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The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service frequently offers a number of employment opportunities within our Legal, Community Justice and Executive and Corporate Services.

If you are an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person who is seeking to work with our organisation please send your current resume along with your preferred area/role and region (metro, Loddon, Barwon etc.) 

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VALS is made up of Victoria’s most committed legal advocates, professionals and support staff who work hard- with each other, our partners and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and communities- to advance Aboriginal self-determination and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Victoria of all ages.

We know that our people make the difference. VALS is committed to diversity, equality and inclusion and we celebrate our staff team of diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTQI+ communities and from diverse cultures, language groups, abilities, and experiences.

Grow, develop and be rewarded

  •  You will have opportunities to work on diverse matters and gain significant experience, while having opportunities to develop your own expertise and collaborate with colleagues and partners in wide ranging projects, including policy and legal reform
  • Access generous staff benefits such as access to salary packaging options, flexible working, TOIL, pre-purchased leave, paid parental, carer and cultural leave and much more.

We are currently seeking

We have secured funding from the Department of Justice and Community Safety for a brand-new dedicated youth justice legal representation, advice and support service (Balit Ngulu) to serve the Melbourne metropolitan and Greater Shepparton areas. We are also growing our other Legal Practice areas and Custody Notification Service which supports Aboriginal people access legal assistance when they first enter custody.

VALS has multiple jobs on offer as we embark on the next stages of our journey.  These are:

VALS is dedicated to providing a flexible, comfortable and energetic work environment for all of our employees. 

 

Overview 

  • The Head of People and Culture is responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of human resources and workplace relations advice and services to management and staff across the organisation. The role is responsible for providing expert advice on all HR related matters and queries, delivering a range of designated HR operational activities, and the identification and implementation of process improvements. 
  • The Human Resources Manager has a generalist focus, managing all aspects of human resources. This includes policy development, talent attraction, recruitment and selection, learning and development, coaching and mentoring, performance management, workplace relations, complaints and grievance management. 
  • You will work collaboratively with the Director of Executive and Corporate Services, CEO, Executive Team, and senior workforce development specialists, to ensure that the objectives outlined in our Strategic Plan are delivered

What A Day as The Head of People and Culture Looks Like:

  1. Manage end-to-end talent attraction and recruitment process:
    • Support managers with development of Position Descriptions, Advertisements, Shortlisting, Interviews, Offers, Induction, Onboarding and Exit Interviews.
    • Make continuous improvements to recruitment, induction and onboarding processes.
    • Support Finance to ensure payroll and leave records are accurate and compliant with the appropriate EBA.
  2. Manage the annual career development and planning review process, including supporting managers to establish and conduct reviews and development plans, including in providing ongoing feedback throughout the year.
  3. Working with managers to source and ensure appropriate training and development is made available for employees. This includes ensuring that CPD hours are reported in line with Legal Services Board requirements.
  4. Conduct/arrange staff training sessions on HR policies and procedures and other areas relevant to improving productivity and performance. Act as the key point of contact for managers, employees and the union on HR. matters, including staff grievances, complaints and industrial relations issues. Supported by our external HR advisors:
    • provide interpretation and advice on a wide range of HR and employee relations issues, policies and procedures
    • keep abreast of changes in workplace laws and regulations that affect VALS
    • provide relevant workplace and employment related law and policy advice
    • communicate regularly with employees on changes to policies, procedures and matters affecting teams.
    • provide effective conflict management and/or resolution consistent with VALS policies and procedures, industrial relations laws, and VALS Values.
  5. Manage the OH&S systems including facilitating OH&S committee meetings, OH&S audits, policy and compliance reviews:
    • Ensure adequate training of fire wardens and first aid officers.
    • Responsible for the management and the return to work of injured staff members.
    • Maintain VALS Employee Assistance Program or equivalent and cooperate with external providers as appropriate.
  6. Maintain accurate HR policies, procedures and records in line with contemporary HR standards and produce reports as required This includes ensuring that employee and volunteer files and records are accurate and up-to-date and stored in accordance with relevant standards and legislation
 

