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Program Manager, Children & Families Advocacy

Flexible NSW, hybrid working  |  Full-time  |  Fixed-term to June 2023, likely extension

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to lead the implementation and development of new family oriented justice programs for the ALS including the Aboriginal Child & Family Advocacy & Support service, Vulnerable Women’s program and others as required.  Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.

This role would suit a Family Law or Social Work professional seeking to expand their project and management skills and develop our new programs in conjunction with established ALS teams.


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 Program Manager will be responsible for: 

  • Developing knowledge of the relevant funding agreements and associated KPI’s, budgets and service delivery requirements
  • Leading the implementation and development of the new children and family advocacy programs in line with relevant funding agreements, and any other programs that arise.
  • Leading the service design of the new children and family advocacy program.

Your skills and experience

  • Demonstrated knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal people combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices in dealing with clients, their families, communities and staff
  • Project management experience, ideally in the set-up of client service delivery programs
  • Previous experience in the legal assistance or social support sectors, ideally in multi-disciplinary environments
  • Knowledge of Closing the Gap policies and the intersecting legal and non-legal needs of Aboriginal children and families who are in contact with the criminal justice system, are experiencing violence and/or in Out of Home Care
  • Consultative and collaborative style
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, planning, organisation and time management skills
  • Highly attuned verbal and written communication skills and the ability to influence and negotiate with relevant stakeholders
  • Ability to self-manage work load and manage competing priorities with ease
  • High level of integrity including ability to identify risks, maintain confidentiality, work professionally and reflect the values of the ALS
  • Demonstrated commitment to the effective implementation of Workplace Health & Safety and Ethical and Diversity practices in the workplace
  • Legal, Social Work or other relevant tertiary qualifications
  • Current unrestricted driver’s licence and ability to travel to regional locations

How to apply

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications for this position close at Friday 21 October 2022.


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