Wednesday, 20 January 2016

GLC recruitment: Project Manager/Senior Solicitor, Education Law Unit

Project Manager and Senior Solicitor - full time position - Education Law Unit at Govan Law Centre

An exciting opportunity to work with this specialist project within the largest community based Law Centre in Scotland. This position requires an energetic, dedicated and forward thinking individual who has a proven track record of involvement or interest in children’s rights. Salary: negotiable. Hours: 34 hours per week (funding secured until 2019)

Job Description
The Project Manager/Senior Solicitor will be primarily responsible for delivering the objectives and targets of Govan Law Centre’s Education Law Unit.  The Project Manager/Senior Solicitor will be responsible for the day to day operation of the project and will report to the Principal Solicitor of Govan Law Centre. This Project covers the whole of Scotland so the successful candidate will require to occasionally travel in this position.

The duties will include:-
      To manage ongoing caseload without supervision
      To supervise the casework of the Education Law Unit team
      To appear in court or tribunals
      To provide telephone support to 2nd tier organizations
      To provide support and advice to pupils with additional support needs and/or their parents by telephone, e-mail or in person.
      To be responsible for the legal aid/funding of the casework of the solicitor/caseworker
      To provide training internally/externally
      To research changes in legislation
      To respond to legislative/policy change
      To prepare reports for the funders
      To assist the Principal Solicitor with funding applications.
      To work with outside organizations to maintain and build up 
     the reputation of ELU.

This list is not exhaustive but gives a fair indication of the duties required.

Person Specification
      unrestricted practising certificate from the Law Society of Scotland;
      good communication skills;
      good research and analytical skills;
      ability to work well without supervision and to meet deadlines;
      interest in and commitment to children’s rights;

      knowledge and experience of issues relating to pupils with additional support needs as well as discrimination issues;
      experience of working with children and young people;
      management experience in the voluntary or public sector.
      Court/tribunal experience
      Knowledge of the civil legal aid system

If you consider you are suitable for this position, please submit your CV together with an accompanying letter explaining your suitability and motivation for the post to Candy Walker, Service Manager, Govan Law Centre, Orkney Street Enterprise Centre, 18-20 Orkney Street, Glasgow G51 2BZ or by e-mail to cwalker @ by 12 NOON on FRIDAY 19th FEBRUARY 2016.  Any applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

It is anticipated that the interviews for the successful candidates will take place during the week commencing 22 February 2016 in Orkney Street Enterprise Centre, Glasgow.