Employment Opportunity: Managing Solicitor

Managing Solicitor – Health Justice Program, Women’s Legal Centre ACT 

  • Exciting opportunity to lead, develop and manage our innovative Health Justice Program 
  • Work with a multi-disciplinary team, including health staff to deliver legal services to women experiencing or at risk of family violence. 
  • Build strong, collaborative relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.  
  • Develop and deliver training to health staff and contribute to law reform. 
  • Competitive remuneration package, including generous PBI salary packaging, leave loading, paid Christmas shut down, and flex time. 

What we’re looking for 

The Women’s Legal Centre is looking for a Managing Solicitor to lead our Health Justice Program. The Women’s Legal Centre operates two Health Justice Partnerships (HJPs), at Gungahlin Child and Family Centre (GCFC) and Calvary Public Hospital. These embedded Partnerships work together to provide safe and confidential legal assistance to women affected by domestic and family violence to support better health and justice outcomes. 

This position will be filled on a 12-month contract.  

You should be able to: 

  • Build and maintain relationships with senior staff at Calvary Public Hospital Maternity and Gungahlin Child and Family Centre, including working with midwives, social workers and other health professionals, to provide coordinated and responsive assistance to clients within multi-disciplinary teams  
  • provide advice, assistance and representation to women who are experiencing or at risk of domestic and family violence on a range of matters, including care arrangements for children, care and protection matters, property disputes and protection orders  
  • develop and deliver community legal education to health professionals to build their capacity to identify and respond to legal issues 
  • Represent the Centre and work with various stakeholders, including funders and evaluators, to deliver and promote program objectives 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women with disability, and women from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Applicants must be eligible for a restricted practising certificate in the Australian Capital Territory and a WWVP Card (ACT). 

Note: Being a woman is a genuine occupational qualification under section 34 of the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT) and section 30 of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth). 

How to apply 

Please email your application to Sarah Milson-Mahy, Deputy Principal Solicitor at: smilsonmahy@womenslegalact.org. 

Your application should include: 

  • your current CV; 
  • response to selection criteria in the position description (maximum 2 pages); and
  • the names and contact details of two referees who have supervised your work. 

Applications close 9am Monday 21 September 2020. 

For more information, please contact Sarah at smilsonmahy@womenslegalact.org or call (02) 6257 4377. 

Managing Solicitor HJP – Position Description

Employment Opportunity: Solicitor

Solicitor – Health Justice Program, Women’s Legal Centre ACT 

  • Exciting opportunity to use your legal training and experience to deliver legal services to women experiencing or at risk of family violence.
  • be part of a multi-disciplinary team, including health professionals, to deliver this innovative new project.  
  • Competitive remuneration package, including generous PBI salary packaging, leave loading, paid Christmas shut down, and flex time. 

What we’re looking for 

The Women’s Legal Centre is looking for a Solicitor to deliver our Health Justice Project with Calvary Public Hospital and Gungahlin Child and Family Centre. These embedded Partnerships work together to provide safe and confidential legal assistance to women affected by domestic and family violence to support better health and justice outcomes. 

This position will be filled on a 12-month contract, with the possibility of extension.  

You should be able to: 

  • provide advice, assistance and representation to women who are at experiencing or at risk of domestic and family violence on a range of matters, including care arrangements for children, care and protection matters, property disputes and protection orders  
  • support strong and collaborative relationships with staff at Calvary Public Hospital and Gungahlin Child and Family Centre, including working with midwives, social workers and other health professionals, to provide coordinated and responsive assistance to clients within multi-disciplinary teams  
  • deliver community legal education to health professionals to build their capacity to identify and respond to legal issues    
  • work with various stakeholders, including funders and evaluators, to deliver program objectives 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women with disability, and women from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Applicants must be eligible for a restricted practising certificate in the Australian Capital Territory and a WWVP Card (ACT). 

Note: Being a woman is a genuine occupational qualification under section 34 of the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT) and section 30 of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth). 

How to apply 

Please email your application to Sarah Milson-MahyDesputy Principal Solicitor at: smilsonmahy@womenslegalact.org. 

Your application should include: 

  • your current CV; 
  • response to selection criteria in the position description (maximum 2 pages); and 
  • the names and contact details of two referees who have supervised your work. 

Applications close 9am Monday 21 September 2020. 

