CLIENT ADVOCATE - Kununurra - closing 5pm (AWST) Tuesday 6 February 2018
Kimberley Community Legal Services is one of Australia's leading remote civil law practices, dedicated to ensuring access to justice for all communities across the magnificent Kimberley Region. KCLS is a reflective, community- and client-oriented practice, working closely with predominantly Aboriginal client communities. We serve our clients from offices in Kununurra and Broome, with regular outreach to all major towns across the region, and periodic visits to many other communities on country.
We are seeking a Client Advocate to be part of our Kununurra team. Our Client Advocates complement our legal team by providing non-legal, practical assistance to clients on a broad range of issues, with a particular focus on housing security and family violence prevention.
As a KCLS Client Advocate, you will be delivering direct assistance in the community to our mostly-Aboriginal clients, from our office in Kununurra. This may include development of safety plans, housing security plans, and providing day-to-day direct support to clients in dealing with bureaucracies, building their own skills and capabilities, and creating safe and stable environments for them and their families.
The successful applicant will have demonstrated ability to operate effectively in a client-centred legal environment and possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills. The applicant will be committed to meeting the needs of the most disadvantaged in the community, will be comfortable operating both autonomously and within a cohesive team, and have the ability to prioritise and manage multiple, competing demands. Formal social work qualifications beneficial but not required. Must be able to work with Aboriginal clients in the Kimberley effectively.
Salary Package: A competitive package starting at $75,000 (plus 9.5% superannuation) and up, depending upon experience. Attractive housing and salary sacrifice arrangements available. Five weeks annual leave.
How to apply for this job
To apply, please send a cover letter and c.v., including responses to the key selection criteria, by the closing date to Chuck Berger, Manager, at email@example.com, using the subject line: Client Advocate application
Questions: Please contact Chuck Berger on 0417 447599 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications close: 5pm (AWST), 6 February 2018.
KCLS is a exciting place for undertaking volunteer work and has extensive experience in hosting students and graduates.
There isn’t a typical day at KCLS, because there’s always so much going on.
KCLS solicitors make weekly outreach trips to Wyndham to run a drop-in service and to visit clients in their homes. Days in the office involve: assisting clients through the drop-in service, formal appointments and home visits; transporting clients from home to the Department of Housing or Centrelink; attending court; working on files by drafting letters and documents; making ‘phone calls; researching and observing staff meetings and meetings with local service providers such as the Arts Law Centre or Knowmore.
Interns can be involved in everything that KCLS does, including writing submissions to government inquiries and lobbying the State government for policy changes.
KCLS works hard to ensure that interns gain as much experience and as many skills as possible. There's scope to pursue a personal area of interest and placements can be counted towards Practical Legal Training.
(Stephanie Treifus, Aurora Intern, adapted from KCLS Annual Report 2014-2015)
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