that are listed above.

See the Women’s Legal ‘Work with Us’ page for a full position description.

Any other enquiries can be emailed to Ruth McKendrick, HR Officer at [email protected] using the subject line: Financial Counsellor enquiry via EthicalJobs

We will begin shortlisting immediately, so please apply as soon as possible.

Equal Opportunity Employer

We recognise our work benefits greatly from the unique knowledge, skills and expertise of individuals with diverse experiences, including those with lived experience of family violence, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women with disability and women from migrant, refugee or non-English speaking backgrounds. If this is you, we strongly encourage you to apply.

Women's Legal relies on an exception under the Equal Opportunity Act to employ women only.

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