At Baker McKenzie we are different in the way we think, work and behave. Like no other law firm, we were born global.
Our Australian practice was established in Sydney in 1964, in Melbourne in 1982 and in Brisbane in 2014. Our lawyers work seamlessly with our global colleagues, collectively providing a capacity of more than 5,600 locally qualified lawyers and 6,000 professional staff in 77 locations across 47 countries.
We are currently looking for a Pro Bono & Community Service Coordinator to join our Pro Bono practice group.
The successful candidate will be responsible for providing support to our Pro Bono Practice Group. Fifty percent of the role will be dedicated to supporting and managing community service initiatives and the remaining fifty percent will be focussed on supporting the Pro Bono lawyers, including administrative support. You will need to collaborate with a range of staff in the firm, particularly those who participate in pro bono and community service activities, to provide proactive, reliable, timely support.
This role is focussed on delivering high level operational support and commitment to exploring ways the Pro Bono & Community Service programs can continue to grow. You will be required to roll up your sleeves and get involved, therefore a flexible and creative approach will be required.
The Pro Bono & Community Service practice group is responsible for pro bono legal services and community service activities in the Firm's 3 Australian offices.
At Baker McKenzie, we believe that the provision of pro bono legal service is a fundamental professional responsibility. As lawyers, we have a particular skills set and the best way to assist those in need is to utilise those skills. We have a formal pro bono program, in which matters are referred to our pro bono team and evaluated to see if they fit our pro bono policy guidelines. Our pro bono program offers a diverse array of pro bono opportunities requiring differing levels of experience, skill and time commitment. Our lawyers have the opportunity to undertake large or small matters, for not-for-profits, asylum seekers, survivors of domestic violence, cancer patients or the homeless or undertake challenging international research and analysis tasks to support the rule of law. Our programs are targeted at ensuring access to justice for disadvantaged and marginalised individuals and the charities that serve them.
Legal and non-legal staff have the opportunity to participate in a variety of community service initiatives. Our community service programs include the LEAPS literacy and mentoring program in Sydney, and the MacChat program run by the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne.
Each office has a Community Service Committee, which is responsible for organising awareness and fundraising for each office's nominated charities throughout the year. The Pro Bono & Community Service Coordinator assists to oversee the initiatives undertaken by Community Service Committees.
The Coordinator also managed the firm's workplace giving program, in which all staff have the opportunity to participate.
We are seeking an enthusiastic person, who is willing to seize opportunities and is excited by the connectivity that a global law firm can offer.
Ideal candidates will have a minimum of two years experience working in a law firm or other professional services firm; experience with disadvantaged members of the community and an interest in social justice; experience in providing administrative support and coordinating events; excellent writing skills; and a high degree of experience using all products in the Microsoft Office suite. Tertiary qualifications in business, communications, management or social impact/non-profit studies will be highly regarded.
Join Baker McKenzie Australia and let our global reach and local strength open you to an extraordinary career.
For a confidential discussion and further information, please contact Mitch Barreca, Talent Management Consultant on 02 8922 5575. Please note that all applications must be submitted online via our careers page.