About the Role
This role delivers front line service and case work assistance as part of knowmore’s multi-disciplinary model, and supervises service delivery by a local legal team. The role ensures high-quality legal services are delivered to clients and that related legal and other needs are identified and actioned. The role also provides the opportunity to work at a high-level on operational planning and service delivery projects; law and policy reform initiatives; and community engagement activities.
Guided by the organisation’s service plan, the role will involve some intrastate and interstate travel to deliver services to clients on an outreach basis, and to undertake community engagement activities. Accordingly a current driver’s licence is highly desirable, along with the ability and willingness to travel and work, at times in remote and regional locations
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Provide high quality advice and representation to clients in relation to the legal issues arising from their experience of sexual abuse, including in relation to their redress options
Support the Principal Lawyer to lead knowmore’s service delivery to clients by leading a local legal team and working co-operatively with knowmore’s other teams, to ensure clients’ legal and related needs are identified and actioned in an effective and consistent way and all timelines are met
Contribute as a professional member of a national legal practice; ensuring compliance with professional and corporate responsibilities including the rules and requirements of relevant legal profession legislation and the Community Legal Centre Risk Management Guide
Manage team members, including in undertaking short term and longer term management tasks (such as fostering professional development)
Conduct regular file reviews and monitor and contribute to the development and continuous improvement of service delivery standards, policies and precedents
Ensure all relevant service data is recorded
Respond to client and stakeholder feedback appropriately
Represent knowmore’s legal practice in internal and external meetings and forums, developing collaborative working relationships with other service providers
Support knowmore’s contributions to law reform and policy and procedural initiatives relating to its client group, including through the identification of issues arising from practice and leading the preparation of submissions and undertaking media appearances
Prepare and deliver community legal education and other engagement activities and materials, working cooperatively and collaboratively with non-legal service providers and other staff and external partners to raise awareness and provide information about knowmore’s services and common issues facing the client group
Lead and manage effective contributions from volunteers and pro bono providers
Proactively manage own self-care and workload, and model a commitment to self-care and resilience
Act as the Principal Lawyer when required from time to time
Undertake other duties and projects as directed
Positions available in Brisbane and Melbourne. Maternity contract available in Sydney.
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.
Apply for this Job
For details concerning this role, please contact
Phone : 02 8267 7400
Further Information about knowmore is available at www.knowmore.org.au
Please carefully review the job descriptions, 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 email@example.com by 5.00pm on 4 June 2018.
Please quote in application: Managing Lawyer via Pro Bono Australia.