As a leading international law firm headquartered in Asia and recognised as one of the world’s most innovative law firms, King & Wood Mallesons offers a different perspective to commercial thinking and the client experience. With access to a global platform, a team of almost 3000 lawyers in 28 locations around the world, we work with clients to help them understand local challenges, navigate through regional complexity, and to find commercial solutions that deliver a competitive advantage.
About the Role
The core focus of this role is to lead strategic pro bono projects within KWM’s Pro Bono Legal Services Division in partnership with First Nations organisations and communities. The Pro Bono Legal Services Division sits within KWM’s social impact practice, KWM Community Impact.
Reporting to the Head of Pro Bono & Community Impact (Lead Pro Bono Lawyer), and working closely with the Pro Bono, National Manager, this role will focus on KWM’s strategic pro bono projects which seek to create systems change and transformational justice for and in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. These projects are all about creating long-term and high impact.
These projects include, but are not limited to:
- law reform and systems-change projects led by First Nations organisations;
- collaborative cross-organisational innovation projects working with peak First Nations bodies;
- community-led change and place-based initiatives; and
- advocacy supporting the further growth of the First Nations business sector.
The role will also provide a critical First Nations perspective and ongoing counsel, guidance and support in respect of the strategic direction of KWM’s social impact practice, its engagement and relationship with First Nations organisations and communities, KWM’s Stretch Reconciliation Action and KWM’s Indigenous Attraction, Employment & Retention Strategy.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
King & Wood Mallesons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to principles of diversity and inclusion. The filling of this position is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), s 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) and s 8(4) of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic). The position is therefore only open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants.
King & Wood Mallesons considers that identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational qualification under s 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) and s 26(3) and s 28 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic).
What Experience Are We Looking For?
- Identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander;
- Legally qualified with at least 2 to 4 years of legal experience;
- Strong passion for achieving access to justice for and in partnership with First Nations peoples;
- Strong experience in advocating for, and engagement with, First Nations peoples and communities;
- Strong experience in law reform, policy and/or advocacy;
- Excellent project management skills, as well as strong problem-solving skills;
- Excellent written and oral communication;
- Well-developed stakeholder relations skills;
- Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen effectively;
- Strong self-motivation and flexibility. Confident, decisive and enthusiastic; and
- Positive attitude and ability to contribute to the work of a very busy team and practice.
A detailed position description can be found here: Position Description - Community Impact - Pro Bono Pro Bono Lawyer - July 2021.doc
Why Work With Us?
We want to be the law firm clients love to work with, and a great place to work and grow for our people. It’s important to us and our clients that our people find working at KWM an enjoyable and rewarding experience. We know our people value flexibility around when and where they work. So we are committed to offering a more adaptable way to work, we call this Agile Working. Growth conversations and real-time feedback is also a priority. So whether it’s more targeted and meaningful conversations around professional and personal development, regular feedback, coaching or developing infrastructure, we want to help our people grow.
We are deeply committed to listening to, learning from, advocating for and supporting First Nations Peoples. Our strategic approach to these commitments sits at the very core of our firm and is underpinned by our Indigenous Attraction, Employment & Retention Strategy (2020 to 2023), our Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan (2020 to 2023), the KWM Community Impact Strategic Vision 2022 and a host of other specialist, strongly supported and firmly embedded initiatives and projects.
What Else We’ll Offer
- Formal and informal flexible working patterns and leave arrangements;
- Holistic wellbeing programs to support mental and physical health, including access to a broad range of mental health resources, gym memberships, flu vaccinations and skin cancer checks;
- Mobility around our network when opportunities arise;
- Access to a large range of learning and development opportunities;
- A detailed framework to support working parents in balancing their personal and professional priorities;
- Corporate discounts on health and general insurance, superannuation advice and other products and services; and
- Opportunities to participate in a wide range of pro bono and community impact programs, and inclusion networks.
How to Apply
Please apply by selecting the "apply now" link below and completing an online application form.
All job applications must be submitted through kwm.com, Seek, LinkedIn or an authorised agency. Applications through any other third-party websites will not be accepted.
For further information on this role, please contact Renee Wigan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agencies: Please note that we are not currently accepting applications from agencies for this role.