For more information, please contact Sarah at smilsonmahy@womenslegalact.org or call (02) 6257 4377. 

Solicitor HJP – Position Description

Employment Opportunity: Receptionist

Use your highly developed administration and people skills to support clients and staff in a vibrant and innovative community service delivering essential services to women.

  • Provide confident and responsive reception and administration support in a vibrant and innovative community service.
  • Varied, busy and challenging role with a friendly and positive team in a central location.
  • Competitive remuneration package, including generous PBI salary packaging, leave loading and paid Christmas close down.

About the position

The Women’s Legal Centre is looking for a confident, kind and flexible Receptionist to join our busy organisation.

The Receptionist will:

  • Manage all incoming phone calls and provide a welcoming and positive atmosphere for clients and other visitors to the Centre;
  • Support the administration of the Centre’s legal practice, including managing appointments;
  • Provide administrative and bookkeeping support to the Centre;
  • Develop and maintain a strong knowledge of the Centre’s services;
  • Support volunteer management and pro bono partnerships.

If you’re self-motivated and confident dealing with a range of people and stakeholders, have a good eye for detail and process, and want to work with an energetic and diverse team, then we want to hear from you!

Applications should provide

  • a current CV; and
  • maximum of three pages ‘Expression of Interest’, addressing the selection criteria in the position description available here or by contacting mkaczmarek@womenslegalact.org or (02) 6257 4377.

Applications close COB Friday 31 July 2020. Applications should be sent to recruitment@womenslegalact.org

Note: being a woman is a genuine occupational qualification under s34 of the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT).

About the Centre

The Women’s Legal Centre is an innovative community legal centre providing specialist legal services to vulnerable women in Canberra and the surrounding region.  Our main areas of practice are family law, domestic violence, victims of crime, employment and discrimination.  We also provide case management support, and run specialist programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

For position descriptions or to discuss the position please contact mkaczmarek@womenslegalact.org or (02) 6257 4377.

Receptionist – Position Description

Employment Opportunity: Employment & Discrimination Solicitor

Employment & Discrimination Solicitor, Women’s Legal Centre ACT

  • Exciting opportunity to join the Centre’s growing Employment & Discrimination Practice.
  • Use your legal skills to advocate for women in discrimination, sexual harassment, human rights, and employment matters.
  • Deliver community legal education and contribute to law reform.
  • Work with a dynamic, multidisciplinary team in a varied, busy and challenging role.
  • Competitive remuneration package, including generous PBI salary packaging, leave loading, paid Christmas shut down, and flex time.

What we’re looking for

The Centre is looking for a junior lawyer to join our Employment & Discrimination Practice. This role will assist the Centre to meet the increased demand for employment law services due to COVID-19.

You should have:

  • 1-3 years’ post admission experience;
  • A commitment to providing high quality legal assistance to women with vulnerabilities;
  • The ability to manage competing workloads under pressure;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of people; and
  • A restricted practising certificate in the Australian Capital Territory (or be eligible to apply for one).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women with disability, and women from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Note: Being a woman is a genuine occupational qualification under section 34 of the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT) and section 30 of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth).

How to apply

Please email your application to Beth Hender, Head of Practice (Employment & Discrimination) at: bhender@womenslegalact.org.

Your application should include:

  • your current CV;
  • response to selection criteria in the position description (maximum 2 pages); and
  • the names and contact details of two referees who have supervised your work.

Applications close 9am Monday 3 August 2020.

For more information, please contact Beth at bhender@womenslegalact.org or call (02) 6257 4377.

Employment & Discrimination Solicitor – Position Description

COVID-19 update – the Centre is here to help

The ACT Government has announced extensive shut down measures that apply from 23 March 2020.

The Centre has moved to close down its physical offices in line with this direction. However, we are not ceasing services over this time.

We know women will be affected by COVID-19 and the measures taken to respond it, particularly lock down measures.

The Centre will be focused on supporting ongoing clients and providing urgent legal advice and assistance to women in relation to family and employment law matters. We will be prioritising women who are most at risk, in coordination with our partners in the legal assistance and women’s sectors.

If you need help the Centre’s phone line is open and we are still taking referrals.

Please be aware we are still making changes to our phone lines. If you leave a message or send us an email we will get back to you.

We will keep working with our partners and supported to ensure we can keep delivering an essential service to women in Canberra over the coming weeks.