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Strategic Advisor to CEO

Women's Legal Service Victoria
  • $105, 000 - $115, 000 (depending on skills and experience) + salary packaging + superannuation
  • Unique opportunity to support the CEO and leadership team to deliver on strategic objectives
  • Identify and respond to emerging opportunities
  • Maximise the strategic influence and impact of Women’s Legal
  • Enjoy a truly flexible working environment

Gender specific role

Women’s Legal Service Victoria relies upon an exception under the Equal Opportunity Act to employ women only.

About Us

WLSV is a highly respected not for profit organisation which has been providing free legal services to women since 1982. We work with, and for women experiencing disadvantage to address legal issues arising from relationship breakdown or violence. We use our experience to inform our policy, law reform and education work.

About the Role

As Strategic Advisor to the CEO, you will have a unique opportunity to support the leadership team in delivering and leveraging strategic and collaborative initiatives that will have immense impact on the lives of women across Victoria. This newly created role will be critical to ensuring the organisation is best positioned to identify and respond to emerging opportunities and effectively drive change, particularly in the context of both Federal and State elections in 2022.

You will be responsible for ensuring the CEO and Directors are maximising their strategic influence both internally and externally through building a broad and robust network, and supporting lasting partnerships with decision makers and stakeholders.

Working closely with the CEO, you will provide a range of high-level executive and project support including strategic advice, preparing high quality documents, developing critical relationships, and implementing strategies to enable the achievement of the organisation’s strategic objectives.

This is a full time or part time position, fixed term for 12 months – with a possibility of extension.

What you will bring

  • Excellent strategic mindset, problem solving capabilities and able to think holistically without losing attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to gain buy-in and inspire others, identify conflict situations and negotiate mutually agreed outcomes
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills to relate to a range of people at all levels including staff, clients, senior management and peers
  • Highly developed personal skills to deal with all types of situations professionally with grace and good humour
  • Proven track record in building effective and lasting relationships at all levels and with external stakeholders
  • Political nous and experience navigating complexity and strategy in the political context
  • Proven ability to work proactively and independently and to self-direct work and manage ambiguity
  • Proven ability to effectively manage competing priorities calmly and with initiative and sound judgement based on the organisations and CEO’s priorities

Skills, Knowledge and Behaviour

The following skills are required to be demonstrated:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of legal assistance or family violence related services, equity issues affecting women, and the justice system
  • Highly developed ability to monitor the political and policy landscapes to identify emerging opportunities and challenges
  • Excellent strategic mindset, problem solving capabilities and able to think holistically without losing attention to detail
  • Demonstrated highly developed written and verbal communication skills, producing documents and content that is both compelling and credible
  • Highly developed personal skills to deal with all types of situations professionally
  • Proven track record in building effective and lasting relationships at all levels and with external stakeholders
  • Proven ability to work proactively and independently and to self-direct work and manage ambiguity
  • Proven ability to effectively manage competing priorities calmly and with initiative and sound judgement

Qualifications and Experience

The following qualifications and experience is required for the position:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in law, public policy, communications or management
  • Experience in a complex, for-purpose organisation led by values and the commitment to social change

Benefits

We offer our staff:

  • An incredibly supportive team environment, working alongside other highly talented professionals and support staff who strive for greatness every single day
  • A strong commitment to your professional development, personal development and mental health
  • A truly flexible working environment
  • Christmas and New Year shut-down leave
  • Salary packaging (which can add up to $15,900 in tax-free pay per year)

Equal opportunity and diversity

WLSV is committed to equal opportunity and diversity and promotes an organisational environment where individuals are treated with fairness, respect, equality and dignity. To deliver the best outcomes for our clients we want a staff team that reflects the diverse community that we serve, recognising the skills, knowledge and experience a diverse staff group brings to our organisation.

HOW TO APPLY

A full position description is available via the link below.

If you have any further questions, please email Lauren Wellington, People and Culture Manager at lauren@womenslegal.org.au

Interviews will be held the week commencing 20 December 2021.

Click the Apply Now button to submit your application.

A position description is attached below.

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