Newcastle | Full-time | Fixed-term to 30 June 2023
The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to contribute to our vision of social justice and equity for Aboriginal people, families and communities. Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.
This role would suit an experienced Family Law/ Care & Protection Solicitor seeking to build their management and leadership capabilities.
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 deliver of culturally appropriate legal advice, and representation to clients in accordance with the ALS policies, procedures and guidelines in Care & Protection/Family Law including early intervention and outreach services, community legal education and referrals.
The position holder will work under the supervision of the Principal Solicitor (Care, Protection & Family Law), or their delegate, and seek advice and support on a regular basis consulting with them before determining legal issues in complex matters.
Your skills and experience
- Legal qualifications and a current Practising Certificate with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in court advocacy in the relevant area of practice
- Family law: registration on the Supreme Court Practitioner’s roll
- Commitment to the principles of social justice
- In-depth knowledge of the relevant area of law, including practice and procedure
- Ability to provide high quality legal representation
- Excellent written and oral communication skills combined with strong time management, legal research and problem-solving skills
- Ability to meet deadlines, and manage a diverse workload
- Excellent analytical and research skills
- Knowledge and experience working with Microsoft Office Suite
- Ability to work autonomously and in a team environment, applying sound judgement
- A willingness and ability to travel to regional, metropolitan and interstate locations for work purposes
- Demonstrated ability to supervise and mentor others
- 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
How to apply
Please submit the completed application package to Ann Pitkeathly, Recruitment Manager at E: [email protected]
If you have any enquiries or would like to discuss the role, please contact Louise Coady, Principal Solicitor, Care, Protection and Family Law at E: [email protected]
Applications for this position close at 5:00pm extended to Tuesday 31 January 2023.