Strategic Projects Legal

First Step Legal (a unique Health Justice Partnership)

If you are committed to equal justice for people battling mental health and addiction issues, we have a compelling opportunity to make a difference leading to systemic impact and advocacy.

About First Step Legal

First Step Legal (FSL) operates as a Health Justice Partnership (HJP) within First Step, a not for profit mental health and addiction clinic in St Kilda. FSL is a unique Community Legal Centre providing pro bono, legal advice and representation to among the most marginalised in the community, in way that is truly innovative.

FSL scaffolds support around clients struggling with mental health and addiction, by achieving legal and court outcomes supportive of their continued recovery and rehabilitation in the community. FSL deliver their clients the benefit of co-location, clear and simple referral pathways and truly integrated case management.

A holistic approach and our continuing efforts to champion HJP’s and therapeutic, compassionate legal practice via. law reform and advocacy opportunities uniquely positions FSL to embark on two new outreach programs at The Alfred and Star Health.

This period expansion will see FSL’s small team of two part-time lawyers, an administrative case manager and several volunteer paralegals, grow in numbers and continue to work with impact predominately in relation to criminal law, family law and family violence matters. Assistance is also provided with infringement, debt and other matters on an ad hoc basis.

About the Role

As Manager Strategic Projects/Principal Advisor you will provide high-level management and stakeholder support as well as the strategic project leadership of at least two exciting new HJP projects, including the Alfred Health and Star Health projects. You will lead the development, rollout, monitoring and evaluation of all new projects and maintain existing projects in line with FSL’s purpose, vision and strategic priorities.

You will oversee the implementation of the Data Transition Project, with support from the Federation of Community Legal Centres (FCLC). This project will see FSL transition to Action Step (a document management suite) to ensure compliance with CLSP funding guidelines.

Whilst this role has no direct staff management responsibilities, you will work closely with the Director Legal Services, Consultants, Partnership Stakeholders and the expanding FSL Legal Team (Practice Manager, Lawyers and students). You will provide some back-up practice management oversight, recruitment and staff support, as required.

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Please see the attached position description for more information. For further information please contact Madeline Kelly (M,W,F) M: 0490 039 914, email at

Salary and Conditions

This is a Part-time position (0.4-0.6 FTE, 15-22.5 hrs per/week subject to negotiation) for a fixed term of two years. The continuation of this role is contingent on securing ongoing funding and is subject to a 3 month probationary period. Conditions are set out under the HCSSP Award. Salary is negotiable, subject to skills and experience.


1.Download the full Position Description here,

2. Forwarding your cover letter, CV and responses to the key selection criteria contained in the position description to:

Madeline Kelly, email:


**Applications close midnight on 11 October 2020.

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