Key Selection Criteria:

  • Qualifications in Human Resources, Law or other relevant discipline.
  • Demonstrated Employee and Workplace Relations knowledge and experience.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Significant experience in relevant human resource roles, including managing a human resource function
  • Good generalist HR management experience including talent acquisition, remuneration & reward, performance management, talent development, workforce planning and health, safety and wellbeing
  • Well-developed understanding of Industrial and Employee relations including the ability to understand, interpret and apply Enterprise Bargaining Agreements and relevant Awards.
  • Proven ability to relate to and negotiate with a wide range of individuals and groups including all levels of an organisation and external stakeholders such as unions.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

 

Application process:
To apply for this opportunity, please provide:
• a covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
• a statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
• your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.
Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Head of People and Culture

 

Applications for this position close: Monday 20th September, 5:00PM

VALS is dedicated to providing a flexible, comfortable and energetic work environment for all of our employees. 

Overview:

The position is responsible for ensuring accreditation and professional standards are met. You will work with the Executive and Human Resources Team to guarantee Privacy and Confidentiality agreements are in place and provide the opportunity for feedback to allow continuous improvement. In addition, you will manage various roles to ensure hands-on tasks such as Filing systems, System Maintenance and File Destruction are completed at a high standard.

What A Day as A Quality Control and Accreditation Manager Looks Like:

  1. Ensure adherence to all relevant organisational policies with particular focus on ensuring quality and accreditation standards are being met, including service delivery and stakeholder engagement.
  2. Initiate, develop and maintain effective working relationships with key interest groups, major stakeholders and partners of the organisation to advance our work and strategic directions. 
  3. Coordinate Data analysis with other staff members
  4. Oversee NCLC Accreditation 
  5. Develop reporting guidelines.
  6. Ensure effective communication and collaboration between team members 
  7. As directed, undertake other duties which are incidental and peripheral to the main tasks, provided that such duties are reasonably within the employee’s skills, competence and training.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated experience of business systems administration, including managing and developing organisation-wide client management systems and/or databases. This includes experience of developing and reporting of key analytics and other business intelligence relevant to organisational and service planning
  • Comprehensive understanding of the issues confronting Aboriginal people in relation to the delivery of legal services and associated issues.
  • Demonstrated managerial skills and/or qualifications.
  • Demonstrated experience in report writing/data collection
  • Has relevant work experience with quality control and risk management for an organisation
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and develop strong working relationships within a multi-skilled and multi-discipline working environment.
  • To apply for this opportunity, please provide:
    • a covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
    • a statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
    • your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Quality Control and Accreditation Manager 

Please apply by Friday September 17th at 5pm.

This is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander designated position, classified under Section 12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

This employment opportunity is only available to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

VALS is dedicated to providing a flexible, comfortable and energetic work environment for all of our employees.

Overview:

The Custody Notification Officer acts as liaison between the VALS Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons taken into custody by the police.    

This position is part of 3 person weekly rotating roster for Monday – Friday  

Morning                     8am – 4pm  

Mid-morning             10am – 6pm  

Night                         10pm – 8am  

What A Day as A Custody Notification Officer Looks Like: 

  1. Respond to e-justice notifications, the on-call Client Support Officer (CSO), the Aboriginal Community Justice Panel (ACJP) or Victoria Police when advised that an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person is being held in custody;  
  2. Contact the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person in custody, provide basic information, conduct a welfare check and coordinate for legal advice from the VALS on-call solicitor. Reassure the client and explain legal terminology and processes used by the police and legal profession, not using legal jargon. Where appropriate, take notes of the history of the client’s case and provide them to the solicitor;  
  3. Liaise and network with other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and agencies to promote VALS and be aware of programs that will assist in the prevention or reduction of crime within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community;  
  4. Liaise with police and other persons within the justice system to ensure delivery of a culturally relevant service;  
  5. Perform administrative tasks to ensure effective service delivery to VALS clients, including updating records, providing activity reports and attending staff meetings  
  6. As directed, undertake other duties which are incidental and peripheral to the main tasks, provided that such duties are reasonably within the employee’s skills, competence and training.  

