Field Officer

Wollongong  |  Full-time  |  Fixed-term (12 months, with possible extension

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to provide information to solicitors regarding relevant criminal law issues arising in communities. The Field Officer attends relevant community meetings and represents the ALS on relevant working parties, as requested. 

Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.

This role is identified for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This role would suit an experienced communicator with established liaison across local community groups.

About the ALS

Born out of a protest movement, the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited is the primary legal service for Aboriginal people in NSW and the ACT. Our vision is to achieve social justice and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.

We offer a diverse, inclusive and supportive work environment. We’re passionate about what we do and we work hard. The ALS values the health and wellbeing of our employees and we are proud to offer flexible work practices. Staff can choose to take advantage of benefits including salary packaging to maximise take-home pay.

 

About the role

The Field Officer will be responsible for: 

Providing high quality support and referral services to ALS clients. The Field Officer also works closely with ALS solicitors to provide holistic legal services.

The position holder will liaise with local Aboriginal organisations and communities, including local representative groups to link Aboriginal clients, organisations and communities with the justice system.

The position will play an active role in Community Legal Education using a variety of engagement techniques; including using technology to assist in effectively delivering services.

Your skills and experience

  • Aboriginality - this is an identified position under Section 14 (d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act, 1977
  • Commitment to the principles of social justice
  • Knowledge and understanding of social justice issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people involved in the legal system
  • Knowledge of support and referral services available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients involved in the legal system
  • Ability to produce high-quality, accurate and relevant reports regarding client engagement, and outcomes of client support and referrals
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Proven self-motivation, demonstrating the ability to work autonomously and within a team
  • Excellent word processing and computer skills using Microsoft Office Suite
  • A willingness and ability to travel to regional, metropolitan and interstate locations for work purposes
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal people combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices when considering service delivery and other support for clients, their families, communities and employees

Desirable

  • Ability to prepare and deliver community legal education
  • Previous experience working in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community-based organisation

 

How to apply

Applications for this position extended to Sunday 5 February 2023.

 

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