New Zealand Law Society - Assistant Public Defender

Assistant Public Defender

Te āhuatunga a te tūranga - About the role

South Auckland has one of the most diverse communities in New Zealand and our Manukau office has an important role in helping some of the most marginalised people in that community. To help lead our office in that work, we are looking to appoint a second Assistant Public Defender. Reporting to the Manukau Public Defender, we are looking for an experienced senior criminal lawyer with effective people leadership skills, and who is a motivational and inspiring leader.

You will be a member of the Senior Leadership team. While maintaining your own case load, you will also be responsible for leading and managing a number of Legal Team Managers. You will ensure the smooth operation of the office, and that staff have the knowledge, skills, resources, systems, and processes required to deliver high quality services. To achieve this, you will have a key coordination role across the office.

He pūkenga tou - Skills and experience

We are looking for someone who:

  • is a skilled advocate passionate about the criminal justice system, will bring their legal technical expertise to the role and will work to develop the technical skills of the junior lawyers in the office
  • will have strong people management skills, including expertise in mentoring, coaching and training to engage and inspire our people to deliver a professional and dynamic service
  • will demonstrate drive, optimism and delivery-focus to make things happen and achieve results
  • will set the tone, expectations and culture of the teams in your charge, creating an environment of trust, respect and ongoing learning.

Ka whiwhi koe i te aha - What you will get in return

As a valued member of the team, you will enjoy benefits such as:

  • working in a great community
  • an incredible work/life balance with flexible working arrangements
  • generous leave entitlements
  • first class training and outstanding professional development
  • outstanding administrative support
  • a competitive salary.

As well as other benefits such as discounts on gym memberships, dentists, medical insurance and hearing and eye test contributions.

Mō te tīma - About our team

At Te Tāhū o te Ture - the Ministry of Justice, we're committed to working together for a fair and safe Aotearoa.

The PDS provides high quality legal advice and representation in a full range of criminal cases. Aimed at helping people access justice, the PDS promotes the values of respect, integrity, service and the delivery of excellent service to its clients.

Our Manukau office is the largest of the PDS offices - with around 60 legal and support staff. It is a busy and sometimes demanding environment with variety and challenge in one of the fastest growing communities in the country.

Joining the Ministry of Justice means you will become part of an inclusive organisation that values you and the communities we serve. It's our promise to ensure our workplace is one where our people feel healthy and safe, supported and able to be themselves at work. We value respect as the foundation for building a positive workplace culture and one where diversity is welcomed and celebrated.

Tono mai - How to apply

Apply via our careers website. You can view a detailed position description here, as well as complete an online application form by attaching your CV and cover letter.

If you would like a confidential discussion before making an application, please contact Mark Williams, Manukau Public Defender via email.

Salary range

The appointing salary for this role will be between $139,662 and $182,382 based on skills and experience.

Applications close on Monday, 7 November 2022.

Our Ministry's top priority is the safety and wellbeing of its employees. We have a comprehensive range of health and safety protocols already in place across all our worksites to help keep our people safe from the effects of COVID-19. We strongly encourage and support all our people to be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. Our current policy position is that vaccination is not a prerequisite for employment. However, while employed by Te Tāhū you will be bound by all policies, procedures and rules which are in effect at the time. This includes any future changes to our vaccination requirements.

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