New Zealand Law Society - Manager - Legal, Employment Relations

Manager - Legal, Employment Relations

  • Based at Police National Headquarters
  • Grade 22 $136,085 - $184,115 (Midpoint $160,100)
  • Permanent
  • Police Employee
  • JR1514301

About the role

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an experienced lawyer to lead Police’s Employment Relations Legal Team, based at Police National Headquarters. 

New Zealand Police has a dedicated team of 6 employment lawyers responsible for providing advice on employment issues and overseeing employment litigation across the country. The work is varied, fast-paced and interesting.

The Manager role requires someone with experience in leadership and a commitment to developing strong and enduring relationships with staff and key stakeholders. A skilled employment law practitioner, our new manager will have good judgement, the ability to think strategically and contribute to Police’s wider ER strategy, and the skills necessary to ensure the team delivers accurate, timely advice that meets the needs of our dynamic workplace. An ability to work under pressure and manage competing priorities is also important 

 Key Accountabilities:

  • Lead a happy, motivated and focused team of lawyers.
  • Manage or oversee the management of Police’s employment law issues, ensuring legal risk is managed in a way that aligns with Police’s strategic intent.
  • Proactively identify and address employment law risks.
  • Contribute to Police’s national employment relations strategy.
  • Take a leadership role in complex employment law matters, providing timely, accurate, quality advice.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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. 

This role is set at Team Leader/Manager level, which means your key purpose is “to lead the activities for Our Business and enable people to deliver them.” 

View the position description 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

  • Must have been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.
  • Must hold, or be eligible to hold upon application and without restrictions, a New Zealand practising 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. For more information, click here.

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.

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