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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Advisor

Location : Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Queensland, Victoria

Organisation : knowmore

Work Type : Full-time

Salary Type : Annual Package

Application Closing Date : 08-06-2018

About the Role

The main purpose of this role is to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients of knowmore to receive legal assistance, working closely with other multi-disciplinary team members to deliver services in a culturally safe and respectful manner.

This role reports directly to the Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Team, who has inclusive responsibility for the day to day management, activities and practices of the Aboriginal and Torres Islander Engagement Team across knowmore.

This role delivers front line services and case management as part of knowmore’s multi-disciplinary model. The role will also participate in projects and activities involving internal and external stakeholders from time to time.

Guided by the organisation’s service plan, the role will involve regular intrastate, and some interstate travel (for up to a week at a time), including regular visits to urban, regional and remote areas of Australia to deliver services to clients on an outreach basis and to undertake community engagement activities. Accordingly, a current driver’s license is highly desired, along with the ability and willingness to travel, including to remote communities for up to a week at a time.

To be appointed to the role, an applicant will also need to comply with the requirements of any applicable legislation relating to legal practice (i.e. not be a person disqualified from employment by a legal practice) and will also need to meet the entry requirements for professional visitors to correctional centre’s across Australia.

**To perform this role it is essential that the person who holds the position be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who identifies and is recognised as such within their community

Location

There are multiple roles and can be based in either Melbourne or Brisbane. With a national focus, regular interstate travel will be required.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Sound knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures inclusive of values, protocols and any other issues relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, in both urban, rural and remote areas of Australia.
  • Strong commitment to social justice and to meeting the legal, Cultural and related needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the diverse Cultures that exist across Australia.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a court support or legal services access, or similar, role.
  • Demonstrated skills in communicating, consulting and negotiating with individuals and groups within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and government agencies, on complex and sensitive Cultural issues.
  • Sound communication skills, coupled with a strong understanding of Cultural context, and the ability to adapt to a variety of audiences.
  • A demonstrated capacity to self-manage, including being able to work effectively with other disciplines in a multi-disciplinary team and deliver quality work to meet deadlines.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work interstate, as/if required for periods.
  • Actively manage own workload and proactively manage self-care.

**To perform this role it is essential that the person who holds the position be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who identifies and is recognised as such within their community.

About the Organisation

Organisation Name : knowmore

knowmore was established by the National Association of Community Legal Centres in 2013 as a national, independent community legal service to provide free legal assistance to people engaging with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. From its inception, knowmore has delivered integrated, multi-disciplinary, trauma-informed and culturally safe services to survivors of child sexual abuse across Australia.

The Royal Commission handed down its final report in December 2017 and knowmore now has an important role in supporting implementation of the Commission’s recommendations. knowmore has secured funding of $37.9 million over the next three years to provide legal support services to survivors relating to their justice and redress options, including under the National Redress Scheme.

Services are provided by knowmore’s team of lawyers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Advisors, social workers, counsellors and operations staff through a national phone line and face-to-face services in key locations, supported by a comprehensive program of outreach and community engagement across Australia. Services are provided from a national network of offices currently located in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.

Apply for this Job

Position Description : EngagementAdvisor Final JD

For details concerning this role, please contact

Ainsley Jardine-Wilson

Phone : 02 8267 7400

Further Information about knowmore is available at www.knowmore.org.au

Your application must include:

  • A cover letter outlining why you are applying for this position
  • A resume with your skills, experience and qualifications
  • A written response outlining your responses to the key selection criteria (maximum of four pages)

Applications should be emailed to recruitment@knowmore.org.au by 5.00pm on Friday 8 June 2018.

**To perform this role it is essential that the person who holds the position be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who identifies and is recognised as such within their community.

knowmore considers that being an Aboriginal person or a Torres Strait Islander is a genuine
occupational requirement for this position under s42 of the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT), s14 of
the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW), sub-s 35(1)(b)(ii) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1996
(NT), s25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld), sub-s 56(2) of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984
(SA), s41 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 (Tas), sub-s 26(3) or s28 of the Equal
Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic), or s50 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA).


Please quote in application: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Advisor via Pro Bono Australia.


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