Justice Advocacy Service (JAS)
- Join our management team to guide expansion of innovative service supporting people with cognitive impairment in their interactions with the criminal justice system
- Contract until 30 June 2021 – extension dependent on on-going funding
- Salary based on SCHADS Level 7 with NFP salary packaging benefits
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 in NSW 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), funded by the NSW Department of Justice, will expand, improve and build on the platform established by our Criminal Justice Support Network to provide support persons for people with cognitive impairment in their interactions with police, courts and lawyers. The new service commenced 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.
In addition to Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong, Justice Advocacy Service will have staff and volunteer presence in at least 12 regional centres. Regional Disability Advocacy Service will partner with IDRS to deliver the service from Albury, Wagga Wagga and Griffith.
It is anticipated that the Justice Advocacy Service will employ up to 26 staff as well as local volunteer support persons to deliver locally based services. Our staffing structure will include the Program Director, 2 Regional Managers, and team leaders as well as a team leader and educators working in the capacity building arm of JAS.
About the Regional Manager position
Justice Advocacy Service will employ two regional managers who will work closely with locally based team leaders. Each regional manager will be responsible to oversee and support operation of the service across half of the state wide service outlets. The regional managers will report to the Program Director.
It is anticipated that Regional Managers will be located in the Sydney Metropolitan Area. However, working from a regional base may be possible for the right applicant. If the Manager was based in a regional area, at least 4 days each month would need to be worked in the Sydney office.
- Program management
- Staff supervision and support
- Stakeholder relations
- Systemic Change
- Technology, Information and Systems
Skills and Experience
- Demonstrated experience working with people with cognitive impairment
- Proven commitment to social justice and to promoting the rights of disadvantaged people
- Experience in managing service development including supporting staff and quality service across multiple sites
- Understanding of systemic barriers impacting people with cognitive impairment in the criminal justice system
- Demonstrated proactive problem solving skills
- Ability to develop systems to support a volunteer network
- Ability to develop strong collaborative external relationships to support service delivery
- Sound understanding of the operation of the criminal justice system
The position involves some overnight travel within NSW and some after hours on-call work from home.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People are encouraged to apply.
To make an application
Please call: Denise Hanley, Program Director to discuss the position or for further information.
Closing date: 12pm Sunday 8th September 2019.
To apply: Email a cover letter, your resume, a statement addressing the essential skills and experience listed above and names of 2 referees in one document to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line: Regional Manager.
Note: Only applications explaining how you meet the Essential skills and Experience will be considered.
We aim to interview during the week commencing 16 September 2019.