Tenant Advocate - Northern Sydney Area Tenants' Service

Marrickville Legal Centre

Applications Closing: Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 23:59

Role and Context of the Position
Marrickville Legal Centre's Northern Sydney Area Tenants' Service seeks a Tenant Advocate to provide advice, advocacy and community legal education to tenants.

Marrickville Legal Centre (MLC) provides access to justice through the provision of legal services, law reform and community legal education. In particular, MLC assists people who are disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances.

The primary aim of the tenancy service is to help vulnerable renters and social housing tenants to assert and advance their rights, assisting them to control and resolve their own disputes. The service also engages in law reform and policy work to address systemic disadvantage and provides legal education to community workers.

Marrickville Legal Centre auspices both the Inner West Tenants’ Advice & Advocacy Service (IWTAAS) and the Northern Sydney Area Tenants’ Service (NSATS), based in Dulwich Hill. Tenant advocate positions are located predominantly with either the Marrickville or Dulwich Hill office, however, advocates may be required to work from the other office from time to time. 

This is a permanent part-time role (three days per week) based at our office in Dulwich Hill.

Category: Legal
Field: Housing & Homelessness, Legal
Employment basis: Part-time
Job Location: Inner West Sydney
About us

About Marrickville Legal Centre

Marrickville Legal Centre is a community legal centre of more than 35 years standing, which provides free legal information, advice and casework services. The Centre also provides community legal education and pursues law and policy reform.

Marrickville Legal Centre’s large geographical catchment area crosses 12 former Local Government Areas.1The Centre specialises in servicing culturally and linguistically diverse clients and targets young people, tenants and women in domestic violence situations. The Centre prioritises service delivery to indigenous people, people with a disability, people with a mental illness, older people, gay, lesbian and transgender people, economically disadvantaged people and homeless people.

Position details
Essential Selection Criteria:

Selection Criteria
The following are essential criteria that the candidate must satisfy in order to perform the role:  

  • Demonstrated experience in advocacy, mediation and negotiation
  • Demonstrated high level oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, to take initiative and accept responsibility
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the rights of tenants and other vulnerable renters in NSW
  • Experience working with, and an understanding of, the needs of people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island, people with disabilities or other groups who face disadvantage in access to legal or other services 
  • A strong commitment to social justice.
Desirable Selection Criteria:

The following are additional desirable criteria that would assist the candidate to perform the role:

  • Demonstrated experience in the provision of advice and representation in a legal or non-legal setting
  • Experience working in tenancy, housing, community legal sector or other community organisation
  • Ability to speak a community language
  • Working knowledge of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010
  • Demonstrated skills in the development and delivery of community education
Position Description: Download position description
Contact details
Contact Name: Sousan Ghecham
Contact Email: recruitment@mlc.org.au
Contact Phone: 02 9559 2899
How to apply

How to apply for this job

Applications addressing the selection criteria and attaching a CV should be sent by the closing date to Sousan Ghecham, Coordinator for the Northern Sydney Area Tenants’ Service, at recruitment@mlc.org.au, using the subject line: Tenant Advocate - Northern Sydney Area Tenants' Service application via NCOSS.

Enquiries may be directed to Sousan Ghecham on 02 9559 2899.

Date posted: 29 January 2019

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