- Darwin • Darwin CBD
- Job posted on: 19th Nov 2021
- Applications close:
Take up this rare opportunity to lead our work in the Northern Territory and live in one of Australia’s most challenging and unique environments. This role is a leadership position in the EDO and provides an opportunity for the right person to make an impact on the pressing environmental justice issues in the Territory.
Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) is the largest environmental legal centre in the Australia-Pacific, dedicated to protecting our climate, communities and shared environment by providing access to justice, running ground-breaking litigation and leading law reform advocacy.
As the region’s legal experts in our field, we aim to be a brave, unified, and focused team, committed to inclusion and excellence in all that we do. We strive to be a diverse and inclusive workplace supporting a highly skilled, engaged, and effective team, where everyone can feel that they belong.
The Managing Lawyer, Northern Territory, is a leadership position in the EDO sitting within our Healthy Environment and Justice Program. The role is based in Darwin and involves travel across the Territory including to remote locations. It is offered on a full time and ongoing basis.
The focus of this role will be on human rights and the environment in the Northern Territory. You will lead on environmental justice issues in the Territory, working with both the NGO sector, landowners and First Nations people on culture and Country, health, water, mining and pollution impacts.
In this role, you have the opportunity to make a real impact on the lives and wellbeing of people at risk of environmental harm. You will develop and run exciting and ground-breaking strategic litigation, educate people about their rights and advocate for laws that deliver on environmental justice and human rights.
You will be responsible for EDO’s Northern Territory Legal Practice (NT Practice) and successfully oversee a programme of legal work aligned with the organisation’s strategic priorities. The NT Practice is part of our Healthy Environment and Justice Program, focussed on environmental justice and human rights and the environment, and the Managing Lawyer reports to the Director, Healthy Environment and Justice.
We are looking for an independent and strategic thinker, a skilled communicator and litigator, and someone who can demonstrate an ability to think outside the box and deliver effective results for clients. At a personal level you will be comfortable working with diverse communities, and in remote and isolated areas. You will have resilience, tenacity, and compassion.
You will have the ability to lead a small team and work collaboratively with solicitors across Australia and manage the NT Practice. You will have strong relationship building skills and be confident in developing trusted relationships with a diverse range of clients and other stakeholders, including government, partner organisations and local media.
Personal qualities and cultural competency:
Commitment – We are committed to; a united organisation, to each other, to collaboration, to justice, to our communities and to creating a world where nature thrives.
Diversity – We are respectful of and welcome diversity of staff, volunteers, offices, environmental regions, communities, stakeholders.
Integrity – We work effectively, efficiently, strategically, professionally, and ethically; “justice is in our nature”.
Vision – We lead change and environmental empowerment using innovation, creativity, and courage.
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All offers of employment are subject to satisfactory background checks including a National Police Check, disclosure of previous or current disciplinary action, referee checks, proof of eligibility to work in Australia and qualification checks.
EDO welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, workers of all ages, people with disabilities and people who identify as LGBTQIA+.
A position description is attached.