Job Contact

  • Name Teresa Kyprianou
  • Position Human Resources Advisor
  • Email
  • Phone (03) 9244 3333

Director, Legal Services – Full Time, ongoing (Newly created role, Abbotsford)

  • Brand new position
  • Drive strategic and transformational change
  • Work closely with the Senior Executive Team

About the organisation

Djirra supports Aboriginal women’s journey to safety and wellbeing and provides legal and practical support to Aboriginal people experiencing family violence. Djirra is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation with a rich history, established 20 years ago (as the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria). It is also a place where culture is shared and celebrated.

Djirra’s vision is to provide high quality culturally appropriate services for Aboriginal women in Victoria who have experienced or are experiencing family violence.

We are committed to ending family violence against Aboriginal women and their children through holistic and culturally safe specialist services, prevention programs and advocacy for change. Our services have state-wide reach.

About the role

Full time & ongoing

This is a newly created position reporting to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer. You will have three direct reports and be responsible for leading and managing a team of approximately 30 legal practitioners and other professionals in the provision of high quality legal and advocacy services for Djirra.

As a member of the Senior Executive Team, the Director Legal Services is required to develop and drive strategic and transformational change.

About you

This role requires an individual who has successfully led and mentored a legal services team. A proven ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with members of the Aboriginal community is vital.


We are seeking an individual who has demonstrated extensive knowledge and understanding of the Victorian Aboriginal community, particularly in relation to the impact of family violence on Aboriginal women.

We are also seeking someone who has had significant and demonstrated experience in a leadership/senior management role within a complex environment with state-wide or national responsibility. You will have extensive knowledge and experience in managing a legal services delivery function and experience in applying legislation in the development of related practices and procedures. The demonstrated capacity to think and respond strategically and innovatively within and outside of the legal context and exercise a high level of judgement will be highly regarded.


  • Conveniently located near public transport, ample parking and nearby some great coffee shops, cafes and restaurants
  • Competitive salary
  • Generous salary packaging options (including meals and entertainment)

How to Apply

Please apply via the link provided below. Applications must include a CV and covering letter and all applicants must answer the questions at the bottom of the application form. Only applications received via this website will be considered.

If you would like to know more about the role or about the work we do, please refer to our website and our “Get involved” page to download a full copy of the Position Description. Alternatively, you can contact Teresa Kyprianou, Human Resources Advisor on (03) 9244 3333.

Applications for this positions will close as soon as a suitable candidate is sourced, therefore we strongly encourage your application as soon as possible.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

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Job Details

  • Role Category
  • Job Type Full Time
  • Location Melbourne
  • Job Posted 04/07/2022
  • Application Close
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