ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICE OF WA LIMITED
- Fixed Term 6 month contract
- Salary $99,319 plus superannuation
- Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging
About the service
The Work and Development Permit Scheme (WDP Scheme) is delivered jointly between the Department of Justice, Legal Aid Western Australia and the Aboriginal Legal Service Western Australia (ALSWA).The WDP Scheme is a new initiative that enables eligible people who are experiencing hardship to reduce their outstanding court fine debt via voluntary participation in approved work and development activities such as unpaid work, treatment, courses, programs and other similar activities.
ALSWA is funded by the Department of Justice to provide the Work and Development Permit Service (WDP Service), which provides a Project Manager, a Managing Lawyer and two Support Workers who will be based in Perth. The ALSWAs culturally secure WPD Service will:
Support Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations across the state to become approved sponsors under the WDP Scheme; and
Link Aboriginal fine defaulters to approved sponsors for the purpose of applying for a WDP.
In practice, the WDP Service will operate alongside ALSWAs existing legal practice units and other services including the Community Legal Education Officer, the Custody Notification Service, the Bail Support Service/Prison In-Reach Service, and the Youth Engagement Program.
About the role
The main role of the Project Manager is to establish and implement ALSWAs Perth-based WDP Service and to work collaboratively with the Managing Lawyer and two Support Workers in achieving the objectives of the WDP Service. The main objectives of the service are to reduce the outstanding fine debt for Aboriginal persons; to reduce the risk of re-offending by facilitating access to programs and services through the WDP Scheme that addresses underlying causes of offending behaviour; and to enhance the wellbeing of Aboriginal offenders and the wider Aboriginal community. The WDP Service will support Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and Aboriginal community members across the state in collaboration with ALSWA head office in Perth and regional offices.
The Project Manager is responsible for planning, overseeing and leading the WDP Service from the establishment phase through to the operational phase. This is a senior role and requires interaction with a range of internal and external stakeholders, most often managing several moving project parts simultaneously.
To be considered for this opportunity, you will need to meet the following requirements:
- High level of project management, time management and organisational skills.
- Demonstrated communication and negotiation skills with the ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal people.
- Knowledge of organisations within the community that can assist with meeting the objectives of the WDP Service to clients and approved sponsors.
- Highly developed communication skills (interpersonal, written and verbal) with experience in conflict resolution.
- Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of social justice and human rights.
- Highly developed strategic thinking, analytical and problem solving skills.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Ability to travel to regional locations as required. About our benefits
We have a friendly, caring and diverse work environment. We offer attractive employment benefits including salary packaging (making part of your salary tax-free), free counselling services to employees and immediate family through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), flexible working arrangements and opportunities for professional development. We also provide five weeks of annual leave per year with leave loading.
ALSWA is a not for profit independent government funded organisation working to provide high quality representation and assistance to the Aboriginal community in WA.
Our aim is to deliver quality legal services and education in addition to providing leadership, which contributes to the participation, empowerment and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout WA. ALSWA has 11 offices across regional WA and practices in the areas of criminal, family, civil and human rights law, as well as law reform and community legal education.
We live our values of caring, sharing and respect.
How to apply
If you wish to discuss this opportunity in further detail, please speak with Victoria Williams Manager Policy and Programs or Human Resources.
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: [DATE].
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are seeking to increase the diversity of our workforce to better meet the differing needs of our clients and to improve equal opportunity outcomes for our employees. ALSWA strongly encourages applications from Indigenous Australians. We also encourage applications from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and people with a disability. We provide an environment that values diversity and supports all staff to reach their full potential.