(1) SEEKING EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: Executive Officer & Principal Lawyer (12 month parental leave contract)

• Senior leadership role
• An opportunity to build and refresh a thriving community legal practice
• Attractive employee benefits

About the role
Reporting directly to the SKLS Board, the Executive Officer & Principal Lawyer (EO/PL) has overall responsibility for the management of SKLS and its legal practice.

Over the last 12 months, SKLS has been undertaking a period of strategic organisational reform. Through this upcoming 12 month parental leave role (commencing mid-June 2019), the EO/PL will have the opportunity to continue to lead an ambitious strategic reform agenda, and progress the organisation through a period of renewal, while ensuring that the legal service continues to deliver an accessible legal service for its community.

The key areas of responsibility include:
• Overall organisational management including finance, human resources and the legal practice
• Providing vision, inspiration and leadership to the committed SKLS team
• Representing SKLS to funding bodies, partner organisations, and other stakeholders
• Working with the board to continue to progress the strategic reform agenda

The position description is available here: 190301-EO PL PD-for advertisement-final

About you
You will have strong leadership skills, generalist legal practice management skills and experience, and demonstrated people and organisational management experience. This includes appropriate knowledge in the areas of human resources, finance and governance. Demonstrated experience in leading change, process improvement and systems design will be highly regarded.

Employee benefits
St Kilda Legal offers attractive employment benefits including generous salary packaging, flexible working arrangements and opportunities for professional development. We work to build a culture of respect in the workplace, a commitment to the interests of our clients and community, accountability collaboration.

How 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, addressed to Adam Meyers, Chairperson, SKLS Board, to using the subject line: Executive Officer & Principal Lawyer application via SKLS website.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. There is scope for flexibility in the role depending on the skills and interests of the successful candidate.

For further information please contact (Ms) Agata Wierzbowski, Executive Officer & Principal Lawyer, on 8598 6635 (reception) or


St Kilda Legal Service Inc (SKLS) is a not-for-profit generalist community legal centre that provides free and accessible legal services to residents of Cities of Port Phillip, Bayside, and Stonnington. It aims to redress inequalities within the legal system through legal advice and casework, legal education, community development and law reform activities. SKLS is an incorporated association that has a board of seven members, all of whom are appointed at the AGM.

The SKLS board is seeking to complete its full complement by appointing one further member. It is contemplated that the further member will have the skills and capacity to succeed the current Chairperson of the board within 6-12 months.

Therefore, the particular competence and experience that is being sought includes board leadership, effective meeting facilitation, governance, strategic insight, and managing and leading change.

This is an exciting voluntary role with the opportunity to significantly shape the strategic reform of a vital community legal service in the Inner South Metropolitan Region.

A strong commitment to legal assistance services, familiarity with the context of the legal assistance sector in Victoria, a knowledge of governance and financial acumen will be highly regarded.

In addition, the Board is actively seeking expressions of interest for board members with skills and experience in the following areas: accounting / financial management; marketing; human resources management; and information technology.

All board members typically contribute to one or more subcommittees.

Further details about the role are available here: 190308-PD EOI for board directors- final

How to apply

Please email you resume and covering letter setting out your relevant skills, board and other relevant employment experience, and interest in becoming a SKLS Board member addressed to Adam Meyer, Chairperson, SKLS Board, to Please email any queries to, ATTN: Adam Meyer.

(3) OPPORTUNITY: Practical Legal Trainee (PLT) placements

St Kilda Legal is a generalist community legal centre that provides free legal advice, referral and casework services to the local community, with a focus on assisting people experiencing disadvantage. We also undertake community legal education, policy development and advocate for law reform. PLTs will likely assist across all areas of our work during the course of a placement.

What would a PLT placement at SKLS look like?

As a PLT with SKLS, you will receive training and supervision and will gain experience in working with clients with a broad range of legal needs.

You will have the opportunity to participate in:
• drafting legal correspondence and court documents;
• assisting in client interviews;
• legal and policy research;
• filing and file summaries; and
• administrative work

PLT placements are unpaid positions. Our office is based in Balaclava, and if accepted, a placement could commence as soon as possible. We have a preference for 75-day placements, at a frequency of 2-3 days/week.

How will applications be assessed?

Applications will be assessed on:
• a demonstrated interest in, and commitment to, social justice
• organisational skills
• written and verbal communication skills
• ability to work as part of a team

How to apply?

We review and interview candidates as applications are received, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Please email your resume, together with a cover letter and a statement of results to Ms Agata Wierzbowski, Executive Officer & Principal Lawyer at, using the subject line: PLT application via SKLS Website.

(4) OPPORTUNITY: Volunteer Lawyers – Night Service 

St Kilda Legal is a generalist community legal centre that provides free legal advice, referral and casework services to the local community, with a focus on assisting people experiencing disadvantage.  We run our Night Service on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7-9pm and are looking to recruit lawyers to our Night Service Sessions.

Specifically we are looking for people who have:

  • A Current Practising Certificate or are eligible to obtain one;
  • At least two years of post-Admission experience;
  • Experience in either:
    • General Practice;
    • Family Law;
    • Employment Law;
  • Capacity to attend a night service session either weekly or fortnightly for 2-3 hours on either Monday, Wednesday or Thursday; with a preference for some specialities to go on particular nights.
  • Previous experience working or volunteering with vulnerable and low income people is welcome.
  • Ideally you will live or work within a convenient commute to our St Kilda office.

How to apply?

We review and interview candidates as applications are received, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Please email through a resume and brief Expression of Interest to: Anthea Teakle, Volunteer & Night Service Co-ordinator –  using the subject line: Volunteer Night Service Lawyer