New Zealand Law Society - Public Defender - Wellington

Public Defender - Wellington

Te āhuatunga a te tūranga/About the role

The Office Public Defender is primarily responsible for leading the legal staff and developing the strategies and practices required to enable the office to continuously improve delivery of its services.

This role requires a seasoned leader who can drive the development of leadership capability in the office to support an engaged, high-performing workforce.

Mō te tīma/About our team

The Public Defence Service (PDS) provides high quality legal advice and representation in a full range of criminal cases. We have a key role in helping some of our most marginalised people access justice in New Zealand.
Our Wellington office has around 30 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.

He pūkenga tou/Skills and experience

The successful candidate for this role:

Will set the tone, expectations and culture of the office, creating an environment of trust, respect and ongoing learning
You will have proven experience in developing business and workforce strategies and implementing vision
Your leadership will engage and inspire your people to deliver a professional and dynamic service
You must be passionate about criminal justice issues and have a reputation for highly effective advocacy, stakeholder management, communication and leadership
You must have a criminal lawyer provider approval at level 4, or the ability to obtain it in the near future and be qualified to practise law in New Zealand


Flexible working options available
Laptop and mobile phone provided
Exceptional training and professional development
Outstanding administrative support

Tono mai/How to apply

To apply, click here to be directed to 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.

Salary range per annum: The appointing salary for this role will be between $131,803 and $169,018 based on skills and experience.

Applications close on: Sunday, 31 October 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact

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