Careers

Chief Financial Officer

The finance section of VALS manages all finances ensuring that all legislative and regulatory requirements are met, and strategic and operational goals are financially supported. It brings together the key parts of the financial management process in VALS ensuring that the highest standards of quality control are maintained and that professional accounting standards are met.

About the position 

This position is to lead and manage the Finance Section, embedding VALS aims and objectives, to maximise the capacity of the organisation to meet the needs of the community, now and in the future, and ensure strong community confidence in VALS.

To take a proactive role as a member of VALS’s executive team, providing strategic financial and asset management expert advice to senior management.

To work with the Executive Team and the VALS Board to identify opportunities to increase revenue and reduce operating costs, without diminishing the quality of services delivered to the community.

To apply, please provide:

  • Cover letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
  • Statement addressing the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted.
  • CV, including education and training, professional experience and two referees

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Chief Financial Officer by 5pm, Monday 26th November 2018. 

To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here: Chief Financial Officer – Position Description

 

Senior Child Protection Lawyer – Morwell based

Lawyers within the Family Division are to provide high quality legal services, including duty lawyer services, representation, advice and information in child protection, family violence and family law matters to members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Victoria.

Key Performance Indicators, Duties & Responsibility

Appear as an advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients in child protection, intervention orders and to a lesser extent family law matters within the Children’s Court of Victoria and Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

Provide quality legal services, including legal information, advice and casework, for clients in child protection, intervention order matters as well as family law matters and other relates matters as appropriate

Participate in community legal education, law reform and other VALS projects.

Keep up t date with relevant legal developments and procedures by attending professional legal education sessions and maintain an understanding of issues impacting Aboriginal communities and the justice system.

Contribute to the collaborative relationship between Victoria Legal Aid and other community organizations with whom VALS interacts.

You will be required to travel across Victoria to deliver services to the ATSI community. Sometimes this travel will occur outside of usual business hours

To apply, please provide:

  • Cover letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
  • Statement addressing the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted.
  • CV, including education and training, professional experience and two referees

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Senior Child Protection Lawyer – Morwell by 5pm, Monday 19th November 2018. 

To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here: Senior CP Lawyer (Morwell) – Position Description

 

Senior Child Protection Lawyer – Mildura based

Lawyers within the Family Division are to provide high quality legal services, including duty lawyer services, representation, advice and information in child protection, family violence and family law matters to members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Victoria.

Key Performance Indicators, Duties & Responsibility

Appear as an advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients in child protection, intervention orders and to a lesser extent family law matters within the Children’s Court of Victoria and Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

Provide quality legal services, including legal information, advice and casework, for clients in child protection, intervention order matters as well as family law matters and other relates matters as appropriate

Participate in community legal education, law reform and other VALS projects.

Keep up t date with relevant legal developments and procedures by attending professional legal education sessions and maintain an understanding of issues impacting Aboriginal communities and the justice system.

Contribute to the collaborative relationship between Victoria Legal Aid and other community organizations with whom VALS interacts.

You will be required to travel across Victoria to deliver services to the ATSI community. Sometimes this travel will occur outside of usual business hours

To apply, please provide:

  • Cover letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
  • Statement addressing the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted.
  • CV, including education and training, professional experience and two referees

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Senior Child Protection Lawyer – Mildura by 5pm, Monday 3rd December 2018. 

To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here: Senior CP Lawyer – Position Description

 

Senior Civil Lawyer 

This position is tied to a specific 12-month project the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) is undertaking in collaboration with the Consumer Action Law Centre (CALC). The project is funded through Federation of Community Legal Centres’ integrated services fund.

The joint project will involve a full-time senior VALS civil lawyer providing casework and legal advice support on consumer and debt issues, and working closely with a policy officer at CALC. It is anticipated that the casework and advice the VALS lawyer provides will help to identify systemic consumer and debt issues affecting community members, which can then be picked up on by the CALC policy officer to drive systemic advocacy and reform work via collaboration between the two organisations. It is also anticipated that the VALS’ lawyers’ casework and advice could be used to bolster existing advocacy and law reform work CALC is already undertaking.

The VALS lawyer will only conduct advice and casework in the areas of consumer and debt law, and is likely to be assisting clients with legal issues arising in the following contexts:

  • pay day lending;
  • consumer leases;
  • car problems;
  • pawn broking;
  • utilities disputes and disconnections;
  • junk insurance; and
  • other debt issues.

 

The VALS lawyer and CALC policy officer will be supported by VALS’ client services officers and CALC’s Koori Engagement Manager to conduct outreach legal information and advice sessions in regional and rural locations throughout Victoria, with a view to identifying and assisting with any relevant systemic consumer law issues these communities are facing.

The VALS lawyer will work collaboratively and closely with the CALC policy officer and other staff-members at CALC and VALS to ensure that any relevant systemic consumer issues are being appropriately identified, and that any advocacy or reform work to address these issues is as effective as it can be.

VALS offers attractive employment benefits including salary packaging, flexible working arrangements, family friendly policies and opportunities for professional development.  Whilst the work is challenging, you will be rewarded with a culture that is focused on achieving quality outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians.

To apply, please provide:

  • Cover letter outlining who you are and why you are suited to this position
  • Statement addressing the key selection criteria – applications submitted without a statement addressing the key selection criteria will not be accepted.
  • CV, including education and training, professional experience and two referees

Please submit your application to jobs@vals.org.au using the subject line: Senior Civil Lawyer by 5pm, Monday 3rd December 2018. 

To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here: Senior Civil Lawyer – Position Description