Careers

Careers

Expression of Interest:

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.) to jobs@vals.org.au with the subject headline ‘VALS Talent Pool’

Current Vacancies

Family Violence and Community Justice Project Officer

Position Overview

This position to perfect for a creative person that has a passion for providing support to community members to navigate the legal system and identify their legal needs, create and provide educational material to members of the community through information sessions, promotional material and interactive workshops.

These events and materials that this position will create will be delivered to the Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal community members and should be focused on providing legal knowledge and information relating around the issue of family violence and how we can create safe family and community environments. This role focuses on:
1. Designing and delivering community legal education activities tailored to victims and perpetrators of family violence on relevant areas of law such as child protection, intervention orders, family law, housing, debt etc
2. Community Development;
3. Raising awareness of the VALS’s family violence related services;
4. Networking with stakeholders;
5. Crime Prevention within the community; and
6. Pro-actively working towards changing the negative existing perceptions of the Aboriginal community

Key Duties and Responsibilities

1. Develop, deliver and maintain community legal education content within publications and other resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities that increase their:
1.1.1. Understanding of the law and their legal rights;
1.1.2. Capacity to engage with and influence the legal system;
1.1.3. Awareness of free legal assistance provided by VALS.
2. Scope, test and refine new content with the needs of end users in mind, in balance with the priorities of the organisation and the needs of stakeholders
3. Research, write and edit content for community legal education print publications, digital content, reports, memos and other documents.
4. Regularly monitor, evaluate and report on community legal education publications and projects. Document and respond to key risks, issues and trends in a timely fashion
5. Support the promotion of VALS’s community legal education content to internal and external stakeholders
6. Support effective project management practice and delivery. This includes demonstrating an ability to effectively operate systems and processes to support the monitoring and implementation of projects.
7. Support engagement with key stakeholders, including conducting discussions with stakeholders, the preparation of communication materials and agendas, organising meeting venues and logistics, drafting meeting summaries and facilitating follow-up action
8. Provide high-level administrative and project management support
9. Develop and maintain effective networks and relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders at all levels of government, youth community agencies and with the community to support the delivery of programs, policy, or projects
10. Other duties as directed that are not listed in the position description.

Key Selection Criteria

1. 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.
2. An understanding of the legal issues faced by Victorian Aboriginal communities.
3. An in depth understanding of the relationships between the VALS, government agencies and Koori organisations.
4. Experience in creating and managing educational content, with a focus on print and digital mediums. Experience in scoping or updating content that meets the needs of end use
5. Demonstrated skills in research, writing and editing, especially in the development of plain-language education materials
6. demonstrated experience in the reporting, planning and evaluation of projects
7. Demonstrated experience in project management with the ability to produce project plans while anticipating and managing potential and emerging issues/ risks which may affect project outcomes
8. Analytical, conceptual and problem-solving skills with sound judgment and capacity to make decisions and recommendations where diverse interests need to be considered.
9. Strong interpersonal, representational and communication skills, including the ability to influence and negotiate effectively and a proven capacity to develop effective relationships with a range of stakeholders.
10. Demonstrated computer literacy skills and proficiency using the Microsoft Office and other relevant software.
11. The ability to work in a multi-skilled environment
12. Experience working in the non-profit sector.

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: Family Violence and Community Justice Project Officer

Please apply by Wednesday 15th July 2020

To obtain a copy of the position description please click here Position Description – Position Description – Family Violence Community Program Officer _July 2020

Communications Advisor – NATSILS

The role will be responsible for communications – digital, written, traditional media and more – related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander justice issues; promoting and raising awareness of the work of NATSILS and ATSILS and barriers of access to justice.

The Communications Advisor position will:
• Create, coordinate and execute, a communications strategy in line with NATSILS’ strategic plan
• Oversee and manage the direction and coordination of digital and media engagement activities
• Plan, edit, collect and create written, visual, digital and video content for a variety of communications channels (including Twitter & Facebook)
• Prepare media alerts, releases and op eds, preparing media lines for radio and television and proactively looking for new media opportunities, including responding to media queries and keeping on top of current affairs in the media
• Respond to developing crisis justice issues from NATSILS and deliver through communications channels (with short turn around)
• Develop and maintain relationships and contacts with media outlets and journalists, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media
• Proactively build the communications reach of NATSILS and ATSILS, including looking for new opportunities, supporting capacity building and coordination across membership
• Build trust with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander online communities to raise awareness of their legal rights and NATSILS and ATSILS work
• Develop and communicate NATSILS’ vision for a reimagined justice system and solutions by engaging with community, audiences and NATSILS members
• Build and maintain our email database and website (some technical knowledge of databases such as NationBuilder and website building tools would be preferred)
• Explore opportunities for digital fundraising
• Provide strategic input into policy and advocacy direction so that communications are strategic, coordinated and impactful
• Manage and build NATSILS’ brand and execute all communications in line with our overall strategy and messaging
• Develop strategies and messaging to move key supporter audiences on critical issues, keeping up to date with the latest messaging and communications research to help improve our work
• Monitor and report on NATSILS’ communications activities with a focus on continuous improvement and innovation
• Work collaboratively with other NATSILS roles to strengthen communications and digital skills and capacity

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: NATSILS Communications Advisor

Please apply by 5pm Sunday 19th July 2020

To obtain a copy of the position description please click here Position Description – Communications Advisor – NATSILS 050620

Senior Legal Secretary

Overview
The Senior Legal Secretary provides high quality secretarial and support services to the legal staff and supervision of the legal secretaries in the provision of criminal, family and civil law assistance of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Victoria.

