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Location : Melbourne (St Kilda)

Work type : Full-time

Sector : Law, Justice & Human Rights

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 30 Jun, 2020

About the role

The Executive Officer is the executive leader of St Kilda Legal Service (SKLS) who, working in partnership and under the strategic direction of the SKLS Board, is responsible for the ongoing innovation and success of SKLS.

Together, the SKLS Board and the Executive Officer ensure SKLS’s relevance to the community, the accomplishment of SKLS’s core mission and vision, and the key relationships SKLS has with its diverse constituents, partners and stakeholders.

The SKLS Board delegates responsibility for management and all day-to-day operational matters to the Executive Officer and s/he has the authority to carry out these responsibilities, in accordance with direction and policies established by the SKLS Board.

The Executive Officer has overall responsibility for the management of SKLS and provides assistance to the SKLS Board in carrying out its key governance functions. The Executive Officer manages and works closely the Office Manager, Principal Lawyer and other members of the SKLS project and program management team (including the LGBTIQ Legal Service) to lead the strategic and business framework of the Service.

The Executive Officer role is primarily responsible for seeking out and securing funding opportunities to ensure the ongoing financial sustainability and growth of SKLS. In line with the strategic objectives of SKLS, a key focus of the role is to expand and strengthen partnerships and stakeholder relationships and to build SKLS’s profile as a highly impactful and innovative community legal centre, committed to inclusion, equality and justice for all.   

Key selection criteria

Skills and Experience – Mandatory

  1. Demonstrated experience in managing community legal or legal aid services or similar community services targeting disadvantaged communities, including people experiencing or at risk of family violence or homelessness, or people living with a disability, mental illness or alcohol or other drug dependency
  2. Demonstrated experience in securing funding and developing strategies to diversify and strengthen funding through government, philanthropic or other funding sources or through creative fundraising strategies or campaigns
  3. Demonstrated experience in supporting and delivering the strategic priorities of a Board.
  4. Demonstrated people management skills including with staff and other persons including volunteers and law students
  5. Strong commitment to social justice and especially to meeting the legal needs of the most disadvantaged persons.
  6. Demonstrated management skills to effectively direct, supervise and mentor staff.
  7. Knowledge of and commitment to the delivery of quality community development and legal education.
  8. Demonstrated delivery of strategic, delivery focused results and in leading change.
  9. Appropriate knowledge in the areas of human resources, finance and governance.
  10. High level of interpersonal skills and experience in managing diverse stakeholders.
  11. High level oral and written communication skills.


The position is a full time position (38 hours per week but .8 to 1 FTE will be considered for the right candidate) for a term of 3 years with option to renew. It is subject to a 6 month probationary period where it will be reviewed to ascertain the effectiveness of the position. 

Conditions are set out under the SCHADS Award and Community Legal Centre Multi-Business Agreement Level 8.  

Salary is negotiable. Generous salary sacrificing is available. 




About the organisation


SKLS was established in 1973 and provides legal advice, referral and casework services to the local community.  The organisation is committed to undertaking community legal education, policy development and advocating for law reform as a core function and an integral part of the Legal Service’s activities and recognises that this work complements the casework undertaken by the Legal Service.  The central philosophy is one of inclusion, empowerment and access to justice particularly for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people of the community. 

SKLS aims to make a positive impact for members of the community experiencing high legal need. We focus our services on assisting low-income earners and other disadvantaged members of the community, such as those experiencing domestic violence, homelessness, disability, mental illness or drug or alcohol dependency. We also focus our services on assisting communities facing greater disadvantage including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, young people and older people.

SKLS is also the provider of the LGBTIQ Legal Service, Victoria’s only specialist legal service for LGBTIQ+ community, delivered in partnership with Thorne Harbour Health and Transgender Victoria.

SKLS is co-located with the Port Phillip Community Group (PPCG), which provides information, support, financial counselling and a neighbourhood program. All SKLS staff and management work collaboratively with the staff and management of the PPCG, particularly with the day-to-day operations of the St. Kilda Community Centre.

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Executive Officer via Pro Bono Australia.


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