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Working for Baywide guarantees continual challenges, community involvement and the warm satisfaction of knowing you’re doing something really worthwhile. Become part of the community law community – the largest, least expensive law firm in the country – alongside others dedicated to meeting the legal needs of those who can’t afford a lawyer.
Baywide Community Law Service
Tauranga and Whakatane
Part time (30 hours/week) permanent or less hours by mutual agreement
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- Leader of a lively legal team
- Community focus in vibrant localities
- Daily challenges and rewarding work
Baywide is a community law service that takes pride in providing free legal advice and assistance across the coastal Bay of Plenty from Te Kaha to Waihi. Our Supervising Solicitor will have a strong understanding of the work we do and the people we help. We are dedicated to respecting and understanding the needs of those who live on low incomes, in small communities, and within diverse cultures. The role also involves managing, directing and developing a legal team of in-house lawyers as well as volunteers. Designing and delivering legal education programmes is an important aspect of the job. Broad-based experience in criminal, family, and civil law is required.
So is a qualification that meets our supervision requirements – essentially, being competent to practise on one’s own account – and a valid driver’s licence.
Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.
Housing Advocate (One year Fixed term)
This role provides information, advice and assistance (often under legal supervision) to clients residing in the Bay of Plenty who are experiencing problems with housing. The role also involves managing a pool of volunteers who provide support as advocates for individual clients while undertaking more general advocacy and education based on community consultation and housing needs.
Networking and relationship management with community agencies across the Bay of Plenty is also part of this role to support their work and to encourage referrals to the Baywide Housing Advocacy Service.
- Provide housing information, advice, assistance and advocacy to clients as directed including at outreach clinics in the Western Bay of Plenty
- Initiate and provide specialised representation as an advocate in housing disputes and negotiations as required
- Effectively manage a caseload of on-going housing issues/cases/queries and ensure that matters are dealt with in line with BCLS policies.
- Contribute to the development of housing and tenancy education programmes and present (or co-present) that training to the community groups from time to time
- Ensure that information and resources produced by BCLS is legally accurate and reflects current legislation.
- To actively participate in and contribute to the future planning of the housing advocacy service
- Add value to the wider operation of BCLS by participating in projects and providing advice on the creation of various policies and procedures.
- Develop, build and foster relationships with client groups, in particular lower socio-economic groups living within Bay of Plenty
- Develop, build and foster community relationships within the Bay of Plenty
- Develop, build and foster individual relationships with other housing providers in the Bay of Plenty
- To undertake such other duties as may be agreed with the Operations Manager from time to time
Knowledge and Experience
- Ability to learn and competently apply a range of housing-related legislation and case law
- Knowledge of the housing system and entitlement processes for different types of housing
- Experience in providing information and advice in a community setting
- Experience in client file management
- Ability and experience delivering education sessions to community groups
- Ability to network and build relationships with community groups and government agencies
- Knowledge of Te Reo would be an advantage
- Experience in using Microsoft software including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and Access
Skills and behaviours
- Customer service orientation
- Effective oral and written communication skills
- Initiative and sound judgement skills
- Competent computer skills
- Able to work proactively
- Able to engage with clients and to establish working relationships with community agencies, voluntary groups and individuals
- Demonstrated evidence of ability to work with clients and colleagues in a culturally sensitive and appropriate manner
- Commitment to work as part of a team with a flexible approach to work and a willingness to support colleagues
- Tertiary diploma or degree in social science or equivalent relevant work experience in the social sector
- A current, “clean” driving licence is essential.
Please send your CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org