Careers

Applications sought: Office Manager (part-time)

We are looking for a part-time (0.6 EFT) Office Manager to provide exceptional administrative and operational support to our organisation and legal practice.

About you
You are an energetic, reliable, organised and experienced administrator who pays close attention to detail and loves being in a supportive role. Self-managed and a confident professional, you can work independently; however, you are also willing to take directions with a positive attitude.
You are proactive, friendly, and ready to work with our team, large group of volunteers (lawyers, administrators, and students) and clients, many of whom are experiencing homelessness, mental illness, or other life challenges. You are willing to learn and grow in aspects relating your job which you might not be familiar with. You are innovative and comfortable developing administrative processes and procedures supporting the needs of the team. You are also comfortable with numbers/ calculations- financial systems and budgets and willing to support with financial management as well.

About this opportunity
Reporting to the Executive Officer & Principal Lawyer, this role will be providing exceptional administrative and operational support to our organisation and legal practice. The Office Manager supports the St Kilda Legal team to provide legal assistance to our clients by ensuring that the office and our administrative and IT systems run smoothly. This role is responsible for ensuring that the day to day operations and client experience is seamless.

What do you need?
 One or more years’ experience in legal or related organisational and administration work, preferably in an Office Manager, or Office Assistant, role.
 Knowledge of office administrator responsibilities, systems and procedures.
 High level oral and written communication skills.
 Excellent attention to detail, e.g. data entry, files management, correspondence and assisting clients.
 Excellent time management skills, highly organised, and ability to manage competing priorities and prioritise work.
 Functional knowledge of financial systems and budgeting
 High level computer proficiency, in particular the Microsoft Office suite (including MS Outlook, Excel, Word), as well as capacity to learn specific applications, e.g. client database (CLASS, social media and web based applications)

Position description:180911-FINAL Office Manager Position Description

To apply: In order to be considered, you must address all selection criteria in your application. Please email your resume, together with a brief introductory cover letter and a response of up to 3 pages addressing the selection criteria, to Ms Agata Wierzbowski, Executive Officer & Principal Lawyer at agata@skls.org.au using the subject line: Office Manager application via SKLS website by midnight 30 September 2018.

Expressions of interest sought: Family Lawyer (part-time)

We are looking for a part-time (0.6 EFT) Family Lawyer with at least 3 years post admission experience and at least 1 year of experience practising in family law (including litigation) in Victoria.

The Family Lawyer position will provide family law advice and representation to survivors of family violence as part of a holistic and connected-up model of service delivery. The work will include parenting, divorce, and small property matters, in accordance with the Service casework guidelines.

The responsibilities of the role include drafting of correspondence and court documents, court appearances, Legal Aid applications, and appearance at Family Dispute Resolution conferences. There is scope to develop the role to fit the interests and experience of the successful candidate.

The Family Lawyer is a new role that will join our small team of five lawyers, two administrative staff and many volunteers. The role will work closely with our Family Violence Lawyer, who provides a family violence duty lawyer service at Moorabbin Justice Centre. In addition to legal practice, the role includes the opportunity to train community workers on family law, as well as to be involved in the preparation of family law reform submissions.

This is a 12 month fixed term contract (the position may be extended depending on funding).

The Family Lawyer will be based predominately at our office in St Kilda. However, from time to time they may be required to attend other locations including Moorabbin and Melbourne CBD.

Position description: FAMILY LAWYER POSITION DESCRIPTION-FINAL

To express your interest: Please email your resume, together with a brief introductory cover letter and a response of up to 3 pages addressing the selection criteria, to Ms Agata Wierzbowski, Principal Lawyer at agata@skls.org.au using the subject line: Family Lawyer application via SKLS Website.

About St Kilda Legal Service

St Kilda Legal Service (SKLS) provides free and accessible legal services to members of the community within the Cities of Port Phillip, Bayside, Stonnington and parts of Glen Eira.  The Legal Service is committed to redressing inequalities within the legal system through casework, legal education, community development and law reform activities.

We are a generalist community legal centre that provides legal advice and casework assistance on a broad range of legal issues, and often sees vulnerable clients with legal matters associated with poverty, drug addiction, mental illness and homelessness. SKLS provides a generalist night service three nights per week, and operates two specialist programs: the Drug Outreach Program and the Family Violence Duty Lawyer Program. We also undertake community legal education and law reform activities throughout our community.