New Zealand Law Society - Principal Advisor Judicial Resources

Principal Advisor Judicial Resources

Te āhuatunga a te tūranga - About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for a Principal Advisor to join our Judicial Resources team within Te Kura Kaiwhakawā (Te Kura). Te Kura provides ongoing education and legal resources to support the judiciary of Aotearoa New Zealand.

As the Principal Advisor, you will undertake legal research and produce resources to support judicial officers. You will lead the development of new content, working with key stakeholders including judges and external experts. We are looking for someone with subject-matter expertise in criminal law and the law of evidence, and who has the ability to produce high quality legal content for Te Kura's Criminal Jury Trials Bench Book, Sexual Violence Trials Bench Book, and Family Violence Bench Book.

The Principal Advisor will work closely with the Manager, Judicial Resources to support capability across the team, provide strategic advice and support, and lead programmes of work. You will provide leadership and supervision to Te Kura's research staff, reviewing and providing feedback on content before it is published to ensure it is legally correct, well-written and relevant to the needs of the specific audience.

You will be joining an organisation that has a strong focus on diversity and inclusion and is committed to upholding the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

He pūkenga tou - Skills and experience

To be successful in the position you will:

  • have a tertiary qualification in law, preferably at post-graduate level, coupled with at least eight to ten years' post-graduation experience in practice, legal policy, law reform, and/or academia
  • have admission in New Zealand as a barrister and solicitor or eligibility to be admitted
  • have exceptional written skills and the ability to meet the given audiences' needs, with a proven track record of completing and publishing legal research
  • be a proven communicator and be able to build trusted relationships across a wide range of audiences
  • have a working knowledge of the judiciary and machinery of government
  • have experience mentoring and developing junior staff and peers
  • have strong project management and problem-solving skills, and an ability to work with multiple stakeholders
  • bring an understanding of te ao Māori, te reo and tikanga and a personal commitment to continuing to develop knowledge of, and in, these three areas
  • show initiative, resilience, and a commitment to working collaboratively in a small team.

Mō te tīma - About our team

Te Kura Kaiwhakawā is the education and development arm of Aotearoa New Zealand's judiciary. We develop and deliver events, programmes and resources that support judges and judicial officers at all stages of their careers.

Te Kura is a business unit of Te Tari Toko i te Tumu Whakawā - the Office of the Chief Justice (Te Tari) that supports the Chief Justice, President of the Court of Appeal and Chief Judge of the High Court in their leadership and administrative responsibilities. Te Tari is a business unit of Te Tahu o te Ture - the Ministry of Justice.

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

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.

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

As a valued member of the team, we will:

  • prioritise your well-being and professional development
  • empower you to coach others
  • provide opportunities to work on a range of important and interesting project areas
  • provide a flexible working environment, including part-time and working from home.

The role is Wellington based, but we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements.

Tono mai - How to apply

Apply online 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.

Applicants must also submit a writing sample that demonstrates your professional writing skills of no more than 20 pages in length.

Salary range

The appointing salary for this position will be between $100,221 and $130,876 based on skills and experience.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday, 16 October 2022.

Please note, we are also recruiting for a Principal Advisor in our Judicial Education (Design and Delivery) team, so check out our other advertisement on our Careers page. We are happy to consider applications for both roles together.

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.

For an initial chat about this position, please contact Mereana White, Manager - Judicial Resources at

If you have any recruitment related questions, please contact

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