Key Selection Criteria 

  • A demonstrated knowledge of the Victorian legal system and an understanding of the legal issues faced by Victorian Aboriginal communities;  
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills;  
  • The ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment;  
  • Intermediate computer skills, with demonstrated computer literacy skills and proficiency using the Microsoft Office and other relevant software.  
  • Ability to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and acknowledge their diverse backgrounds, personalities and varying needs and the unique cultural ways in which they may be expressed. 

Application process
To apply for this opportunity, please provide:
• a covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
• a statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
• your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.
Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au [link removed] using the subject line: Custody Notification Officer

 

Applications close for this position on Friday the 17th of September at 5:00PM.

This position can be based in either our Melbourne (Preston) office or Shepparton. However should the applicant request to be based in Melbourne – frequent travel to Shepparton will be required.

VALS is dedicated to providing a flexible, comfortable and energetic work environment for all of our employees.

OVERVIEW:

The Practice Manager for Balit Ngulu team works to achieve VALS’ goals and objectives. The role coordinates and delivers a range of projects, policy and law reform initiatives, strategic litigation work, and community and professional legal education programs.

The purpose of the role is to provide high quality legal services, including duty lawyer services, representation, advice and information in criminal law matters to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in Melbourne metropolitan area and Shepparton and its neighbouring areas such as Echuca and Bendigo City.

The position also manages the day to day functioning of the Balit Ngulu program.

WHAT A DAY AS A PRACTICE MANAGING LAWYER LOOKS LIKE:

  • Plan and deliver a quality legal service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in Melbourne metropolitan area and Shepparton and its neighboring areas at various courts including the Children’s Court Criminal Division and Children’s Koori Courts in order to represent clients of Balit Ngulu Legal Service.
  • Supervise, manage and mentor staff and contribute to the organisation through professional legal education and training
  • Effectively manage the legal practice unit, including coordinating case-planning meetings
  • Appear as a senior advocate in various courts in order to represent clients of Balit Ngulu Legal Services.
  • Participate in community legal education projects, law and policy reform and other Balit Ngulu Legal Service projects as required
  • Liaise with Government and non-Government organisations on legal issues relevant to Phase Four of Burra Lotjpa Dunguludja, the Aboriginal Justice Agreement (AJA)
  • Contribute to, and participate in, the collaborative relationship between Victoria Legal Aid, Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, Community Legal Centres and other community organisations with whom Balit Ngulu Legal Services interacts
  • Keep up to date with relevant legal developments and procedures by attending professional legal education programs and maintaining an understanding of issues impacting members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Communities
  • You will be required to undertake some travel within Victoria to deliver services to Aboriginal youth within the service locations of the program. Sometimes this travel will occur outside of usual business hours.
  • Other duties as required

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA

  • A minimum of five-years post-admission experience in Civil Law and/or a LIV Accredited Specialisation and be eligible to obtain a Principal Practicing Certificate.
  • Ability to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and acknowledge their diverse backgrounds, personalities and varying needs and the unique cultural ways in which they may be expressed
  • Ability to supervise, mentor and train staff and contribute to the development of individuals and their knowledge and skills
  • Comprehensive understanding of the youth justice issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities, including in respect of child protection and the Aboriginal placement principle.

QUALIFICATIONS – REQUIRED.

1. Admitted, or eligible for admission, as a legal practitioner in Victoria

 

To apply for this opportunity, please provide:
• a covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
• a statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
• your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.
Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Practice Managing Lawyer 

 

OVERVIEW:

Looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to assist the Executive Advisor with fundraising events.

