Principal Lawyer – Social Security Rights Victoria – Fitzroy VIC

Position: Principal Lawyer
Organisation: Social Security Rights Victoria (SSRV)
Location: Fitzroy VIC
Closing date: 11:00pm Tuesday 17/05/22
How to apply: Written applications including cover letter, statement addressing key selection criteria and current resume, can be emailed to [email protected]

Contact person: Gillian Wilks (Director), 03 9481 0299, [email protected]

The Principal Lawyer provides leadership and works collaboratively as part of a small but growing team in a state-wide, specialist community legal centre. The position oversees SSRV’s legal practice, undertakes legal casework, advocacy and representation services, and contributes to stakeholder engagement, community legal education and legal policy activities. As the most senior lawyer in the organisation, it is expected that the Principal Lawyer will take on more complex legal matters and lead strategic casework and advocacy. The position reports to and works co-operatively with the SSRV Director. SSRV are looking for a senior lawyer with:

  • at least 5 years post admission experience
  • experience as a Principal Lawyer or Senior Lawyer and who holds, or is eligible to hold, a Principal legal practising certificate
  • executive/senior management experience
  • experience in social security and/or administrative law and in providing representation in courts/tribunals
  • experience in legal practice management, in meeting regulatory and risk management requirements and in supervising legal and paralegal work performed by others
  • commitment to client-centred and holistic legal service delivery, using evidence from direct service delivery to inform systemic advocacy, and who values working collaboratively, flexibly and innovatively