Legal Aid NSW
ABOUT LEGAL AID NSW
Legal Aid NSW is the largest legal aid agency in Australia, comprising of a Central Sydney office and 25 regional offices in metropolitan and regional centres across NSW and a number of specialist services and advice clinics. Working at Legal Aid NSW provides the opportunity to support people with disabilities, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, women and children, Indigenous people and people with mental illness who may experience difficulties when enforcing and defending their rights.
ABOUT THE ROLE
Your duties as a Senior Regional Solicitor in the Civil Law Division will include:
• Provide a high quality advice, minor assistance and casework services in areas such as consumer, mental health, human rights, employment, housing, immigration, social security, and/or coronial inquests, or other areas of civil law.
• Conduct and supervise other legal officers to ensure an efficient and effective legal practice in accordance with the standards required by Legal Aid NSW.
• Community engagement, identifying and attending community and government agency events and meetings. The aim is to promote our services and identify community needs and opportunities
• Assisting with team planning, reviewing outreach clinics and implementing identified new services. This is a strategic task to help ensure we are meeting Legal Aid’s priorities in targeted and efficient ways.
• Comply with the Legal Aid Commission Act, policies and practice management standards and undertake all related administrative and case management activities.
We are looking for an experienced solicitor with relevant experience to the work of the Civil Law Division, which specialises in providing a range of legal services to disadvantaged communities in areas of law that impact on their everyday lives. You will lead a team to deliver high quality legal services in areas such as consumer, discrimination, human rights, employment, housing, social security, mental health, or other areas of civil law. You will work closely with Aboriginal communities and strategic stakeholders to improve the outcome for Legal Aid’s clients.
• Admission or eligibility for admission as a legal practitioner in NSW
• Ability to provide a valid Practising Certificate upon commencement
• Willingness to undertake a Criminal Record Check and/or working with Children Check
• Hold Australian or NZ citizenship, Australian Permanent Resident or hold a valid working visa (applicable to non-Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants).
HOW TO APPLY
Applications MUST be submitted online through www.iworkfor.nsw.gov.au to be considered. No late applications will be accepted.
Applicants should read the Role Description and consider the Focus Capabilities and Key Accountabilities when preparing their resume and cover letter.
Applicants are requested to attach:
• current resume / curriculum vitae (CV) (maximum 5 pages)
• cover letter (maximum 2 pages) responding to the following two questions:
1. Describe your experience in the delivery of legal services to socially and economically disadvantaged people, including any experience providing services to rural and remote communities.
2. What are the challenges in leading a team to provide effective legal services in a demanding and diverse legal practice?
The selection process will include a range of comparative assessment techniques to assist in determining capability and suitability for the role.
This recruitment will be used to fill any current vacancies and may be used to create a Talent Pool for similar future temporary or ongoing vacancies that may arise over the next 18 months.
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Legal Aid NSW welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds, including people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the LGBTI community, culturally diverse people and other diverse communities.
Legal Aid NSW is committed to increasing its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce to ensure the organisation is reflective of our client base. This recruitment activity is conducted in accordance with Rule 26 of the Government Sector Employment Rules 2014 in relation to employment of eligible persons. This position is targeted for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and priority will be given to candidates who identify. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply. A role advertised as targeted does not preclude non-Aboriginal applicants from applying.
For Aboriginal specific information regarding working at Legal Aid NSW, our Aboriginal Staff network, career development opportunities and support systems please email: email@example.com.
Legal Aid NSW provides dignified access to accommodate the diverse needs of our community. We acknowledge and support the access needs of people with visible and invisible disabilities, as such all of our offices are accessible.
If you require a reasonable adjustment in order to participate in the recruitment process, or you are looking for general information about our reasonable adjustment process, please contact our team via email, and advise your preferred method of communication: firstname.lastname@example.org.
An information session facilitated by the Convenor Damien Hennessy, along with representatives from Recruitment and the Aboriginal Services Branch, will be held online on Microsoft Teams (click here to join the meeting) on Wednesday, 22 September 2021 from (12:30pm – 1:00pm).
• Temporary Opportunity at 35HPW for 12 months
• Enquiries: Damien Hennessy on (02) 4629 2753 or email@example.com
To ensure recruitment at Legal Aid NSW continues without interruption during the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual methods may be used for interviews and assessments. This may include interviews conducted by video, telephone interviewing, Microsoft Teams meetings and online assessments.