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Civil Liberties Policy Lawyer

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Organisation : NSW Council for Civil Liberties

Location : Sydney

Work Type : Full-time

Sector : Law, Justice & Human Rights

Salary Type : Annual Package

Salary : $62,000 to $70,000

Application Closing Date : 25 Apr, 2018

About the Role

NSWCCL is looking for a person with legal qualifications to work with its executive and committee on priority civil liberties and human rights issues.

This is a new position created to strengthen our capacity to respond to an increasing volume of challenges to civil liberties and rights in Australia. It will be an exciting and challenging position.

The focus of this position will be advocacy work around priority civil liberties issues. This will include: research and analysis of issues; preparing advice on matters before state and federal parliaments; formal submissions to parliamentary and other inquiries; organising and participating in public forums; arguing our case in the media and professional forums and, increasingly, though social media. It could also involve developing and running campaigns and special projects.

As NSWCCL’s work is largely done by volunteers, the person will be working closely with relevant committee and executive members and will need to be collaborative, highly motivated and able to set and manage priorities across multiple tasks.
Much of the work we do must be done within externally established timeframes to be useful.

Skills and Qualifications

We are looking for a person with:
•a strong commitment to the protection of civil liberties and human rights
•strong conceptual and analytical capacity
•highly developed research skills including the ability to undertake detailed research which synthesizes large amounts of material under tight time pressure to provide a concise research deliverable
•highly developed oral and written communication skills when communicating across legal and non-legal audiences
• ability to communicate across traditional and online media platforms, including facebook and twitter
• familiarity with civil liberties and human rights issues and New South Wales, Commonwealth and international legal frameworks which regulate these issues
• highly developed organisational skills, including the ability to plan and manage priorities and meet deadlines with limited supervision
•ability to work collaboratively and creatively in a largely volunteer context
•advanced Microsoft Office skills
•ability to work independently including a high level of self-motivation, personal
accountability for results and sound judgement.
Legal qualifications are essential, together with some post qualification experience. A current practising certificate is not required. A broad qualification also including humanities, social sciences or economics would be an advantage.



Location: Sydney – at the NSWCCL office at 105 Pitt Street Sydney (near Wynyard Station).
Hours of Work: We are ideally looking for a full time staff member, but will consider 0.8 or 0.9 FTE. The position will involve some domestic travel and work outside normal work hours including a minimum of 2 early evening meetings per month.
Term: The position is for a 12 month term in the first instance, which we intend will be renewed, subject to funding. The appointment is subject to a three month probationary period.
Supervisor: Designated Executive member of NSW CCL.
Salary: Range $62,000 to $70,000 per annum (depending on experience) plus superannuation, annual and sick leave.
Apply: Please send your application to therese.cochrane@nswccl.org.au. Closing date 25 April 2018. Applicants should read the Position Description before submitting their application. Applications should comprise a cover letter (maximum one page), a document addressing the selection criteria (maximum two pages) and a CV. Please include your name in the subject line of your application email.

About the Organisation

Organisation Name : NSW Council for Civil Liberties

The NSW Council for Civil Liberties (NSWCCL) was established in 1963 as an independent not-for– profit organisation committed to protecting civil liberties and human rights in Australia. We are also secular and politically non-partisan.
We engage with the full range of civil liberties and human rights issues within NSW and at a national level. We have close working relationships with other councils for civil liberties across Australia.
Our main work is done through monitoring government and agencies’ activities and high level advocacy to influence community views and government policies and laws. NSWCCL also responds to complaints from the public on civil liberties related issues. Our work is largely done by volunteers.

Apply for this Job

Position Description : NSWCCL Policy Lawyer PD 18.4.18

For details concerning this role, please contact

Therese Cochrane

Phone : 0280902952

Email : therese.cochrane@nswccl.org.au

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Civil Liberties Policy Lawyer via Pro Bono Australia.


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