If you are looking for experience for a future event co-ordinator role this is the perfect volunteer position for you to add to your CV.

Necessary Skills:

  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be able to effectively motivate participants to attend fundraising events.
  • Have the ability to follow-up with suppliers, schools, sports leaders, event holders, charities, stakeholders and co-ordinate donation items, logistics and contributions.
  • Be available and in attendance on event days.

DESIRABLE SKILLS:

  • Desirable to have experience with cultural diversity.
  • Desirable to have the willingness to help the community.

Volunteer will initially be required 1 day a week.

This will then be revised at a later date by the Executive Advisor.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for this opportunity, please provide:

  • A covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
  • Your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Fundraising Volunteer

Overview:
Our Family Lawyers provide high quality legal services, including information, advice, representation, casework, negotiation, and dispute resolution. They also perform outreach primarily in Family Law matters with a focus on family violence and related hearings in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and the Federal Circuit and Family Courts of Australia on behalf of members of the Aboriginal community in Victoria. This position also conducts some legal services in relation to child protection matters. 

 

What will you do?

  1. Appear as an advocate on behalf of VALS clients in Family Law proceedings in the          Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and the Federal Circuit and Family Courts of Australia      and at other state-wide locations as required.
  2.  Deliver high quality legal services, including information, advice and casework 
  3. Maintain a substantial caseload in Family Law matters.
  4.  Prepare and comply with applications for grants of legal assistance and reporting  requirements for matters eligible for Victoria Legal Aid funding.
  5. Attend, participate and contribute to the planning, service delivery and continuous improvement of the Aboriginal Families Practice and VALS.
  6.  Contribute to VALS projects, policy and law reform initiatives, and community and professional legal education programs as required.
  7. Keep up to date with relevant legal developments and procedures by attending     professional legal education and maintain an understanding of issues, risks and trends 
  8. Impacting upon legal services and members of the Aboriginal community in Victoria.

 

Key Selection Criteria

  1.  Admitted as a legal practitioner in Victoria and in the High Court of Australia.
  2. Demonstrated ability to act as an advocate and to deliver information, casework and outreach services, and undertake negotiation and dispute resolution for VALS clients 
  3.  in Family Violence, Intervention Orders and, to a lesser extent, Family Law matters.
  4.  Knowledge of and practical experience in relevant law and procedure, with a focus on Family Violence Intervention Orders and Family Law and willingness to conduct child protection matters. This includes in advancing the Aboriginal child placement principle.
  5.   A commitment to, and understanding of the legal issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities
  6. Quick and accurate decision-maker, with proved skills in working under pressure and meeting deadlines.
  7.  Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others to foster a co-operative and supportive team environment consistent with the principles and values of the VALS.
  8.  Competency in the use of MS Office software (Word, Excel, E-mail) and the capacity
  9.  Fast learner, with ability to acquire competency in the use of VALS’ client management systems.

 

Mandatory Requirements 

On offer of this position, you must provide: 

  • a copy of your current Employee Working with Children card 
  • a copy of your current Driver’s License valid for the State of Victoria
  • you will be required to complete a current Criminal History Police Check
  • proof of rights to work in Australia, i.e. a copy of an Australian Passport, Birth Certificate or Immigration VISA documentation
  • a copy of your current Practicing Certificate 

 

To apply for this position, please provide: 

• a covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
• a statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
• your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.
Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: FAMILY LAWYER

 

APPLICATIONS FOR THI S POSITION CLOSE ON TUESDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER, 5:00PM

Overview 
The Executive Assistant will be assisting the CEO of the organisation with effective time management and provide a high level of support with day to day activities and projects as required.

You will be working independently and in a team environment, and you will be required to be flexible and pro-active in your approach. In this position you will be undertaking a key role involved with stakeholders internally and externally and also interactions with VALS staff and its subsidiaries.

