Employment Status Full Time (or Part Time by negotiation with the successful applicant)
Classification with Reference to SCHADS Level 6 (to be determined)
Reports To Women’s Legal Service Tasmania CEO, Tasmania Legal Aid CEO
Just Healthy Families, Tasmania’s first Health Justice Partnership, is a collaboration between Women’s Legal Service Tasmania (WLST) and Tasmania Legal Aid (TLA).
Just Healthy Families (JHF) is a pilot project funded by the Tasmanian Community Fund and the Tasmanian Government to work with health and service provider partners to provide early access to legal assistance, particularly for people experiencing family violence.
This role within the Just Healthy Families team is for an experienced Casework Solicitor. This position has been made available through a grant made to the Hobart Women’s Shelter (HWS) from the Estate of James Simpson Love. The position will be based out of both the HWS sites and the WLST Hobart office. The successful applicant will work collaboratively with the social work teams employed with WLST and HWS and will also receive support from the WLST financial counsellor.
More information about how Health Justice Partnerships operate can be found at the Health Justice Australia website.
The Casework Solicitor will be able to sensitively take instructions from clients who have experienced family violence, sexual abuse, child sexual abuse and or other forms of discrimination and abuse, and will provide advice, referral, and casework representation for women at the Hobart Women’s Shelter.
The Casework Solicitor and her clients in this program will also be assisted with integrated client support through our social work and financial counselling team, and the HWS Family Support Team and social worker.
The Casework Solicitor will be supported by WLST Principal Solicitors for assistance with litigation strategies and will have the opportunity to work alongside senior members of the Tasmanian Bar for assistance and professional development.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This position is offered on a flexible basis (either part or full time, or between child friendly hours), with the contract running until 30 June 2025.
WLST employees can access salary packaging benefits, extensive CPD and training opportunities and memberships to professional organisations. All employees are also supported through bi-monthly professional external structured supervision, which is an opportunity to assist manage wellbeing, support career advancement, debrief and provide support to acquire skills to facilitate a productive workplace culture. WLST also offer 5 weeks annual leave.
- Provision of a high level of casework and verbal advice in plain language to women experiencing family violence.
- Preparation of documents, forms, and correspondences on behalf of, or in collaboration with clients.
- Capacity to work alongside social workers employed with HWS and WLST to support clients.
- Collection of data for reporting purposes.
- Admitted, or eligible for admission, as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Tasmania and the Federal Court of Australia, with at least four years post-admission experience in family law and property law matters.
- Demonstrated personal attributes consistent with the philosophy of WLST and HWS and values of TLA, and the principles of social justice, access, and equity.
- Comprehensive understanding of legal issues affecting women, including barriers to justice, particularly women experiencing family violence.
- Understanding of Family Law principles and court structures, and an understanding of family and domestic violence.
- High level organisational skills, including file management, and demonstrated ability to work independently, outside of a normal legal office environment.
- Proven strong level of written and verbal communication skills, including:
- Demonstrated ability to present complex legal information in simple language.
- Demonstrated ability to respond sensitively and appropriately to the non-legal needs of clients, including appropriate referral internally and externally.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate with a wide range of people, such as people experiencing high levels of social disadvantage, health professionals, legal professionals, and representatives of government and non-government agencies.
- Hold a current unrestricted driver’s licence.
- Experience working in a trauma-informed way.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the Position Description, including the Selection Criteria for the role that should be addressed in an application. For further enquiries about the position, please call Yvette on (03) 6231 9466.
Applications can be submitted by email to email@example.com by 5:00pm on Wednesday 14th December 2022.
This position is advertised in accordance with an exemption granted by the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, exemption number 21.06.059.