Jobs & Volunteers

Principal Solicitor

We are recruiting for a new Principal Solicitor.

The Centre is evolving and is making new plans for the future. The current Coordinator/Principal Solicitor has been appointed the Centre’s new Executive Director, and the Centre is now recruiting for a new Principal Solicitor.

Your role will be to lead the legal practice and contribute to the development and execution of the Centre’s strategic direction and reporting obligations. You must be eligible for an unrestricted practicing certificate in NSW and have the capacity to supervise a legal practice and comply with relevant law and policies. Knowledge of social security and family assistance law is not required, but you must have the capacity to quickly acquire this knowledge. Training will be provided to the right candidate.

The role is permanent and full-time, but consideration will be given to flexible working hours, such as 4 days per week.

This is a great opportunity to lead a team of committed people, and contribute to our work to enforce the rights of socially and economically disadvantaged people on income support.

You will be supervised by the Executive Director. Please contact Katherine Boyle on (02) 9211 5389 if you have any questions.

How to Apply: 

Please email adminsupport@welfarerights.org.au the following documents:

  • Cover letter (2 pages maximum); and
  • Your resume

Applications close 9am 10 June 2019 with a view to interview in the following two weeks.

Position Description and Selection Criteria

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Call for Volunteers

The Welfare Rights Centre (WRC) is seeking dedicated people to join its team of solicitors, caseworkers and community workers as volunteers.

There are multiple volunteer positions available over Semester 2, 2019 and beyond over the summer break into Semester 1, 2020. We are seeking volunteers for our casework and administration shifts.

Volunteers perform a variety of research and legal preparation work as well as assisting with office and administrative work. Responsibilities include paralegal and administrative duties, taking client instructions during advice shifts, research, and minor casework, reviewing documents, management of incoming calls and urgent enquiries and supporting the office administrator. You will receive an induction and supervision.

What we require from you

Student volunteers must agree to:

  • contribute a half day per week for a six month period;
  • provide notice if you are unable to meet commitments; and
  • accept the terms and conditions of the confidentiality agreement.

What we offer you in return

The Centre offers volunteers:

  • a supportive working environment;
  • a comprehensive induction program;
  • the opportunity to assist with paralegal work;
  • participation in any Welfare Rights community legal education session; and
  • a range of experiences in a community legal service.

Previous volunteering experience, a commitment to human rights and social justice, an understanding of the issues that affect people with social security issues and a capacity to problem-solve will be an advantage. You will have administrative and organisational experience, and have the ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders in a confident and a respectful manner. You will also need initiative and a sense of humour. Please note these are unpaid positions.

How to Apply:

To apply, please email your CV, completed application form and completed selection criteria form to sydney@welfarerights.org.au

Position Description

Application Form

Selection Criteria

For more information please telephone Julius Golab (02) 9211 5389.

Applications without a response to the application form and selection criteria will not be considered.

Applications close Monday 10 June 2019.