What A Day as an Executive Assistant Looks Like:
Support for Chief Executive Officer

  1. Prepare correspondence and reports, co-ordinate meetings, events, travel and accommodation for the CEO.
  2. Monitor, manage and amend the CEO’s diary to ensure it remains current and up-to-date.
  3. Be the first point of contact for CEO telephone enquiries, ensuring calls are appropriately screened, and any action items for the CEO are followed up.
  4. Assist the CEO with the preparation of materials (e.g. Power Point presentations, publications, reports, handouts etc), maintaining regular communication with stakeholders.
  5. Liaise with Executive team members to coordinate briefings on program and general service delivery as required/requested.
  6. Liaise with community and other stakeholders to promote the commitments and work of the organisation and establish systems and processes to ensure effective internal and external communication occurs

Secretarial Support for Board and Committees

  1. Ensure Board action items for meetings are monitored and completed within proposed time frames. 
  2. Ensure action items that need to be addressed by VALS CEO, CFO and Directors are communicated in a timely manner.
  3. Maintain up to date records of Board and Committee members.
  4. Attend Board and Committee meetings on a monthly basis.

 

Key Selection Criteria

  1. Extensive professional experience in management/executive and corporate services with an understanding of law.
  2. Demonstrated achievements in and a thorough understanding of best practice standards of governance and the planning and provision of support to governance committees and management.
  3. Capacity to liaise with Government and non-government organisations on legal and associated issues relevant to the Organisation.
  4. Demonstrated capacity to work in an environment of continuous improvement, innovation and change.
  5. Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
  6. Demonstrated ability to work as part of an executive team and develop strong working relationships within a multi-skilled and multi-discipline working environment.
  7. Demonstrated experience providing executive assistance to Senior Management.

Mandatory Requirements 
On offer of this position, you must provide: 

  1. a copy of your current Employee Working with Children card 
  2. a copy of your current Victorian Driver’s License 
  3. you will be required to complete a current Criminal History Police Check
  4. proof of rights to work in Australia, i.e. a copy of an Australian Passport, Birth Certificate or Immigration VISA documentation

 

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION CLOSE AT 5:00PM  ON THE 24TH OF SEPTEMBER 2021

Overview 

 The Volunteer Coordinator at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service will organise the recruitment of volunteers and facilitate any necessary training. The role is responsible for implementing, supporting and evaluating a high-quality volunteer program which meets all the necessary requirements and needs for VALS.

 

What A Day as A Volunteer Coordinator Looks Like:

  1. Work closely with legal and community support teams, source, and recruit volunteers through various techniques
  2. Liaise with universities and other services to develop sources for recruiting volunteers
  3. Work closely with legal and community support teams
  4. Arrange and deliver training for, and support for volunteers
  5. Oversee the collection of large-scale data about client experience utilising volunteers
  6. coordinating volunteers for special events (e.g., fundraising)
  7. Keeping contact with new, existing, and potential volunteers, and inform them about the organisation and volunteer opportunities 
  8. Ensuring all volunteers have a clearly defined role and role description upon commencement and a clear understanding of their role.
  9. Undertake reporting and analysis of all aspects of the program in a timely manner to identify trends and determine if program objectives and outcomes have been met.

 

 

Key Selection Criteria

  • The person must possess excellent organizational skills.
  • Previous experience in coordinating a volunteer program
  • Demonstrated ability to consult and collaborate
  • Strong ability to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Work as a collaborative and supportive team member.

 

Desirable  

  • Home & Community Care Certificate IV/ Community Services Work – Certificate IV or similar or significant relevant experience.
  • 3-5 years’ experience coordinating a volunteer program.


Application process
To apply for this opportunity, please provide:
• a covering letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
• a statement addressing each of the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted. Please note the key selection criteria is found within the position description.
• your resume detailing your education and professional experience and two referees.
Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Volunteer Coordinator 

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION CLOSE 5PM, FRIDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER.