Career & Job Opportunities

 

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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We will contact you as new opportunities arise.

We are always actively looking for applicants from a diverse range of gender identities, sexual orientations cultures, language groups, abilities, and experiences.

In particular, we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Members of the LGBTQI+ community, people with disabilities, and people with experience seeking asylum to apply

Board Member Vacancy

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

South East Australian Aboriginal Justice Service Limited (SEAAJSL) is the overarching entity of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service. The Board of Directors of South East Australian Aboriginal Justice Service Limited are calling for new members to join the company

ABOUT US:
We were established as a community-controlled organisation in 1973 to address the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the criminal justice system. The organisation has a long and proud history of providing legal and service support for Aboriginal Victorians who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing negative contact with the justice system and advocating locally, nationally and internationally for the rights of Aboriginal people.
The organisation has grown over the years (with further expansion options being pursued) and now offers criminal, family and civil law services, client services support, community legal education and a range of community justice support programs in Victoria

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

As a VALS COM member, you will be responsible for:

• Embodying and maintaining VALS values, vision, mission and strategies
• Establishing the organisation’s desired strategic outcomes and direction of strategic plans
• Monitoring the outcomes of the strategic and business plans and annual budget outcomes
• Review of annual budget proposed by the Executive Management Team
• Ensuring that VALS has appropriate corporate governance structures in place including standards of ethical behaviour and promoting a culture of corporate and social responsibility
• Ensuring compliance obligations and functions are effectively discharged
• Ensuring that all significant risks are adequately considered and accounted for by the Executive Management Team
• Participation in appropriate personal development opportunities
• Attending all meetings at the organisation’s Head Office or via video link or teleconference (available if required)

ABOUT YOU

Ideally, you will possess:
• An appreciation and understanding of the role VALS play in the community
• Knowledge and skills in one or more areas of community representation, board governance: policy, programs, finance and/or personnel.
• A strong business acumen, with the ability to think strategically and provide leadership
• An ability to help establish strategic direction, working with the CEO, Executive Management Team and other committee members to obtain the resources, funds and personnel necessary to implement the organisation’s objectives
• Good corporate governance understanding
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Ability to review reports, monitor performance, identify risks and help to implement strategies
• For this position, qualifications or significant experience in Risk Management, Governance, and/or strategic planning would be highly desirable.
• A time commitment of 2 hours per month, which includes Board preparation, meeting and committee meeting time
• Willingness to serve on at least one of the two listed VALS sub-committee and participate actively in its work
-Finance & Audit Committee
-Risk, Quality, and Compliance Committee

HOW TO EXPRESS INTEREST
To submit your expression of interest. please email your application to jobs@vals.org.au and we will be in contact you as soon as possible.

Membership Nomination Form_July2020

Overview

We are looking for a solicitor passionate about the social and legal issues impacting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with 18 months to 4 years PQE to join our Civil and Human Rights practice.

As a civil lawyer, you will provide high quality legal services, including, advice and information, casework, representation and referral in civil law matters to members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Victoria.  While the civil lawyer will undertake casework in core areas of legal need for Aboriginal communities, the role will have a particular focus on assisting clients affected by family violence who are seeking assistance with fines and tenancy matters.

This is a full-time position based at the VALS office in Preston, Victoria. However, occasionally you may be required to travel to deliver services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in regional areas.

Key Performance Indicators, Duties & Responsibility
  1. Assist clients with the provision of culturally safe and trauma informed advice, referrals and ongoing casework in core matters of legal need for Aboriginal communities in Victoria, including fines and infringements, tenancy, debt, consumer, Working With Children Check suspension and cancellation, employment, discrimination, Personal Safety Intervention Orders and coronial matters.
  2. Taking a key role with the Principal Managing Lawyer in the coordination of the VALS Infringements Clinic, including responsibility for supervision of casework and advice given by clinic volunteers.
  3. Appear personally as an advocate, and/or brief counsel to appear, in various courts and tribunals in civil law matters.
  4. Supervise non-clinic volunteers working within the civil legal team.
  5. Participate in community legal education projects, law reform and other VALS projects as required.
  6. Maintain positive and collaborative relationships with key stakeholders, including Victoria Legal Aid, pro bono law firms, the Victorian Bar and other community organisations from both the legal and non-legal sectors.
  7. Keep up to date with relevant civil legal developments and procedures by attending professional legal education programs and maintain an understanding of broader issues impacting the justice system and members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities.
  8. 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
  1. Admitted to practice as a legal practitioner in Victoria, with at least 18 months post-admission experience.
  2. A commitment to and understanding of the civil legal issues faced by members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities in Victoria.
  3. Experience working with people affected by family violence.
  4. Experience assisting clients with fines and infringements matters will be highly regarded.
  5. Capacity to work as an advocate and caseworker in civil law matters in the core practice areas outlined above.
  6. Knowledge of and practical experience in the law and court procedures with a focus on the civil law jurisdiction, particularly in relation to the areas of law detailed above.
  7. The ability to work collaboratively with others and to foster a co-operative and supportive team environment.
  8. Sound interpersonal skills and the capacity to communicate effectively with members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
  9. A knowledge of the principles and values of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service.
  10. Competency in the use of MS Office Software (particularly MS Outlook, MS Word, Excel, E-mail) to a legal practice and the capacity to quickly acquire competency in the use of VALS’ case management system.

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: Civil Lawyer

Please apply by 5pm Wednesday 24th February 2021

Please click below to see Position Description.

Position Description – Lawyer – Civil Law and Human Rights – Feb 2021

OVERVIEW

The Executive Officer of NATSILS has a demonstrated commitment to social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and provides high quality leadership support services to the Co-Chairpersons of NATSILS and to the NATSILS members, as well as leading and managing the NATSILS staff.

The Executive Officer:

  • Works closely with the NATSILS Co-Chairs, drives the leadership, strategy, vision and implementation of NATSILS’ five year Strategic Plan, ensures strategic outcomes are designed, achieved and evaluated;
  • Leads operational and financial management, governance, risk management and reporting of the organisation;
  • Supports the Co-Chairs to lead on advocacy for justice, equality, legal and human rights issues including leading policy, campaign and law reform development and NATSILS’ participation in national media, coalitions, consultations and campaigns;
  • Drives best practice, collaboration and problem solving for the needs of NATSILS’ members including culturally safe service delivery, policy and law reform, and governance across the ATSILS;
  • Fosters partnerships and relationships with First Nations communities, stakeholders in the NGO, legal sector, government and philanthropy sectors;
  • Builds strong communication across the ATSILS, with our communities and the broader legal services sector.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage and lead the NATSILS staff, work and development.
  • Assist Co-chairs with implementing NATSILS strategic priorities and campaigns, reporting and impact evaluation.
  • Maintain knowledge on current justice, human rights and discrimination issues, relevant Australian and international policy, law and human rights developments.
  • Develop and implement strategies for policy, research, campaigns, messaging, government relations, funding and advocacy to achieve change on priorities and solutions to end to injustices, racism and over-incarceration in the justice system for First Nations people.
  • Oversee legal research and prepare high quality briefing papers, report, submissions and speeches for NATSILS.
  • Develop and maintain NATSILS governance, policies, procedures and administrative documents such as membership lists and guidelines for the NATSILS.
  • Oversee the coordination of NATSILS Your Story Disability Legal Support Service to the Royal Commission, including reporting and finance, and as a member of the Steering Committee.
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication skills, including writing for a range of purposes and audiences, public speaking and media (where appropriate).
  • Build strong connections and positive working relationships with NATSILS members, Government representatives and other key stakeholders, including peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and philanthropic stakeholders, including to support capacity building and sector development activities and to develop partnerships.
  • Act as a conduit, via the Co-Chairs, to NATSILS to lead networking, external partnership development and capacity building initiatives in accordance with strategic direction.
  • Provide strategic advice to the Co-chairs of NATSILS including project planning, management and reporting, and deliver agreed communications to the broader community.
  • Organise, attend and present at regional, interstate and international forums as directed.
  • Provide high quality NATSILS representation on steering committees, coalitions and when consulting with external stakeholders.
  • Oversee the coordination of the NATSILS Law Reform and Policy Officer Network, coordination of national teleconferences, NATSILS member Forums, other meetings and activities to support collaboration by NATSILS members, including administrative support and chairing meetings as required

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor of laws (or relevant degree) or experience with relevant legal background;
  • Minimum three years’ experience working in: o strategic development of national or state law and policy matters; or a o a senior executive, policy or legal role at an ATSILS, in the Legal Assistance Sector or in an Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisation.

