Canberra | Full-time | Fixed-term for 24 months
The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to build your advocacy skills in our newly established Care & Protection team based in Canberra.
This new role has mentoring available and is open to those looking to develop their capabilities.
Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.
This role would suit a qualified Solicitor with interests in the Care & Protection areas of law.
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 primary responsibility of the Solicitor (Care & Protection/Family Law Practice) is to undertake high quality legal advice and representation to clients, in Care and Protection matters and State Family Law matters (requiring travel).
The position holder will be required to prepare and research representation of Aboriginal clients in Care & Protection/Family Law matters.
Your skills and experience
- Legal qualifications and a relevant Practising Certificate
- Knowledge of NSW/ACT Care and Protection Laws and Family Law
- Capacity to represent Aboriginal clients and undertake an advocacy role before Courts or Tribunals
- Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to provide quality customer service in a high-volume work environment
- Proven capacity to identify and understand legal issues facing socially and economically disadvantaged Aboriginal peoples
- Capacity to prepare excellent written communication skills to prepare court documents, correspondence, submissions and other written materials
- Well-developed legal research/analytical and statutory interpretation skills
- Ability to meet deadlines, work without close supervision and to manage a diverse workload
- Knowledge and experience working with Microsoft Office Suite
- Current valid unrestricted NSW/ACT Driver’s licence and a willingness to drive in metropolitan and country locations, travel intrastate and stay overnight or longer
How to apply
Please submit the completed application package to Ann Pitkeathly, Recruitment Manager at [email protected]
- If you have any enquiries or would like to discuss the role, please contact Louise Coady, Principal Solicitor (Care & Protection/ Family Law) at [email protected]
Applications for this position close Wednesday 25 January.