Policy & Project Officer - Australian Pro Bono Centre

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Closing On: Friday, 25th January 2019
Category: Policy
Location: NSW
Job Type:
Full Time
Education: Graduate or Young Lawyer

Job Description:

The Australian Pro Bono Centre (Centre) invites suitable candidates to apply for its currently advertised position of Policy and Project Officer.

The Australian Pro Bono Centre is a centre of expertise which works to grow the capacity of the Australian legal profession to provide pro bono legal services that are focused on increasing access to justice for socially disadvantaged and/or marginalised persons, and furthering the public interest. For more information about the work of the Centre, see probonocentre.org.au.

The Centre seeks a proactive and self-motivated professional to join its team, based in the Law Building at the University of New South Wales at Kensington.

The Policy And Project Officer Role Will Involve

  • Undertaking policy and project work on a range of Centre initiatives, working in consultation with key stakeholders (including government, law firms and community organisations); and
  • Providing operational support to the Centre with the support of an administrative assistant.

This position would suit a junior lawyer with a strong interest in social justice.

This role represents a fantastic opportunity to build policy knowledge and skills and to join a small team of committed professionals, making a significant contribution to increasing access to justice and furthering the public interest by growing the capacity of the Australian legal profession to provide pro bono legal services.

For a full job description and the selection criteria please see below.

The salary for this role will be in the range of $65K to $75K per annum pro rata (excluding superannuation).

To discuss the position, please contact John Corker on 02 9385 7371.
The Policy and Project Officer’s duties include the following:


  • as directed by the CEO and Head of Policy and Strategy, undertaking research and policy work on issues affecting the provision of pro bono legal services;
  • collecting and analysing data on pro bono legal work and unmet legal need;
  • preparing written reports, newsletter articles, guides and other resources;
  • contributing to the development of the Centre’s Strategic Plan and Annual Work Plan;
  • developing and maintaining up-to-date knowledge of the policy context regarding the delivery of pro bono legal services by the Australian legal profession;
  • responding to inquiries from the public and stakeholders relating to the Centre’s work;
  • contributing to the Centre’s supervision of interns and volunteers working at the Centre; and
  • assisting with governance, reporting and evaluation requirements.


  • Overseeing administrative operations of the Centre including telephone inquiries, with the support of an administrative assistant working four half days a week;
  • Working with the Communications Coordinator to assist the CEO and Head of Policy and Strategy with direct mail campaigns and communications, media releases, report releases etc;
  • Maintenance and management of office systems including licensed software, hard and soft copy filing systems and the Centre’s main electronic filing system;
  • Liaison with UNSW Law in relation to the Centre’s accommodation and IT issues;
  • Liaison with UNSW Law and law students in relation to intern placements at the Centre;
  • Maintenance of key databases including Contact Infobase, Target Signatories, PI insurance projects; and
  • Assisting to organise events from time to time.

Selection criteria

The Successful Candidate Will Have

  • a law degree and experience working in the legal profession (private law firm practice experience is desirable);
  • experience in managing the operational aspects of an organisation, particularly electronic files;
  • policy development and/or research experience;
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the demonstrated ability to prepare written work in accessible, plain English to a publishable standard;
  • a commitment to social justice and access to justice (experience working or volunteering in the community sector is desirable);
  • strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well in a small team; and
  • proficiency in the use of technology (understanding its potential to enhance the resources that the Centre offers), including website management and information management skills.

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