• Opportunity to join a dynamic team at a specialist community legal centre
assisting vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians with Centrelink legal issues
• Full time, 38 hours per week, ongoing subject to funding
• Wage based on the Social Community Home Care and Disability Services
Industry Award Level 7, plus over-award payment, leave loading, portable
long service leave and superannuation guarantee contributions. Salary
• Based in Fitzroy
SSRV is an independent, state-wide community legal centre that specialises in social
security and related law, policy and procedure. Our vision is for a fair and just society
in which all people are able to receive a guaranteed adequate income in order to
enjoy a decent standard of living. SSRV’s contribution to this vision is the provision
of legal services to vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians, and those who support
them, which assist them to secure and protect their right to equitable social security
About the position
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 Principal Lawyer 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.
What we are looking for a senior lawyer
• with at least 5 years post admission experience
• with experience as a Principal Lawyer or Senior Lawyer and who holds, or is
eligible to hold, a Principal legal practising certificate
• with executive/senior management experience
• with experience in social security and/or administrative law and in providing
representation in courts/tribunals
• with experience in legal practice management, in meeting regulatory and risk
management requirements and in supervising legal and paralegal work
performed by others
• who is committed 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.
For inquiries about the position please contact the SSRV Director, on (03) 9481
The position description can be downloaded here.
Applications close 11.59pm, 20 March 2022.
Applications must address the key selection criteria outlined in the position
description and include an up-to-date resume.