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Principal Solicitor, Justice Projects, Policy & Practice

Redfern  |  Full-time  |  Fixed-term to 30 June 2026

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to develop the strategic direction and manage the operations of the ALS Justice Projects, Policy & Practice team in line with the mission, values and strategic plan of the ALS. 

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

This role would suit an experienced lawyer with demonstrable leadership, interpersonal, influencing, communication, negotiation and people management skills.


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 purpose of this role is to the lead the Justice Projects, Policy and Practice team within the ALS. This team is responsible for law reform, policy and advocacy, justice reinvestment, Closing the Gap (CTG) strategy and coordination, and community partnerships including community led initiatives, and community engagement. The role is required to lead ALS’ engagement in Closing the Gap partnerships and maintain significant relationships with the government, the justice sector and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs).


Your skills and experience

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate:

  • 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 staff
  • Legal qualifications and a NSW Practicing Certificate with a minimum of 5 years of relevant ‘practice’ experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in legal representation for Aboriginal people in a Criminal Law practice or other relevant areas of law
  • Demonstrated senior management, advisory and policy development experience
  • Proven leadership, interpersonal, influencing, communication, negotiation and people management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to ensure that Aboriginal voices are platformed and that Aboriginal values and expertise are centred in the design of strategy and implementation
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated management and supervision skills within a legal practice service and delivery environment
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work autonomously and manage a diverse workload, together with high level conceptual, analytical and research skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Aboriginal community-controlled sector and Closing the Gap agreements, governance and processes at State and National levels
  • Demonstrated commitment and capacity to promote the rights, interests and aspirations of Aboriginal people
  • Demonstrated experience in policy analysis, policy development and project management
  • A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and at a high level with key community, government and corporate stakeholders, other organisations key justice policy issues
  • A willingness and ability to travel to regional, metropolitan, and interstate locations for work purposes

How to apply


Applications for this position close at 5:00 pm, Friday 30 June 2023.


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