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