New Zealand Law Society - Legal Advisor: Employee Relations, it starts with you!

Legal Advisor: Employee Relations, it starts with you!

  • Based at Wellington
  • Salary starting from $80,957
  • Police Employee
  • Permanent

About the role

Are you looking for a development opportunity to take your legal career to the next level and gain experience in a fast paced and exciting area?

The Employment Relations Legal team has a fulltime position for a legal advisor in the Employment Relations Legal Team based at PNHQ in Wellington.

You will be working in a small team of 5 who provide ER legal services nationally across Police. Police is one of New Zealand's largest employers, and the employment issues that arise are complex and interesting. The Employee Relations team manages personal grievances and complex employment relationship problems and disputes for Police nationally as well as providing advice on employment investigations that are complex or of a serious nature. It provides advice on the interpretation of legislation and employment agreements.

The successful applicant will have a high degree of integrity, and their personal attributes will reflect Police's Values and Code of Conduct. You will work in a supportive environment and be interacting with many work groups internally as well as Districts and external partner agencies across the country.

We anticipate that the successful applicant will start with us in January 2021. The position is full time, reporting to Acting Principal Legal Advisor, and Employment Relations.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Demonstrate a broad range of experience in a legal advisory or in house counsel role
  • Manage personal grievances including representing employers at mediation
  • Provide legal advice as and when required on employment issues, including interpretation of collective employment agreements and the Holidays Act
  • Manage a high case load, with the ability to prioritise matters and manage competing deadlines
  • The ability to take a constructive approach to building relationships internally and externally
  • Prepare written and verbal communication clearly and concisely, and present comfortably to both large and small groups

What you’ll bring

Being part of the Police whānau is about being our best to ensure our communities are safe and feel safe. Our Core Competencies provide a shared understanding of the behaviours, leadership and technical competence required for success at each level of Police. Whilst we are looking for skills, knowledge and experience relevant to the role, we also place high importance on your state of mind, the alignment of your values with ours, your ability to contribute to and build high performing teams, and the way that you lead yourself or others.

  • PQE or equivalent work experience
  • Recent experience in employment law (either in-house or in a law firm) an advantage but candidates with experience in other areas of law and an interest in employment law welcome
  • Expert communicator able to adapt to working with a broad range of customers both internally and externally in an environment that is committed Our People
  • The ability to apply your legal research and writing skills in a fast paced environment which aligns with Our Business
  • A working knowledge of relevant NZ law applicable to employment law and in-house roles in Government (eg ERA, Privacy/OIA)
  • The ability to develop, maintain and maximise effective partnerships to develop sound, achievable and sustainable legal solutions.

This role is set at Individual Contributor level, this means your key purpose is “to deliver or enable others to deliver Our Business”.
We will ask you questions based on “How we will deliver Our Business – Core Competencies” and the appropriate role level, i.e. Individual Contributor. For more information on Our Core Competencies, please click here.

These questions will be unique and specific to the role, focusing on the aspects the hiring manager believes are most important for that position at the time. For more information on Our Values, please click here.

To view the position description for this role please click here 

About us

Our mission is to prevent crime and harm through exceptional policing. Our vision is to be the safest country. Our purpose is to ensure everybody can be safe and feel safe.

Special requirements

Applicants must hold an LLB and a current practicing certificate (or be eligible to obtain a current practicing certificate)

Working Flexibly

Your wellbeing inside and outside of work is important to us. We’re open to discussing flexible working options that work for both you and the business.

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How to apply

Please note: Applications submitted directly through the Government Jobs Website are no longer considered. Please visit our Police Careers page: to apply for this position.

If this position sounds like you, apply now. You will be required to submit an application form and a CV. Before confirmation of hire, pre-employment checks will be undertaken. For further information on the application process, please click here

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact

Applications close at 5 Pm on Friday, 3rd December

Please note: Interviews are tentatively booked for 15/12/2021

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