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
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
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.
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For details concerning this role, please contact
Phone : 02 8267 7400
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Please quote in application: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Advisor via Pro Bono Australia.