IDRS is looking for people, in Bourke and Broken Hill, who will bring their passion for social justice and advocacy skills, to one of IDRS’ new Justice Advocate positions located across the state. As a Justice Advocate you will be supporting and assisting people with cognitive impairment when they are involved with the criminal justice system as victims, defendants or witnesses.
- Opportunity to make a difference
- 2 year contract position – extension dependent on on-going funding
- Salary range $76,714 – $80,730 plus 9.5% super + Not For Profit salary packaging benefits – FTE / pro rata
Intellectual Disability Rights Service (IDRS) operates a disability advocacy service and community legal centre. IDRS aims to ‘make rights real’ for people with intellectual and other cognitive impairments through a variety of legal and advocacy services. We strive to demonstrate our values of justice, respect and persistence in all our work.
Visit our website www.idrs.org.au for more information about IDRS.
About the Justice Advocacy Service
The Justice Advocacy Service (JAS) is funded by the NSW Department of Justice. It will expand, improve and build on the work of our existing Criminal Justice Support Network. Justice Advocacy Service will to provide support persons for people with cognitive impairment in their interactions with police, courts and lawyers across NSW. The new service will begin in July 2019.
Justice Advocacy Service will work with people with cognitive impairments arising from intellectual disability, borderline intellectual function, acquired brain injury, alcohol and drug related brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, foetal alcohol spectrum disorder or dementia. The service will provide support persons and justice advocacy for suspects/defendants, witnesses and victims of crime. Justice Advocacy Service will also extend our network of volunteer support persons to work across NSW.
Justice Advocacy Service will have staff and volunteer presence in 17 regional centres to deliver locally based services. Regional Disability Advocacy Service will partner with IDRS to employ the Justice Advocates and deliver Justice Advocacy Service in Albury, Wagga Wagga and Griffith.
NOTE: Justice Advocacy Service particularly aims to work effectively with Aboriginal people. Aboriginal people are encouraged to apply for these positions.
Justice Advocate Role – Key Responsibilities
Successful applicants will need to join us for 3 days of training on 29, 30 & 31 July in Sydney – travel and accommodation expenses will be met.
Essential Skills and Experience
Your application must include a statement explaining why you believe you have to following skills and experience. Without this statement, your application may not be included.
- Demonstrated experience working in a flexible person centred way with people with cognitive impairment or other social disadvantage
- Demonstrated ability to advocate effectively and persistently to achieve best outcomes for disadvantaged people
- Understanding of systemic barriers for victims of crime and suspects/defendants with cognitive impairment when involved in the criminal justice system
- Ability to support, motivate and manage a network of local volunteer support persons
- Ability to communicate complex ideas simply and clearly
- Ability to work effectively with Aboriginal people
- Proven ability to work independently and in a small team environment
- Sound understanding of the operation of the criminal justice system
The position involves some after hours on-call work.
How to apply for this job:
Please call: Kelly Watson 1300 665 908 for more information or to discuss the position.
Closing date: 5pm Friday 28th June
To apply: email your cover letter, resume and also a statement addressing the essential skills and experience listed above and names of 2 referees to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please use the subject line Justice Advocate Position
Only applications explaining how you meet the Essential skills and Experience will be considered.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People are encouraged to apply.