Key Performance Indicators, Duties & Responsibility
1. Provide supervision, training and support to the secretarial staff
2. Manage workload distribution to secretarial staff including when staff are sick or on leave.
3. Rostering of reception coverage when required.
4. Provide training to solicitors on secretarial processes as part of solicitor induction program.
5. Undertake all word processing 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.
6. Prepare documentation for briefing Counsel or other professionals as directed, including photocopying, collating and arranging delivery.
7. Receive phone calls on behalf of individual solicitors and follow up enquiries or record messages for action by solicitor.
8. Assist in arranging appointments for clients or making contact with clients directly.
9. Undertake filing of reports and other documentation on behalf of clients.
10. Update data base and electronic files as required.
11. Lodge and maintain Victoria Legal Aid grant applications within the ATLAS system as required.
12. Undertake relief work on reception, as rostered and participate in duties associated there.
13. Participate in the processing of ingoing and outgoing mail for the organisation..
14. 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.
15. 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 at least 3 years’ experience as a legal secretary.
2. Word proficient to 100 words per minute
3. Demonstrated ability to manage and supervise staff in accordance with organisational values.
4. 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.
5. A commitment to the legal issues faced by members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community in Victoria.
6. The ability to work collaboratively with others and to foster a co-operative and supportive team environment.
7. Professional and courteous phone manner and interpersonal skills and the capacity to communicate effectively with members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community 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: Senior Secretary

Please apply by 5pm Sunday 5th July 2020

To obtain a copy of the position description please click here Position Description – Senior Legal Secretary – June 2020

In-house Counsel – Specialist Legal & Litigation Practice

Overview

VALS provides legal advice to a significant and growing number of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people charged with Criminal Offences and who may have experienced misconduct by members of Victoria Police, Correctional Services staff, and other Government employees

The Senior In-House Counsel will be focused primarily on appearing as Counsel in matters with sufficient merit for litigation and complex criminal proceedings requiring a high level of skill and expertise.

The role will provide guidance to VALS’ staff members’ awareness about the relevant claims that may be available for people who have been mistreated by police or other government employees, with the aim being to increase the number of clients with potential claims who are referred to the specialist lawyer for triage, referral or follow up casework where appropriate. The Senior In-House Counsel will also be briefed in relation to criminal law case work and advocacy.

This role will also work closely with the policy and communications team to build awareness, create submissions and proposals but also assist in seeking future funding for the continued conduct of the work.

As this is a new area of operation for VALS as an organisation, the role will also need to work collaboratively and seamlessly with a number of internal VALS staff and external stakeholders who will be important in ensuring the new initiative is as impactful as possible.

Key Performance Indicators, Duties & Responsibility

Senior In-House Counsel –Specialist Legal and Litigation Practice, will:
• Improve service delivery by ensuring consistency in internal VALS representation and advocacy in complex matters requiring specialist knowledge and skills in criminal law and civil litigation involving misconduct
• Reduce financial impacts to the organisational budget by reducing external briefing and appearing in matters of complexity including contested hearings, committals, trials, appeals, pleas, bail applications, sentencing hearings, youth crime matters, judicial review, mental impairment and offences involving violence and sexual assault, applications for sex offenders register, coronial inquests and litigation
• Raise awareness of the issues relating to the misconduct of police, correctional staff and other government agencies to drive and influence change
• Provide guidance and advice in both written and oral form to the criminal law practice and Specialist Legal and Litigation practice
• Contribute to a more sustainable workforce through building capacity and our internal skills base through VALS lawyers working collegiately with the Senior In-house Counsel
• Achieve results through court advocacy at a level that requires highly developed legal skills and expertise in both adversarial and inquisitorial proceedings as the organisational criminal law and litigation subject matter expert
• Increase professional development outcomes through internal training and development opportunities working together with the relevant legal teams and stakeholders
• Contribute at a high level to legal advocacy and policy priorities representing the organisation in law reform activities and driving systemic change

• Develop internal guidelines and standard operating procedures relevant to the operation aspects of the Senior In-House Counsel

• 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 VALS interacts
• Develop and foster positive working relationships with a number of key internal staff to ensure the referral of clients in relation to criminal law and litigation

Key Selection Criteria

1. In depth knowledge of legislation pertaining to criminal law and litigation with an ability to analyse complex situations and adapt accordingly in a fast paced and changing environment.

2. High level advocacy and legal skills with demonstrated experience in appearing on behalf of relevant parties in the Coroners, Magistrates and Higher Court jurisdictions in all stages of the legal proceedings in criminal law and litigation relating to misconduct by members of Victoria Police, Corrections Victoria and other relevant Government Departments.

3. Demonstrated high level conceptual skills, analytical and negotiation skills to achieve desired results.

4. Highly developed interpersonal skills with an ability to develop positive relationships with both internal and external stakeholders including members of the Aboriginal Community, Courts, Judiciary, Support services and Government Departments.

5. Ability to provide independent, strategic specialist legal advice and guidance to VALS lawyers and Community Justice teams on complex legal matters and or policy issues impacting the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people.

6. Represent VALS at various forums and stakeholder engagement activitives, influence change working collaboratively with Policy and Communication team on relevant priorities.

7. Knowledge and understanding of the social, legal and justice issues including abuse and systemic racism faced by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria

8. A commitment to the principles and values of the organisation and proven record of ethical behaviour pursuant to the Legal Profession Uniform Law.

9. Accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as a Specialist in Criminal and/or Personal Injury law

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: In-house Counsel

Please apply by 5pm Sunday 26th July 2020

To obtain a copy of the position description please click here PD – Senior In-House Counsel. June 2020