New Zealand Law Society - National Law Librarian

National Law Librarian

New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa, Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch

About the role

We are seeking an exceptional candidate to join a leading professional organisation, working with our Library service and leading a high performing team.

This exciting leadership role will see our National Law Librarian lead and manage our dedicated and service-orientated Library team located in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

The New Zealand Law Society Library is a private library serving the information needs of New Zealand legal practitioners. We are a kaitiaki of New Zealand’s legal knowledge and resources, providing legal research services to our members and upholding the principles of access to justice and the rule of law.

Reporting to the General Manager, Representative Services and Strategy, you will develop and lead a strategy to ensure we are providing the best service to the legal profession through our Law Libraries. We are looking for an experienced people leader who can work with our librarian staff to ensure our services remain relevant in a fast-changing world. You will also supervise the preparation and delivery of high-quality research and information, which we are known and trusted for.

This is a permanent, full-time role working 37.5 hours each week. We embrace flexible working to support our staff to deliver their best and achieve a good work/life balance.

We are looking for candidates who share our purpose of Kaitiaki of an exemplary legal professional in Aotearoa and understand how our values of Kaitiakitangi – tāria te wā, Manakitanga and Pono underpin the work we do at New Zealand Law Society.

The ideal applicant will have:

  • A tertiary qualification in Library and Information Studies
  • 7+ years' experience managing and leading a library team
  • Advanced research skills and experience providing in-depth research and training to users
  • Proven experience improving and growing library services for the benefit of members/users
  • A sound interest, understanding and knowledge of the structure of information
  • Proven people leadership skills
  • Strong relationship building skills with the ability to work collaboratively locally and nationally
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience working in a Law Library is valued but is not a prerequisite

What we can offer

Become part of an exceptional team in a dynamic organisation, where the work is challenging and rewarding. We offer a cohesive workplace culture across our organisation with a number of social activities to come together across teams to connect and collaborate with colleagues. Your development and growth will be nurtured, and your work recognised and valued.

It is important that the Law Society can attract, support, and retain quality staff and one of the ways we can achieve this is by offering employees some flexibility to manage their work/life balance. We embrace flexible working to support our staff to deliver their best and achieve a good work-life balance and to connect and collaborate with others by providing a hybrid approach sharing your time between the office and home.

Other benefits of working at the Law Society include:

  • Three days Special Leave on top of the annual leave entitlement to use during our annual close-down period between Christmas and the new year
  • A day’s leave for your birthday
  • An annual wellbeing payment
  • Discounts and benefits as part of our membership partners programme active from 1 July 2024
  • Competitive remuneration

Diversity and inclusion are important to us, and the Law Society is keen to ensure that appointments reflect Aotearoa New Zealand’s multicultural society. Applications from a diverse range of backgrounds are encouraged.

About the Law Society

The New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa is the professional body for barristers and solicitors in New Zealand. The Law Society regulates all lawyers practising in New Zealand and is the membership organisation for practising lawyers. With 13 branch offices throughout the country, the Law Society is the Kaitiaki (guardian) of the practice of law in Aotearoa New Zealand and the consumers of legal services.

A copy of the position description can be found here.

How to apply

Please complete the application form and submit this together with your cover letter and CV to

Applications close 5pm Tuesday 25 June 2024.

Shortlisting may occur whilst the advertisement is open, so we encourage you to make an early application.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.