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Principal Lawyer

Organisation Name Justice Connect
Location Sydney or Melbourne
Date Posted 2022-06-20
Job Type Full-Time & Part-Time
Job Number 866903
  • Progress social justice by increasing access to legal support in the community
  • Leadership position; Managing a team and designing new service models
  • Flexible working; Full time (with part-time considered); Melbourne or Sydney


The Organisation
Justice Connect is one of Australia’s most impactful legal service organisations assisting communities who are disproportionately impacted by the law. Innovative in their approach, they use digital strategies to provide legal help and extend their reach to assist people navigating the legal system, seek to address underlying systemic issues, and are committed to continuous improvement to ensure services are accessible, effective and efficient.
Working across a wide range of areas of law and the scale of challenges they address, from providing legal support to disaster-affected communities, to providing legal support to not-for-profit organisations so they can spend more time and energy realising their purpose, Justice Connect work with a network of over 10,000 pro bono lawyers across the country who are committed to increasing access to legal help and progressing social justice.
Benefits & Culture
  • Salary packaging and annual leave loading
  • Structured professional development opportunities
  • Work from home flexibility 
Reporting to the Manager – Innovation, you will improve current legal services, design and pilot new services and work with sector partners to coordinate and collaborate on digital service delivery with a particular focus on disaster preparedness and response, financial rights and employment law. You will do this by:
  • Building and maintaining strong stakeholder relationships to provide improved legal services using digital platforms and solutions
  • Identifying risks and issues impacting stakeholder relationships, service delivery and projects
  • Further developing Justice Connect’s disaster response legal practice
  • Providing leadership that is focused on the use of data-based decision making and use of technology products in legal practice
  • Supporting the intake and triaging services and review and provide legal advice to pro bono partners
Skills Required
You will have experience working as a senior member of a community legal centre team, or have relevant experience from working in a law firm and a demonstrated commitment to pro bono, and are experienced at leading a team or looking to take the next step in your career.
Additionally, you will have:
  • Principal Practicing Certificate (or willing to immediately obtain one)
  • Strong stakeholder engagement and relationship building skills with an ability to collaborate with key sector partners
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement
  • Experience in running/supporting projects related to legal practice
  • Excellent analytical skills including an ability to analyse and monitor data trends to inform service planning.
Call to action
If you are passionate about building a fair and just world, then apply now by submitting your resume and cover letter addressing the skills required. Alternatively, please call Emma Naglieri on 03 8080 8977 for a further discussion.
Workplace attendance requirements:
Please note we are not asking you to disclose your vaccination status to us at this time, but it is important for you to understand Justice Connect’s position about workplace attendance requirements.  

Justice Connect has adopted a hybrid working model which requires all staff located in VIC or NSW to work a minimum of 40% of their working month in the workplace. For you to be able to attend their offices and perform your role in other workplaces e.g. at courts or in person meetings with our partner organisations and clients, you will be required to be up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations so that Justice Connect can meet its obligations under public health orders and workplace health and safety legislation.

We want to be clear with you about this requirement so that you understand what will be expected of you if you commence employment with Justice Connect. Of course, we respect your right to decide about vaccination but if you decide not to be vaccinated, then that will impact on your capacity to work for Justice Connect.

Please be advised you can upload two attachments, including your resume and covering letter when submitting your application.