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: Executive Officer – NATSILS

Please apply by 5pm Sunday 14th February 2021

Please click below to see Position Description.

E.O NATSILS – Position Description

Overview

To provide high quality secretarial and support services to the legal staff in the provision of criminal, family and civil law assistance to members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Victoria.

Key Performance Indicators, Duties & Responsibility

  1. Undertake all secretarial tasks and associated file management tasks as provided by solicitors in relation to the ongoing file management of clients of the Service in areas of Criminal, Civil and Family law.
  2. Prepare documentation for briefing Counsel or other professionals as directed, including  photocopying, collating and arranging delivery.
  3. Receive phone calls on behalf of individual solicitors and follow up enquiries or record messages for action by solicitor.
  4. Assist in arranging appointments for clients or making contact with clients directly.
  5. Undertake filing of reports and other documentation on behalf of clients.
  6. Update data base and electronic files as required.
  7. Lodge and maintain Victoria Legal Aid grant applications within the ATLAS system as required.
  8. Undertake relief work on reception, as rostered and participate in duties associated there.
  9. Participate in the processing of ingoing and outgoing mail for the organisation.
  10. Keep up to date with relevant procedures by attending professional education programs and maintain an understanding of issues impacting the justice system and members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community.
  11. 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

  1. Demonstrated ability and experience as a legal secretary.
  2. Advanced skills in the use of MS Office Software (particularly MS Word, Excel, E-mail) to a  legal practice and the capacity to quickly acquire competency in the use of VALS’ client   data base
  3. Professional and courteous phone manner and interpersonal skills and the capacity to communicate effectively with members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
  4. A commitment to the legal issues faced by members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait  Islander Community in Victoria.
  5. The ability to work collaboratively with others and to foster a co-operative and supportive    team environment.
  6. 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 using the subject line:  Legal Secretary 

Please apply by 5pm Sunday 28th February 2021

Please click below to see Position Description.

Position Description – Legal Secretary – Feb 2021

Overview

This position is tied to an Integrated Practice Project which VALS is undertaking in partnership with Consumer Action Law Centre (Consumer Action). The project is funded through Federation of Community Legal Centres’ integrated services fund. The project commenced in 2019 and has secured funding year on year, with current funding guaranteed to 2022. 

 

Key Performance Indicators, Duties & Responsibility

Casework and Advice Provision

  • Provide high quality and professionally delivered legal advice and representation to clients with consumer and credit law matters in courts, tribunals and external dispute resolution forums as appropriate.
  • Work collaboratively with other staff-members in the VALS Civil and Human Rights practice to ensure subject area knowledge is shared, to assist with building the internal capacity of the team to handle complex consumer and debt matters, which will require, from time to time, the supervision and training of other lawyers in consumer and debt matters.
  • Deliver training (including in partnership with Consumer Action) and share legal precedents and other resources with VALS’ civil team, in order to develop VALS’ internal capacity to manage complex consumer and debt related legal disputes.

Engagement and collaboration

  • Form a strong working relationship with direct project partner in the CALC Koori Engagement Manager and Aboriginal Policy Officer
  • Collaborate with the Koori Engagement Manager and Aboriginal Policy Officer and other relevant VALS and Consumer Action staff to attend community engagement sessions in regional and rural areas.

Strategic Advocacy

  • Work closely with the Aboriginal Policy Officer at Consumer Action as well as other relevant staff to identity systemic issues and assist where possible with associated campaign and advocacy work.
  • Assist VALS CEO and other senior staff in relation to media and other external facing opportunities arising from the work of this project.

 

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: Senior Civil Lawyer.

Please apply by 5pm Wednesday 10th March 2021

Please click below to see Position Description.

PD for VALS CALC joint lawyer position Feb 21