Djirra supports Aboriginal women's journey to safety and wellbeing and provides legal and practical supports to Aboriginal people experiencing family violence across Victoria. Djirra is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation with a rich history, and we are growing our services across regional Victoria.
The Aboriginal Family Violence Legal Service (AFVLS) is a program of Djirra. A fixed term (maternity leave replacement) opportunity has now arisen in our Bairnsdale office for a dedicated Paralegal Support Worker to provide support and information to clients who have experienced family violence in the region. You will work closely with the Senior Lawyer assisting clients to access a variety of legal, social, psychological, cultural, health and other support services to address their needs. Please note, this position is fixed term to 31 January 2020.
- Provide support to clients, including at court, and make referrals to counselling, housing and other support services
- Assist clients to access Family Violence Flexible Support Packages
- Meet with local Aboriginal organisations and service providers across the region to establish working relationships
- Participate in our community legal education activities
- Undertake legal administration tasks, including reception duties, client intake, and assisting the Senior Lawyer with day-to-day management of client files
- Provide general office duties.
While you are not required to have a legal background, you will gain an understanding of legal processes through your work with the Senior Lawyer.
Djirra is committed to Child Safety and as part of Djirra's screening requirements all staff must have (or are able to obtain) a Working With Children's Check and undergo a National Police Check. You must also demonstrate an understanding of children's safety.
WE'RE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO:
- Has had experience or the capacity to gain experience in the provision of case management/support in the area of family violence/sexual assault or other crisis response, including knowledge of relevant service providers.
- Is proficient in MS Office products and other computer packages/databases.eg (CLASS)
- Ability to prioritise and meeting competing demands with conflicting and critical deadlines
- Has the ability to effectively communicate and work with local Aboriginal communities and has knowledge of social justice issues within Aboriginal communities
- Has the demonstrated capacity to communicate emphatically and effectively with Aboriginal people and/or others who have experienced trauma
- Cultural Awareness training and ongoing support provided by our dedicated full-time Cultural Advisor.
- Access to a monthly RDO, Christmas leave, Cultural leave, paid Parental leave and annual leave loading.
- Generous salary packaging options available.
- An opportunity to participate in our community engagement activities.
HOW TO APPLY
To find out more about the position or about Djirra and how to apply, refer to our Get Involved page on our website www.djirra.org.au Only applications received via the website will be considered. Applications must include a CV and covering letter and all applicants must answer the questions at the bottom of the application form.
If you would like to know more about the role or about the work we do, please call Teresa Kyprianou, Human Resources Advisor on 9244 3333 or via email [email protected]
Applications for this position will close as soon as a suitable candidate is sourced, therefore please apply as soon as possible. We also strongly encourage Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to apply.